Monthly Archives: January 2012

Trends – Amherst Regional High School

NOTE: Today is the last day of the nomination period, so don’t forget to nominate your favourite book!

Students at Amherst Regional High School (grade 9-12) have submitted an interesting mix of nominations; the top books include popular series, a classic, an illustrated novel, and a book by a Nova Scotian author. Ms. Matthews reported that of the 100 nominations received, six books received multiple nods. The leader with five nominations is: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 

Reasons for nomination:

  • Addicted!
  • Amazing series
  • Great pacing, characters and knows how to end a chapter. (I completely agree.)


In a close second with four nominations is The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. It’s incredible to see that this novel is still a teen favourite almost 50  years after its publication.

Reasons for nomination:

– This book makes you think that everyone is human.
– Very captivating.


In third place with three nominations is the House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast.

Zoey Redbird, a fledgling Vampyre,  is sent to the House of Night boarding school, where she must stay until her transformation into a full vampyre is complete.

Reason for nomination:

This series is very interesting and should be noticed more.


In fourth place are three very different novels that have received two nominations each:

Of Things Not Seen by Don Aker

For nine years, Ben Corbett and his mother have been abused by Ben’s step-father. In grade 11, Ben’s long-kept secret is at risk of being discovered.

Reasons for nomination:



The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This illustrated novel  follows Hugo Cabret, an orphan secretly living and fixing clocks in a Parisian train station, and a toy seller with a mysterious past.

Reasons for nomination:

The illustrations are phenomenal!
The movie just came out so people need to read the book behind the movie.


The Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey

College student David Rain rents a room in a strange boarding house owned by Liz Pennykettle, who creates and sells clay dragons. David uses the dragons as inspiration for his writing, and soon realizes they are have magical qualities.

Reason for nomination:

An awesome book and a great series and it’s a fun read.


Have you read any of the books nominated by ARHS students? What are your thoughts

Trends – Bible Hill Junior High School

Students at Bible Hill Junior High School (grades 8-9) have submitted 21 nominations. Ms. Long reported that there is currently a six-way tie for first place and each title received two nominations. Not surprisingly, two of the six books are written by Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games and Mockingjay, the third and final book in the popular series.











Reasons for nomination (The Hunger Games):

  • Very intriguing book, couldn’t put it down.
  • Is one of the best books that I read.

I am surprised that the following book has not received more nominations, as it had a big impact on the students I know who read it: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Before Hannah Baker killed herself, she recorded thirteen audio cassette tapes explaining why and mailed them to the people who contributed to her suicide in both big and small ways.

Reason for nomination:

Because it’s a book that really makes you realize to make an effort to be a better person.


 A popular comedy manga series at BHJH also received a couple nominations: Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma.

Yotsuba is an energetic, green-haired, four-year-old girl who learns about everyday things with the help of her adoptive father and a group of teenage girls who live next door.

Reason for nomination:

Funny and random.
The final two books in BHJH’s six-way tie are:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

On his 11th birthday, Harry Potter discovers he’s a wizard and starts his first year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Reason for nomination:

Harry Potter is the best thing that has ever happened to this world.


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan


The second book of Riordan’s new series The Heroes of Olympus continues the adventures of Percy Jackson and his new friends as they embark on a quest. (I don’t want to say anything more in case I spoil something for those of you who have not read The Lost Hero.)


What are your thoughts on the top six books at BHJH? Are you surprised by anything on this list?

Trends – East Pictou Middle School

There is no clear leader yet at East Pictou Middle School Library (grade 7-9). Out of the 57 nominations received, Ms. MacLellan reported that a wide range of books were nominated and only three titles received two nominations. The front-runners are:

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

10-year-old Comfort Snowberger is comfortable with death, as her family owns a funeral home. However, she is unprepared for a string of tragic accidents that follows the funeral of her beloved great-great-aunt.

