Wow. Here we are. The eve of The Wyzbery announcement. I know; you’re all as excited as I am. But before we get to that, we have some dystopian business to take care of.
As I alluded to in yesterday’s Fantasy Award announcement, we have not yet awarded a dystopian novel in this year’s Frannies. This after Divergent won it all last year in the first-ever Wyzbery. So whoever is awarded today will be a first-time winner, after we saw repeat winners with both the Realistic Fiction Award and the Fantasy Award.
The students chose the following criteria for the Dystopian Award:
- The book ties a corrupt government into the story
- The book has quality characters/character depth
- The book demonstrates quality writing
- The book helps the reader relate to the world
I like these criteria because it has a bit of the fictional world (the corrupt government) with a little bit of the real world (helping the reader relate to the world). A good dystopian book does that. It allows for a bit of escape from the world, but it also makes us as readers think about our own world. I’m proud of my students for recognizing that.
67 votes were cast for the Dystopian Award, and like the other two genre awards, two books ran away with it. 44 of the votes were dividing among the top two vote-getters.
First, our Dystopian Honor Book:
Pandemonium has been a favorite of our 7th and 8th graders alike, aided by the buzz of having an ARC of Requiem making its way through our classroom.
So what could be even better than such a well-loved book? Our 2013 Dystopian Award Winner is. . .
Insurgent has been a hot commodity in room 8A, spending very little time on our bookshelves, until nearly everyone had had a chance to read it. Congratulations to Ms. Roth! You are welcome to pick up your award at any time.
Interesting note about the Dystopian Award: the top four vote-getters were all books from female authors. All the other awards were pretty split, with only the 8A award and honor going to authors of the same gender. Apparently I have my work cut out for me with that dystopian novel I’m working on, because a sex change is just not happening.
Be sure to come back tomorrow at 7 for THE WYZBERY ANNOUNCEMENT! And then stick around Twitter afterwards, because #titletalk is at 8. You don’t want to miss that.
Go back to the 2013 Frannies Main Page.
See the 7A Class Book Award.
See the 7B Class Book Award.
See the 8A Class Book Award.
See the 8B Class Book Award.
See the Realistic Fiction Award.
See the Fantasy Award.