Join Shriya in support of Pratham USA Readathon 2015 (Austin)

Shriya

$268 from 6 donors 8 updates $500 goal
What is the Readathon?
Pratham USA Readathon 2015 is a fundraising initiative that encourages kids in the U.S. to read more books and raise money to help less fortunate kids in India learn to read.
How does it work?
Kids ask their friends and family to donate money to Pratham for every book they read. The more books they read, the more money they raise. Learn more here.
Where does my money go?
All donations to the Readathon go to support Pratham’s work for child education in India. With the help of trained professionals and dedicated volunteers, Pratham runs pre-schools and after-school programs in many cities and villages of India so that underprivileged children can read, write and count at their appropriate grade level. Pratham needs only $25 to educate one child for one whole year.Pratham receives 97% of the money you donate here. 2.9% + 30 cents is charged by the credit card processing company. We thank SeeYourImpact for providing Pratham with its Storytelling Donation platform free of cost.
Who can participate?
Kids of any age can participate (adults too!). Children too young to read can have a parent or older siblings read to them.
Why participate?
Reading is good for everyone. Reading to help others learn to read is Great!Participating in this Readathon is an amazing way to do community service, and enjoy the benefits of reading at the same time – increased vocabulary, improved communication skills and the joy of helping others.
Are there prizes?
Yes! Trophies will be given to readers who raise $250 or more. A Young Reader Award for the reader who raises the most money and a Young Leader Award for the Readathon Coordinator who demonstrates strong leadership skills and whose team raises a significant amount of money. Certificates of Appreciation for all readers. More information is available here.
What is a Readathon Coordinator?
A Readathon Coordinator (RC) is a high school student who will lead a team of younger readers and guide, support, and cheer them on in meeting their reading and fundraising goals for the Readathon. A RC will learn good management and leadership skills, and can also enjoy all the benefits of being a reader. For more information, click here.
How do I know if my donation makes a difference?
With every $1,000 raised, Pratham is able to educate 40 children for one whole year. Readers and donors can read some stories of children who attend Pratham schools by clicking here

Update #8

Hey everybody! Let me just start by saying thank you to Aunt Priti, Aunt Sonia, and Ms. Amy for their generous donations, to mine, and Anuj’s page. You guys are helping us reach our goal. Now here are the following books I have read.

Title: No Time Like Show Time
Author: Michael Hoeye
Summary: This is the third book of the Hermux Tantamoq mysteries. I was out chasing Hermux through his third adventure! This adventure is about how Hermux is hired to work undercover at the famous local theater, Varmint Variety Theater. Varmint, the owner, is convinced that someone is out to get him, his daughter, and his beloved theater. Hermux and Terfle, his new associate, go to the theater to figure out what’s going on. Meanwhile, Hermux watches his love get swept away by someone again. Can he confess his love to Linka and discover what’s going on at the theater?

Title: Time to Smell The Roses
Author: Michael Hoeye
Summary: The fourth and final book in the Hermux Tantamoq series. This time the adventure is one that he created! At least one of them are. Hermux proposes to Linka his Love. The love-mice go on a frenzied journey to plan their wedding. Meanwhile, in the country, an unidentified body washes up on the shore. The county’s richest man has heard about Hermux’s work and hires home to find his lost son. back in Pinchester, Tucka Mertslin, is up to no good once again, and is out to destroy her competitor. Nobody sees the links except Hermux. Can Hermux connect all the ropes, bring them to light, AND plan a fantastic wedding? Hermux is on his last case!

I am in the middle of reading the second book in The Haunted Series (First book is the Crossroads). I hope this book is as creepy as the first. I’ll let you know when I finish it.

Fun Puzzle: http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/puzzles/43960coqpy.png
Hint: The Title is a Hint

Update #7

Let me start by saying thank you to the world’s most ah-mazing theater teacher in the world, Ms. Valerie Taylor. Thank you so much! And great job Anuj for reading another four fabulous, wild books!

Here are the details of my recently read books.

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Summary: If you haven’t read this book yet, it should be first on your list! Told from the viewpoint of the many people involved in August Pullman’s story, it is a tearful, happy, and hopeful story that will have you running to the store for some tissues! This book is about how August Pullman transforms for a facially deformed, friendless, disabled kid, to a strong, handsome and friend-full. August has a rough life. The universe has not been kind to him. He has a extremely rare facial deformity and has had many surgeries to try and fix it. because of all his surgeries, he has never gone to a real school. Until now. August is on the wild, bumpy ride of middle school with his friends, “friends,” and family. Like how August’s sister says, “Auggie is the sun. Me, mom, and dad, are planets orbiting around him. True friends and extended family are the asteroids and meteors and things orbiting around him farther away. It has always been like this. But now, some of the planets, asteroids, meteors, and things, are falling out of orbit.”

Title: The Sands of Time
Author: Michael Hoeye
Summary: Our favorite watchmaker, Hermux Tantamoq, is wallowing in mystery yet again, sticking his nose where it really shouldn’t be. It all starts when his best friend, artist Mirrin Stentrill paints the community’s biggest fear. CATS! The community refuses to believe these creatures are real. But Hermux is different. A strange chipmunk appears after Mirrin’s art show of cats and tells Hermux that…. CATS ARE REAL! Hermux works with this chipmunk to help him find his lost cats library, to finally see if cats are real. Mirrin and beautiful aviator, Linka Perflinger (who, unfortunately, even though Hermux loves, is engaged to someone else), get tied into this mess and try to find the Cats’ library, before any sneaky, dirty, little rich mice do. Hopefully, it will blow up in those rich peoples’ faces. And maybe, just maybe, Hermux and the chipmunk will be able to find true love in their mission.

