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Helen Ruffin

1935-2014

Several years ago Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a very dynamic and innovative person was the library media specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. In 1985, she served on the selection committee for the Georgia Children’s Book Award nominee program. This literature program began in the Department of Language Education at the University of Georgia’s College of Education. This literature program inspired her to use the nominee books to encourage her students to read.

Mrs. Ruffin created a unique reading competition in game format using the award nominees. It was called the Reading Bowl. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. She shared this vision with her colleagues. They embraced her idea and pressed forward.

Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. The DeKalb County’s School System’s Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl has been a leader in this endeavor. They have hosted both the local and state competition within the DeKalb County School System. Registration is held in the fall of each year. The competition takes place on a Saturday morning in late winter. January 30, 2016 will mark the 17th annual countywide competition.

 

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Important Dates

DeKalb HRRB — January 30, 2016  
Regional HRRB — February 13, 2016
Divisional HRRB — February 27, 2016
State HRRB — March 19, 2016

DeKalb Reading Bowl

To participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, elementary and middle school students must read the current Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees. The Georgia Book Award Nominees is the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl’s official reading list.

High school students must read the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominees for the current year which is the official reading list of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

 

Rules of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

  • Each school will participate in six rounds.
  • Each round will consist of 10 questions.
  • Alternates may be substituted between rounds.
  • Teams will receive 10 points for each answer.
  • There will be no penalties for wrong answers.
  • There will be five members on a team and up to five alternates.
  • A school may have no more than one team.

The winners will be determined in the following manner: The teams with the highest total points from all six of their rounds will be the winners. In case of a tie, the teams who are tied will be co-winners. Winning teams will receive a trophy for their school. In the case of a tie, neither team will receive the trophy that day. Another trophy will be purchased and engraved and presented to each of those teams at a later agreed upon date. There will be a first place, second place and third place winning teams (teams in case of a tie).

Team Selection Strategies

  • Recruit a teacher, paraprofessional and or parent to be co-sponsor and coach.
  • Encourage all students to read the Georgia Book Award Nominees
  • Teachers and sponsors make requirement for certain number of books to be read.
  • Secure AR (accelerated reader) test
  • Make multiple copies available
  • Use vendors such as Baker& Taylor, Bound to Stay Bound, Follett, Permabound, and others that carry GA. Book Award copies ( paperbacks)
  • Buy books on tape
  • Run a power point kiosk on workstations
  • Encourage purchase of personal copies on “tax free days”
  • Establish a “literary club” or type of “lunch bunch” where interested students can read and discus the books on the Georgia Award list .
  • Discuss each book with students as to its theme, plot, characters, settings, etc.
  • Give brief “book talks”
  • By December, at the latest, select possible team and alternates
    • Ask teachers for suggestions of students
    • Give test on the 20 books
    • Hold a school level reading bowl
    • Encourage input from students
  • January or before, meet with team at designated time to review books and practice questions
    • Students, sponsors, coaches make practice questions
    • Use “extra” students not on team as “coaches”
    • Encourage students to read at least four (4) of the nominees

Georgia Reading Bowl

To participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, elementary and middle school students must read the current Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees. The Georgia Book Award Nominees is the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl’s official reading list.

High school students must read the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominees for the current year which is the official reading list of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

A school may sponsor no more than one team per level (elementary, middle, or high school). Each team will consist of five players and five alternates.

If your school system participates in a district wide competition, the first and second place winners in each division may then advance to the regional competition. If there is no district wide competition and there are more than two schools in the same division (elementary,middle or high) desirious of competition in the same school system, then there must be a local competition to determine the 1st and 2nd place teams. the 1st place and 2nd place teams may then advance to the regional bowl.


 

As part of the registration for 2015- 2016 a $10.00 fee must be paid

  1. All teams (even if they are the sole participant in their system) that wish to participate at the Regional, Divisional, and State levels must register as an official GA HRRB team and are required to submit an entry fee of $10 to the State Steering Committee by the date published on the website in order to be considered for competition above the local level. EVERY team must register online and EVERY school that registers will incur a $10.00 state registration fee.
  2. There should be a system representative to collect system fees, if any, and the state fee, so that one check from the system can be sent to GLMA with a list of the schools in the system that have paid. The system representative will also send a list of schools in the system that have paid to the GA HRRB treasurer. Please see the following link for the complete text of the Framework of the Ga. Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Game Format

  1. Each school will participate in six rounds.
  2. Each round will consist of 10 questions.
  3. Alternates may be substituted between rounds.
  4. Teams will receive 10 points for each answer.
  5. There will be no penalties for wrong answers.
  6. There will be five members on a team and up to five alternates.
  7. A school may have no more than one team.

