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SUMMER CHALLENGE 2012: WIND/AIR > 20.2 - Rookie at the Top - Nicola's task: School's Out For Summer

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message 1: by Dlmrose (last edited Jun 06, 2012 05:27AM) (new)

Dlmrose | 17878 comments Mod
20.2 - Rookie on Top - Nicola's task: School's Out For Summer

Summer is a time for sunshine and outdoor activities. It is a time for vacations and lazy days. Most significantly, it is when “School’s out for summer”! As a teacher, and a mom, Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” is a popular song in both my household and workplace during this season.

Based on these lyrics, choose one book for one of the options below.

Option 1: School's out for summer
Read a book that takes place during the summer, or while the main character is on vacation. Alternatively read a book that has a beach or a summer scene on the cover.

Option 2: School's out forever
Read a book in which the main characters have recently graduated from school (high school or university), or are beginning a new career or job and the job is a significant aspect of the story. Non-fiction job search/interview books would also work for this option
Required- Please explain how your book choice works if it is not clear in the Goodreads description.

Option 3: School's been blown to pieces
Read a book in which a bomb or explosion of some type is a significant aspect. Alternatively, read a book in which there is an explosion or bomb on the cover, i.e. object exploding, flashes of light, shrapnel, mushroom clouds, etc.
Three Seconds (Grens & Sundkvist #5) by Anders Roslund The Highwayman (Wicked Games, #1) (Harlequin Nocturne, #68) by Michele Hauf
These lists may help Nuclear Apocalypse, Explosions or Non-explosions
Required- Please explain how your book choice works if it is not clear in the Goodreads description.

Option 4: No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

Read a book that is about a teacher, or someone who works in an educational field. Alternatively, read a book which takes place at a boarding school, or is about students who attend a boarding school.


REQUIRED: Post which option you chose.
REQUIRED: If you choose a cover option, please post the cover.


message 2: by Nicola (last edited Jul 25, 2012 11:29AM) (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Approved Books:
Option 1
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Island Idyll by Jess Dee Arousing Love by M.H. Strom Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist (Agatha Raisin, #6) by M.C. Beaton Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6) by Debbie Macomber Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

Option 2 Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2) by E.L. James

Option 3 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1) by Josh Bazell Wild Thing (Peter Brown #2) by Josh Bazell The Mirage by Matt Ruff
Columbine by Dave Cullen Gunpowder Empire (Crosstime Traffic, #1) by Harry Turtledove


Option 4 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


message 3: by Nicola (last edited Jul 30, 2012 06:21PM) (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Books Not Approved:
Option 1
Deadly Little Voices (Touch, #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4


message 4: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 17878 comments Mod
This help thread is open!


message 5: by Gayla (new)

Gayla Bassham (sophronisba) Does this work as a beach/summer scene?

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


message 6: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7696 comments im thinking this one for option 2 - Kiss the Morning Star


message 7: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Works for me Gayla!


message 8: by Gayla (new)

Gayla Bassham (sophronisba) Thanks, Nicola!


message 9: by Chaitra (new)

Chaitra (chaitra_ganesh) | 520 comments Does Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer work for option 3? It's about 9/11 and the aftermath. TIA!


message 10: by Sheila (last edited Jun 06, 2012 06:48AM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Hi Nicola - Congratulations. I'm working on your options and wondered if Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist would work for option 1 (vacation)

OR if either of these books would work for option 3 (explosion)

Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1) by Josh Bazell or Wild Thing (Peter Brown #2) by Josh Bazell

It's not a mushroom cloud, but the covers look like SOMETHING exploded to me.

Thanks




message 11: by Nicola (last edited Jun 06, 2012 06:39AM) (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Dee wrote: "im thinking this one for option 2 - Kiss the Morning Star"

They are not actually starting a new job are they? Just trying to find a new direction in life? I guess that is a career changer though isn't it? Let me know if it is good - it sounds interesting.
Approved.


message 12: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7696 comments recently graduated from high school, trying to find a new direction in life - I think it works right? it is also the summer after high school, so I guess maybe work for option 1 as well


message 13: by JennRenee (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments will this work for summer scene Deadly Little Voices (Touch, #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz


message 14: by Sassafrass (last edited Jun 06, 2012 07:36AM) (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 896 comments is this a good enough beach scene?
Island Idyll by Jess Dee


message 15: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 832 comments I want to check a couple:
Option 1:
Arousing Love by M.H. Strom or Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6) by Debbie Macomber ?


message 16: by Riya (new)

Riya (riyaishere) | 191 comments Would this work for option 1? The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

Option 3? The Mirage by Matt Ruff


message 17: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Sheila wrote: "Hi Nicola - Congratulations. I'm working on your options and wondered if Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist would work for option 1 (vacation)

OR if either of these books would work for opt..."


The two look like explosions to me as well- go ahead!
I cannot view the other on from my phone and am not familiar with it. I will look tonight and let you know - sorry.


message 18: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Chaitra wrote: "Does Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer work for option 3? It's about 9/11 and the aftermath. TIA!"

Approved


message 19: by Emily (new)

Emily | 684 comments Does anyone know if Let the Great World Spin completely takes place during summer? I know the tightrope walker is in August, but I can't tell from the summary whether the rest of the book takes place in a small period of time or if it's a big scoping thing. I was looking to use it for option 1.


