In the friendly "Top Ten Reader" competition that is part of the Lake Villa District Library's youth summer reading program, Angela Rauch, a fifth-grade student at Prince of Peace, topped the list with 30,024 pages.
Here is the complete list:
Angela Rauch, fifth grade: 30,024 pages
Greta Rauch, seventh grade: 26,827 pages
Daisy Trentanelli, fifth grade: 18,345 pages
Coral Wang, sixth grade: 16,597 pages
Blake Mackin, sixth grade: 12,338 pages
AJ Amadio, seventh grade: 10,165 pages
Karla Gomez, eighth grade: 9,330 pages
Ryan Mount, fifth grade: 9,008 pages
Cate Nelson, fourth grade: 8,656 pages
Anish Naik, fifth grade: 8,593 pages
"Amazing. Absolutely amazing," said Kerry Reed, head of the library's youth services. "When we first conceived of this Top Ten challenge, we never imagined this kind of response. It's even more impressive that it grows each year. These students are proving that books and reading are still of great interest to kids even in the face of our technology-driven culture."
More than 1,500 children participated in the 2011 summer reading program. The theme was "A Midsummer Knight's Read" -- visitors to the Youth Services Department found themselves in a medieval kingdom filled with knights, dragons, castles and great reads. The Lake Villa District Library is at 1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa.