Trends – Hants North Rural High School

As we check out what students are nominating at Hants North Rural High School (grades 7-12), it’s becoming clear that teens across CCRSB read an incredibly wide range of books. Ms. Dixon has reported that out of the 30 nominations received so far, only two have been nominated more than once. The frontrunner at HNRH right now (with four nominations) is: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Here are some of the reasons why The Hunger Games is a favourite among HNRH students:

  • I love this book because of Katniss’s struggle to survive and how much effort it took just to live.
  • This is a brilliant novel with a strong female protagonist. The book was thrilling from cover to cover and I found myself unable to put it down. This book will appeal to people of all ages.
  • Because it is extremely interesting and makes you never want to put it down.

The only other title to receive multiple nominations (two) is the picture book Strong to the Hoop by John Coy. Ten-year-old James tries to hold his own on the basketball court after he is challenged to a game by a group of older boys.


Reasons for nomination:

  • It is a good book because it is awesome.
  • It is a good book because it is the best book in the whole world.

Author Ellen Hopkins has shown up on a couple of ballots  (for her books Crank and Tricks), but neither book received multiple nominations. For those of you unfamiliar with her work, she writes very powerful free-verse novels about tough issues (e.g. drug addiction, abuse, mental illness). This will likely not be the last time her name appears on this blog.

The rest of the nominated books at HRNH only received one ballot each and represent a variety of genres, including fantasy, romance (particularly supernatural), and historical fiction. Here are a few honourable mentions:

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eragon is a simple farm boy, until one fateful day he finds a blue stone that hatches a dragon.

Reason for nomination:

Phenomenal book for the author’s first novel. Really good fantasy read for veterans and newcomers to the genre.


Going Bovine by Libba Bray

In this award-winning novel, 16-year-old Cameron Smith goes on an epic road trip with a video-game-obsessed dwarf, a lawn gnome, and a punk rock angel named Dulcie to search for a cure for his mad cow disease.

Reason for nomination:

Because I like cows and yard gnomes.


Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica Packwoods is a normal senior in high school – at least until the hot new exchange student claims she is actually a Romanian vampire princess and his long-lost fiancee.

Reason for nomination:

When I read this book I couldn’t put it down.


Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This classic, semi-autobiographical tale of pioneer life follows the Ingalls family as they leave Wisconsin just after the Civil War and build a new home in Kansas.

Reason for nomination:

Because it teaches kids about how people grew up in the olden days.


What are your thoughts on the books HNRH have nominated? Are any of your favourites on this list?


Posted on December 6, 2011, in Nominations, Trends and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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