NOVEL MADNESS is here again! This annual contest crowns my students' all-time favorite book. In teams of six, they brainstormed titles. The initial list was 25 books. As a class, they voted on the top sixteen. Although some favorites are consistent, new titles appeared too. Hunger Games and Holes are here for the third time.… Continue reading Novel Madness 2014
All month, DelSheree Gladden has been featuring characters from various novels on her blog. Earlier this month, she posted artwork depicting Evan and his flying horse, Clyth. Today she's featuring an interview with Owain, the groom from In the Winds of Danger. Find out how Owain feels about High Meadow, Evan, and Davyd. Learn what… Continue reading Owain Featured on Character Blogfest
ELEPHANTS*PACHYDERMS ELEPHANTHOLOGY* ELEPHANTS Sure, they can paint—but only YOU can write. Yes, about elephants. We’re hosting a two-level contest with (a) modest $$ winnings and (b) possible inclusion in Elephanthology, a planned anthology of elephant lore—short stories of fiction or narrative nonfiction (imaginative writing, not articles per se), poetry, flash fiction . . . all published with author’s… Continue reading Phyl Manning: Elephant Contest
Winners of Round Two Yesterday we had our second round of speeches and voted to eliminate four more books. Listed below are the novels still in the competition and the matchup they will face tomorrow. Winners of tomorrow's voting move into the semifinals! Matilda by Roald Dahl vs. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets… Continue reading Novel Madness Round Two!
Novel Madness 2013 First Round Winners! After a day of spirited persuasive speeches, my class voted and here are the results of the first round. I have logged them here already lined up for their second round match. Round two voting takes place on March 19. Care to sway the vote? Post a comment extoling… Continue reading Novel Madness 2013