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FRA Student Book Hook Contest

Have you or are you going to read any of this years Sunshine State Young Readers books? (See titles below.)

Would you like to be a published author?

If you answered yes to these questions, we want you to write a book hook and enter our contest.

 Sunshine State Young Readers Book Titles 2007-2008

Grades 3-5    Grades 6-8
Armstrong, Alan. Whittington. Random House, 2005.

Bauer, Marion D. A Bear Named Trouble. Clarion Books, 2005.

Birney, Betty. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Spring. Atheneum, 2005.

Bradley, Kimberley B. The President's Daughter. Delacorte Books, 2004.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Candlewick, 2006.

Giff, Patricia R. A House of Tailors. Wendy Lamb Books, 2004. 

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Say What? Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Hill, Elizabeth Starr. Wildfire! Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

LaFaye, A. Worth. Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Lombard, Jenny. Drita, My Homegirl. Putnam, 2006.

O'Connor, Barbara. Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry. Clarion Books, 2005.

Van Leeuwen, Jean. Cabin on Trouble Creek. Dial Books, 2004.

Wallace, Bill. No Dogs Allowed! Aladdin, 2005.

Wise, William. Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler. Bloomsbury, 2004.

Bode, N. E. The Anybodies. HarperCollins, 2004.

Cooney, Caroline B. Code Orange. Delacorte Books, 2005.

DeFelice, Cynthia. Under the Same Sky. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

Dowell, Frances O'Roark. Chicken Boy. Atheneum, 2005.

Hahn, Mary Downing. The Old Willis Place. Clarion Books, 2004.

Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy. Bloomsbury, 2005.

Hobbs, Will. Jackie's Wild Seattle. HarperCollins, 2003.

Lowry, Lois. Gossamer. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

 Lupica, Mike. Heat. Philomel, 2006.

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. Hyperion, 2005.

Salisbury, Graham. House of the Red Fish. Wendy Lamb Books, 2006.

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. Scholastic, 2004.

Whelan, Gloria. Listening for Lions. HarperCollins, 2005.

White, Andrea. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. HarperCollins, 2005.

Woodruff, Elvira. The Ravenmaster's Secret. Scholastic, 2003.

Three Student Book Hooks will be selected.

Grand Prize: Published in FRA publication and a copy of each Sunshine State Book from either Grades 3-5 or Grades 6-8 Sunshine State Young Readers Books
First Prize: Published in FRA publication
Second Prize: Published in FRA publication
*For more information on Sunshine State Young Readers books and last years books which won go to


What is a FRA Book Hook? It is a short paragraph or two which seeks to get the reader to want to read the book you are trying to sell. The Book Hook does not tell the entire book but it does give the reader enough information that they get an idea of what the book is about. It should grab the attention of the reader and include the items listed below in the rubric. Good Luck!!!!



Point Value

Criteria 3 2 1

Did I get my audience's attention?

Creative lead.

Boring lead.

No lead.

Did I tell the genre (kind) of the book?

Included the genre of the book.

Genre was not clearly stated.

Genre was not mentioned.

Did I tell something about the main character?

Included information about the main character.

Mentioned the main character but did not give enough information.

Didnt tell anything about main character.

Did I mention the setting?

Told the setting (when and where the story took place).

Setting was not clearly mentioned.

Didn't mention the setting.

Did I tell an interesting part from the story?

Included a part so good that we want to buy it or read it!

Told a part but not enough to get us to buy or read the book.

Forgot to tell an interesting part from the book.

Did I tell who might like this book?

Recommended book to people with an explanation.

Recommended book but did not give an explanation.

Forgot to recommend and tell who might like the book.

Did I follow the guidelines of the contest (see below)?

Followed all guidelines for FRA Book Hook.

Followed most FRA Book Hook guidelines.

Did not follow FRA Book Hook guidelines.

FRA Book Hook Guidelines:

  1. Typed and double-spaced.
  2. In Times or Ariel Font, size 12.
  3. Two pages or less.
  4. Student contact information is included on back of book hook (name of student writer, address, telephone number, schools name and grade level).
  5. Must be original work (not copied or taken from someone else). Any plagiarism will result in an automatic disqualification.
  6. The title and author of the Sunshine State book must be included.


Book Hook due by January 31, 2008, postmarked by January 29, 2008. Notification of winners Spring, 2008.


Mail Book Hook and Contact information to:
Dr. Michelle Kelley
University of Central Florida, College of Education
Suite 322H, PO Box 161250
Orlando, FL 32816-1250

or by e-mail to