Craig The Moffat County High School library was filled with students Wednesday as they discussed the literary merits and plot points of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” during lunch.
Although pizza may have been an incentive, the 70 or so kids who participated in the “One Book, One MCHS” party did so of their own choosing.
Students were challenged to read “The Hobbit” during the school year, culminating in the party and book discussion. The party included teachers who had signed up to read the book and a riddle competition to fit with the riddles in the book.
Senior Alison Douglas said she couldn’t put down Tolkien’s classic.
“It was a wonderful and interesting book,” she said.
Freshman Jovanna Powers said she liked the opportunity to discuss the book with classmates and friends.
The group discussed overarching themes of “The Hobbit,” such as never give up and be willing to take risks and make sacrifices.
Librarian Jim Neton said the project began last year with the “Hunger Games” as a way to promote reading and the sharing of ideas. He said it’s also a good way for teachers to interact with students outside of class.
Addressing the students, Neton said, “Read books. Share ideas. Share things you read with one another. That’s what shapes our world, thoughts and ideas. We just have to be willing to share them.”
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