Reading Riot: “Choice” List Offers More Recommendations
Here in Fauquier County, schools annually participate in the Battle of the Books. The library does its part by ordering extra copies of the titles to keep up with the waiting list as enthusiastic young readers cram for the competition.
But did you know there’s another recommended reading list sponsored by the Virginia State Reading Association? The Virginia Readers’ Choice (VRC) is designed to introduce young readers to contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal and to inspire a life-long love of reading.
Noteworthy books are nominated by students, teachers and librarians based on literary merit and selected by a committee. Then students at schools and libraries throughout the state vote for their favorite titles; winners are announced in the spring each year. Ballots are due by April 15.
Now you can join the fun! Drum roll please… here is the 2015–2016 VRC Middle School List for your reading enjoyment.
2015 – 2016 VRC Middle School List
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz (e-book)
Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
Twerp by Mark Goldblatt (CD-book)
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills
The Virginia Readers’ Choice Award is brought to you by the Virginia State Reading Association.
∼Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.