Quilchena Reading Challenge begins again!

Welcome to the first Quilchena Reading Challenge of 2020-2021!

As we all know, September was a bit different this year and my focus was elsewhere so I wasn’t able to publish a reading challenge last month. We will start with the October challenge and now that our routines are beginning to settle in, we can all get back to our reading.

The Quilchena Reading Challenges are for all students, teachers, and parents. The categories are designed to be applicable to any and all reading levels. As a reader, you get to choose how long, how hard, and in what format the books are to complete this challenge. I trust you to make good choices for yourself.

Start Something New

Even though it’s not September anymore, we are still settling into this slightly different newness of a school year. This month, take an opportunity to embrace new things and read something new, all from the comfort of a familiar, cozy reading spot.

    1. A book about a subject (like an animal) you know nothing about.

2. A story or non-fiction book about a refugee or immigrant experience.

    1. The first book in a series.
    1. A story or non-fiction book about or set during autumn.
    1. A book of short stories (you don’t have to read all of them.)
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Book Review: Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Submitted by Zhan


This is a book about science and it covers space, earth, being human, and our future and it is a question and facts book (but it is mostly questions.) Important questions, such as: What is it like on this ISS? Could a black hole be destroyed? Is there a solution to pollution? Shall we play a game? If we evolved from monkeys, why are monkeys still here? Could Superman survive a black hole? When will we be able to time travel? There are lots of questions in here!

Section 1: Space

The first few questions are about the ISS, Mars and astronaut life. Then it talks about wormholes and travelling (a bit sci0fi) then was a review of the solar system.

Section 2: Planet Earth

It is still a bit spacey at first but then is about pollution, climate, etc. Then is a part about thinking about our Earth (should we regret what we’ve done to our land under our feet?)

Section 3: Human Body

It first talks about the “sensors” that are us and then how we evolved over the centuries.

Section 4: Zombies! Superheros! Aliens! Warp travel! and the best of all, Time travel!

This is all imagination but Albert Einstein said “imagination is more important than knowledge” because imagination = infinity. But WARNING it is mind-blowing!

You will like this book if you like popularization of science and science facts, and it is probably a good book for science fair ideas! Example of a good science fair question: How many uses of salt are there? Did you know that the US is the largest producer of salt in the world? And guess what? Only 8% is used for food. The salt industry claims 14000 uses for salt. Neil deGrasse Tyson: astro-salt-icist.