REVIEW: Stand Off

Stand Off Andrew SmithTitle: Stand Off
Author/Illustrator: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781481418294
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult
Year: September 2015

It’s Ryan Dean’s final year at Pine Mountain and it should be a celebration. Instead, it is causing nothing but pain. His rugby coach assigned him the role as captain, replacing his dead best friend, Joey. If that didn’t make matters worse, Ryan Dean is rooming with a 12-year old claustrophobic freshman named Sam Abernathy. Ryan Dean’s drawings haven’t been giving him relief like they used to. He’s paranoid that N.A.T.E (Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is looming near. Does a visit from Joey’s brother, Nico, change anything? Will Ryan Dean ever enjoy his final year of high school?

I received Stand off an advance copy from Simon & Shuster Canada and it did not disappoint. Sequels are hit or miss and Winger just blew my mind. This one was a hit. Ryan Dean’s struggles over the death Joey are realistic. Andrew Smith has a knack for merging humour and sympathy in such a natural way that Ryan Dean’s life seems, well, natural. The comics weren’t as enjoyable as the last, but suited Ryan Dean’s struggles. A brilliant sequel.

This is Jeopardy!

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Design a trivia program for your library. Have them search for the answers using library databases. Helps them learn how to use them! Low budget library program!

Sorry for the LONG hiatus between posts. I exited a contract position and worked as a supply librarian (no program development, only delivery). Then I started a new job working as a children and youth programmer at a new library. So, after a loooooong hiatus – I’m back!

I love technology. I love integrating technology into programs. It’s part of the new trend of librarianship and I think it’s so important as we move forward as librarians.

Here’s a cool program that promotes the library databases and of course, IT’S LOW BUDGET!

Here’s What You Need

  • Easy Buttons from Staples
  • Chromebooks, Netbooks, iPads, computer lab (or whatever your library has)
  • Index cards or white board
  • Smartboard or projector (if your library has access to them) – if not, Bristol board to write the questions on

There are two resources you can use to display your questions:

Super Teacher Tools

This website offers a great platform and easy to use. You just plug in your questions and it creates it for you


I found this great template online for Jeopardy that had hyperlinks to the questions. You can download it here

Rules of the Game

  1. Children/Teens will be put into teams and will receive one Chromebook/Netbook, one Easy Button, and index cards
  2. Teams will draw straws to see who will ask the first question
  3. Teams will choose a category and select point value: “I’ll take sports for 5 Points”
  4. Once the questions have been asked, teams will search for the answers on one of the library databases (Worldbook Online, Kids InfoBits, etc.)
  5. Teams will then have to write down the answer on their index card and buzz their Easy Button when finished.
  6. All the teams will reveal their answers. If the team answers correctly, they are awarded the point value of the question. Bonus points are awarded to the team who correctly answers first.