Thursday, October 27, 2011

Teen Read Month - Mini Contest #4

It is our final mini contest for Teen Read Month.  How did the time past so quickly?

Once again, we will be giving away a bag full of:
  • awesome swag
  • cool pins
  • books
  • candy
  • a really random surprise
This week's special featured prize book is an Advanced Readers Copy of Laini Taylor's newest, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which has huge buzz around it! Plus has been nominated for Sno-Isle Libraries' Mock Printz discussion, which I'll tell you more about soon. And there are 23 people waiting to read it, so you can skip that line!

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

To win our last Secret Surprise Bag, tell me about a reading experience that changed your life.  Winner will be selected Tuesday November 1, 2012.  Must leave name or initials in the entry (so I know who you are) and be a teen in Sno-Isle territory to win.  Check back here to see the winner!


Anonymous said...

My reading experience was The book Nancy Drew. Actualy the series of books that is 56 books long. The series changed my veiw of dectective work and it also taught me some things. I love the books and I wish there were more than 56 of them!

~Jordan Family said...

A reading experience that changed my life..well I cant say I have had alot. I would say The Hunger Games. Wait, before you start to think how unoriginal that is hear me out. I think it changed my life because I hurt when the tribunes hurt, I smiled when they did, I was appalled by the Capitol along side them. I felt more connected to people because I better appreciated what i had, and the country I live in. It made me realise that things like this could be possible in some third world countries. And how grateful I am to live in America.

Macey said...

A reading experience that changed my life was Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. It was probably the one and only time I truly read a biography....and I absolutely loved it! It wasn't a typical life story, it seemed like just another novel. The story was so eye-opening and the fact that everything had really happened in reality just made the book that much more intense.

Noah said...

I have two, actually, and they reach back fairly far into my childhood.
The first one is when I began reading Shel Silverstein books. After reading those, I decided I loved poetry so much I had to keep reading it (and I've been reading it ever since). I might have eventually gotten into it later in life, but I wouldn't have read nearly as much poetry as I have, and I surely wouldn't have written as much.
The other was when I read Christopher Paolini's Eragon in 5th grade. I'd been an avid reader before that, but it was mostly folklore books and poetry (thanks to Shel). It wasn't until then that I really started READING- big, thick novels that sucked you in and didn't let go. Eragon is the first fantasy novel I remember reading, and to this day, I've never forgotten it. I've been in love with reading- and writing- fantasy novels since then. I guess it changed my life because it broadened my horizons...once I saw how amazing real novels were, I couldn't go back.

Cyrus Commissariat said...

The book that has changed my life the most this far in my life would have to be "The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. I think this reading experience has changed my life because this book is about a poor little Native American from the Spokane Tribe that is the first kid from the reservation to "go outside the reservation". The reason this has changed my life is because all around the world there are many Native American tribes and it was so sad to read this book to get the perspective of a kid from the tribe. Also the book was 10x more powerful and meaningful to me because I live so close to the Spokane reservation. Also I think that any one in high school or entering high school can relate to Junior's story at one time or another in their lives whether they are from the tribe or not. This book also made me cry and laugh.

A said...

A Reading Experience That I Had:

When I was 6 or 7 I started reading the Wizard of Oz books. They really made me realize how amazing reading is, how many exciting adventures you can embark on and interesting and beautiful lands and people you can visit and meet just by opening the the cover of a book.


AC said...

It's hard to say what reading experience really changed my life, because I read a lot. But I'd have to say there are many books that have struck home. One in specific that I can think of was Bad Girls Club by Judy Gregerson. This book was fairly simple in a written style sense, but the story it contained was so powerful, so gripping that I'm getting tears in my eyes just thinking about it. I think the reason this book affected me so much was because it was set in the Pacific Northwest. The narrator, a girl name Destiny, would describe moments in her life, and the setting would be somewhere I knew. Somewhere I could relate to, and these things that were happening to Destiny weren't good things. It left an impression on me that I won't ever forget.

Maddy E. said...

My reading experiance is going to be cliche but it truly did change my life. This experiance was Harry Potter. My dad read every book to me aloud when I was little. Him reading those books to me created a special bond between us. Harry Potter is not just my thing it is my dad and my thing. I would never have had such great memories of my dad reading to me without these books, that is how Harry Potter changed my life.

DIANA said...

my reading expirience that changed my life was the book called Palace of mirrors. A lot of the parts were related to my own life. later in my book i figured out new ways of friendship and ways of connecting with others and solving hard mysteries. it changed my life and i understood were and why stuff happened the way it did.

Dawn said...

From Waverly C. of Stanwood:

"My life was changed when I wrote a story about my grandpa and sent it to Reading Rainbow. When I was in kindergarten, I wrote a picture book called "My Papa Has Good Days, My Papa Has Bad Days". I won for my age division, and I was able to be featured on a Reading Rainbow episode. It was about my now deceased grandfather who was suffering from colon cancer. It was a great experience to be on Reading Rainbow, and it changed my life because of the memories of my grandpa and the Reading Rainbow studio."

Dawn said...

All of the entries this week were wonderful! But, there can be only one winner of Mini Contest #4, and that is Maddy E. because she best described not what book changed her life, but how it changed it too. So heartwarming!

Maddy...please email me at, and tell me your full name and library, so I can send you your prize bag!