When we caught up with Waggoner, a teacher in the language arts department at Largo High, she already had her summer reading list perched on her nightstand ready for action. Waggoner, 43, has taught reading and English at the school for 17 years and also serves as a tutor for at-risk students through the Bridging the Achievement Gap program at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Largo.
What's on your nightstand?
The Great Gatsby and My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I've read My Sister's Keeper 17 times, I bet. I teach it in class, too.
What makes you keep going back to it?
The best thing about her is the first person point of view. You become her characters. You become whomever she is talking about. She's always great. I loved Sing Me Home and Harvesting the Heart, too. She's always great.
What are you planning on reading this summer?
I'm going to re-read some stuff and read with my two daughters, too. I love to have a chance to re-read, so that includes the last book of the Harry Potter series and Hunger Games, and that author, Suzanne Collins, has another series out that I'm reading, Gregor the Overlander. I'm reading Gregor because of my midde-school-aged daughter. She was obsessed with Hunger Games, but she likes Gregor even better. I'm also reading, because of my daughters, Christopher Paolini's Eragon series. I love the fact that a 15-year-old wrote that.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer