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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Evergreen Young Adult Book Award!

This is the first year that we participated in the statewide Evergreen Young Adult Book Awards. It is just a quirky twist that the awards seem to be named after our school. For those readers outside the state of Washington, we are also known as The Evergreen State, which is where the awards get their name.

The awards are open to all students, statewide, in grades 7-12. Each year, ten books are nominated (all must be available in paperback), and students can read any or all of them. Then in March, students vote through their school or public library (or online) for their favorite, and in April a statewide "winner" is announced. This year's nominees can be found here.

Our 7th and 8th graders participated this year and votes were tallied last week. 321 students participated by reading at least one of the books and there was definitely an overwhelming winner! With 197 votes, the EJH winner was "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Honestly, this was not such a surprise, but I did think that some of the other nominees would garner more votes in the end.
If you're interested, our 2nd place winner was "The Compound" by S.A. Bodeen, and 3rd place was too close to call, a virtual tie between "Lock and Key" by Sarah Dessen and "The Adoration of Jenna Fox" by Mary Pearson.Voting is open through today, March 15th, for Washington state students in grades 7-12. If you did not get a chance to vote through your class and would like your voice to be heard, click here and VOTE NOW!

Stay tuned after spring break for the announcement of the state winner. Do you think it will be the same? I have a feeling it just might. But I could be wrong.

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