As twelve-year-old Marlee starts middle school in 1958 Little Rock, it feels like her whole world is falling apart. Until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is everything Marlee wishes she could be: she’s brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-bye, the rumor is that Liz was caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn’t matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.
Eleven-year-old Annabelle lives in a rural Pennsylvania community in 1943. The continued fighting of World War II haunts everyone, but life is mostly peaceful—until Betty Glengarry's arrival. Betty is cruel and threatening and thrives on inflicting pain. At first, Annabelle is slightly comforted to know that Toby is watching out for her. Toby is a local vagabond, a World War I veteran of few words who has become something like a friend of Annabelle's family. Meanwhile, Betty's violent malice only grows, until one day she goes missing. Toby immediately becomes the prime suspect in Betty's disappearance. Annabelle is sure of Toby's innocence and is determined to prove it. (from School Library Journal review)
It's never too late to join the middle school book club. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book.
After his mother’s death at the end of World War II, Jack Baker is suddenly uprooted from his home in Kansas and placed in a boys’ boarding school in Maine. There he meets Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as an unending story and collects clippings about sightings of a black bear in the nearby mountains.
Feeling lost and adrift, Jack can’t help being drawn to Early, who refuses to believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the great Appalachian bear, timber rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as the Fish, who was lost in the war.
When Jack and Early find themselves alone at school, they set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for the great black bear. Along the way, they meet some truly strange characters, several of them dangerous, all lost in some way, and each a part of the pi story Early continues to reveal. Jack’s ability to be a steadfast friend to Early will be tested as the boys discover things they never knew about themselves and others. (from the author's website: clarevanderpool.com)
If you are interested in joining the MS Book Club for the month of December, please pick up a copy of the book from Mrs. Dill in the library.
Thank you to all who came to our October discussion of The Wednesday Wars! After our discussion, we talked about the service project to help an 8th grade ELA/Reading teacher who lost her classroom library due to Hurricane Harvey. Middle School students are asked to bring a new paperback book that would interest 8th graders. The due date is Friday, Nov. 3. Along with Builders Club, we hope to collect at least 35 new books to send to this teacher!
Before leaving, we had a cream puff treat, just like Mrs. Baker provided for Holling's class.
Next up - Summerlost by Ally Condie.
It's the first real summer since the accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. (from barnesandnoble.com)
Mrs. Dill has a few more books for anyone who would like to join our group. Stop by the library and pick up a book.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 10 at 7:35 AM in the FHS/MMS Library. We are reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt for this meeting. Holling Hoodhood, a 7th grade student, feels mistreated by his teacher, Mrs. Baker, when he is the only student remaining in her class on Wednesday afternoons while his classmates leave for religious instruction. Holling seems to be at the center of misfortunes involving cream puffs, the class pets, a community play, and a meeting with the famous baseball player, Mickey Mantle. Set against the backdrop of 1967-1968 when many tragic events took place in our country, this is a hilarious romp through Holling's year in 7th grade.
It's not too late to get a book from Mrs. Dill and get it read before the October meeting!
Are you a reader in 6th, 7th or 8th grade?
Come to the organizational meeting in the Library
Tuesday, September 12
7:35 - 8:20 AM
Are you a middle school reader? If so, this is your invitation to join a middle school book club that is forming this year. Our aim is to read one book a month and then meet to discuss the book one day before school. Group members will help decide what day is best to meet and what books we will read during the year. Listen for an announcement as to when our organizational meeting will be.