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Hudson students get chance to 'YAC'

Hudson middle and high school students are being asked to "YAC."

As participants in the International Reading Association's, Young Adults' Choices (YAC) project, Hudson students are reading and reviewing new young adult literature. Their challenge is to read and review more than 500 new titles that were delivered to the district this fall.

Each book must have two students submit reviews for the International Reading Association's data base. The goals of the project are to provide middle and high school students with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books written for them, to develop an annual annotated reading list of new books that young adults enjoy reading and to assist teachers, librarians, booksellers, parents, and others in finding books that will encourage young readers to read more.

The YAC books have been distributed between the HMSl and HHS language arts teachers' classrooms. All students are invited to check out books and submit a review. "This is an exciting opportunity for our students and our district," said HHS language arts teacher, Kim Powers. "We are one of seven schools selected to participate over the next three years. Not only do our students have the opportunity to select books for the list, but we receive over 3,000 books to keep in our classrooms for free. That is around $50,000 worth of new books for the district."

The language arts department is also planning on starting a YAC club where students come and discuss their books, share titles they liked, and check out more books. Local businesses are being asked to donate prizes and or treats for students who make their reading milestones.

The YAC project is being lead by Powers. The district is committed to participating in the project for three years and will receive new books each year for students to review. YAC began in 1987 as an annual project of the International Reading Association. Each year approximately 12,000 students in grades 7-12 from different regions of the United States select 30 titles from new books donated by North American publishers. The annotated list is printed in the November Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and downloadable from the International Reading Association website. For more information about the YAC project contact Kim Powers at