Librarian M gives us some books for John Bender:
Since John Bender will be spending many of his future Saturdays serving detention in the school library, I thought I’d give him some recommendations in case he gets the urge to pick up a book.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (see more posts) The title character in this book is considered to be a ne’er-do-well, partly because of his father’s reputation as a drunken layabout, but he’s not actually a bad guy. Bender and Jasper Jones are kindred spirits.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman If Bender were living in this dystopic future, he’d be a prime candidate for unwinding. He’d also probably join Connor in Connor’s fight against the system.
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma In this book a rich girl gets everything while a poor girl is in a juvenile detention center for a crime she may not have committed. Bender can surely relate.