Library Events & News

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Library Events & News

Sept. 2018

The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss

AR B.L. 4.2 Pts. 4.0 Quiz#68144

Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough—they were given the answers from last year’s test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will end.

– Amazon

“An excellent springboard to provocative discussion or debate about the moral and ethical questions that this issue raises.”

School Library Journal

Aug. 2018

  AR B.L. 4.9  Pts 9.0  Quiz #184103

The wide receiver best able to hang on to his quarterback’s passes, Brock Ripley would be a star for the varsity team—if he could just bring himself to put his body on the line. But he can’t. Just like he can’t bring himself to stand up for his friend Richie Fang, who has been targeted by the quarterback, known for his bullying. As events spiral out of control, Brock is faced with a true test of character. Can he find the courage to step up and do what is right?

“A well-written offering that deals with coming-of-age, bullying, and exciting sports action; a touchdown for sports collections and reluctant readers.”
—School Library Journal

“The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them.”
—Kirkus

AR B.L. 7.1 Pts 9.0  Quiz #142962

In this true story, the author describes how he and his adopted twin sons, Dan and Noah, came to own and love a dog that was rescued after its owners used it as bait for fighting dogs and then left it in a cage to die.

Highly recommended for anyone (that’s all of us) in need of inspiration.”―Library Journal 

“As remarkable in spirit as he is distinctive in appearance, the extraordinary Oogy receives a hero’s biography from adoring Levin.”―Publishers Weekly

Sept 2018

AR B.L. 5.1  Pts. 6.0 Quiz #148737

Showoff by Gordon Korman

After former attack dog Luthor goes berserk at a dog show, he’s accused of ruining the career of the three-time national champion. Griffin has always wondered whether you could teach such a vicious dog new tricks . . . but he also smells a setup of some kind. He feels bad for Luthor — bad enough to spring him from the pound.

The only way for Luthor to make everything right is to do the unthinkable . . . and become the new national champion. Can Griffin Bing, The Man With The Plan, turn this beast into a beauty? Very soon, the whole world will want to know the answer.

Aug 2018

B.L. 4.1  Pts 3.0  Quiz # 161493

Cassie just want to dance, but the atmosphere a the Summer Intensive a prestigious ballet school is much more competitive and nasty.  Cassie keeps her head down and concentrates on her dancing.  But when she sees real harm being done to the other visiting summer students, she finally speaks out and finds out just how far some will go to succeed.

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Sept. 2018

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Not AR

Three students are immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia and have trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English in their new American elementary school. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.

– Amazon

Aug. 2018

AR B.L. 4.5  Pts 0.5  Quiz #163240

Interesting text and illustrations provide information about the human brain, discussing what it is, its different parts, how it grows, and its role in controlling various parts and functions of the body.

 “Talk of brain growth can sometimes lead to overloading children with experiences, classes, etc. The brain acts like a collection of muscles and each part needs to be used, not just the parts that work well. If any parts are overworked, they will not grow in a healthy way.” This title makes both a wonderful addition to a child’s collection and to any growth mindset program or curriculum.”

PBS Parents

by Anthony DeStefano

this is not an AR book (approx. reading level 4.5)

This is a Bible story about the young donkey Jesus would eventually ride during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Though the lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, he has yet to meet the Master…

The Donkey That No One Could Ride is a charming and powerful little book that every child will love! They’ll see that no matter how little or weak they feel, they can grow to be more than they dream once they have met Jesus. We’re giving this one to our great-grandchildren. And trust us―it will be read over and over!”
Jimmy and Carol Owens, songwriters and authors

AR B.L. 3.7 Pts 0.5 Quiz #105277