Ridley High School Library’s Summer Reading Book Fair is now open! Our friends at Children’s Book World in Haverford have delivered required and recommended summer reading titles right to our readers! The books are on display and for sale in the library through June 2, at 20% off the cover price. Please contact Ms. Pickett if you’re interested in bringing your classes by the library to browse the summer reading selections!
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation funded implementation of the Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award at Ridley High School for the 2016-2017 school year! The purpose of this award is to promote reading of quality books by young people in Pennsylvania, to encourage teacher/librarian collaboration in young adult literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania. 113 students read books of their choice from the list of 15 nominated titles and voted for their favorite in March! And the 2017 winner is:
Congratulations to Nicola Yoon and all of the students in Pennsylvania that participated in the Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award program! Stay tuned to learn about our nominated books for 2017-2018!
On Thursday, November 17, Dianne Salerni stopped by Ridley High School to join the Emerald Academy Book Club for a Lunch with a Local Author! Dianne is the author of The Caged Graves, a historical mystery that’s also a Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award nominee. Over Double Decker inside-outs, Dianne talked with the students about how she was inspired to write The Caged Graves, her Eighth Day series for middle grade readers, her upcoming projects, and more. We especially enjoyed her insights into how she likes to end her books; the story might be over but the characters live on in the reader’s imagination. We are so grateful to Dianne for taking the time to join us in person, and we can’t wait to read what she writes next!
Calling all Six of Crows fans! The sequel, Crooked Kingdom, has just flown into the Ridley High School Library! In this sequel to Six of Crows, Bardugo returns to the Grisha Universe and continues the story of Kaz Brekker and his crew of thieves, misfits, and magicians. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, Kaz’s crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. Soon, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge both Kaz’s cunning and the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets: a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world!
Have you ever watched an awards show and thought, “I NEVER would have voted for that movie to win!” Or have you read an award-winning book and thought, “Really?! What were they thinking?!” If so, the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is for you! This is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors, and have been published within the last five years. They really are the best of the best, but the winning book needs your vote!
Participating in the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is a snap. Here’s how to do it:
- Read (or listen to) at least three books from the list of nominated titles
- You do not have to read every book to participate
- Vote for your favorite book in March!
That’s all there is to it. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Better yet, check out one of the books while you’re here! And once you’ve read a book or two, leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it. Some things you might include in your comment are:
- Did the book live up to your expectations based on the plot summary?
- Would you recommend it to a friend?
- Did you like this book more or less than other books you’ve read recently?
- Would you vote for this book to win the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award?
Remember, your favorite book needs YOUR vote to win!
The Emerald Academy Book Club recently read Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta, and on April 8 they had an opportunity to Skype with the author to discuss the book!
Those Who Wish Me Dead is the story of teenaged Jace, who witnesses a brutal crime and is placed in a wilderness survival program for troubled teens while the authorities race against time to find the killers. Meanwhile, the killers are tracking Jace’s every move. It’s a fast-paced thriller, a Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award nominee, and the number one book here at Ridley High School this school year!Mr. Koryta spoke about the whether he will ever revisit the characters from Those Who Wish Me Dead in a prequel, writers such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz who have influenced and inspired him, and his extensive revising process (with as many as nine drafts!). He also spoke about how he developed the Blackwell Brothers, the book’s memorably cold-blooded villains.
As always, our students came prepared with thoughtful questions and made a wonderful, attentive audience! We extend our sincere gratitude to Michael Koryta for taking the time to virtually join our Book Club!