Trends – South Colchester Academy

Students at South Colchester Academy (grades 7-12) have only submitted 13 nominations so far, but they represent some rich and diverse reading interests at the school. Ms. Cochrane has reported that the only title to receive two nominations is a popular manga series: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba.

Light Yagami is a model student until he finds the “Death Note,” a supernatural notebook that will kill anyone whose name you write inside its pages.

Here’s what SCA students had to say about the series:

  • It’s epic.
  • Awesome book.

As mentioned above, no other book received multiple nominations, but the ballots have included some interesting and unique picks like the ones listed below:

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

In a futuristic England, 15-year-old Alex is jailed for rape and murder and rehabilitated by the state using experimental techniques.

 Reason for nomination:

Excellent use of language.


A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The powerful Stark and Lannister families fight to control the Iron Throne in the first book of the epic fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire.

Reason for nomination:

Captivating, great character development, and a unique writing style.


Crank by Ellen Hopkins (I said she’d appear again.)

This free-verse novel (based on the experiences of Hopkins’ daughter) depicts Kristina Snow’s addiction to crystal meth and her horrifying downward spiral.

Reason for nomination:

The book is very moving and the way it is written is very unordinary.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

The seventh and final Harry Potter novel. I won’t say anymore for those who’ve not yet read it.

Reason for nomination:

It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, it’s exciting, adventurous, outrageous, mysterious, funny, and sad.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Set in Jackson, Mississippi during 1962, three women –  two African-American maids and a progressive, white journalism graduate –  embark on a dangerous and life-changing project.

Reason for nomination:

Shows the point of view from blackmaids which made me look differently at the discrimination people face.


Do you have any thoughts on the books nominated by SCA students? Are there any you’d love to see in the Top 10? Are there any you’ve never heard of but want to check out?


Posted on December 9, 2011, in Nominations, Trends and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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