Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North
Carolina, to be
exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t.
Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it
sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years.
But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less
wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something
they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of
change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As
Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with
fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.
About the Author
Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished
writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a
five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, and is a
New York Times bestselling author, with Out of my Mind
staying on the list for almost two years. She was selected as Ohio’s
Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the
Year, and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner.
She is a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner, and
was the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence for the Taft Museum. She is a
YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, and is the recipient of the Dean’s
Award from Howard University School of Education, the Pepperdine
University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Marva Collins Education
Excellence Award, and the Governor’s Educational Leadership Award. Last
year she was named Ohio Pioneer in Education by the Ohio State
Department of Education, and in 2008 she received the Beacon of Light
Humanitarian award. In 2009 she received the Doctor of Laws Degree
from Pepperdine University. In 2011, she received the Lifetime
Achievement Award for contributions to the field of adolescent
literature by The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National
Council of Teachers of English, as well as the 33rd Annual Jeremiah
Luddington Award by the Educational Book and Media Association, also for
lifetime achievement. In 2015 she was honored by the American
Library Association as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award
for lifetime literary achievement. (Check out more about this talented author at her website).
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I apologize for not posting this on Friday. Parent teacher conferences on Wed. and Thurs. allowed me to sleep in on Friday, and I totally blanked on getting the post done. Ah, well, better late than never.
Last week's Question of the Week was...
In Surround by Sharks what word is spelled wrong on the posters Tam and Pamela made about Davey?
And the Answer Is...
Here are the schools, who correctly answered this week's question
Everything repeats. You. Your best friend. Every person you know. Many worlds, many lives—infinite possibilities. Welcome to the multiverse.
Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was
young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds,
inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives.
Sasha never believed such worlds were real—until now, when she finds
herself thrust into one against her will.
To prevent imminent
war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a
princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha
succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails,
she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out,
Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young
men vying for her love—one who knows her secret, and one who believes
she's someone she's not.
About the Author
Anna Jarzab is the author of All Unquiet Things,The Opposite of Hallelujah and Tandem, the first book the Many-Worlds Trilogy. She lives in New York City and works in children’s book publishing.
In Surround by Sharks what word is spelled wrong on the posters Tam and Pamela mad about Davey?
As you can read this is a bonus round question and requires a word answer instead of the title and author's name. Make sure that you include in your answer your school's name. Please only one answer per team.
Centuries after a shifting of the Earth's poles, the Sunken City that
was once Paris is in the grips of a revolution. All who oppose the new
regime are put to the blade, except for those who disappear from their
prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the
mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage
to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from
ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her
doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is
only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder
and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a
tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
About the Author
I live in: Nashville, Tennessee, born and raised. My Former Life: I
have been a classical piano teacher, full-time mom (unpaid), part-time
genealogist (also unpaid, but what does that matter, right?), chair of a
non-profit for a local theater group (wait, that’s unpaid, too!), and a
coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Midsouth Conference (guess I excelled at working for free!).
My life now: Still have my family, still coordinating that conference. I am also a writer. For this I get paid.
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