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Party Pix!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 31, 2009

The Blatant Bibliophiles met on Monday, March 30 to discuss Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle. We also ate ice cream sundaes, which added to the enjoyment of the book. Almost everyone enjoyed the book, and everyone enjoyed the ice cream. Hope you enjoy the slide show! At our next meeting next month we’ll discuss The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Stay tuned tomorrow when I’ll have the results from this year’s Peach Book Awards from the Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults. Happy reading!

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The Envelope, Please…

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 12, 2008

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Wow! What a blast! We had a full day of trivia in The Unquiet Library today with ten teams participating during fourth lunch, eleven teams during fifth lunch, and nine teams during sixth lunch. In all, it was about a billion people. 馃槈 But who ruled the day? Was it the conquerors from the November round of trivia? The Pink Draculas? Team 3? Whatever the Ricky Bobbys were known as in November? Heck no! We had a whole new round of winners who came in and cleaned house and took the trophy (or should I say the pizza?) right out from under last month’s winners’ noses! The winners will have a pizza party during their lunch periods on Tuesday, December 14. Go winners! And the winners are (drum roll, please):

  • Fourth lunch: Chocolate Thunder (Kendall L.,聽 Austin N.,聽 Mark M.,聽 Joni L.,聽 Kate J., and Lindsay G.)
  • Fifth lunch: Purple Drank (Brittany Y., Miriam H., Matthew L., Laura L., Brittany R., and Elise S. )
  • Sixth lunch: A Cubed: Alisha W., Haley P., Alyssa P., Genay M., Natalie H., and Trianna B.

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The Bibliophiles are Meeting! The Bibliophiles are Meeting!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 4, 2008

In case you haven’t heard the announcement or read your email, we will be meeting on Tuesday, December 9 at 8:00 in聽the media center. We have some copies of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and we should have some copies of Absolutely Positively Not by then so you can check them out. I thought that in the meantime, we could discuss the differences between Twilight, the book and Twilight, the movie (if you have seen the movie and read the book, as most of you have). Of course we’ll have refreshments. By the way, if you are planning on doing Reading Bowl, Mr. Bradford is borrowing the Quiz-o-matics from Ms. Martin, so that will add to the fun! Also, our first challenge will be the county-wide competition on January 12 at Freedom Middle against the other county high school teams. As far as I know, there are only two other teams, so we have a good chance. Mr. Bradford is holding a meeting for Reading Bowl participants in his room, 1105, 聽on Monday, December 8 at 7:45. If you are participating in Reading Bowl, be sure to be there!

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They Came. They Saw. They Partied!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 20, 2008

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Remember all those guys and gals who won at trivia last Friday? You remember, Team Superior (brilliant yet bobbyish), Team # 3 (boring yet brilliant), and The Pink Draculas (brilliant yet beautiful–plus Tim). Well, here they are enjoying the fruits of their labor: pizza, Coke, Sprite, popcorn, and cupcakes. The first round of trivia was so successful that trivia will be back on December 12!!!!! To see the entire set of pix, check out Mrs. Hamilton’s flickr photostream. Stop by the media center for a form and get your team signed up ASAP. The deadline to sign up your team is Monday, December 8. Who will win next time? Will it be new competitors “Er”? Don’t think they have what it takes to take on the champs? We shall see!

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Are We Going to See Twilight or Not?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 19, 2008

I know there were not many people who were able to go as a group to see Twilight, but I thought I would聽post a listing of the times when the movie is being shown this weekend. I think most people were available for Saturday. Here are the show times for Saturday at Riverstone:

Twilight(PG-13, 121 min.)

12:00pm | 1:30pm | 2:00pm | 2:40pm | 4:15pm | 4:45pm | 5:25pm | 7:00pm | 7:30pm | 8:10pm | 9:45pm | 10:15pm | 10:50pm | 12:20am

And Friday:

Twilight(PG-13, 121 min.)

12:00pm | 1:30pm | 2:00pm | 2:40pm | 4:15pm | 4:45pm | 5:25pm | 7:00pm | 7:30pm | 8:10pm | 9:45pm | 10:15pm | 10:50pm | 12:20am

And Sunday:

Twilight(PG-13, 121 min.)

12:00pm | 1:30pm | 2:00pm | 2:40pm | 4:15pm | 4:45pm | 5:25pm | 7:00pm | 7:30pm | 8:10pm | 9:45pm | 10:15pm

If you are available and you have your own ride and money to go, please email me immediately. According to fandango, the matinee shows are $7.25 and the evening shows (7:00pm and later) are $9.50. I thought it might be kind of fun to dress kind of vampire-y. If you promise you are going, I will get tickets in advance on fandango so we will be assured of having seats. Whatever time has the most people available will be the time we will go. We will still need to arrive early to sit together. Again, email me ASAP if you are available. The poll answers don’t really count because anyone can vote on the poll. Only the email votes count.

