MAINE STUDENT BOOK AWARD
|Nathanael, a 5th grader who is home-schooled, read every book on the 2011-2012 reading list! Way to go! His favorite book was Heart of a Samurai. Nathanael loves to read and loves to write. He is legally blind, but that does not stop him from reading as much as he can. He already has the list for next year and plans to start the new book list this summer. Congratulations Nathanael!|
|Deidre, an 8th grade student at Freeport Middle School, is a Star Student. Deidre read all 38 of the 2011-12 nominees! She was an inspiration to other students. We are very proud to have such a dedicated MSBA reader in our school!|
|Yacob, a 7th grader at Freeport Middle School, is a Star Student. Yacob set a goal of reading all 38 of the MSBA 2011-12 nominees and accomplished that goal in early March. We are very proud of Yacob. He is looking forward to getting into the 2012-13 list!|
an 8th grade student at Hall-Dale Middle School, read all 38 books on
this year's Maine Student Book Award list! She was inspired by a
student who read all the books last year; and we hear that a couple of
students have taken up the challenge for next year. We hope this
will become an ongoing tradition at Hall-Dale.|
So, what was Annie's top choice? "I liked A Tale Dark and Grimm the most out of all of the books because the author took a story that everyone already knows and added their own twist on it. We all know that Hansel and Gretal got lost in the woods and wanted to find their way home, but this book tells of the adventures that each child had to go through before they returned home."
is ten years old and goes to Harrison Lyseth Elementary School. She
read all 38 books on the Maine Student Book Award list by the end of
December. Per the MSBA challenge in Portland, she wrote a critique of
all 38 books by February. She wrote 76 responses on the Portland Public
schools forum by March. Lauren's favorite MSBA book is Out of My Mind.|
Lauren is inspired by books, movies, writing, nature, and using her imagination. Her favorite subjects are math, writing, and reading. She is always ready to give book recommendations. She believes that if you have a good goal that you want to do, then you should strive to do it the very best you can. Congratulations to a Star Student!
|Cameron is an 11-year-old boy who lives in Portland. He is a fifth grader at Lyseth School. Cam enjoys many sports. He plays Travel Soccer, Travel Basketball, and Little League Baseball. He also enjoys playing golf, tennis, and swimming. When he is not playing sports or hanging out with his friends, he enjoys reading. Cam can be found reading in the car, on the beach, and by his pool in the summer. He has recently finished all 38 books of the Maine Student Book Award of 2011-2012. His favorites were The Red Pyramid and Out of My Mind.|
Hello, my name is Cecilia. I go to Lyseth school and I’m in fourth grade. I love playing sports. I play basketball, soccer and lacrosse.I like the performing arts. I like to sing and act. I play piano and violin. When I’m not playing sports or performing arts, I love to read. This year I was in the Maine Student Book Award Challenge and I read all 38 books. My favorite was Heart of a Samarai. I liked it because it was true to your heart, sad and happy at the same time. I also liked A Long Walk to Water because I know Salva. He’s a close friend of my grandma’s. I loved reading Maine Student Book Award books, did you?
an 8th grade student at Tripp Middle School, read all 38 books on the
Maine Student Book Award list this year! Rebecca loves to read and
write. She has a great imagination and began writing lengthy stories in
her free time during fifth grade. Rebecca enjoys listening to music and
reading at the same time. Her favorite subjects are reading and English.
She often reads to her younger brother, inspiring another young reader
in the family. Rebecca has read 154 books so far this school year and
plans to reach the 200 mark.|
When asked what her favorite MSBA book was, Rebecca said, “Out of all 38 books, I would have to say Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka is the best because some of the stories left me hanging by a thread in suspense … I read it at night. The stories that scared me the most had a turkey who kept saying 'die' and a main character with a wart on his foot. Fever Crumb was quite interesting because it was a new genre for me.”
