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Seven Norfolk Academy students earned awards in an annual Book Review Contest sponsored by Friends of the Norfolk Public Library.

The contest is open to public and private schools in Norfolk, as well as home schooled students. Judges received more than 1,700 entries for the contest this year.

Participants choose a book they enjoy, and express their opinions about the plot, setting, characters, themes, or style. Judging is based on voice and creative writing. Grammar and spelling are other factors. 

Students compete on a grade-by-grade basis, with awards given for fourth through 12th grades. 

Norfolk Academy swept the ninth grade honors, with Rebecca Schill '23 taking first place, Alex Barton '23 placing second, and Rylan Goss '23 third. Trish Hopkins teaches Rebecca in English 9; Elaine Denson teaches both Alex and Rylan.

NA earned two winners in fourth grade: Emma Clark '28, who is in Janice Simone's class, took second, and Penn Peterson '28, who is with Allyson Keating, took third.

William Poynter '27, who is in Jennifer Walker's English class, took second in fifth grade. Lily Stockwell '24, who is with Elizabeth Staub for English, took second in eighth grade.  

The books the students reviewed were: 

  • Emma Clark, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Penn Peterson, The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
  • William Poynter, Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
  • Lily Stockwell, The Overstory by Richard Powers 
  • Rebecca Schill, A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • Alex Barton, The Power of Babel: The Newest Ideas for Linguistic Study by John McWhorter
  • Rylan Goss, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Congratulations to all!

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