The rules are simple--you write in book reviews and you get points. The three guys with the most points at the end of the month wins. As I said, simple. You could write about any book, fiction or nonfiction. Or a graphic novel. Or a biography. (I'll tell you how to send in your reviews in a minute) Every book review is worth at least one point. Got that? Each book is worth at least ONE POINT.
But then, there are some books that I don't think get enough attention. So, each review of one of the following books is worth TWO POINTS:
Any book in the Brixton Brothers series by Mac Barnett
Any book in the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look
Any book in the Boys vs Girls series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Or any of the Lunch Lady graphic novels
Or any one of the three Fangbone graphic novels
Or the nonfiction book Stubby: The War Dog
Got that? OK, I've got more. There are some longer books that also don't get enough love. Each review of one these is worth THREE POINTS:
Any of the truly great Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales graphic novels
Any book in the Leviathan trilogy by the talented Scott Westereld
Lincoln: A Photobiography by the great Russell Freedman
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by the terrific Alan Silberberg
But wait--there's more! I have three favorites that really should be read more often. They are much longer, all three are older and a bit harder but not that difficult. And they are GREAT STORIES!!
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (one of The Books Every Guy Should Read)
The Yearling by Marjorie Keenan Rawlings (an epic story of growing up in the Florida wilderness)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (the greatest pirate story of all time)
All right, ready to start reading and sending in your reviews? Good. Here's what you do:
1. Go to the "Comments" area under this post or any post.
2. Type up your review in the blank space under where it says "Leave your comment." Be sure to give us the book's title, its author, a BRIEF summary of the plot and why you did or didn't like the book. Don't just say, "This book was cool"; tell us WHY you liked it.
3. Here's the tricky part--under the Comments area is a place that says "Choose an Identity." It gives you a choice of signing up with a Google account, an Open ID account, or you could use a name and a URL or you could be anonymous. (I wish you wouldn't be anonymous; how would I know who to give the prize to?) You DON'T have to create a Google account! And you DON'T have to use Open ID. The best thing, if you've never written to us before, is to use the Name/URL option. You don't have to put in a URL but we would appreciate leaving your name--either your full name or your first name or you could make up a name. (like Turkeyhead)
If you have any questions or don't understand something, call me at 704-416-5800 or come by the Myers Park library and see me. I'll post the reviews and points at least once a week. OK? Then get going and may the best guy win!!!
PS--if you want to see some of the past March Madness contests, click here and here and here.