Can you believe we only have 3 awards left to hand out? This week has just been a blur of honoring fantastic book after fantastic book. This evening, we award the best fantasy book of 2012.
The criteria the students generated for the Fantasy Award are as follows:
- The theme of the book has meaning in the real world
- The book has quality characters/character depth
- The book demonstrates quality writing
- The description of the fantasy world is neither too confusing nor too shallow
Six quality books were nominated as meeting those criteria. 80 votes were cast. 48 of those votes went to just two books. Again, there were clear-cut winners here.
One book has been designated as a Fantasy Honor Book:
One eighth grader in particular loved this book, claiming it was the “best book [she’s] ever read” (and she is very well-read). Not bad praise.
No more delay. It’s Friday. We have bigger fish to fry (was that a Catholic Friday Fish Fry allusion? I’ll leave it up to you to decide. But Lent is coming). The 2013 Fantasy Award Winner is. . .
This is the second win for The Mark of Athena, putting it into rare territory. These students do love their Greek mythology, which is why I’m so excited to be discovering more and more well-written books in that vein. But for them, The Mark of Athena is the top dog for 2012.
Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what the students chose as their best dystopian book of 2012. We’re yet to award or honor a dystopian novel (after a dystopian book won it all last year), so it will be interesting to see what the students have chosen!