Leslie's Omnibus

Book Your Ticket

I met the coolest woman tonight. Ms. Kapp teaches English literature to 7th graders in the Seattle, Washington area. The best thing that she and I share an incredible love of books.

So... I'm throwing out a challenge to students in Susannah Kapp's two English classes at Mercer Middle School in Seattle, Washington:

I love books. I read upwards of 300 books a year. I love books like "The Princess Bride" and I love Tupac Shakur's poetry.

In talking to Ms. Knapp, I realized something, and that is that it's important for each person to have one book that belongs to them, and them alone. I would love to share my love of literature and the power of words with everyone. But, in the real world, there are limits.

So... I am limiting my challenge to Ms. Knapp's classes. 60 students.

To each of you 60 students, here is my challenge: go to Amazon.com and pick one book -- either paperback or used. I don't care if it's literature, self-help or vocational. Do it before I get back to work on April 24th. Send your choices to gotb_50-at-hotmail-dot-com. On April 25th, I'm going to place a book order, and every one in Ms. Knapp's class that responds will get the book that he or she requests. It's your book forever.

Here's the bigger challenge: post and tell me why you really loved or hated the book that you ordered, and I just might order you another one.

Tag. You're it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for this contribution. I haven't told my kids yet. THis week has been crazy with our standardized testing. I am going to present the news on Monday and hopefully get into the computer lab by the end of the week so the kids can choose their book. Again, thank you for choosing my kids to get on the bus with you. I am hopeful they will like the idea as much as we do!

Take care,