Rules During the Game/Round

  1. Students may hold the buzzer.
  2. When the student buzzes in, the console judge must acknowledge the student and team.
  3. The answer must be given within 10 seconds by the student who buzzed in.
  4. If the answer is incorrect, the question will be repeated for the other team.
  5. They will have ten seconds to answer after buzzing in.
  6. If neither team buzzes in, the moderator will answer the question and proceed to the next question.
  7. If a contestant buzzes before the completion of a question,the moderator stops reading and, after being recognized; the contestant must answer immediately. If an incorrect answer is given, the moderator reads the entire question and the opposing team has an opportunity to answer the question within 10 seconds.
  8. Any concern about an answer to a question MUST be addressed by the student to the COACHES before the next question is asked. The moderator’s decision is final. The student will get the attention of the coach by raising his/her hand.
  9. Coaches stay with your team. You will ask any questions, not a team member, a parent or other visitor.

Winners

The winners will be determined in the following manner: The teams with the highest total points from all six of their rounds will be the winners. In case of a tie, the teams who are tied will be co-winners. Winning teams will receive a trophy for their school. In the case of a tie, neither team will receive the trophy that day. Another trophy will be purchased and engraved and presented to each of those teams at a later agreed upon date. There will be a first place, second place and third place winning teams (teams in case of a tie).

Team Selection Strategies

  • Recruit a teacher, paraprofessional and or parent to be co-sponsor and coach.
  • Encourage all students to read the Georgia Book Award Nominees
  • Teachers and sponsors make requirement for certain number of books to be read.
  • Secure AR (accelerated reader) test
  • Make multiple copies available
  • Use vendors such as Baker& Taylor, Bound to Stay Bound, Follett, Permabound and others that carry GA. Book Award copies (paperbacks)
  • Buy books on tape
  • Run a power point kiosk on workstations
  • Encourage purchase of personal copies on “tax free days”
  • Establish a “literary club” or type of “lunch bunch” where interested students can read and discus the books on the Georgia Award list. *Discuss each book with students as to its theme, plot, characters, settings, etc.
  • Give brief “book talks”
  • By January, at the latest, select possible team and alternates
  • Ask teachers for suggestions of students
  • Give test on the 20 books (18 titles for elementary)
  • Hold a school level reading bowl
  • Encourage input from students
  • Mid-December or before, meet with team at designated time to review books and practice questions
  • Students, sponsors, coaches make practice questions
  • Use “extra” students not on team as “coaches”
  • Encourage students to read at least four (4) of the nominees

Annual Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competiition

  • Georgia Association of Educators (GAE),the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and The Georgia Children’s Book Award program are announcing the ninth annual Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
  • To participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, elementary and middle school students must read the 2015-2016 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees. The Georgia Book Award Nominees is the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl’s official reading list.
  • High school students must read the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominees for 2015-2016 which is the official reading list of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
  • A school may sponsor no more than one team per level (elementary, middle, or high school)
  • Each team will consist of five players and five alternates.
  • If your school system participates in a district wide competition, the first and second place winners in each division may then advance to the regional competition. Regional winners will then proceed to divisional playoffs. Division 1 consists of north,west and metro regions. Division 2 consist of east, south and middle regions.

 


 

Where can I purchase the buzzers?. 4 D Designs LLC

5940 Bertcliff Dr.

Columbus, Georgia 31909

Phone: 706-221-7410

or FAX: 706-221-9964

Email: FourDDesigns@yahoo.com


 

State Playoffs will be held on March 19, 2016. during the Georgia Children Literature Conference. The winning teams from the Division 1 and Division 2 Reading Bowls will compete for the championship of Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. The growth of the Ga. Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl has made it possible to have six (6) HRRB Regional Bowls throughout the state.

The Georgia Children’s Literature Conference, at the University of Georgia, is the host for the state finals of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. Division 1 contains regional winning teams (elementary, middle, high) from the North, West and Metro regions. Division 2 regional winning team contains winning teams (elementary, middle, high) from the East, South and Middle Georgia Regions.

 

Division 1 and Division 2 will meet on February 27, 2016. Division 1 1st and 2nd place teams in their regional competition will meet at:

Lovinggood Middle School,

3825 Luther Ward Road,

Powdersprings, GA 30127,

Division 2 1st and 2nd place teams in their regional competition will meet on February 27, 2016 at:

Georgia Southern University,

1332 Southern Drive,

Statesboro, GA 30460

Regions


The Six Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Regions


The North HRRB Division: Bartow, Calhoun City, Cartersville City, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Chickamauga City, Dade, Dalton City, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gainesville City, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Trion City, Union, Walker, White, Whitfield, and non-public school organizations. (See rules for inclusions).

