BFYA Revolution

BFYA Revolution
(Best Fiction (about) Young Adults)

*Foothill’s Award Winning Teen Literature Program

Revolution Launch Multimedia |  Revolution Coverage and Quotes

What the Grade 9 Students Had to Say |  author’s blog posts | Angel Potato Work Samples

Kristen Pelfrey–Revolution Founder and Mothership

Commander in Chiefs:  Kristen Pelfrey & Conni Carr; Support Peeps:  Angel Potato Generals


This year-long literacy project takes place in the Education in the Digital Age course.  We encourage students to unplug from their technologies and get back into reading for pleasure (YALSA brochure –  English | Spanish ).

The launch date is a class-wide event for the freshmen to promote and raise excitement about the EDA Revolution project. In October, we hold a freshman class pep rally at the start of the day. Students then move through a series of 4 activity rotations. These rotations include an author talk, viewing of book trailers and discussion of story character development, a read-a-round speed-dating style, and a themed carnival in the quad. Following the rotations, students check out their first book and are given time for sustained silent reading to meet the characters and enter the imaginary worlds created by some great authors.

Throughout the year, we ask our EDA students to choose 3-5 books to read for pleasure.

The majority of the titles available come from past and present YALSA Top 100 Best Fiction for Young Adult lists ( 2015 |2014|20132012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 ) and the 2014 Outstanding Books for The College Bound and Lifelong Learners Students  use books of their choice as the basis for a number of EDA assignments and activities.  We focus on Foothill’s Dragon Outcomes and WASC goals throughout EDA.  Students work on communication skills as they email authors, post on an author’s forum, respond to author’s blog posts, etc.  Students work on writing skills as they develop book reviews, edit/

revise book review content and vet one another’s work for appropriateness before posting to online book review sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Students work on visual communication as they complete graphic design assignments like creating advertising posters and book jackets in Fireworks or Photoshop.  Students also storyboard, develop and create book trailers using Movie Maker or PowerPoint. (Revolution Reboot 2013 | Revolution Reboot 2014 )

Throughout the year, students are expected to have their revolution reading material with them for SSR in EDA class, to share during book club opportunities at FIRE, to read aloud to others (e.g., 100 Word Hook) and more.  At any time, it is expected that if a student says “I do not have anything to do” in any class on campus, then they should have their revolution book in hand and be reading for pleasure.

Thank you to the Foothill Parent, Faculty, Student Organization, Ventura Educational Partnership and the Foothill Me

dia Center for providing seed funding and other support for this cross-curricular project.

Resources Requested

  • Cash, check or gift card donations for the purchase of additional book titles
  • Donations of the actual books from the past and present Top 100 BFYA Lists  ( 20142013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 )
    • Books donated or purchased with donations become property of the Foothill Technology High School media center and will be shared among the media center and the two EDA computer labs (G105 and D104)

Adult supervision for the launch day on October 14, 2013, from 7:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.NOTE:   While YALSA selects books for teens 12-18 years of age, the titles span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping teens choose books that are the best fit for them and their families. To find out more, go to

  • Guest speakers from the career area of book publishing – from author to copy editor to marketing/promotion to cover design for October 1, 2013
  • Supplies for the Angel Potato Carnival rotation for launch day (see list here)

Contact Ms. Pelfrey at or Mrs. Carr at

Launch Day Planning

Revolution Coverage and Quotes

Revolution Launch Day Schedules

Revolution Launch Day Activity Descriptions

Revolution Launch Team Members

Parent Volunteers for October 14, 2013

Thank you to our parent volunteers! Please check in with Mrs. Carr or Martha McIntyre in D104 when you arrive.  Please try to be on campus between 7:45 and 8:15.


Revolution Back Up Plan, if needed for 10/08/12