Hamilton County Schools' Book Of The Week Is Modern Adaptation Of Alice In Wonderland

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Splintered series by A.G. Howard is the Hamilton book of the week nominated by Mari Salter, the librarian at Lookout Valley Middle High.  The series is inspired by Alice in Wonderland with a unique and creative connection to our world through the eyes of a teenage girl.  “Make no mistake it is definitely not a remake of the classic,” wrote Ms. Salter in her nomination.  The book draws you in with rich, colorful characters and lets you get to know them in a very personal way.  Splintered is full of action, suspense, romance, and intrigue that keep you wanting more. 

“At Lookout Valley Middle/High School we love the enjoyment of experiencing new worlds and different lives through stories,” Ms. Salter added. “Many of our readers wish the series were more than a trilogy!”

Editorial Reviews

Amazon

This darker, modern update of Alice in Wonderland is more likely to please fans of Tim Burton's film adaptation than those of Lewis Carroll's novel. Alyssa, 16, is a descendant of Alice Liddell, the girl who was Carroll's inspiration for Alice. Her mother lives in a mental institution, and she herself struggles with hearing voices from insects and flowers. Do the women in her family suffer from a curse that can somehow be traced back to the original Alice?

Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan. The hope is to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

· Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts

· Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21

· Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023


Annual Carson Scholars Fund Awards Ceremony Set For May 11

UT Project Could Help Save Lives On Natchez Trace

New Report Examines Impact Of Ineffective Teachers On Students


The Carson Scholars Fund announces that 505 scholarships have been awarded to exceptional students across the nation. The CSF celebrates 46 new and 52 recognized students from the southeast U.S. ... (click for more)

The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, a concrete double-arch bridge outside Franklin, famous for its architecture and sweeping views, has gained a reputation in recent years for its use in suicides. ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a report that explores how students in Tennessee’s public schools are impacted when they are taught by an ineffective teacher for two consecutive ... (click for more)


Student Scene

Annual Carson Scholars Fund Awards Ceremony Set For May 11

The Carson Scholars Fund announces that 505 scholarships have been awarded to exceptional students across the nation. The CSF celebrates 46 new and 52 recognized students from the southeast U.S. who are being named 2019 Carson Scholars. Twenty-three of those new scholars and 27 recognized scholars hail from Hamilton County. "These young adults are exceptional, not only in the academic ... (click for more)

UT Project Could Help Save Lives On Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, a concrete double-arch bridge outside Franklin, famous for its architecture and sweeping views, has gained a reputation in recent years for its use in suicides. At least 32 people have died after jumping from the bridge, according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. The most recent death occurred on New Year’s Eve in 2018. Answering ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Coppinger Says Sewage Treatment Issue "Has Gotten Totally Out Of Control. It's Totally Political"

County Mayor Jim Coppinger charged Wednesday that the sewage treatment issue facing the county "has gotten totally out of control. It has become totally political." He said, "The people who deal with this every day are telling us one thing and we are responding differently." The County Commission voted earlier 5-4 not to approve a site on Mahan Gap Road that had been recommended ... (click for more)

Highland Park Woman Carjacked, Strangled; 2 Arrests Made

A Highland Park woman out looking for her dog was carjacked and strangled, police said. Police later spotted the vehicle and arrested Kermyca Hester, 18, of 2801 Taylor St., and a juvenile male. In the incident on Monday evening, the woman said she was in her car on Union Avenue trying to spot the dog when two people came along and said they had seen the dog and would help ... (click for more)

Opinion

Keep The Electoral College

In 1950 there were 12 urban areas in the United States that had one million or more citizens. In 2010, 41 had more than one million in population and this number is projected to grow to 53 by 2030 (Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division). And currently more than 85 percent of our population is clustered into cities. Of the ten most ... (click for more)

Thank You, Senator Alexander, For Protecting Our Health

The American Lung Association in Tennessee is grateful to Senator Alexander for opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Mercury causes permanent damage to the brains of babies and unborn children, leading to developmental delays, learning disabilities and birth defects. Power plants also emit more than 80 other ... (click for more)