Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team

Helen Ruffin Reading Club

Reading Club
The Reading Club is a group of 6th-8th grade students who love to read. Students will meet after school to discuss the stories and participate in a variety of activities and friendly competition using team buzzers that will help students become experts on the common books they read. From this club, students will compete to earn a spot on the Reading Bowl Competition Team of at least 10 students.

The following list is for middle schools:

  1. Cartaya, Pablo. (2019). Each Tiny Spark. New York, NY: Kokila. 
  2. Draper, Sharon M. (2018). Blended. New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 
  3. Gemeinhart, Dan. (2019). The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Co. 
  4. Lackey, Lindsay. (2019). All the Impossible Things. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press. 
  5. Panteleakos, Nicole. (2019). Planet Earth is Blue. New York, NY: Wendy Lamb Books. 
  6. Roberts, Barbara Carroll. (2019). Nikki on the Line. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company. 
  7. Sloan, Holly Goldberg, & Wolitzer, Meg. (2019). To Night Owl From Dogfish. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers. 
  8. Takei, George, Eisinger, Justin, & Scott, Steven. (2019). They Called Us Enemy. (Illus. Harmony Becker). Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions. 
  9. Venkatraman, Padma. (2019). The Bridge Home. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books. 
  10. Williams, Alicia D. (2019). Genesis Begins Again. New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students grades 4-12. There will be a WCSD Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl between the Walton County schools (TBD).  The winners of the Walton County Reading Bowl will compete in the regional competition (TBD). The state competition will be held between regional winners (TBD).

About Helen Ruffin:
Helen Ruffin was a media specialist is Dekalb County. To encourage her students to read, she created a competition game based on the Georgia Children's Book Award nominees. She wanted to have teams of students compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. The idea quickly grew from competition between Dekalb County schools to a statewide competition in 2003.

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