North Region: 

Chestatee Middle School,

2740 Fran Mar Drive,

Gainesville, GA 30506-1136

North Coordinator:  Laura Seymour

Riverbend Elementary

1742 Cleveland Hwy.

Gainesville, Georgia

email: northhrrb@gmail.com


 The West HRRB Division: Bremen City, Butts, Carroll City Schools, Carroll County, Chattahoochee, Cobb, Coweta, Douglas, Floyd, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Marietta City, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Paulding, Pike, Polk, Rome City, Spalding, Talbot, Taylor, Thomaston-Upson, Troup, and non-public school organizations (see rules for inclusions).

West Region

University Of West Georgia

1601 Maple St,

Carrollton, GA 30118

(678)839-5000

Coordinators: Jean Cook Stephen Williams

email: westhrrb@gmail.com


The East HRRB Division: Banks,Barrow, Burke, Candler, Clarke, Columbia, Commerce City, Effingham, Elbert, Emanuel, Franklin, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Hart, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson City, Jenkins, Lincoln, Madison, McDuffie, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Richmond, Screven, Social Circle City, Stephens, Taliaferro, Treutlen, Walton, Warren, Wilkes, and non-public school organizations(see rules for inclusions).

East Region

Greene County High School

1441 MLK Drive

Greensboro, Ga.30642

East Coordinators: Terrie Gribanow Verley Dotson

email: easthrrb@gmail.com


 Metro HRRB Division: Atlanta City, Buford City, Clayton, Decatur City, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Rockdale, and non-public school organizations (see rules for inclusions).

Metro Region Clayton State University 2000 Clayton State Boulevard Morrow, GA 30260 (678) 466-4000.

Metro Coordinator: Sue Ann Prigge

email: metrohrrb@gmail.com


Middle HRRB Division: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Bulloch, Crawford, Dublin City, Fayette, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, Macon, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Peach, Putnam, Schley, Sumter, Twiggs, Washington, Wilkinson, and non-public school organizations (see rules for inclusions).

Middle Georgia Region Warner Robbins High School (478) 929-7877

Middle Georgia Coordinator: Doreen Smith

email: middlehrrb@gmail.com


South HRRB Division: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Calhoun, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Jeff Davis, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Pelham City, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart, Tattnall, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Thomasville City, Tift, Toombs, Turner, Valdosta City, Vidalia City, Ware, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Worth, and non-public school organizations (see rules for inclusions).

South Region Valdosta State University 1500 Patterson Street Valdosta, Ga, 31698 229-333-5800

South Coordinators: Jaime Rearley, Shan Peters 

email: southhrrb@gmail.com

Booklists

The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl will only use the original 20 titles on the Georgia Book Awards Nominees list and the 20 titles on the Ga. Peach Teen Book Award Nominees list. There are 17 titles for the elementary students and all twenty titles from the GBA will be used for middle school students during the 2015-2016 school term.

Elementary Booklist

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl uses the suggested GBA list of 17 titles (2015-2016) for elementary schools. All 20 titles will be used for the middle school list. The following list is for elementary schools.

Prairie Evers. Airgood, E. (2012). New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

Ten-year-old Prairie is happy being home-schooled and raising her flock of chickens, so transferring to regular school is a big change, but fortunately she meets a wonderful friend.

 

This journal belongs to Ratchet. Cavanaugh, N. (2013) Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Eleven-year-old Ratchet determines to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. She tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool language arts journal.

 

The Saturday boy. Fleming, D. (2013). New York: Viking.

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

 

Absolutely almost. Graff, L. (2014). New York: Philomel.

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

 

Prisoner B-3087. Gratz, A. (2013). New York: Scholastic.

Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

 

Hope is a Ferris wheel. Herrera, R. (2014). New York: Amulet/Abrams.

After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California, ten-year-old Star participates in a poetry club, where she learns some important lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future.

 

The fourteenth goldfish. Holm, J.L. (2014). New York: Random House.

Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

 

The mark of the dragonfly. Johnson, J. (2014). New York: Delacorte.

Since her father’s death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.

 

How to outrun a crocodile when your shoes are untied. Keating, J. (2014). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

When twelve-year-old Ana’s zoologist parents move the whole family into the zoo, the Sneerers–the clan of carnivorous female predators in her class–have even more ammunition to make her life miserable, although she tries to act like a chameleon and fade into the background.

