While we’re all braving the cold, challenge yourself this winter with the Winter Reading Challenge. Beginning on the first day of winter (December 21) and ending on the first day of spring (March 20), the Winter Reading Challenge is a season-long bingo game.
No matter what you like to read, it’s possible to complete this
challenge. Cross of squares by filling in what you read during the
winter that satisfies that bingo square. In spring, everyone who
completed the challenge will be entered in a drawing for the challenge
Book Club's next pick is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, January 8.
From Goodreads: "When Alyss Heart, heir
to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape
the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian
London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carroll, Alyss tells
the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this
author to tell the truth so that someone will find her and
bring her home, but he gets the story all wrong. Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows
all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story and he is searching every
corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to
Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as
the Queen of Hearts."
If you weren't able to get a copy of The Looking Glass Wars
at the last meeting, stop in the library to pick one up this week. The official website for the book is lookingglasswars.com, and there's a lot of cool extras about this series there.
The books and meetings for the rest of the year have been set, so join us on the following days if you're interested in any of the books we'll be reading later this year.
Today's mission: Choose our
books for second semester. Below are links to the Goodreads pages for all
the books that have been suggested so far. We'll add any other
suggestions you come with this afternoon so we can decide what we'll be
reading for the February, March, April, and May meetings.
A package of ARCs from Candlewick Press arrived this morning - head over to the UHSL Book Review Blog for more info on these books. They're all available now to take with you and read/review before they're published in the spring!
Book Club's next pick is The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, the first book in the epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings. All are welcome to join the discussion on Thursday, December 11 after school in the library.
From Goodreads: "In
ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and
Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own
power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from
him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost
to him.In a sleepy village in the Shire, young
Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly
cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home
and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom,
there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose." The next scheduled meeting after that will be on January 8, when we'll discussThe Looking Glass Wars by
Frank Beddor. If you'd like to get involved in choosing
books for the rest of year, join us for the December meeting or give your
suggestions to Ms. Charpentier.
November is National Novel Writing Month. Every year, the Office of Letters and Light hosts NaNoWriMo, a challenge for all the writers out there: write an entire novel during the month of November.
If you're interested in learning more about NaNoWriMo events or already know you want to take up the challenge, come to the library after school on Tuesday, October 28 for a Kick Off and Planning Party. We'll go over how to register, answer any questions about NaNoWriMo, work on planning our novels, and kick off NaNoWriMo with some writing games and exercises.
We had a great Book Club meeting yesterday - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas seems to have struck a nerve with you. If you're looking for books about WWII and the Holocaust or books that make the reader piece together the story the figure out what's going on, check out some of the recommended books over on Pinterest. Right now, they're also on display in the library.
Book Club's next pick is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George; all are welcome to join the discussion on Thursday, November 13 after school in the library. From Goodreads: "Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger." We'll also be discussing The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien on December 11 and The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor on January 8. If you'd like to get involved in choosing books for second semester, join us for the December meeting or give your suggestions to Ms. Charpentier before that meeting.
What if more than the cover was hidden? What if you couldn’t see what’s inside the book either?
Every book on the front display in the library has been banned or challenged somewhere in the U.S. - that is, someone has formally asked that it be removed from a library because of the content of the book. Scan the QR codes on the front covers to find out what ideas in these books have been challenged, and celebrate your right to explore tough ideas and questions through reading.
If you liked the book you read for summer reading, there's more where that came from. Stop by the library or visit uhslibrary1 on Pinterest to check out the display of books you might like if you enjoyed summer reading.
Join Book Club for the first discussion of the 2014 - 2015 school year at 2:00 on Thursday, October 16. We'll be discussing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.
From Goodreads: Berlin, 1942. When
Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his
belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a
promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far
far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall
fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him
off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But
Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to
this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new
environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very
different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has
Copies will be available in the library beginning next week. If you have any questions about Book Club, talk to Ms. Charpentier.
Book Club is back for the 2014 - 2015 year. Today's mission: Choose our books for first semester. Below are links to the Goodreads pages for all the books that have been suggested so far. We'll add any other suggestions you come with this afternoon so we can decide what we'll be reading for the October, November, December, and January meetings.