Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Favorite Fictional Characters Who Died

This discussion was suggested to me by awesome library aide Kelly Evans. Beware of spoilers! So... here is my RIP list. feel free to add your own. P.S.- I don't count vampires cuz they are undead not dead! Ditto for characters in an afterlife like Liz in Elsewhere.


Albus Dumbledore from HP
Sirius Black from HP
Fred Weasley from HP
Hedwig from HP
Remus and Tonks Lupin from HP
(Lots of dying in the last Harry Potter!)
Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings
Dallas Winston from The Outsiders
Johnny Cade from The Outsiders
The Tarleton Twins in Gone With the Wind
Alaska Young in Looking for Alaska
Will Keller from The Luxe
Mr. Crepsley in Cirque du Freak
Brom in Eragon
Coyotito in The Pearl
Buster Kilrain in Killer Angels
Ruth Jamison from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Toomer from The Great Santini
Rue from The Hunger Games
and.....even though I didn't like him......Roland from Unwind

Post your own characters. Hey...maybe we could have a "Day of the Dead Character" funeral?!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Teen Read Week Read-In, Ice Cream Party, Award Winners

Wow, it's been quite a week here in the LMC. First of all, congrats to the prize winners.And, click here to see pictures from the Read-In (pajama party!), the book fair, and the Ice Cream blast. Finally, look on the top left of the blog to see the books we chose for the first annual Talon Awards . Big, big thanks to Mrs. Reyes for all her contributions to the ice cream party. She donated paper goods and toppings and got ice cream donated by Blue Bell. You rock!

Prize Drawing Winners (book fair gift certificates):
Sky Terry
Mariah Craig
Brittany Teifert
Heather Benton
Steven Flowers
Danielle Bradford
Lacey Gidney

Character Costume Contest (as voted on by the MHS staff)
Honorable Mention: McKenzie Birkhead as Vivian from Blood and Chocolate
Second Place: Caitlyn Fahey as Harry Potter
First place: Kelly Evans as Ryuk from Death Note

Poster Contest (as voted on by the MHS staff)
Honorable Mention: Heather Benton, 1984
Second place: Juan Espinosa, Cirque du Freak
First Place: Kelly Evans, Host Club

Teen Read Week Poster Contest

We had some awesome entries. MHS has a talented group or artist-readers! TRW queen Kelly Evans had the winning entry (left). Click here to see the others.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book Commercial Videos Are Up!

One of our Teen Read Week activities was videotaping students who wanted to promote a favorite book or series. With the help of Mrs. Smith, editor extraordinaire, we created these cool vids.

I'm not even done editing and uploading yet!  Check back for more videos later.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teen Read Week Happenings

Teen read week is in full swing here at MHS. The book fair opened Monday. Today was "Come dressed as a character from a book" day. Check out the pictures here.

Tomorrow is the judging of the poster contest. Thursday is the return of the Great Read-In! Bring your pajamas, your pillow, and something juicy to read as MHS settles in for a nice chunk of uninterrupted pleasure reading time.

Friday is the ice cream party for those who blogged about books and/or filmed book commercials. I'll take extra hot fudge, please.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Teen Read Week Contest

Hey Cardinals! This is the place to post your Teen Read Week book blurbs and reviews. remember, to earn a ticket to the ice cream party, you must successfully write about at least six books you've read during the past year. For an example of how to do it, check out my post about the book Peak right here on this blog. You'll have to go back to the older posts.

Tell a little bit about the book (enough to entice the reader but not so much that you give away the plot). Tell what you noticed/thought/felt, what you liked and didn't. when you're done, tell me so that I can read it and give you a ticket.

All you have to do is click on "comments" below and start writing. Submit each book as its own comments post please. Where it says "comment as", select "name/url". Put your first name and last initial only! No URL is needed.

Once I approve your comments, you'll see them here on the blog.

The deadline for finishing blogging is next Wednesday, October 21st by the end of the school day.

Mrs. Rowe, We Love You so!

Mrs. Rowe, one of our amazing English teachers, had a birthday last Friday. Here's our tribute to her:

Friday, October 2, 2009

Banned Books Week Vid

We got a new Flip video camera in the LMC yesterday and decided to shoot some footage. It started off as pure nonsense but it morphed into a piece on defending the right to read. Check out our Banned Books Week video.

Thanks to Cody and Junior for helping! Now we need a name for the little super hero guy...Clyde? I need suggestions!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Profundity of John Green

When I was in middle school and high school, I had a great, good friend named Kathryn. She died, way too young, and I've always had a hard time dealing with it. You see, we'd had a bit of a falling out. Nothing major, just two young people who were at different life stages, just out of sync. I thought we'd have time to fix it but as it turns out, we didn't. I lost her and learned a bitter lesson.

Now, along comes John Green with his Tayshas Award-winning novel, Looking for Alaska. There's a lot to admire in this novel but for me the line that resonates is this:

"We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations....So I know that she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison's last words were: 'It's very beautiful over there.' I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful."

Hig, wherever you are, I hope it's beautiful over there.