Here are a couple of Star Students! Ellie and Ella are both fourth grade students from the same classroom at Camden-Rockport Elementary School. They both read all of the 30 Maine Student Book Award books that were available at CRES. Ellie's favorite book was Smile and Ella's favorite was The Red Pyramid.
|Will is 11 years old and is a fifth grade student at Ocean Ave. School. In school, Will’s favorite subjects are reading (of course), history, and geography. In fact, for the past two years, Will has represented his school at the state Geography Bee. When Will is not reading he likes to play soccer, baseball, basketball, and run. He also likes to take photos and make films. One of his films was an honorable mention in the Portland Children’s film festival. Will’s favorite MSBA was The Red Pyramid. His favorite authors are Rick Riordan, Suzanne Collins, and James Patterson.|
is an 8th grade student at Tripp Middle School. She is an avid
reader who belongs to three different public libraries. She started
reading this year’s Maine Student Book Award titles over the summer and
finished all 38 books by the first of March. Hannah enjoys reading books from
a variety of genre, but she particularly enjoys fantasy fiction.|
Hannah sings, plays the clarinet, and enjoys skiing and swimming. Her favorite subjects are math and reading. Hannah’s favorite MSBA title was Is it Night or Day? because it was heartfelt and made her wonder about the victims of the Holocaust. Hannah also enjoyed After Ever After which reminded her of her brother’s experience.
name is Charlie, and I was born in Portland, Maine on a summery day in
September. I love to read anytime, anywhere, especially graphic novels
and comic books. I also enjoy traveling by car or plane to other parts
of the country. I've been taking karate for three years, and I'm now a
green belt. My all-time favorite TV show is Dr. Who, and I'm a huge fan
of the band Chameleon Circuit, which plays Time Lord rock in honor of
the show. The Maine Student Book Award book I liked most this year was The Red Pyramid.|
and Tim are fourth graders at Boothbay Region Elementary School. Both
boys challenged themselves to read all the books on the 2011-2012 MSBA
list that were appropriate for 4th graders. They each read over 20
Ethan's favorite book was Bamboo People because he had never read anything like it before. He says the descriptions of the settings were so clear he could see them.
|Tim's favorite book was The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester.
He liked how the story slowly revealed the mystery. Tim's favorite
scene involved the kids in the book using the "secret" item. He also
liked that frog!|
Both boys have already gotten into the 2012-2013 list, and each are on their 8th book! Way to go boys!
a 5th grader at North Yarmouth Memorial School has read ALL 38 Maine
Student Book Award Books! Not being much of a reader a few years ago,
Nina fell in love with the Harry Potter series, reading the books at
least twice. Last year Nina read a few of the MSBA books but
really got caught up in the program this year and challenged herself to
read each one of them. Nina started reading through the list after
it was presented to her class last fall at NYMS. "Some of them
she started and put down if they didn't interest
her, and moved on to others. But eventually she went back and
reread the ones she started and went through all the rest." says her
mother, Joanna. She used all of our school libraries and Prince
Memorial in Cumberland to get copies of the books. Joanna adds,
"Now she really sees herself as a big reader and loves it, but a couple
of summers ago it was a struggle to get her to read. Big change."|
|On our rating chart at NYMS she rated 27 of the books "really good" or "great" to encourage her peers to read them as well. She has also written book reviews on some of the titles as well to share with other students. Nina has already read 13 of the books on this year's list. Hopefully Nina has inspired other students to tackle the whole list - or at least read more than three!|
|Ali is a 7th grade student at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham, Maine, and she has read all 38 of the 2011-2012 nominees! Her two favorite books from this year's list are Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs and The Search for Wondla. In addition to her love of reading, Ali plays soccer, is a trumpet player in the school's concert band, and is active in school theater. As a participant in the school library's "Pop Open a Good MSBA Book" popcorn-themed program this year, Ali won a gift certificate to the school's Scholastic Book Fair. Ali has already started reading the nominees on next year's list!|
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