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1 Outstanding Books Challenge 2014 Take the challenge!

2 What is the Outstanding Books Challenge? The Outstanding Books Challenge is a program that rewards you for reading books! reading books.

3 What books do I have to read? You select the books from the American Library Associations list Outstanding Books for the College-Bound and Lifelong Learners. These books are contemporary, not classics. The books were selected for their interest and value to college-bound high school students. That means you!

4 What are the books about? There are five categories of books, with all genres represented: fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry, and drama. There is something for everyone in every category!

5 The categories Arts and HumanitiesMusic, comedy, photography, religion, dance, sports… History and CulturesIncludes historical fiction and biography. Literature and Language ArtsMany books you may have already read in school! Science and TechnologyIncludes some science fiction Social SciencesGreat variety of topics!

6 Books You Might Have Already Read Arts & Humanities Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

7 Books You Might Have Already Read History & Cultures Devil in the White City by Erik Larson What is the What by Dave Eggers

8 Books You Might Have Already Read Literature & Language Arts The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

9 Books You Might Have Already Read Science & Technology Feed by M.T. Anderson Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

10 Books You Might Have Already Read Social Sciences Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines by Nick Sheff A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

11 How many books do I have to read? Bronze level: 1 book from each of the 5 categories= 5 books Silver level: 2 books from each of the 5 categories= 10 books Gold level= 3 books from each of the 5 categories= 15 books. The important thing is to read widely, which is why you must read at least one in each category!

12 Do I have to attend meetings? No. Once you sign up, you will receive updates and reminders through the email address you use to sign up on Those who finish the OBC are expected to attend a brief award ceremony.

13 How will you know I read the books? For each book you read, you will write a 250-500 word review and submit it through All reviews must be original and must follow the directions posted on the Library website.

14 FictionNon-fiction Summary (required) Describe the setting, the point of view (that is, who is telling the story), and the main characters. Then, give a brief summary of the plot, including the major events of the book. Give an overview of the authors topic, thesis, and main points. What conclusions does the author draw? Response (choose a few questions to address) Discuss the theme(s) of this book. What is this book trying to say, and do you agree or disagree with it? Did you agree or disagree with the authors point of view, thesis, or conclusions? How convinced are you? Explain. What is your overall response to this book? Did you love it? Hate it? Find it interesting? Provocative? Boring? Explain What are the strengths and weaknesses of this book? Would you recommend this book? Why or why not? How would you evaluate this authors writing? Did this book challenge your assumptions or change your mind about anything? Discuss. What interesting questions did this book leave you with? 250-500 words Summary AND Responsesee below Please label by category (i.e. Science & Technology)

15 Good News for Previous OBC Winners: Those who completed the Outstanding Books Challenge last year may choose books from previous lists or off the list, but off-list choices must be discussed with the librarian in advance.

16 New Choices Coming in February! At the beginning of February, the 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners will be announced. You can read any of the books from either the 2009 or the 2014 list. Double choices! Participants will be emailed the new list, which will also be available on the Library website.

17 What do I get for doing this? You get the usual rewards of reading good books: Improved vocabulary and comprehension! Better scores on the SAT Critical Reading section! Broadened horizons! Exposure to new ideas and new points of view!

18 Okay, but what else? 1.An award certificate (useful for your college application on the section that says Academic Awards or Honors) 2.An end-of-the-year celebration! 3.A prize! Usually, a Barnes & Noble gift certificate for a respectable sum, sponsored by HASA.

19 When are the reviews due? All reviews are due by Thursday, May 1, 2014. No late reviews will be accepted! If you plan to participate, please sign up no later than December 1 on with a valid email address.

20 How do I sign up? Complete instructions for signing up through, writing the reviews, and everything else are available on the Outstanding Books Challenge section of the Librarys website. You can also stop by the Library and ask Ms. Goldberg for more information.

21 Why Should I Do This? 1.The more good books you read, the smarter you get. 2.OBC looks great on your college application. 3.You get a prize! And cake! 4.Your family will be proud of you. 5.Your English teacher will be impressed!

22 Take the Challenge!

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