Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trends – Springhill Jr./Sr. High School

The nomination period has been open for a month and trends are starting to emerge. For the next three weeks, this blog will be showcasing each school’s most-nominated books.

We’ll start with Springhill Jr/Sr High School (grades 7-12) where about 60 nominations have been submitted. A surprisingly wide range of books that have appeared on the nomination forms, from classics (The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and Hatchet Gary Paulsen) to manga series (Rosario+ Vampire by Akihisa Ikeda), to contemporary novels that tackle tough issues (Shine by Lauren Myracle and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma). But the biggest surprise of all has been the complete absence of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins from the nomination forms, especially as many students have read and loved the series.

Due to the wide range of reading interests in the school, very few books have received two or three nominations. Only one book has received a whopping four nominations: I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder.

For those of you unfamiliar with this verse novel, it’s a love story with a twist – one of them is a ghost.

Here are the reasons students gave when nominating this book:

  • “It was written in an easy format that left you breathless with every page.”
  • “This book is awesome.”
  • “This book is amazing! I recommend it to everyone!”
  • “I really enjoyed the book.”

Although I Heart You, You Haunt Me has received the most nominations so far, it is not the only one at SHS to receive multiple nods.

Three books/series received 3 nominations each:

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder.

Another ghostly romance written in free verse.

Reason for nomination:

“I nominate this book because I think it is an amazing book and everyone should have the chance to read and love this book as much as I do!!”


The Demonata  series by Darren Shan.

A gory horror series about (not surprisingly) demons.

Reason for nomination:

“It’s awesome and more kids should read it.”



Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton.

A funny series chronicling the life and times of a girl in middle school.

Reason for nomination:

“They are really good and funny books.”



Five book/series received two nominations each:

It will be interesting to see if these results change in the next few weeks. Is your favourite book one of the most-nominated at SHS? What do you think of the student picks so far?