• Announcements! 

    Check your Google Drive regularly (under "Shared with Me" or move your BOB materials from there into your Drive so it's not in there anymore).  

    The latest announcement is that there WAS (gasp!) a typo in Quizlet for Lisa McMann--you'll have to unlearn McCann and now learn the correct last name. I'm sorry! Also, the Quizlet pronunciations of Mullally Hunt (for Fish in a Tree) and Andrew Ayden (March: Book One) are incorrect--check your pronunciations document for the correct pronunciation.

    Keep reading your books and quizzing yourself to have titles and authors memorized, and most of all, enjoy your books!  Don't forget to have discussions about your books on this page using the comment feature under different books.  Our next meeting is next Thursday at lunch, and keep checking the calendar here to keep up with meeting times.  

    Click here to watch a video about Battle of the Books!

    Informational Handout

     List of Books!

     

    Quizlet flashcards and learning games!  If you want to make it to the finals, you'll need to have these titles and authors memorized.  I recommend doing them in order.  The link will take you to the flashcards I made.  Do the learn, flashcard, write, test, match in order.  

     

  •  I am Malala

    I am Malala: How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World

    by Malala Yousafzai Year Published: 2013

    The remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young ae that she wanted to change the world--and did.  Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles, and the possibility that one person can inspire change in her community and beyond.  (autobiography, children's rights, Pakistan; inspiring and moving). 

    Comments (3)
  •  Hust

    Hush

    by Woodson, Jacqueline Year Published: 2002

    12-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.  (Realistic fiction). 

    Comments (7)
  •  Soar

    Soar

    by Joan Bauer Year Published: 2016

    Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, 12-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.  (Realistic fiction, baseball, heart transplants, adoption, feel-good read). 

     

    Comments (1)
  •  Code Talker

    Code Talker

    by Joseph Bruchac Year Published: 2005

    After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.  (Historical fiction, Navajo Indians, World War II, cryptography). 

    Comments (2)
  •  All Rise

    All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

    by Leslie Connor Year Published: 2016

    11-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska.  His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far the Warden has made it possible for them to be together.  That is, until a new D.A. discoveres the truth---and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home.  (Realistic fiction, foster children, mothers and sons). 

    Comments (1)
  •  Sticks and Stones

    Sticks and Stones

    by Abby Cooper Year Published: 2016

    12-year-old Elyse has a rare genetic disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body.  (Fantasy, self-acceptance, friendship, diseases). 

    Comments (1)
  •  Elijah of Buxton

    Elijah of Buxton

    by Christopher Curtis Year Published: 2007

    In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, has a suspenseful adventure in this historical fiction novel that makes you chuckle as much as sit on the edge of your seat!

     

     

    Comments (1)
  •  House of the Scorpion

    House of the Scorpion

    by Nancy Farmer Year Published: 2007

    In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-ear-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.  (Science fiction, cloning). 

    Comments (7)
  • The Inquisitor's Tale

    by Adam Gidwitz Year Published: 2016

    Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.  (Historical fiction, Adventure fiction, quests, persecution, France-History-Louis IX, 1226-1270). 

    Comments (1)
  •  Eleventh Plague Book Cover

    The Eleventh Plague

    by Jeff Hirsch Year Published: 2011

    Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, 15-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging.  (survival fiction, fast-paced, suspenseful)

    Comments (3)
  •  Fish in a Tree

    Fish in a Tree

    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Year Published: 2016

    Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still does not know how to read.  (Realistic fiction; dyslexia, reading schools, emotionally intense).

    Comments (3)
  •  March:  Book One

    March: Book One

    by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin Year Published: 2013

    In graphic novel format, this autobiography details moments in John Lewis's long, busy life.  He was a key figure in the civil rights movement, and this story spotlights the major developments, motivations, and influences that shaped him into the man he is today.  (Graphic novel; Civil rights movement, African American Legislators, dramatic tone). 

    Comments (3)
  •  Unwanteds

    The Unwanteds

    by Lisa McMann Year Published: 2011

    In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated; one is "unwanted" while the other is chosen to rise in power.  (Fantasy, magic, brothers, creative ability, world-building storyline).  "It's the Hunger Games meets Harry Potter."  

     

    Comments (2)
  •  Liesl & Po

    Liesl & Po

    by Lauren Oliver Year Published: 2011

    A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist's apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey.  (Fantasy, magic, ghosts, orphans, voyages).  