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Trivia Winners Take the Prize!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 14, 2008

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Three tough teams out of Creekview trivia 23 teams of braniacs proved themselves worthy of the challenge today by answering tough questions and defeating their honorable opponents. The winning team from fifth period lunch was Team Superior, featuring Nathan K., Craig B., Kyle S., Ben S., Caleb C., and Cory N.聽 You may recall that several of these guys were on one of last year’s winning teams, The Ricky Bobbys. Team #3 was the winner聽(yes, you are right, that is the most boring name in history, but at least they’re smart!) composed of Alex, Gabby, Aaron, Brecken, and Shelby. In sixth period lunch, the Pink Draculas, featuring Lana B., Nicole W., Ashley C., Kaitlyn C., and Timothy M. defeated all challengers to take the crown. You may recognize some of these players as members of one of last year’s winning teams, The Sassy Six. Congratulations to all participants, you did a great job, guys! We’ll post better pictures next week when we snap some at the pizza party which will be held on Thursday during each lunch! Thanks to everyone who聽participated and to Dr. Eddy for the snacks.

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Trivia is Almost Here!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 10, 2008

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Our first trivia meet of the year will be here this Friday, November 14 during all three lunches. If you are signed up to participate, make sure you bring your lunch to the media center and be ready to begin promptly at 11:45, 12:45, or 1:45. Today (November 10) is the last day to sign up your team, and we have had an overwhelming response. So far, we have nine teams signed up for fourth lunch,聽six teams for fifth lunch, and six teams for sixth lunch. Fourth lunch is a really HUGE lunch! What will the prize be for the winning teams? Maybe a million dollars each–or maybe a pizza party. We’ll also be providing snacks for all participants. And there are some guidelines:

聽聽聽聽聽聽 All teams must be registered by Monday, November 10, 2008

聽聽聽聽聽聽 No more than 6 students per team

聽聽聽聽聽聽 The winning groups will share the prizes

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Prizes will be given to the winning team of each lunch period

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Forms must be returned to Mrs. Fleet, Mrs. Hamilton, or Mrs. Beasley.

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Trivia will start promptly at 11:45, 12:45, and 1:45.

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bring your own lunch.

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Snacks will be provided also!

And now (drum roll, please) for the (excellent) names of our participating teams. Why are some in larger fonts? Not because they are favorites. Go ask WordPress. At one point they were in Greek. Yes, Greek:

聽路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The No Names

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pretty in Pink

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Quadrae Delinquo

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Bojangles

聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Infernal Spawn of Evil (Be afraid; be very afraid!)

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Justin Gerber

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Geniuses

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Team Superior (Not to be confused with Mother Superior!)

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Test Ticklemonsters

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Purple Drank

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Intellectually Inclined Brodingnags!

聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Semi-Brunette Bombshells

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Team Buff

聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Bon Bons

聽聽聽聽聽聽 The J’s

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sprinkles

聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Pink Draculas

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Losers

聽聽聽聽聽聽 A Cubed (You don’t want to see the long version!)

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aztecas

聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Anti-Squirrels

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You Asked for It; You Got It–Trivia!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 28, 2008

The Blatant Bibliophiles will sponsor Trivia Friday on Friday, November 14 in the media center during 4th, 5th, and 6th lunches. Please see Mrs. Fleet, Mrs. Hamilton, or Mrs. Beasley to sign up your team. All teams must be registered by Monday, November 10 in order to participate. There is a limit of six students per team, and obviously all members must be in the same lunch. The winning groups will share the prize, which will be awarded to the winning team of each lunch period. Trivia will start promptly at 11:45, 12:45, and 1:45. This will give you fifteen minutes to run errands, hit the restroom, or pick up a lunch (which you can bring to the media center–or you can bring a brown bag lunch). We will also provide snacks! See a media center staff member for forms and get them back to the media center ASAP. And don’t forget, we love cool team names. But keep it school-appropriate.

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So You Think You Want to Be a Reading Bowl Star?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 22, 2008

