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November Read of The Month

My Read of the Month is a few days late this month because I was at the Michigan Association of Media in Education (M.A.M.E.) annual conference in Lansing the past few days.  I am glad that I attended, I learned a great deal from the numerous sessions I attended.  One of the best sessions was a review of the best Young Adult Literature of 2011.  Some great titles were presented, and it was from this presentation that I found my November Read, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

Lord of The Flies meets Toddlers and Tiaras

Based upon some of the background information I have read, Libba Bray's Beauty Queens is what happens when you combine William Golding's classic Lord of the Flies with the reality television series Toddlers and Tiaras.  Contestants from the "Miss Teen Dream Pageant" become stranded on an island after a plane crash with little food and water.  From reading the background information, it sounds like this could be an entertaining novel.  I look forward to this read, and for the first time in months I'm going back to a printed book.  I want to buy this for my library at Carlson High School, so an e-Book is not the way to go this time.  I look forward to providing a full review upon completion sometime this month (no more two-month reads).


  1. I hope you like it! The book has a silly, cheesy plot, but combined with a lot of really smart commentary on how society views and treats girls and women, their abilities, sexuality, choices, intelligence, etc. I reread it after I saw you'd made it your November read and enjoyed it just as much the second time.

    I also saw this today and thought of you! Ron Currie Jr., who wrote Everything Matters will be judging some kind of literary contest at a club near my office next week. I'm not really clear from the description what the event is, but I might go anyway just to see him since I liked his book so much.


  2. Cool link, kind of like a competition for inspiring writers to bring in their work and have it judged? Let me know how it is if you go. I look forward to the book, the box arrived from Amazon yesterday. I need a little silly/cheesy in my life right now. Thanks Meg


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