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School Library's Journal's Annual Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is back! This year's contenders are:




THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER by Phillip Hoose

CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman

DROWNED CITY by Don Brown

ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan

GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia

GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead

THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz

I CRAWL THROUGH IT by A. S. King

THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick

MOST DANGEROUS by Steve Sheinkin

MY SENECA VILLAGE by Marilyn Nelson

NEST by Kenneth Oppel

NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson

RHYTHM RIDE  by Andrea Davis Pinkney

SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD by M. T. Anderson

X: A NOVEL by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

Follow along at the Battle of the Books site to see what book comes out the winner!

AAA Traffic Safety Poster and Video Contest

The annual AAA Traffic Safety and Poster Contest brings out creativity in young people while teaching them about important traffic safety issues.

Students should illustrate a designated safety theme demonstrating correct behavior and create a catchy slogan while striving to design a visually memorable entry.

The theme for teens in Grades 6-8: How to Be a Good Passenger (buckle up, don't distract the driver). This should be a hand drawn poster.

The them for 9-12: The message should caution drivers to avoid the many dangers facing teen drivers today (distracted driving, texting, cell phone use, aggressive driving, alcohol or drug awareness, drowsy driving). Students have the option of either entering a hand-drawn poster or computer-generated poster or video.

You can download the entry form at the AAA site.

Entries are due March 11.

The Grand Award winners will received $750
First place winners will receive $300
Second place winners will receive $200
Third place winners will receive …

American Library Association Youth Media Award Winners

The winners of the American Library Association's Youth Media winners were announced today. Here's the list:
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner.
Three King Author Honor Books were selected:  “All American Boys,” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely “The Boy in the Black Suit,” by Jason Reynolds  “X: A Novel,” by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon and published by Candlewick Press.
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: “Bone Gap,” written by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.
Two Printz Honor Books also were named: “Out of Darkness,” by Ashley Hope Pérez “The Ghosts of Heaven,” by Marcus Sedgwick
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience: Middle School Winners: “Fish in a T…

People's Choice Award Winners

Here's the list of the winners of last night's People's Choice Award:

MOVIES
Favorite Movie
Winner: Furious 7
Favorite Movie Actor
Winner: Channing Tatum

Favorite Movie Actress
Winner: Sandra Bullock

Favorite Action Movie
Winner: Furious 7

Favorite Action Movie Actor
Winner: Chris Hemsworth

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Winner: Shailene Woodley

Favorite Animated Movie Voice
Winner: Selena Gomez

Favorite Comedic Movie
Winner: Pitch Perfect 2

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Winner: Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Winner: Kevin Hart

Favorite Dramatic Movie
Winner: The Martian

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Winner: Johnny Depp

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Winner: Dakota Johnson

Favorite Family Movie
Winner: Minions

Favorite Thriller Movie
Winner: Taken 3

TELEVISION Favorite TV Show
Winner: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Network TV Comedy
Winner: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Winner: Jim Parsons

Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Winner: Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Actor In A New…

Teen Review: Black Ops 3

Review Black Ops 3 by JC

This game is one of my favorites in the 2015 line of games. I would honestly give this game 4 and a half stars. The reason being is because pf the three main game modes which are Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. This game has a home for everyone. If you like playing by yourself or with other people, there i definitely something for you in this game.

This game adds on to the original Black Ops and Black Ops 2. The only thing that stops this game from getting 5 stars is two reasons. The first being the fact that there is downloadable content. DLC's are $15 each and there are four. I feel like they should be free or at least a reasonable price. $15 for one DLC in my eyes is overpriced. The second reason is that fact this this is all only available on the "next gen" consoles which include PC, XBoxOne, and PS4. It does come out on the old gen consoles, but there is so much stuff that is missing.

Overall, I would recommend his game to anyone and thi…