So you’re interested in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, but you need more information! Well, you’ve come to the right place. I have bookmarked several places on my delicious website so that you can go to these sites and learn more about it. Click here to see what I have bookmarked. Be sure to let me know if you’re interested in participating. We have a great group of readers so far! You can also talk to Mr. Bradford. The most important thing is to start reading the books from the Georgia Peach Book Award list. If you can only go to two of the sites on the list, go to the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) Peach Book Award site, or to the Dekalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl site. Those are the two best sites for information. Please see my notes on the delicious page about things to look for on the GLMA site, such as the list of books and the “book talks.” The book talks can help you decide which books you are interested in reading. On the Dekalb County site, be sure to click on the “sample questions high school.” Here is a list of the books, along with a very brief summary and a link to the authors’ websites:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.Sherman Alexie. (2007). Little, Brown
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
http://www.fallsapart.com/
Absolutely Positively Not聽David LaRochelle (2005).Arthur A. Levine Books
Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, “Playboy” pinup-displaying heterosexual.http://www.davidlarochelle.net/聽聽
American Born Chinese . Gene Yang .(2006) .Roaring Brook Press
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.http://www.humblecomics.com/about.htm聽聽
Boot Camp .Todd Strasser. (2007) Simon & Schuster Children’s Pub
After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents. br>
http://www.toddstrasser.com/
The Boyfriend List .E. Lockhart .(2006). Delacorte
Ruby Oliver, a moderately popular fifteen-year-old who has suddenly become a social pariah, begins seeing a psychiatrist and makes a list of all her past boyfriends in an attempt to understand where her life went wrong.http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/聽聽
Copper Sun . Sharon Draper .(2008). Simon Pulse
Two fifteen-year-old girls–one a slave and the other an indentured servant–escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida,a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.http://sharondraper.com/聽聽
Epic .Conor Kostick .(2007) Viking Children’s
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their familieshttp://conorkostick.blogspot.com/聽聽
Gingerbread .Rachel Cohn.(2003) .Simon Pulse
After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse’s problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.http://www.rachelcohn.com/聽聽
Impulse . Ellen Hopkins. (2007). Margaret K. McElderry Books
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada’s Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.http://www.ellenhopkins.com/聽聽
Keturah and Lord Death . Martine Leavitt .(2006). Boyds Mills Press
When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.http://www.martineleavitt.com/bio.php/聽聽
Life As We Knew It .Susan Beth Pfeiffer. (2006). Harcourt
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.聽聽聽
Notes From the Midnight Driver. Jordan Sonnenblick .(2007) .Scholastic PaperbacksAfter being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing,love, and forgiveness.http://www.jordansonnenblick.com/聽聽
Plain J.A.N.E.S. Cecil Castellucci .(2007). DC Comics
After a bombing in the city, Jane’s parents move to a suburb where she befriends three outcasts–all named Jane–and starts a group called People Loving Art in Neighborhoods, which tries to enrich their community with art but instead is viewed as a threat.http://castellucci.livejournal.com/聽聽
Right Behind You Gail Giles .( 2007) .Little, Brown After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but has trouble fitting in and finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood.http://www.gailgiles.com/Welcome.html/聽聽
Rucker Park Setup.Paul Volponi .(2007) .Viking Children’s
While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.’s father and the police what really happened.http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/159737.Paul_Volponi/聽聽
Side Effects . Amy Goldman. Koss .(2006) St. Martin’s Press
Fourteen-year-old Isabella is a typical teenager. She is concerned with friends, school, and gaining weight until the fateful morning that she discovers the enlarged glands in her neck. With the subsequent diagnosis of stage-four Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she enters the netherworld of cancer./http://www.amygoldmankoss.net/聽聽
Sold. Patricia McCormick. (2006). Hyperion聽
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.http://www.pattymccormick.com/index.php?mode=objectlist搂ion_id=115/聽聽
A Thousand Splendid Suns . Khaled Hosseini .(2007) .Penguin Group – Adult Division
A novel set against the three decades of Afghanistan’s history shaped by Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban, which tells the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, who grow close despite their nineteen-year age difference and initial rivalry as they suffer at the hand of a common enemy: their abusive husband.http://www.khaledhosseini.com/聽聽
Twisted . Laurie Halse Anderson .(2007). Viking Children’s
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again,he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.http://www.writerlady.com/聽聽
Uglies . Paul Westerfeld. (2005) .Simon Pulse
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn’t like.http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/聽聽

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Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Anyone?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 14, 2008

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DCSS: Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl DeKalb County Schools via kwout

Did any of you Bibliophiles participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl when you were in elementary school or middle school? Have you read several of the Georgia Peach Book Award nominees? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then WE NEED YOU! We are trying to form a Reading Bowl team, and we need at least five members in order to compete. Each school in the聽county will have a team, and then there will be a competition among the聽county teams. The top two teams in the聽county will go on to compete in the district competition. From there, the winner will contend with other winners around the state in the state competition. You need to have read a minimum number of the twenty Georgia Peach Book Award nominees in order to participate in January. Dekalb County has a great website for the competition if you want to learn more, or check with Mrs. Fleet or Mrs. Frost. Click here to see a PowerPoint of the 2008-2009 Peach Book聽Award nominees.聽The books are on display in the聽 media center if you are interested, so come by and check out one today.聽Or a few! Remember, if you want to leave a comment on this post or any other, just click on the title, then type your comment in the comment box, enter your first name only, plus your email address (which won’t be visible), then click on “Submit Comment.”

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