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General Guidelines

There is a limit of one entry per week, and up to four entries per academic year.

Submissions will be reviewed and hours awarded once a week – please allow 7 days for a response. TAB retains the right to correct simple grammatical errors and publish your piece before contacting you again.  Please bear in mind that it may take longer to reward you service hours if extensive revisions are required.

Each submission will receive the following service hours depending on the type:

Book Review = 1 hours

Book Talk = 2 hours

Book Trailer = 3 hours

To submit your book review, book trailer, or book talk,  click here!


 

Book Review Guidelines

Submitted Book Reviews should be written works that both explain what the book is about and what you thought of it. Note: Book reviews are not book reports.

1) A minimum of 250 words is required for book reviews.

2) When writing a book review, tell us about the plot and setting, include the “What, When, Where, Why and How”. Also, describe the main characters and what happened to them. We are NOT looking for a summary, but for exposition about the book.

3) Tell us about the author’s writing style, and whether or not you liked it, explain why.

4) Be sure to specify if you would recommend this book to other people in general or only to a certain group of people. Be mindful of suitable age ranges for the books you review.

5) The book review should be free of grammar and spelling errors. Any review containing spelling or grammar errors will be returned once to the submitter for revisions before service hours will be awarded. Also avoid any profanity or off-color remarks, personal attacks, or plagiarism from any source.

6) Each and every book review is an individual entity. If you create multiple book reviews they should all stand alone and not be dependent on or reference the other reviews.

7) Be sure to include a star rating, on a 1 to 5 scale. This is not a part of the written section of the book review, and is not counted in the word count. The title also isn’t a part of the word count.


 

Book Trailer Guidelines

A book trailer is an audio-visual representation of the book.

1) Book trailers need to be at least 1 minute long.

2) Book trailers are designed to encourage people to read the book without giving away any major plot points.

3) The book trailer needs to be free of grammar or spelling errors. Any review containing spelling or grammar errors will be returned once to the submitter for revisions before service hours will be awarded. Also avoid any profanity or off-color remarks, personal attacks, or plagiarism from any source.

4) As an audio-visual format, Book Trailers can either have relevant pictures, animation, and a voice over OR music with relevant pictures, animation, and words.

5) If making multiple book trailers be sure to separate them out into multiple individual entities. One book trailer is about one and only one book.

6) As the TAB is an organization dedicated to supporting teens, our preference is for positive, humorous, or uplifting content.


 

Book Talk Guidelines

A book talk is an audio-visual format of yourself giving a book review.

1) Book talks should be between 2 and 5 minutes long.

2) When orating a book talk, tell us about the plot and setting, include the “What, When, Where, Why and How”. Also, describe the main characters and what happened to them. Tell us about the author’s writing style, and whether or not you liked it, explain why.

3) Be sure to specify if you would recommend this book to other people in general or only to a certain group of people. Be mindful of suitable age ranges for the books you review. Be sure to include a star rating, on a scale of 1 to 5.

4) The book talk needs to be free of grammatical errors. Also avoid any profanity or off-color remarks, personal attacks, or plagiarism from any source.

5) Be sure to talk clearly and enunciate; you should be easily understood at all times. Be sure to be visually presentable. Dressing up as a character from the book and using props is also encouraged.

6) If making multiple book talks be sure to separate them out into multiple individual entities. One book talk is about one and only one book.

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