The March Reading Madness series tournament has come to a close.
Our championship match ended up being a slam dunk win for Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Final score: 95 votes to 38 votes.
Congratulations to Azariah!!
He has won the March Reading Madness grand prize gift basket.
This includes among other things:
*2 vouchers to Tuacahn's show Annie
*2 passes to The Grip
*a swimming pass for Bloomington Country Club
*a gift card for Chick-Fil-A
*AND the awesome autobiography Shoe Dog - a memoir about Phil Knight, the creator of Nike. He tells how he went from being a track star at an Oregon high school to the founder of a brand and company that changed everything.
Way to go Azariah!!
We want to thank Tuacahn, The Grip, Bloomington Country Club, and Chick-Fil-A for their generous donation.
By the way - "In 2021 Tuacahn is presenting four, blockbuster Broadway in the Canyon productions - Disney's The Beauty and the Beast, Annie the Musical, The Count of Monte Cristo, and School of Rock. Come and enjoy family-friendly theatre in the scenic beauty of Southern Utah at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. For more information, visit the Tuacahn website (www.tuacahn.org) or call 1-800-746-9882."
The following book series have advanced to round 2:
If you filled out a bracket, you can come see me and find out how many points you have earned so far. (With each round you can earn more points depending on the book battle winners.)
Currently there are nine students with a perfect score:
Come to the library to get your prize!
What would you do if you discovered that everything you had been taught about your community was a lie - it wasn’t as it seemed? BUT, exposing that lie would threaten your life and the lives of your loved ones?
That is exactly what happens in Fires of Invention the first book in the Cove series by J. Scott Savage.
The community lives in the steam powered, protected town of Cove which has been built inside a mountain because the air quality outside became too dangerous. It is cut off from the outside world with filtered air ducts for fresh oxygen. In Cove, everything about you is decided by a council of elders. It reminds me of The Giver in that regard.
The main character is Trenton, an awkward, honest, and intelligent 13 year old. Trenton loves tools and machinery. He can figure out how anything works, and can often see ways to make improvements. But in Cove "invention" is a dirty word. Even stringing together a number of approved machinery to make a swing is enough to land him in trouble with the chancellors and get him recommended for retraining. Luckily, there is a problem in the mines that requires a small person with mechanical training to fix, so Trenton manages to escape retraining by squeezing in and fixing the problem. What he can't escape is his appointment to the Food Production level of Cove after his graduation from school. On the one hand, he gets to be near Simoni, a beautiful red head he really likes, but on the other, there is no equipment for him to fix. When a strange gadget he has found leads him to the Kallista, the daughter of infamous inventor and criminal Leo Babbage, he finally has an outlet for his mechanical leanings. Kallista is a socially backward girl with short spiky hair. She works as a repair technician and lives alone since her father was killed in an explosion. Kallista thinks the gadget, found in the mine, is a message from her father, and the two follow clues that were left-- clues that lead to instructions and parts of a huge mechanical machine that the two build. It is like nothing they’ve ever seen before. Throughout the process they discover deeply hidden secrets about the founding and workings of Cove itself. Trenton and Kallista learn that their world is not what it seems, and have to decide how to proceed.
This book was recommended to me by a student a couple of weeks ago. And I am so happy he did! It is amazing. I love the epic scavenger hunt that propels the plot forward as they solve it step by step. Although it didn’t feel like the fantasy genre until the end, I loved the dystopian feel of the book. If you like Wings of Fire, The Unwanteds, The Giver, or Railhead - grab a copy of this book. You won’t regret it.
Congratulations to the following students for completing the Fantasy Reading Challenge for the month of January.
These students read three books from the fantasy genre between January 5th and February 8th.
Mrs. Wallace is happy to announce that we more than doubled the number of students meeting the challenge this time around.
Mrs. Wallace loves to participate in these challenges right along with the students. She decided to pick up the second book in The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson titled Firefight. The 7th grade reading lunch bunch read book one Steelheart a couple of months ago. It was an action packed page turner, and Firefight was even better than the first one! If you enjoy the super hero genre, go pick up this series. Brandon Sanderson is a master. Mrs. Wallace then read Fires of Invention, the first book in the Mysteries of Cove series. This book was recommended to her by a student when he learned of the fantasy reading challenge. It was phenomenal! Mrs. Wallace will write up a complete review on it soon. She also read The Book of Three, the first book in The Chronicles of Prydain series with Brooklyn Shurtliff, a 7th grade TIS student. It had a slower start, but both enjoyed the quirky characters. Mrs. Wallace felt like it had elements of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Once Upon a Marigold.
Our new challenge is with the genre of realistic fiction for anyone that wants to participate. Mrs. Wallace is hoping to get at least 35 students to complete the challenge.