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CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award Winner

You voted and the results are in! 1388 votes were cast and counted, and the winner of the 2011-2012 Teen Reader’s Choice Award is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

The first book in the wildly popular dystopian series took away the top honour with almost half (588) of the votes. To see how the rest of the Top 10 books ranked, check out the award blog.

I want to thank all the students who participated at SHS. An award ceremony was held in library for Jr. and Sr. Book Club members during lunch hour on Tuesday, May 29. It was a great way to end the first CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award!


Junior Book Club Recommends

Students in Junior Book Club have also recommended some of their favourite books found on the shelves of the SHS library.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Recommended by: Grade 7 student

Plot: Four old friends come together to find out who killed their friend.

Read it if… you like a good mystery and lots of romance.


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Recommended by: Grade 7 student

Plot: It is about a girl named Grace who falls in love with a wolf.

Read it if… you like a good wolf romance.


Havoc by Chris Wooding

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: It’s about Malice, a secret world that very few teens get in and even fewer  get out.

Read it if…you like a mystery and thriller.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: Katness volunteers to be in the Hunger Games, instead of her little sister.

Read it if… you like a good mystery mixed with romance and violence.


Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Recommended by:  Grade 8 student

Plot: Val and her boyfriend create the Hate List, but what happens when he takes it too far?

Read it if… you enjoy intense books.


The Shining by Stephen King

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot: All is not right as the Torrance family stays alone at a cozy Maine hotel.

Read it if… you want a thrilling suspense novel that will keep you guessing.


Are any of your favourites on this list?

Katniss’s Reading List

I found this list on the Chapter’s Teen website today and I don’t agree with their choices. The editors at Chapters compiled a list of dark, post-apocalyptic, dystopian books that are similar to The Hunger Games. Many of them are great picks (even although Battle Royale is nowhere to be seen), but I’m not sure they’re the right books to recommend to Katniss. I don’t know about you, but if I was a contestant in the Hunger Games with time to read, I’d want something light and fluffy to make me forget about my grim reality for a few hours.




My picks for Katniss would include:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

It’s a weird choice, but it would be a quick read (she doesn’t have a lot of spare time) and it’s really funny! Katniss needs something silly in her life.  I don’t think that girl cracked a smile the entire trilogy.




The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Katniss really needs some girl friends. Maybe this warm-and-fuzzy book about four best friends who are always there for each other through the good and the bad would help improve her female relationships.




Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

This book about a girl who becomes suddenly famous after her ex writes a hit song about her would resonate with Katniss and her own unwanted fame. Audrey, Wait! is hilarious enough to make even Katniss chuckle. Maybe.





Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katniss would be able to see herself in Katsa, who is also a strong-willed and deadly protagonist in a tough fantasy world.  Unlike Katniss, Katsa fares better in her romantic entanglements, so maybe she could learn a thing or two from this book.





Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This book has already been mentioned on the blog, but it’s a perfect pick for Katniss. This story of girls surviving in a harsh environment and fighting against society’s expectations is also a brilliant satire of powerful corporations. And if there’s anything Katniss loves, it’s defying expectations and sticking it to the man.




The Vampire Diaries
And if Katniss could watch TV, I’d encourage her to watch The Vampire Diaries. She is sure to relate to a show about a love triangle and fighting evil. Plus it’s just good fun (and we all know she could use some).




What books would you recommend to Katniss? Tell me in the comments.