Read It Forward: Pass It On


Italy High School is getting ready to start its sixth annual Read It Forward: Pass It On literacy project which will begin April 20th and will end May 15th. The goal is to see how many 7-12 grade students, teachers and staff members can read the chosen book, A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness.

On April 20th, 20 paperback copies of the short novel wrapped in brightly colored paper will be hidden in 20 classrooms. Whoever finds the packages gets to open them and read the novel first. Then they will sign the back of the books and pass them on to the next readers.

Readers will take a short online survey about their reactions to the novel as well as sign the big autograph poster on display in the library. All those who read the novel by May 15th will be invited to a Reader Celebration Party also in May.

To introduce the novel to students and staff, a “book trailer” similar to a movie trailer may be viewed. Anyone is welcome to view the online book trailer by clicking the following link or you may copy and paste it into your web browser:

Last year, almost one-third of the entire school participated in the program. We are looking forward to another year of Gladiator readers’ participation.