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Sarah (booksandbosox) | 109 comments Kate wrote: "Does anyone know if Let the Great World Spin completely takes place during summer? I know the tightrope walker is in August, but I can't tell from the summary whether the rest of the book takes pla..."

found this on the author's website: All but one of the chapters in Let the Great World Spin are set over the course of a couple of days in early August 1974.

it then goes on to say that the last chapter skips ahead 30 years, but not what time of year, so that's up to the mods.


message 21: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Thanks Nicola


message 22: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments JennRenee wrote: "will this work for summer scene Deadly Little Voices (Touch, #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz"

This was not really what I had in mind - I guess I was picturing blue sky, water, sand that type of thing. I am asking the mods for help on this. I will get back to you ASAP JennRenee


message 23: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Sassafrass wrote: "is this a good enough beach scene?
Island Idyll by Jess Dee"


Bikini and a beach - can't get more summery than that.
Approved


message 24: by JennRenee (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments Nicola wrote: "JennRenee wrote: "will this work for summer scene Deadly Little Voices (Touch, #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz"

This was not really what I had in mind - I guess I was picturing blue sky, water, sand that type of thing. I am ..."


ok thanks!


message 25: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments JennRenee wrote: "will this work for summer scene Deadly Little Voices (Touch, #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz"

JennRennee
Can you please explain why you think this is a summer scene rather than any other season? (Okay - not winter!) Help me out here - I want to okay this for you!


message 26: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Sheila wrote: "Hi Nicola - Congratulations. I'm working on your options and wondered if Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist would work for option 1 (vacation)

OR if either of these books would work for opt..."


Okay SHeila,
Sorry about the delay, but it sounds like she is on a vacation to me. Maybe not a restful one, but...

Hope it is a good book!


message 27: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments ★Meghan★ wrote: "I want to check a couple:
Option 1:
Arousing Love by M.H. Strom or Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6) by Debbie Macomber?"


Both look good to me.
Approved


message 28: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Kate wrote: "Does anyone know if Let the Great World Spin completely takes place during summer? I know the tightrope walker is in August, but I can't tell from the summary whether the rest of the book takes pla..."

Approved - thanks Sarah for the research to help me with that one!


message 29: by Nicola (last edited Jun 07, 2012 10:49AM) (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Mariya wrote: "Would this work for option 1? The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

Option 3? The Mirage by Matt Ruff"


The Mirage - approved

Year of the Fog - it looks a bit cold for a summer day, but is in actual fact a cold July morning (found an excerpt) so it is approved -- and added to my already too long TBR


message 30: by JennRenee (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments Nicola wrote: "JennRenee wrote: "will this work for summer scene Deadly Little Voices (Touch, #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz"

JennRennee
Can you please explain why you think this is a summer scene rather than any other season? (Okay - not..."


The grass and flowers is all if it won't work its okay I can find another. I don't want you to stress about it.


message 31: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments You are not stressing me JennRenee, I am just not very good at saying no. This looks more autumn to me - sorry.


message 32: by JennRenee (last edited Jun 07, 2012 12:46PM) (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments Nicola wrote: "You are not stressing me JennRenee, I am just not very good at saying no. This looks more autumn to me - sorry."

it's cool I have a boarding school one I can use Shadow Kiss
if this works.


and I stink at saying no too. so you are not alone :)


message 33: by Emily (new)

Emily | 684 comments Nicola wrote: "Kate wrote: "Does anyone know if Let the Great World Spin completely takes place during summer? I know the tightrope walker is in August, but I can't tell from the summary whether the rest of the b..."

Thanks Nicola (and Sarah)!


message 34: by Aleksandra (last edited Jun 07, 2012 02:46PM) (new)

Aleksandra (aleksandrakonwa) | 777 comments Would Columbine work for option 3?


message 35: by Ritika (new)

Ritika (ritikap) | 213 comments Would Never Let Me Go work for option 4?


message 36: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Ritika wrote: "Would Never Let Me Go work for option 4?"

Absolutely


message 37: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Aleksandra wrote: "Would Columbine work for option 3?"

Looks really good!
Approved.


message 38: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (booksandbosox) | 109 comments you're welcome! except now i can't find anything for myself for this task!


message 39: by Vicky (new)

Vicky (librovert) | 243 comments Would

Gunpowder Empire (Crosstime Traffic, #1) by Harry Turtledove

work for explosions on the cover?


message 40: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Vicky wrote: "Would

Gunpowder Empire (Crosstime Traffic, #1) by Harry Turtledove

work for explosions on the cover?"


Yes -approved


message 41: by Katy (new)

Katy | 658 comments Can option 4 be nonfiction about the educational field/teaching?


message 42: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Of course.


message 43: by Jess (new)

Jess | 49 comments Does a volunteer work count for option 2? I just finished The Hostile Hospital in which the main characters start a voluntary job in a hospital.


message 44: by Marty (last edited Jun 13, 2012 09:49AM) (new)

Marty (martymill) | 213 comments Hi, can I use This Immortal for the School's been Blown to Pieces option? The setting is a post nuclear war Earth where there are a lot of Hot zones with resultant mutants living in them. Thanks!


message 45: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Marty wrote: "Hi, can I use This Immortal for the School's been Blown to Pieces option? The setting is a post nuclear war Earth where there are a lot of Hot zones with resultant mutants living in them. Thanks!"

Yes - that works


message 46: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Jess wrote: "Does a volunteer work count for option 2? I just finished The Hostile Hospital in which the main characters start a voluntary job in a hospital."

Is the volunteer work a significant aspect of the story?


message 47: by Jess (new)

Jess | 49 comments Fairly significant. The majority of the book is set in the hospital and the job leads to them finding a piece of evidence that is important to the story.


message 48: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 173 comments Okay - approved


message 49: by Jess (new)

Jess | 49 comments Thank you!


message 50: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (booksandbosox) | 109 comments wondering if this will work for option 4:
Black Heart
Cassel goes to Wallingford (actually, not sure how it's spelled as I'm listening to audiobook version), a prep/boarding school.


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