December 20, 2012 - Nevada County Reads and Writes! is a county-wide program for the entire community, sponsored by Nevada County Libraries and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. This annual event was created in 2005, wherein the entire community is encouraged to read the featured book simultaneously and participate in subject related school and community events.
Nevada County Reads Presents "Marcelo in the Real World" by Francisco X. Stork for 2013.
A love story & legal drama that received five starred reviews and multiple honors.
Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world."
Nevada County Reads! is a county-wide program for the whole community. It is sponsored by Nevada County Libraries and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. It is an annual event wherein the community, including age-appropriate grades, is encouraged to read the same book simultaneously and then participate in subject related school and community events. This year the selection is Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.
In its third year, Nevada County Writes! is a writing competition for high school students, with awards and public readings of the winning papers. We hope you find it to be enticing. Get your creative juices going and participate!
The deadline date for Nevada County Writes! student submissions will be midnight on Wednesday, February 28, 2013. Awards are as follows:
1st PLACE: $200
2nd PLACE: $100
3rd PLACE: $75
COMPETITION LOGISTICS: a. This writing competition is for high school students who have read the 2013 Nevada County Reads! selection, Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.
b. Writing must be your original work of fiction, not to exceed 3000 words, and be read out-loud comfortably in approximately 15 minutes.
c. Writing must be word processed.
d. Writing must be double spaced, on 8.5 x 11 paper, with 1 inch margins. Use either Arial 12 point font or Times New Roman 14 point font.
e. Include a cover sheet. COVER SHEET MUST BE SEPARATE FROM YOUR PAPER and include the following in this order:
- Student I.D. number (unless your school does not have ID numbers)
- School of attendance
- English teacher or school librarian (one mentor or support person if you have someone you would like to list here)
- E-mail address
- Telephone number
f. Cover sheet and writing must be submitted electronically as a PDF e-mail attachment to: email@example.com
g. Submit no later than midnight 2/28/13. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Write a series of three letters. The first letter is from Marcelo to your choice of one of the following people:
1.) Marcelo's mother, explaining his relationship with Jasmine, or
2.) Marcelo's father, apologizing for giving information to Jerry Garcia, or
3.) Wendell, explaining why Marcelo won't do what Wendell asks of him.
The second letter is a response from that person to Marcelo and, finally, the third letter is a response from Marcelo, again, to the person you chose from above.
12/17/12 Student packet on-line and distributed to interested students
2/28/13 Writing submitted via e-mail by midnight to firstname.lastname@example.org
3/14/13 1st, 2nd, 3rd place recipients announced at award ceremony to take place in the Granucci Room at the Center for the Arts, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The program will highlight students' reading of their winning story, and awards presentation.
3/18/13 KNCO/'Tell Me Something Good' with Holly Grimaldi-Flores – a lunchtime program wherein the 1st place recipient will read their story on-air
3/19-22/13 KVMR – date and program to be determined
PREVIOUS YEARS SELECTIONS
2012 The Help By Kathryn Stockett
2011 The Book Thief By Markus Zusak
2010 Snow Falling on Cedars By David Guterson
2009 Three Cups of Tea By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
2008 Nature Noir By Jordan Fisher Smith
2007 Holes By Louis Sachar
2006 Epitaph for a Peach By David Mas Masumoto
2005 Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury
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