Students Honored for Book Reviews

They read. They reviewed, and they took home bragging rights.

Five Oaks received top honors in the Friends of Norfolk Public Library (FNPL) 2020 Book Review Contest.

Each year, the contest receives submissions from students in Grades 4 through 12 in public and private school and those who are homeschooled. The FNPL's goal is to organize, strengthen and encourage public support for the Norfolk Public Library and enrich the total resources and facilities of the library, including raising money for new books and funding special events like the Summer Reading Program.

This year, the contest garnered more than 1,724 submissions, 167 of which were from Norfolk Collegiate students, and the judges had their work cut out for them.

Congratulations to all who submitted reviews and an extra congratulations to Collegiate’s 2020 winners!

Grade 5

Caroline Meador, Third Place

Reviewed “The Magic Misfits” by Neil Patrick Harris

Grade 6

Eleanor Lewis, First Place

Reviewed “Grenade” by Alan Gratz

Grade 8

Emma McMonagle, First Place

Reviewed “On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas

Cooper Short, Third Place

Reviewed “Fullmetal Alchemist” by Hiromu Arakawa

Grade 10

Trinity Brown, Second Place

Reviewed “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf


This year’s in-person celebration for the contest was canceled; however, a hard copy booklet of the winning reviews is available at Prince Books in Norfolk.