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Make a Titlewish!

Starting on February 1st and ending on March 1st, the Ridley High School Library is holding a Titlewish “virtual” fundraiser! Students, parents, teachers, alumni, and community members are invited to participate and help us meet our $1000 fundraising goal. 100% of the money raised will go to purchasing brand new books for the school library, and Follett Library Resources will match 10% of every dollar donated! For example, we will buy a copy of In Darkness by Nick Lake, the 2013 Printz Award winner for excellence in young adult literature.

In Darkness

We will also buy the 2013 Alex Award winners, ten books written for adults that have special appeal for teen readers, such as Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Finally, we’ll purchase the most anticipated, sure-to-be-awesome teen books that will be published this spring, such as The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr.

The Different Girl

Please visit Titlewish and click the Donate button to help make our Titlewish come true!

P.S. The minimum donation on this secure site is $10.

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Make a Titlewish!

Starting on February 1st and ending on February 29th, the Ridley High School Library is holding its very first virtual Titlewish fundraiser! Students, parents, teachers, alumni, and community members are invited to participate and help us meet our $1000 fundraising goal. 100% of the money raised will go to purchasing brand new books for the school library. And Follett Library Resources will match 10% of every dollar donated. For example, we will buy a copy of Where Things Come Back, the 2012 Printz Award winner for excellence in young adult literature.

Where Things Come Back

We will also buy each of the ten Alex Award winners, books written for adults that have special appeal for teen readers, such as The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

Finally, we’ll purchase additional copies of the most popular books, such as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which currently has a long waiting list. Please visit Titlewish and search for Ridley High School or ZIP code 19033. Once you’ve located Ridley High School’s Titlewish page, click the Donate button to help make our Titlewish come true!

P.S. The minimum donation on this secure site is $10.

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It’s Awards Season!

Early 2011 means it’s the start of the red carpet awards season! But don’t ask, “Who are you wearing?” Ask, “What are you reading?” Because along with the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the biggest book awards are also announced this time of year. Some of the award winners were just announced on January 10, 2011. The Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature went to Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.Ship BreakerThis futuristic dystopian novel is set in a Gulf Coast shanty town where teenaged Nailer survives by scavenging copper wire from beached oil tankers. After a massive hurricane nearly wipes out his village, Nailer discovers a beached clipper ship filled with unimaginable riches – and a badly injured, beautiful girl who claims to be the owner of the ship. Should he scavenge the ship for its wealth, or rescue the girl?

Read this new award winner today! It’s also available in MP3-CD audiobook format in the library. Or read one of the Printz Award Honor Books, which are also recognized for being outstanding reads:

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
  • Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick*

* Revolver has the very best lines that I read in all of 2010: “His skull was a disturbing shape, flat at the back, his ears too small. His was not a face stroked into creation by God’s loving hand, but battered into shape by the Devil’s hammer.” Now THAT’S a villain!