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1. All books must be at least 100 pages long and an appropriate reading level.

2. The 40 Book Challenge is an extra credit opportunity for the year. However, one novel per grading
period is REQUIRED, so students must read a minimum of six books for the year (this number includes
assigned books).
3. Books should be from the following genres:

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Realistic Fiction
Books of Poetry
Traditional Literature (Folklore/Myths)
Historical Fiction
Informational
Mysteries
AP Recommended books
Fantasy/Science Fiction
Plays (attend or read)
Biography or Autobiography
Your Choice (to reach 40!)

4. After you read each book, complete a Story Plot Diagram. In the case of informational/biography you
will write a summary/book recommendation.
5. We are challenging you to read 40 books, although the minimum requirement is six books with
original student created book trailers. Your 40 Book Challenge Notebook, with completed summaries
and recommendations (instructions included on the back of this page), will earn you one to three bonus
points for the six week grading period and will be turned in on dates provided in this packet.
* Books read in class will count as part of the 40 books and all AP books will be awarded double points
(after the four required).
* Every 150 pages will count as one book, so a book with 300 pages will count as two books.

Due Dates
Date

Total number of Books


and Summaries Due

November 2nd
November 20th
December 11th
January 15th
February 12th
March 11th
April 8th
April 29th
May 20th

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18
22
26
31
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40

Book Trailer Due

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The ten self-chosen books must be completed throughout the year based at your own
discretion; however, they must be read by May 20th.

Extra-Credit Summary Example


Example Book Review
Summary: The realistic fiction story, Theres a Boy in the Girls Bathroom, is about a boy named Bradley
Chalkers. Bradley has a bad reputation at school. Hes mean to kids, he doesnt do his homework, and he
often misbehaves in the classroom. This all begins to change when Bradley starts to meet with the
school counselor. She believes in Bradley and Bradley begins to change. He makes a new friend, Jeff, and
even gets invited to a birthday party at the end of the book. Bradley realizes that when he treats others
kindly, they will often treat him kindly back!
Recommendation: This book made me laugh. It also reminded me of how important it is to show
kindness to others and to believe in myself. I would definitely recommend this book to more third
graders. It is entertaining and it also teaches important life lessons for kids! I would give this book five
stars!