I also happen to be in the middle of The Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave. Let’s see if you can beat me to the end!

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Update #6

Let me just start be saying thank you to Ms. Nimisha Patel and Mr. Sandeep for donating to my page! every penny counts!
I’m in the middle of reading the second book after Time Stops for No Mouse, The Sands Of Time! I’ll get back to you when I’m done!

Do a fun hidden message! http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/puzzles/44383asqxe.png
Hint: I hope you do this!

Update #5

I’m finally finished with the book The Crossroads. After finishing that I finished another book too! Here’s the details…

Book: The Crossroads
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Summary: Have you ever seen a tree, looked at its face, and immediately known it wanted to kill you? Well Zack Jennings did. Luckily, he was moving far away from that tree after his father got remarried. Things are supposed to get better in Connecticut but the creepy old woman next door was still mourning the loss of her late fiance – who died nearly 50 years ago in a bus/car crash. Her memorial is an old oak tree near the crossroads (where he died) that murders people as vehicles go by on the crossroads. And that tree is in Zack’s backyard. So somehow ghosts of the crash reappear in Zack’s life and convince him to get rid of the memorial, and he makes a new best friend – who is dead. Can Zack explode that silly old descanso or will he end up like his best friend?

Book: Time Stops for No Mouse
Author: Michael Hoeye
Summary: Hermux Tantamoq (Tan – ta – mock) is an ordinary mouse watchmaker. Well WAS and ordinary mouse watchmaker. Until a pretty mouse comes to his shop demanding an accurate repair of her beat up watch. Then things start to get bumpy. She never comes back for her fixed watch, but a sly, dirty rat does instead. So Hermux, being the courageous fellow he is, decides to follow this rat and end up in the nice, pretty mouse’s house, which is not nearly as pretty as she is. Hermux invests in a newspaper journalist’s assistance to crack the mystery. An original who dunnit tale.

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Update #4

Hey everybody! These past few days, I have read another few great books!
I read…

Book: Size 12 Is Not Fat
Author: Meg Cabot
Summary: Heather Wells is an national teen pop sensation! Or was. Until her career started going downhill and was forced to get a job in a dormitory, I mean residence hall, because someone stole her money and fled to Argentina with her manager. Her job is pretty great considering all the perks. But are girls dying a perk in her job? She hires herself to find out who the murderer is and prove the deaths are not accidental. So she becomes a spunky girl spy detective! the only problem is, NO ONE believes her. Can she make her case noticed, or will she end up like all the other dead girls, for sticking her nose where it shouldn’t be?

Book: The Girl With The Glass Bird
Author: Esme Kerr
Summary: Feisty, little Edie needs to get away from Folly Farm, and fast. So her cousin, who happens to be friends with a Russian prince who wants a little girl planted in his little girl’s boarding school to see if she is getting teased, whisks her away to Knight’s Haddon boarding school, where the Russian princess is. Edie is there as a spy, to figure out what is happening to Russian princess, Anastasia. People are stealing Anastasia’s things then putting them back where she swore weren’t there before. Is Anastasia going crazy or is a even crazier plot being stirred up, possibly by the headmistresses of Knight’s Haddon? It’s up to Edie to find out, breaking anything and everything to save Anastasia’s life.

I also happen to be in the middle of a ghost story called The Crossroads. I’m almost done and I’ll give you the full details when I’m finished!

Update #3

Hey guys! Let me just start by saying great job Anuj for reading 4 books yesterday! they sound pretty interesting! But while he was reading, I managed to finish another great book. Here are the details…

Book: The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
Author: Erin Dionne
Summary: Hamlet is a normal girl despite the fact that she has Shakespearean-obsessed parents and a Shakespearean style house, and a genius 7 year old sister taking calculus and college classes. The only thing “normal” is her school, until her sister shows up. And she figures out she has a special gift for reading the Bard. And when some mysterious lover is sending her origami pigs. Hamlet is bubbling over with stress, problems, and anxiety. Will she explode or can she contains her volcano?

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Update #2

Hey everybody!! I managed to finish yet another stellar book last night! Here’s the details…

Book: Tales From My Closet
Author: Jennifer Anne Moses
Summary: This book is told through the viewpoint of the five different girls of this story; Justine, Becka, Robin, Polly, and Ann. They all love clothes it is through their wardrobes they get to know each other a little more with every passing day. They all have nothing – and everything in common. After an unlikely series of events and many disputes and complications among them, the girls find that they were meant to be best friends.

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Update #1

Hey everybody! I’m back from New York City, and I finished two amazing books!
My first one was “Getting Over Garrett Delaney” and my second one was “The Princess of Gossip.” I hope everyone is having a great summer so far and reading a lot of books! I sure will!

Book:Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Author: Abby McDonald
Summary: This book was about a 16 year old girl who has a massive crush on her best friend. She has been in love with him for two years, ever since he walked into her life – literally. When he goes away for some of the summer, she embarks on a journey to find out who the real girl is… without her “true love.”

Book: Princess of Gossip
Authors: Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers
Summary: When Avery, a plain old Ohio girl moves to L.A. her whole life changes. She makes new friends, discovers new pop sensations,starts a street team for an uprising singer… and starts a gossip blog. When her gossip blog is rated number one to watch and famous people start sending her “swag,” she takes it all in stride. But will things spiral out of control? Or can Avery hold on to here cover?

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Hope you like the puzzle! (I’ll try making a less funky one next time ;))