Boys' Life magazine had an essay contest for its readers, broken down into 8 years old and younger, 9 and 10 year olds, and 11 years old and older. Entries for the 2006 contest are being accepted through December 29. The winning essays for 2005 are here. Boys chose their own books to write about.
The youngest winners wrote about "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, "The Babe and I" by David A. Adler, and "Earthquake in the Early Morning" by Mary Pope Osborne. Winners were Kevin Morris, 8, Overland Park, Kansas; Nicholas Reis, 7, Spokane Valley, Washington; and Chay Oswalt, 8, Ackerman, Mississippi.
The 9 and 10 year olds wrote about "Knights of the Round Table" by Gwen Gross, "Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke, and "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini. Winners were Seth Chaffin, 9, Lindenwold, New Jersey; Quinton Arrington, 10, Ridgeville, Indiana; and William Levay, 9, San Antonio, Texas.
The older winners wrote about "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo, and "Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose. Winners were Steve McCool, 17, Marianna, Florida; Michael Joki, 15, Montgomery, Alabama; and Tony Martinez, 13, Madison, Mississippi.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Babe & I
Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House Series #24)
Knights of the Round Table: (Bullseye Step into Classics Series)
Eragon (Inheritance Trilogy #1)
Catcher in the Rye
Because of Winn-Dixie
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle Nest
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