Story Contest

WHAT TO DO NEXT

Flex your writing muscles and share your story explaining what the funniest, most amazing or embarrassing day would be! Come up with your own characters and let your imagination run wild. The funnier and weirder, the better!

WHAT GETS MADE

The winner will get to travel to New York City along with one family member to work with author Dan Gutman. Dan will help the winner turn his or her story into an actual book – something to show off to family and friends.

JUDGING

Creativity 50%, storyline (meaning how easy it is to turn into a book) 25%, and humor 25%.

Submit your story here.

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Award Winners 2013

2013 Award Winners

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Cover of The One and Only Ivan

-When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

 

 

 

 

-Moonbird is a nickname scientists have given to a small Eastern shorebird known for both his unusually long life and his enormously long annual migration.

“Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” written by Phillip M. Hoose and published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

“Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

 

Titanic

-Critically acclaimed nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the story of the TITANIC and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.

 

 

 

 

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

“Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

-In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

 

Karen Blumenthal Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

Finalists for the award: “Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different,” written by Karen Blumenthal, published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

 

 

“Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” written by Phillip Hoose, published by Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;

-Moonbird is a nickname scientists have given to a small Eastern shorebird known for both his unusually long life and his enormously long annual migration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titanic

“Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic;

-Critically acclaimed nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the story of the TITANIC and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.

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Working on a Holocaust Project?

Check out these resources on information about the Holocaust.

EBSCO Host: Student Research Center: Holocaust Resources

 

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New Jersey Association of School Librarians

Ms. Llera attended the NJASL Fall 2012 conference and learned a ton of great tools she hopes to integrate into Sayreville Middle School. She also presented a program, along with Mrs. De Santis called “Book Trailers: Link trailers to QR codes”.

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Poetry Contest

VOYA’s Teen Poetry Contest 2012

Write an original poem and enter it below or give it to Ms. Llera.

Ms. Llera will mail it to VOYA for a chance to win $20 and have your poem published.

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Garden State Teen Book Awards: vote now!

Read one or more books and vote for the title or titles that you enjoyed the most.

Voting ends December 30th.

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Teen Read Week: It Came from the Library

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users.

Enter Wrestlemania Contest

Enter 39 Clues Contest

Enter Weekly Library contest

Write a book review!

Review a comic book!

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