    Comments (1)
  •  Hatchet

    Hatchet

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: 1987

    After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian is alone in the wilderness learning how to survive with only the aid of a hatchet.  (Adventure fiction, survival, divorce).  

    Comments (3)
  •  Pax

    Pax

    by Sara Pennypacker Year Published: 2016

    After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.  (Human-animal relationships, friendship, thoughtful and deep).  

     

    Comments (2)
  •  Ghosts

    Ghosts

    by Raina Telgemeier Year Published: 2016

    Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis, and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts.  (graphic novel; families)

    Comments (3)
  •  Samurai Rising

    Samurai Rising

    by Pamela Turner Year Published: 2016

    This epic tale of warriors and bravery, rebellion and revenge, reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.  (Nonfiction, Yoshitsume Minamoto 1159-1180; Japanese Generals, Samurai; Fast-paced, suspenseful).  

    Comments (0)
  •  Wolf Hollow

    Wolf Hollow

    by Lauren Wolk Year Published: 2016

    Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully.  (Historical fiction; bullying, homeless persons, veterans, family life--Pennsylvania)

    Comments (1)
  • Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

    by Dana Alison Levy Year Published: 2016

    Relates the adventures of a family of four adopted boys as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.  (Realistic Fiction; Adoptions, Family life, Neighbors, Amusing, Feel-good story). 

    Comments (1)
  • Get your permission slips returned to me ASAP!  We are going to have a work party on December 15 after school until 3:30--permission slips are in your Google Drive (click on "Shared with me") in case you lose the paper one I handed you.  Don't forget what you volunteered to bring, if you volunteered to bring a snack.  We will have pizza and whatever treats/snacks/drinks that you contribute.  To be extra ready, keep reading your books and study/practice memorizing your titles and authors--go to the Quizlet link on this page to learn, study, and play games to remember the names and titles. Can't wait to see you there! 

    Comments (-1)
  • We decided to have our first book finished by October 25 instead of October 11.  Make note of this on your handout!

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Library Book Club: Archives (This year, our club is Battle of the Books)

  • The library book club is led by the students! 
     
     How it works: 
     
     We meet to choose a book to read, and Mrs. Horwat orders the books.  Students listen for announcements that indicate that the books have arrived.  Students stop at the library at their earliest convenience to get their copy.  The group is encouraged to attend informal get-togethers in the library each Monday from 2:20 to 3:00 pm to discuss the book as they read--questions, discussions, planning for the real meeting, etc.  Students decide on the date of the next meeting, based on how quickly they are proceeding with the book.  On the final meeting day for the book, students participate in activities such as re-enactments, scavenger hunts, games, discussion, or whatever they decide upon (usually one student volunteers to organize and lead that entire meeting, enlisting help from others in the group when necessary).  On final meeting days, we enjoy snacks and fun book-related activities!   Then, we repeat with a new book. 
     
    All students are welcome and can join at any point.  Reading the book is mandatory because if you don't know the story, none of the activities will make sense and you won't be able to contribute, so if you don't enjoy reading, please find another club! 
     
    Library Book Club members must listen to the announcements in the morning every day, and it would also be helpful to check into this site as well.  I, Mrs. Horwat, will from this point on keep announcements here, too.  
     
    Hope to see you soon, readers! 
     
    P.S.  These are the books we've read so far:
     
    2015-2016: 
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    Artemis Fowl
    Double Identity 
    The ENTIRE Missing Series:  Found, Sent, Sabotaged, Torn, Caught, Rescued, Sought, Risked (8 books!)
    Inkheart
     
    That's 12 books in a year!
     
    2016-2017 
    The Septimus Heap series:  Magyk, Flyte, Physik (3 huge books)
    Among the Hidden, Among the Imposters, Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons, Among the Brave, Among the Enemy, Among the Free (all 7 books in the Shadow Children series)
     
    10 books this year!  (But really, the Septimus Heap books should count as 2 each, which makes this more like 13 books this year)
     
    Update:  We now have two groups.  One is a Warriors Book Club only!  Join one or both.  
     
     Warriors:  Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, Dangerous Path (5 so far in the Warriors series)
     I think this is as far as we're getting.  There's one more book in the original Warriors series; I encourage all of you in this club to read the final book this summer!  Borrow your copy for free through Midyork.org!  
     
     
     
     
     
  • Pics: closing out another great year!

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 9/29/2017

    Sorry to post this so late! We had a wonderful end-of-the-year party for both the Warrior Cats Club and the LMC Book Club.  Discussions, activities, food, and games made it a great way to end! 

    LMC book club

    The Who's Who game they created!

    Warriors

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