Sunday, December 16, 2018

December 16, 2018

Wishing you all a wonderful, rest-filled, joyous break. I will take a week off from posting to enjoy time with family and friends. 

Please save your holiday cards for us to re-purpose as bookmarks in the library next year. The students really enjoy using them!

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Milla Takes Charge (Daring Dreamers Club #1), 2018
by Erin Soderberg

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You must read at least three books from the RI Children's Book Award nominee list to be eligible to vote in February. Be an informed voter and read even more than three!

The Trail, (2017)
By Meika Hashimoto

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Unfortunately, there is no book trailer for The Trail

You may remember that we did a family book club over the summer using Front Desk. It is a great book and it is getting lots of Newbery buzz so I thought I'd remind you that we have copies available if you have not gotten a chance to read this delightful book yet. 

Front Desk, (2018)
by Kelly Yang

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If you are a fan of Front Desk, author Kelly Yang has added lots of features to this website including exclusive, behind the scenes content for each character, activities, discussion guides, and games.

Coming Up Clutch, (2018)
by Matt Doeden

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One example from the book: Doug Flutie's "Hail Mary" pass

Okay, Dav Pilkey fanatics. The day you've been waiting for is almost here! The next Dog Man book comes out on December 24th. You can pre-order it now so you get it the day it hits bookstores!

Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild (Dog Man #6), (2018)
by Dav Pilkey

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

December 9, 2018

Letters About Literature

This week I will be introducing a writing contest from the Library of Congress. You have two options for submitting your work:
You may hand in your letter to Mrs. Roy by Monday, January 7, 2019.
Or you may submit your letter electronically from home. The electronic submission deadline is Friday, January 11, 2019.
Here are the details (including a video to walk you through the steps of submitting your letter online). 

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The fourth and fifth graders of HMS provided recommendations for books and magazines that would make great gifts. Do you have family or friends asking what they should get? Look no further! Here is the Holiday Gift Giving Guide for 2018.

We now own three books in the MiNRS series. 

MiNRS (MiNRS #1), (2015)
by Kevin Sylvester

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Remember, you must read at least 3 titles to vote after February break. But don't stop at three! Keep reading so you make an informed decision! Here is the list.

The Losers Club, (2017)
by Andrew Clements

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Do you not enjoy homework? This boy sure didn't and took things to a whole new level!

Class Action, (2018)
by Steven B. Frank

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Kevin Sylvester wrote the MiNRS series but has also written some pretty cool nonfiction sports books. Here is one we just acquired for the library.

Game Day: Meet the People Who Make it Happen, (2010)
by Kevin Sylvester

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Teachers, need a mentor text for exploding a small moment? Look no further. This book is perfection.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, (2017)
words by Derrick Barnes and pictures by Gordon C. James

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

December 2, 2018

You are invited!
Join Ms. Lisa Lesinski and Mrs. Roy at the Barrington Public Library this Tuesday, December 4th
 from 6:30-7:30 to discuss this month's "Rooster Readers" family book club pick:

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero, (2017)
words by Patricia MacCormick and pictures by Iacopo Bruno

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I will read anything by Hena Khan after falling in love with Amina's Voice last year. Here is a new sports series that is sure to please many of our readers. 

Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream series (there are three so far)

Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream #1), (2018)
by Hena Khan

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Interested in fantasy? This may be the book for you! Remember, you need to read at least three titles from this list in order to vote in February.

The Marvelwood Magicians, (2017)
by Diane Zahler

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Sometimes a good mystery is in order. I like that this is the first in a new series!

Mystery in the Mansion (Case Closed #1), (2018)
Lauren Magaziner

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I'm always searching for books for our Hamilton fans. This one has been out for a while and may satisfy their curiosity. 

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, (2009)
by Judith St. George

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With the start of Hanukkah this is the perfect time to debut this delightful new picture book.

Meet the Latkes, (2018)
by Alan Silberberg

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

November 25, 2018

Here is hoping everyone enjoyed some quality extended time with friends and family. Stay tuned as I create a holiday gift giving guide compiled completely by the suggestions of HMS students!

There are six so far in this new series for Fortnite fanatics. Here is one example.

Betrayal at Salty Springs: An Unofficial Fortnight Novel (Trapped in Battle Royale #3), 2018
by Devin Hunter

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Sidetracked, (2017)
by Diana Harmon Asher

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Float, (2018)
by Laura Martin

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First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great, (2018)
by Sandra Neil Wallace, Rich Wallace, and Agata Nowicka

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Making Friends, (2018)
by Kristen Gudsnuk

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Friday, November 9, 2018

November 11, 2018

Come Join Us!
This Tuesday, November 13 from 5-6pm at BPL
Rooster Readers Family Book Club

There are three in this action/adventure series so far. 

Masterminds, (2015)
by Gordon Korman

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This is a really touching nonfiction picture book.

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero, (2017)
words by Patricia McCormick and pictures by Iacopo Bruno

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A HMS family recently donated this nonfiction book to the library. I think the content and the quizzes would be helpful to students searching for coping tools and strategies.

A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles: Dealing with Fights, Being Left Out, and the Whole Popularity Thing) American Girl, (2013)
by Patti Kelley Criswell

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We own four titles in this popular series. 

Plants vs. Zombies Volume 1: Lawnmageddon, (2013)
words by Paul Tobin and pictures by Ron Chan

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This brand new book is by a RISD grad who lives right here in Providence, RI. You won't want to miss this delightful story of giving, gratitude, and community. 

Thank You, Omu!, (2018)
by Oge Mora

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