Congratulations go out to 4 of our students who earned honorable mentions in McAllen Book Festival's first annual teen writing contest! The students submitted flash fiction (short stories 200 words or less). Thomas Jefferson TSTEM ECHS had 4 students recognized: Marie Vallangca, Diana Ortiz, Nicholas Alvarado, and Ken Evasco. These students have been invited to read their stories aloud at the festival and will also receive a prize and certificate of award.
We just visited a book festival, now you have an opportunity to work at one! Are you interested in meeting a variety of authors? Do you need to earn some community hours? The McAllen Book Festival needs your help! The event takes place on Saturday, November 8th. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. Click HERE for the list of jobs available. If you are sure you can come, submit your information below:
We traveled to Austin, Texas on October 18th for the Texas Teen Book Festival. Students had the opportunity to meet and get books signed by over 50 different authors, including James Dashner, Joelle Charbonneau, Gayle Forman, Becca Fitzpatrick, and many more. They also got a chance to listen to presentations by Ransom Riggs, Scott Westerfeld and Lauren Oliver. This 24-hour trip was exhausting, but so worth it!
Celebrate Teen Read Week at Titan Library!
Monday - Friday:
Clear your library fines at 50% off
Vote for your favorite teen book for YALSA's Teen's Top 10
Check out a book and receive a treat
Join us in the library at 12:00 to learn how to tell an EPIC story on our virtual field trip. From the Discovery Education site: Meet Wyatt Channell, Executive Producer of How the Universe Works, during our Virtual Field Trip to The Science Channel Headquarters. Learn how great stories are made and how Wyatt became an Executive Producer. Tweet and chat in your questions during the event.
Thursday and Friday: Complete a book hunt in the library using our online catalog, Destiny.
Which books did you vote for? What are some dreams you are hoping to make your reality? Share in the comments section below!
You are invited to join the book club in reading Winger by Andrew Smith. This book tells the story of Ryan Dean West's junior year in high school. He begins the school year with something to prove. As a 14 year old junior, he is constantly trying to fit in with his older teammates on the rugby team. This ultimately leads to a lot of difficult (and hilarious) situations. Winger is full of laughs, but the end will break your heart. This is definitely a book worth reading! Come check it out in the library today. Have you picked up your iPad yet? Miss Cantu is also distributing eBook copies of this book!
Our book discussion for James Dashner's The Maze Runner took place on October 3rd. I was really happy to see that we have many new faces in our group. We discussed some of the major differences in plot and characterization between the book and movie, made predictions for the next books in the series, and expressed what we most enjoyed/disliked in the reading experience.
Ms. M. Cantu,