Reasons for nomination:

– It’s a really funny book but sad. My favourite book.
– It’s funny and a great book to relate to at our age!




The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) by Lemony Snicket

In the sixth installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the evil Count Olaf discovers the Baudelaire orphans’ hideout in Esmé and Jerome Squalor’s 71 bedroom penthouse and tries anew to steal their family fortune.

 Reasons for nomination:

– It’s the best book I ever read.
– It’s very interesting.




Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Spencer, Aria, Emily, Hannah, and Allison were best friends in grade 7 – until Allison mysteriously disappeared. A few years later they start receiving messages from “A,” which contain secrets about each girl that only Allison would know.

Reasons for nomination:

– It’s a good book!
– I liked how the author wrote it




UPDATE: Ms. MacLellan continues to receive nominations every day, and the results have changed. The number one book at EPMS is currently The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton with 15 nominations, and Pretty Little Liars has moved up to second place with 5 nominations. These results will likely change again by the end of the week!

What do you think about the books nominated at EPMS?

Trends – New Glasgow Junior High School

If the nominations are any indication,  series are well-loved by students at New Glasgow Junior High (grades 7-9). Ms. MacLellan collected 64 nominations and reported that the top five books all belong to one of the top four best-selling teen series of the past few years. Leading the pack with 8 nominations is a book I was surprised hasn’t been mentioned yet: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight.

For the few of you who don’t know the plot of Twilight, here’s a brief summary: in the tiny town of Forks, Washington, Bella (the new girl) falls head-over-heels in love with Edward (the dark and mysterious boy). Things get complicated when Bella discovers Edward’s secret – he’s a vampire.

Here are a few reasons why students at NGJH love this tale of vampire romance:

  • Best book ever.
  • It is my favourite out of the series because it is the start of everything.
  • So interesting!

The runner-up with six nominations is the ever-popular The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Reasons for nomination:

– So awesome!
– This series is so good! They changed my life.
In third place with four nominations is Percy Jackson and the Olympians : The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Percy Jackson’s life turns upside-down when he discovers he is the son of Poseidon.

Reasons for nomination:

– I love Greek mythology.
– It’s really good and well written.
– Should be in the top ten books.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer Reasons for nomination:

– Because I love it and it was an amazing book!  I love the Twilight series.
– I love it 🙂
– Awesome.  Best book ever!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Reasons for nomination:

– I really like it.
– It is the best book of all time.
– Loved it!

Ms. MacLellan continues to receive nominations on a daily basis, so these results are likely to change by the end of the nomination period.

What are your thoughts on the popular books at NGJH? Do you think they’re overrated, or do you love them as much as these students do? Feel free to discuss in the comments!

Trends – Northumberland Regional High School

Welcome back, everyone! There are only two weeks left to nominate your favourite book, so make sure you submit a ballot by the end of the day Friday, January 13.

Students at Northumberland Regional High School (grades 9-12) have nominated a total of 46 titles. According to Ms. Nielsen, the current leader with 10 nominations is (not surprisingly): The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Here are a couple of short-but-sweet reasons why NRHS students love The Hunger Games:
  • Constant suspense!
  • Full of action!

Only four books received more than one nomination, and they are all tied for second place with two nominations each. There appear to be some shared reading interests among students at both NRHS and South Colchester Academy, as two of the following books were also nominated by students at SCA. Second place includes the following books:

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly has spent every summer at the beach hoping Conrad and Jeremiah would notice her. During her sixteenth year, things finally change – but not like Belly had hoped.

Reason for nomination:

It’s Great! Romance, sad and funny.
Looking for Alaska by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles starts boarding school in Arizona, where he becomes friends with a group brilliant and prank-loving misfits. When tragedy strikes, Miles seeks answers about life and death.

Reason for nomination:

It’s just awesome!
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Reason for nomination:

Intricate storyline, spectacular imagery.
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Any thoughts on the nominated book at NRHS?