Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Reading


Here are links to the summer reading lists.  You can also pick up printed copies of these lists in the library.  We are open from 10:00-2:00 for most of the summer.

ALSC Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8:

Young Adult Reading List (adapted from YALSA) 

Don't forget about summer reading bingo for middle school students! 
Get your BINGO card in the library.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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Alex, Approximately is a modern teen take on the movie "You've Got Mail."  (If you haven't seen it, you should!) Every chapter starts with a quote from a classic movie, which is fun.
Bailey moves across the country to the same California town as her online crush and fellow movie buff, Alex.  In order to scope him out first, Bailey doesn't tell him she's moving to his town and proceeds to spend the summer searching for him using clues from his messages.
Then, Bailey meets irritating surfer-boy Porter at her summer job and slowly begins to fall for him.
Now she has to decide between Porter, who is hiding a secret of his own, and Alex.  But...things aren't always as they seem because Porter is Alex!  (This is not a spoiler because it says so on the book jacket!)
I finished this book in 2 days.  It's an easy, fun summer read.   Find it on my recommendation shelf or in the library at: ROMANCE F BEN

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Summer Reading Bingo!

PTA is sponsoring Summer Reading BINGO for middle school students.  Complete the bingo board over the summer and win prizes!  Pick up your BINGO card in the library or download and print below.  Happy Summer Reading!


For 3 BINGOs (three lines): 
1 Chatime Drink
For 6 BINGOs (six lines): 
Pizza Party Invite
For Full BINGO card: 
Entry into a drawing for a $50 Gift Card from Amazon

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flying Lessons and other stories edited by Ellen Oh

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This is a great collection of short stories  by very popular authors. All are diverse stories with a wide variety of characters facing many different personal struggles.  Most students will find a story in here that "speaks to them."
Short stories are often overlooked, but Flying Lessons and other stories is great choice because:
1. You can finish a story in one night.
2. You may be inspired to read some of the longer novels by these authors.  We have works by them all in the library!

Try out Flying Lessons and other stories.  Find it on my recommendation shelf or at: SHORT F FLY

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Emoji Book Reviews

Thank you to the team at NIST in Bangkok for sharing this great idea for Emoji Book Reviews.  I was wondering what to do to get students to review more books (because I can't keep my review shelf full all by myself) and this idea is really taking off.  Students love it!

I used many ideas from this NIST blog post.  The NIST bookmarks are beautiful; I wish our colors were green and blue but we went with Tiger orange to show our school spirt.

Here are a few photos from our review shelf:

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Get your free Audiobooks this summer (April 26-July 25) from AudioFile at  Two free audiobooks each week throughout summer for teens aged 13+.

You need the OverDrive App to listen to the audiobooks.  OverDrive is also the service we use for our school eBooks and audiobooks and we have over 1300 titles available.  Check some out this summer!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I liked this book.  I wasn't sure I would because the plot/characters weren't what I was expecting.  Because I can't do it justice with me own words, I am going to copy the blurb from  I know, it's the cheat book review.  Come see me in the library if you'd like to know more about the book!  It's an enjoyable read about a trip through Europe.
Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
Find this book in our library at: HISTORICAL F LEE