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We're Talkin' Books Here!

Meet the book club: Grades 6-8

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 15, 2003

Grades 6-8 Book Club
Holly Atkins
Holly
Atkins
Nathaniel DiMura
Nathaniel DiMura
Jocelyn Howard
Jocelyn Howard
Theresa Linnert
Theresa Linnert
Daren Miller
Daren
Miller
Ally Sikora
Ally
Sikora
Marissa Standfast
Marissa Standfast
Alexa Volland
Alexa
Volland


Nathaniel DiMura, 14, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle. "I consider myself a rather picky reader," Nathaniel says. "My two favorite genres are mystery and adventure. I like reading because it gets your mind off other things and it is just all-around pleasurable. Lots of my friends that don't read a lot check in with me to find the name of a good book." Nathaniel is a former member of the Times' X-Team.

Jocelyn Howard, 12, is in the seventh grade at Bay Point Middle in St. Petersburg. "Right now, I have bookmarks in three books, totally different from each other, which is typical for me," says Jocelyn. "I like to have variety, so I can read what I want, when I'm in the mood for it. I also like reading magazines and the newspaper when I don't feel like reading books." Jocelyn is a former member of the Times' X-Team.

Theresa Linnert, 13, is in the eighth grade at Westlake Christian School in Palm Harbor. "I love reading many different kinds of books," says Theresa, "but my favorite type is historical fiction. When I start reading a good book, I have a very hard time putting it down. I get into stories very easily, and I enjoy getting to know the characters." Theresa is a former member of the Times' X-Team.

Daren Miller, 14, is in the eighth grade at Southside Fundamental Middle in St. Petersburg. A member of last year's Newspaper in Education "You Gotta Read This!" book club, Daren is excited to be back for a second year of book talk. His favorites are action-adventures and mysteries.

Ally Sikora, 13, is in the eighth grade at Coachman Fundamental Middle in Clearwater. In her spare time, she likes reading all kinds of books, especially fiction and mysteries. The latest book she read is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Ally is a former member of the Times' X-Team.

Marissa Standfast, 13, is in the eighth grade at Southside Fundamental Middle. When she's not kicking a soccer ball, Marissa loves to read books with great female characters. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is one of her favorites.

Alexa Volland, 12, is in the sixth grade at John Hopkins Middle in St. Petersburg. She is pleased to be returning to the book club for a second year. She led a book club at her elementary school last year for younger readers. Alexa also has a passion for the performing arts. She enjoys all sorts of books, but often walks into walls while reading a good murder mystery!

Leader of the pack

Holly Atkins is a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Southside Fundamental Middle. A National Board Certified teacher, former instructor at the Poynter Institute's Writers Camp and a teacher-consultant for the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project, Atkins says, "Writing about reading - how perfect is that?"

[Last modified September 12, 2003, 14:20:25]

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