Welcome to the 2018 school year! The TSD middle school Media Department is proud to announce the first group of potential books that has been chosen for our Troybery 2018 reading program, which can be found on our website here.
A mock-Newbery program, the Troybery Program has encouraged Troy middle schoolers since 2000 to read the best middle grade books published that year and then vote on their favorites. Many fantastic books have won over the past 17 years, and we look forward to seeing what the TSD students think of our potentials for this year.
Changes implemented to Troybery last year will continue into this one - we will start with a large list of potential Troyberys, and students will help narrow the list down to the top ten in March through a Troybery Madness tournament. The winner will be announced at the 18th Annual Troybery Awards Ceremony on April 27.
How do books end up on our potential Troybery list? The media specialists seek input from students and teachers. Students can join the Troybery Committee Schoology Group (Access Code GWXVQ-JV9F4) or can submit titles for consideration here (must have a TSD account to login). When we hear students and teachers raving about a book, see students talking about the book on our Schoology group, or see many kids submitting the same book to our form, we will then add it to stack of books to consider.
In other words, if your child had a book that he/she really thinks should be a Troybery, make sure he/she gets other kids talking about and reading it! There are many, many books published each year and only two media specialists, so we prioritize our reading to the books that that we hear about the most.
For a book to be considered for the Troybery potentials list, it must be published in 2017, must be a middle grade book, and must be a stand-alone or first book in a series.
We highly recommend that you review this list with your child and also familiarize yourself with the titles so that you can be sure your child is reading books appropriate for him/her and that meet your family guidelines. Our list includes high and low level books, a variety of genres, as well as titles more appropriate for mature readers noted with an asterisk. (We have done this to appeal to our 7th and 8th graders, who, according to our statistics, were less interested in participating in Troybery in the past because the books felt too "young" for them.) In the end, we will probably have around 20-30 titles to choose from, so your child will have numerous options and needs only to read three minimum to participate.
We will only have five copies of each of these books to start out, so we appreciate you visiting the Troy Public Library or purchasing copies at our book fairs or at a book store to enable your child to get hands on a copy!
Happy Troybery 2018!
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.