The YALSA top 10 were announced in October. You can see them on the home page of this blog. These books are all in the library. I am challenging all students to a 60 day challenge, beginning November 15th, ending January 15th. If you are participating in the challenge, you must read a book, one of the top 10 or have another book approved and write a book review using the format below. Post your review on this blog. You must do a review for every book you read. The person who reads the most books by January 15th will receive a box of books or a gift certificate to a local restaurant. For more information, stop in the library.
Format for book reviews:1st paragraph Introduction
Begin with an attention getting lead drawing the reader in. Consider using a quote from the book, a description of a character, a shocking statement, or general to specific topic. Use interesting sentences, to give the book’s title, author, & book genre. Remember to include information about the author. Finally, write a thesis statement summarizing what the entire book was about.
2nd paragraph Synopsis of Book
A synopsis is a quick overview of the book’s plot, setting, and main characters. Be sure not to give too much away! You should consider specific characters or situations in the book that made it entertaining, thought provoking, or fun. What made the book worth remembering and sharing? Are there elements of writing style that the reader might like to know about (flashbacks, flash-forwards, realistic dialogues, imagery, so on). What were some of the major conflicts in the novel?
3rd paragraph Closing
You should include your personal viewpoint of how you felt about the book and why. Give positives (or negatives) with specific examples of why you felt that way. What would your recommendation or opinion be as to whether that reader will or will not like the book and is it worth the time to read. The conclusion should have a strong ending that refers back to the lead and gives the reader something to remember.