All volunteer book reviewers must fill out a 22-23 School Year Teen Volunteer Application.
Available for volunteers entering grades 6-12.
Read an appropriately challenging book, then write an original review based on the format below. Book reviews must be submitted as one of the two file types: Microsoft Word (.docx) or OpenDocument Format (.odt) (both are download options in Google Docs). Please name the file you are submitting with the following naming convention: Review_Title_Author Last Name_Your First Name Last Name
(Example: Review_The Hobbit_Tolkein_JaneSmith).
Reviews should be written by the volunteer and will not earn credit if any portion of the review is plagiarized from another source.
Follow these guidelines when writing a book review. Submissions should run between five and nine sentences in length. These questions should act as a guide.
- What happens in the book? Provide a brief summary of the story. (no spoilers, please!) | 3-4 sentences
- Did you like the book? Why or why not? What does the author do well? Where do they come up short? | 1-3 sentences
- Would you recommend this book? Who might enjoy it? (for example: adrenaline junkies, sci-fi geeks, Harry Potter fans, etc.) | 1-2 sentences
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit,” or “There and Back Again,” Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives a quiet life, is asked by a wizard named Gandalf to go on a quest with 13 dwarves who want to reclaim their treasure stolen by a dragon named Smaug. As they journey, their quest is filled with many obstacles and deadly creatures. As the quest continues, Bilbo discovers a strange golden ring with special powers that may determine the fate of Middle Earth. I loved the book because it is so adventurous and Tolkien writes adventure scenes very well. For example, I never knew if Bilbo would ever escape the goblin tunnels. I would recommend “The Hobbit” for readers who like fantasy stories that have a variety of imaginary creatures like dragons, giant spiders, orcs, and more.
Volunteers will receive one* (1) hours of volunteer credit when their local branch’s Teen Volunteer Coordinator approves their review(s). Volunteers must submit a timesheet for each review written in order to earn service credit. Volunteers can earn credit for up to twenty (20) reviews total for the school year program.
Book reviews that have any part that is plagiarized will not be accepted. If plagiarized review is submitted, volunteer will be asked to rewrite the review if they want to receive credit. In addition, they will earn one of the consequences below:
- First submission of a book review with plagiarism: Will receive a warning.
- Second submission of a book review with plagiarism: Suspension from being a Book Reviewer for the remaining volunteer period (example: If during school year, for the rest of the school year). Volunteer can still participate in The Gallery Zine opportunities.
* Updated 9/12/2022