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Reading Bowl Team Places Third in Competition

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 14, 2009

 

Congratulations to the Reading Bowl team who worked diligently and battled valiantly in the county Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition Monday. Team members include: Alex D., Huma A., Megan B., Mubeen A., Paul B., Emily S., and Sky H. We placed third in the county competition with great work from all team members. Our non-senior members will be back next year to claim their rightful prize as champions!

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Live Blog on the Georgia Peach Book Awards

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 5, 2008

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Hi, Guys: I will be live blogging from the Teen Conference in Macon at 9:45 about the Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Reacers. Stay tuned!

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Blatant Bibliophiles Will Meet Tuesday, November 11 at 8AM!!!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 6, 2008

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In case you missed the email (obviously everyone did) because practically everyone seems to be asking about the upcoming meeting and it seems apparent that either a) the email is lost in cyberspace, b) checking email is so last century, c) I accidentally wrote the email in Greek, or d) the dog ate your email. At any rate, we are having a Blatant Bibliophile meeting on Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 AM. In answer to your first question, of course there will be refreshments. Mr. Bradford will be stopping by to speak for a moment with those of you who are planning to participate in the Reading Bowl. Why are we meeting?
a) You might be hungry
b) You might be participating in Reading Bowl
c) We really need to select a book to discuss
d) We really need to decide if we are going to go see Twilight together

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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 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/  
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  
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/  
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/  
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/  
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/  
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/  
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/  
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.   
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/  
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/  
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/  
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/  
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/  
Sold. Patricia McCormick. (2006). Hyperion 
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§ion_id=115/  
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/  
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/  
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/  

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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 county will have a team, and then there will be a competition among the county teams. The top two teams in the 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 Award nominees. The books are on display in the  media center if you are interested, so come by and check out one today. 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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District Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Results

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 11, 2008

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Mrs. Fleet and Mrs. Hamilton volunteered Saturday at the northern district Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition. It was a first-time experience for both of us and quite an eye-opener, to say the least. Mrs. Fleet read questions and decided if the answers were right or wrong and Mrs. Hamilton kept score. It was an awesome responsibility! The Reading Bowl is open to teams of students in grades four through twelve from across the state. Elementary and middle school students are tested on the original twenty titles from the Georgia Children’s Book Award nominees and high school students are tested on the twenty Georgia Peach Book Award nominees. The winning teams from the four regional Reading Bowls will compete for the state championship on March 1 at the Georgia Children’s Literature Conference in Athens. Congratulations to the following northern district winners:

·         Elementary

1.       Still

2.       Harmony

3.       A. L. Burruss

·         Middle

1.       Smitha

2.       Lovinggood

3.       Trion

·         High

1.       Gilmer

2.       Osborne

3.       Pickens

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