 

Upside down in the middle of nowhere. Lamana, J.T. (2014). San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.

At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

 

The vine basket. La Valley, J. (2013). New York: Clarion.

Life has been hard for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul, a member of the Uyghur tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime, so when an American offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks, Mehrigul strives for a better future for herself and her family despite her father’s opposition.

 

A snicker of magic. Lloyd, N. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic–but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

 

Half a chance. Lord, C. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

Nickel Bay Nick. Pitchford, D. (2013). New York: Putnam.

When eleven-year-old Sam gets into trouble and is forced to work for his reclusive neighbor Mr. Wells, he soon finds out that his mysterious new acquaintance hides many secrets of his own–including one that will change Sam’s life forever.

 

The girl from Felony Bay. Thompson, J.E. (2013). Burlington, MA: Walden Pond Press.

When Abbey’s father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence–and repay a century-old debt.

 

Loot: How to steal a fortune. Watson, J. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

When Abbey’s father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence–and repay a century-old debt.

 

Brown girl dreaming. Woodson, J. (2014). New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

Middle School Booklist

All 20 titles of Georgia Book Award Nominees are used for the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Middle School Division for 2015-2016 school term.

Prairie Evers. Airgood, E. (2012). New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

Ten-year-old Prairie is happy being home-schooled and raising her flock of chickens, so transferring to regular school is a big change, but fortunately she meets a wonderful friend.

 

This journal belongs to Ratchet. Cavanaugh, N. (2013) Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Eleven-year-old Ratchet determines to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. She tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool language arts journal.

 

A bird on Water Street. Dulemba, E. (2014). San Francisco, CA: Little Pickle Press.

A coming of age story about Jack, a boy growing up in a Southern Appalachian town environmentally devastated by a century of poor copper-mining practices and pollution. Jack is opposed to the mine where so many of his relatives have died, but how can he tell that to his dad who wants him to follow in the family trade? Jack just wants his dad safe and the land returned to its pre-mining glory with trees, birds, frogs, and nature–like he’s learning about in school. After Jack’s uncle is killed in a mining accident and the Company implements a massive layoff, the union organizes and the miners go on strike. It seems Jack’s wish is coming true. But the cost may be the ruin of his home and everything he loves.

 

The Saturday boy. Fleming, D. (2013). New York: Viking.

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

 

Absolutely almost. Graff, L. (2014). New York: Philomel.

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

 

Prisoner B-3087. Gratz, A. (2013). New York: Scholastic.

Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

 

Hope is a Ferris wheel. Herrera, R. (2014). New York: Amulet/Abrams.

After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California, ten-year-old Star participates in a poetry club, where she learns some important lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future.

 

The fourteenth goldfish. Holm, J.L. (2014). New York: Random House.

Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

 

The mark of the dragonfly. Johnson, J. (2014). New York: Delacorte.

Since her father’s death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.

 

How to outrun a crocodile when your shoes are untied. Keating, J. (2014). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

When twelve-year-old Ana’s zoologist parents move the whole family into the zoo, the Sneerers–the clan of carnivorous female predators in her class–have even more ammunition to make her life miserable, although she tries to act like a chameleon and fade into the background.

 

Upside down in the middle of nowhere. Lamana, J.T. (2014). San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.

At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

 

The vine basket. La Valley, J. (2013). New York: Clarion.

Life has been hard for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul, a member of the Uyghur tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime, so when an American offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks, Mehrigul strives for a better future for herself and her family despite her father’s opposition.

 

A snicker of magic. Lloyd, N. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic–but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

 

Half a chance. Lord, C. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

 

Sylo. MacHale, D.J. (2013). New York: Razorbill/Penguin.

They came from the sky parachuting out of military helicopters to invade Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine. They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO’s commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world.

 

The revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Manzano, S. (2012). New York: Scholastic.

It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated–and dangerous.

 

Nickel Bay Nick. Pitchford, D. (2013). New York: Putnam.

When eleven-year-old Sam gets into trouble and is forced to work for his reclusive neighbor Mr. Wells, he soon finds out that his mysterious new acquaintance hides many secrets of his own–including one that will change Sam’s life forever.

 

The girl from Felony Bay. Thompson, J.E. (2013). Burlington, MA: Walden Pond Press.

When Abbey’s father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence–and repay a century-old debt.

 

Loot: How to steal a fortune. Watson, J. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

When Abbey’s father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence–and repay a century-old debt.

 

Brown girl dreaming. Woodson, J. (2014). New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.


