The final round of prizes has been drawn, including the end-of-summer grand prizes, and all winners have been contacted.
Congratulations to everyone who won, for this round and throughout the summer. And double congratulations to everyone who participated by joining, making comments and making videos, whether you won a prize or not. Collectively you've helped create great discussions, book reviews and fun throughout the summer. Myself and the other Toronto Public Library staff working on Word Out had a blast, and we hope you all did too. See everyone next summer.
We've reached the "official" end of Word Out 2010. We'll be closing commenting on all other posts shortly, but will leave the comments on this one enabled for a little while longer for anyone with a final farewell, book recommendation or otherwise.
In the popular manga series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumia, an average high school freshman, Kyon decides to join a school club. This club only takes in members who have hidden superpowers and its secret mission is to protect the beautiful Haruhi Suzumia.
You can find out more by checking out the manga series! :) I wonder what it would be like to be protected by a group of super youth? What about you?
Grace is: kind of lonely, living a quiet life with her distracted parents near Minnesota. As a child, Grace was attacked by a pack of wolves but miraculously survived unharmed. Now she watches the wolves in the woods beyond her home with fascination, especially one with piercing yellow eyes.
Sam is: leading a double life. In summer he is the cute boy with strange eyes who works in the bookstore where Grace hangs out. In the cold winter he must change. The coming chill marks his transformation into a wolf.
Last week we judged books by their covers. This week you can judge by micro-sized excerpts from their back cover description (or their cover jacket description, in some cases). We've got copies of all four of the books with excerpted summaries below. Just tell us which book you'd most like to read based on the excerpt and you'll get a chance to win (not necessarily the one you choose, though--you shouldn't judge books by [small excerpts from the back of] their covers!)
The contest is closed now; we've identified the mystery books below, for the curious.
Mystery Book #1: All sixteen-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school--and life in general--with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick... (Going Bovine by Libba Bray)
I just finished reading the book, Happy: a Memoir and I loved it. Alex Lemon writes about the period in his life when he went to college and lived a carefree existence.When he suffered his first brain hemorrhage, he turned to drugs and alcohol to help him cope with what he was going through.This is the story of how he overcame his illness and substance abuse to become the person that he is today.
I got the opportunity to interview the author.
What was it like going through such a difficult experience at such a young age?
I have to admit that the blog’s title is misleading because I wanted to get everyone’s attention by using the popular show name!
Sanderson library is going to host the end of summer Word Out wrap party on Wednesday, August 25 at . Not only will we have food and prizes, we will have a gaming station setup so you can play. Come and join us on August 25 at and don’t forget to bring your friends. If your local library is not Sanderson, you are still welcome to come. We’re located at the South-East corner of Dundas and Bathurst.
It's the final week of Word Out (already?) and I was fortunate enough to read some great books last week to prepare for my final "What We Read" post this summer.
First off, and my favourite of all the YA I've read this summer: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Great YA science fiction, set in an offworld colony where a plague has killed all the women and made all the men into uncontrolled broadcast telepaths (they continuously spam everyone around them with their thoughts). Of course, it turns out things aren't exactly as they seem, and the viewpoint character is forced to flee with his dog... highly recommended. Looking forward to reading the sequel, The Ask and the Answer, this week.