One Book, One School, One Community
This summer, we will become a Divergent Madison! Join the entire JMHS community as we read Divergent by Veronica Roth. This best selling teen novel will electrify you and leave with you more questions than answers.
Buy the Book
We’ve partnered with AKJ books to offer a discounted copy of Divergent mailed directly to your house for only $7.50 plus shipping. Be sure to select “Madison Shipping” to ensure discounts are applied.
Divergent is also available digitally through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.
More about the Book and Author:
Watch the Divergent book trailer
Start Divergent – read the first 100 pages and you will be hooked!
Veronica Roth - Official Blog
NY Times Book Review of Divergent
ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2012)
Children’s Book Council’s Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominee (2012)
Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book of 2011 and for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011)
Get Involved in the Book:
Participate in discussion on the Divergent Madison blog.
Email Divergent Madison or tweet @MadLibrary pics of yourself reading the book! Use #divergentmadison. There will be a contest in the fall for pictures tweeted from the furthest distance and for most original photos.
Stay tuned for more opportunities for prizes and special events.
Why Read over the Summer?
To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence - from the National Endowment for the Arts
The Importance of Summer Reading – from the New York State Education Department
Facts about learning loss over summer break – from the National Summer Learning Association
"Reading is a declining activity among teenagers…the percentage of 17-year-olds who read nothing at all for pleasure has doubled over a 20-year period."
Iyengar, Sunil, and Don Ball, eds. "To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence." National Endowment for the Arts. National Endowment for the Arts, Nov 2007. Web. 18 May 2012.
"…existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success."
Balsen, Karen, and Douglas Moore. "The Importance of Summer Reading." New York State Library. The University of the State of New York, Nov 2011. Web. 18 May 2012.
"...a common book to read over the summer months hoping to foster a sense of community among the newcomers and engage them academically."
Nealy, Michelle J. "Journeying to Faraway Places Before Freshman Year: Award-Winning Books Prepare Incoming Students for College-Level Work and a Diverse Learning Environment." Diverse Issues in Higher Education 24 July 2008: 7. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 17 May 2012.
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