 

High School Booklist

This list is used in the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl for the high school competition and will be promoted in public libraries as part of the Vacation Reading Program.Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Committee.A committee of public and school librarians has compiled a list of 20 outstanding books for high school aged students to consider for the annual Georgia Peach Award For Teen Readers. Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers accepts new members each spring. Committee members must be current Georgia high school media specialists/teacher-librarians or Georgia public library youth services staff.Chair: Dr. Kathi Vanderbilt,Cobb County Library Media Specialist and Natalie Couch, Vice-Chair South Columbus Public Library. For a complete list of committee members go to: http://georgiapeachaward.org/ reading-committee.


Are You Experienced?  Jordan Sonnenblick.  Feiwel and Friends (2013).

Fifteen-year-old guitar player Rich cannot get his dad to tell him about his late uncle, so he decides to take his father’s most prized possession, a guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix, which transports him back to 1969 Woodstock where he encounters his fifteen-year-old-dad and his uncle who is alive.


Caged Warrior. Sitomer, Alan L.  Disney Hyperion (2014).

 

From age three, McCutcheon Daniels, now sixteen, has been trained in Mixed Martial Arts and must keep winning to feed his five-year-old sister and father, but chance presents an opportunity to get out of the Detroit slums using his brain instead of his fighting skills.


A Death-Struck Year.  Lucier, Makiia.  Houghton (2014).

Includes bibliographical references (page 280). When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross. eath-Struck Year. 


Everything Leads to You.  LaCour, Nina.  Dutton (2014).

While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi Price finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads her to Ava, who is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.


Fake ID.  Giles, Lamar.  Amistad (2014).

“An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first iend is found dead”–Provided by publisher.


Faking Normal.  Stevens, Courtney.  Harper (2014).

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.


Far From You.  Sharpe, Tess.  Disney-Hyperion (2014).

“After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina’s death”–Provided by publisher.


Free to Fall.  Miller, Lauren.  Harper Teen (2014).

“In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices”–Provided by publisher.


Girls Like Us.  Giles, Gail. Candlewick (2014).

“Graduating from their school’s special education program, Quincy and Biddy are placed together in their first independent apartment and discover unexpected things they have in common in the face of past challenges and a harrowing trauma”–OCLC.


Hostage Three.  Lake, Nick.  Bloomsbury USA (2013).

Seventeen-year-old Amy, her father, and her stepmother become hostages when Somalian pirates seize their yacht, but although she builds a bond with one of her captors it becomes brutally clear that the price of life and its value are two very different things.


I’ll Give You the Sun.  Nelson, Jandy.  Dial (Sept. 2014).

“A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah”–Provided by publisher.


Jackaby.  Ritter, William.  Algonquin (2014).

ewly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.


Killer of Enemies.  Bruchac, Joseph.  TU Books (2013).

Includes bibliographical references (page 361). “In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage”–Provided by publisher.


Nearly Gone.  Cosimano, Elle.  Penguin:Kathy Dawson Books (2014).

A math-whiz from a trailer park discovers she’s the only student capable of unravelling complex clues left by a serial killer who’s systematically getting rid of her classmates.”–Provided by publisher.


Phoenix Island.  Dixon, John.  Gallery (2014).

When a tough sixteen-year-old boxing champ sentenced to an isolated boot camp discovers it is actually a mercenary training facility turning “throwaway children” into scientifically enhanced killers, he risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.


Say What You Will.   McGovern, Cammie.    HarperTeen(2014).

“Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected”–Amazon.com.


Scar Boys.   Vlahos, Len.  Egmont (2014).

Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.


We Were Liars.  Lockhart, E.  Delacorte Press (5.13.14 pub)

Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.


 

What I Thought Was True.   Fitzpatrick, Huntley.  Penguin: Dial (2014).

“17-year-old Gwen Castle is a working-class girl determined to escape her small island town, but when rich-kid Cass Somers, with whom she has a complicated romantic history, shows up, she’s forced to reassess her feelings about her loving, complex family, her lifelong best friends, her wealthy employer, the place she lives, and the boy she can’t admit she loves”–Provided by publisher.


When I Was the Greatest.  Reynolds, Jason.  Atheneum (2014).

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.


 

 

 

 

Registration


Registration will begin in October 2015.

EVERY team needs to register online and EVERY school that registers will incur a non-refundable $10.00 state registration fee. If there is more than one school to register in a school system, there should be a system representative to collect the state fee, so that one check from the system can be sent to HRRB with a list of the schools in the system that have paid. Be sure to download the fee registration form and follow the directions on the form.

Forms


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