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Submit a book review

How to Submit a Book Review for the Library Catalog

You can submit a review for any book you’ve read that our high school library owns, and you can get credit for it – maybe more than once.

 Here’s the plan:

  1. Read a book. You have to read the whole book. You don’t have to get it from the school library, but it has to be a book that the school library owns, and that’s in our library catalog.
  2. Write a brief review, according to the format below, and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You will also need to email it to your English teacher, and to any other subject teacher who’s participating in the project, according to the rules.
  3. You’ll receive a confirmation email when your review is posted at the library catalog, and you’ll be able to see it there when you look up the book.
    IMPORTANT: Your review must be written by you, and not copied from another source. Plagiarism rules apply. If you submit a plagiarized review, we will not accept any more reviews from you for the current school year.

 Here’s how to do it:

  1. The subject line of your email should be Review: followed by the title of your book and the name of its author, like this: Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
  2. The first line of your email should be your name and graduating class year, followed by the names of any teachers you’re submitting the review to, like this: Adelord Gorbett, 2011. English: Mrs. Patterson, Science: Mr. Hughes
  3. On the next line, rate your book from 1 to 5, with 1 the lowest and 5 the highest, like this: Rating: 4 out of 5.
  4. Write your one paragraph review of the book using complete sentences and correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Minor mistakes can be fixed for you, but reviews that are not written in acceptable English will not be posted and will not be counted for credit.
  5. Spanish/French option: If your Spanish or French teacher participates in the program, you can submit your review for any book in that language, along with your English review. (You must submit both English and the other language.) You must email your review to your language teacher as well, who will check it for correctness and then approve it for posting, and give you extra credit in that class as well.

 How do I know what books to read?

Remember to get your teachers’ approval for your books, unless they tell you otherwise. The book review program applies to participating teachers only.Your teachers will tell you if they are participating. All books must be age-level appropriate and must not be picture-based books,
unless otherwise specified.

English: Any book you read counts for English
Social Studies: Historical fiction, historical non-fiction (a book about World War II), non-fiction in any of the social sciences (a book on economics), relevant biography (a biography of Harry Truman, but not a biography of Kurt Cobain.)
Science: Relevant non-fiction or biography about science or scientists. Science fiction (but not fantasy.)
Math: Relevant non-fiction or biography about the history or mathematics or mathematicians.. Flatland.
World Languages: Relevant non-fiction or biography, especially books about the culture or country of your language. Any book with an additional review in English or French. (Unfortunately, the system does not support Chinese characters.)
Art: Relevant non-fiction or biography. Collections of artists’ work which are primarily picture-based. Graphic novels, to be reviewed as an art form.
Music: Relevant non-fiction or biography about the history or music or musicians.
Technology: Books related to various fields of technology: building, history, design. Relevant biography.
Child Care:  Children’s “chapter” books, children’s picture books (3 picture books = 1 review assignment), relevant books about early childhood education and child development, relevant biography.
Foods: Cookbooks (must have tried one recipe from the book), books about nutrition and diet, relevant biography.
Electives not listed here: Ask your teacher what kind of books will count for the class.