Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 6-8. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. The competitions are similar in style to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competition. Students will compete as part of a 5 or 6 member team. Parents and teachers are also welcome to join in the fun. This year's contest is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2012, from 3:15 to 5 in the East cafeteria. Please see Ms. Vose to sign up.
Book List (with annotations) for 6th - 8th Grades: 2012-2013:
Avi. Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel
In this thought-provoking examination of freedom, patriotism, and respect, ninth-grader, Philip Malloy, is kept from joining the track team by his failing grades in English class. Convinced that the teacher just doesn't like him, Philip concocts a plan to get transferred out of her class. Breaking the school's policy of silence during the national anthem, he hums along, and ends up in a crisis at the center of the nation's attention.
Corbett 12 Again
In this captivating novel, wife and mother of three Bernadette McBride makes a wish she never expects to have granted—to be young again. When she awakens—transformed into a twelve-year-old—on what should be the morning of her fortieth birthday, she is at first jubilant, and then quickly realizes how complex life has suddenly become. She enrolls in her son’s seventh-grade computer class in hopes of enlisting his help, but it’s not that easy. Patrick,Bernadette’s oldest son, has no idea what happened to his mother,but he refuses to give up hope. Unless he can get her back, he faces a life of waiting on his brothers. Can Patrick do the impossible? Can he rescue Mom & return his family’s life to normal?
Flake Skin I’m In
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.
Gantos Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it -- I'm wired."
Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.
In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders.
Henkes Protecting Marie
"Fanny sensed that from the moment she was born she was meant to have a dog. It was as though some unique and independent organ deep inside her, like a tiny heart, couldn't thrive properly without one."
With humor and compassion Kevin Henkes tells Fanny's story. But this is not just a dog story. This is a story about a girl and tier father. This is a story about growing up. This is a story about wanting and getting and realizing that nothing is simple or easy.
Holt When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time
When the unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe.
Spinelli Maniac Magee
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life
if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living
with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years,
he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is
where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the
lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and
Van Draanen Sammy Keys and the Sisters of Mercy
While serving a detention in the soup kitchen at St. Mary's Church for an infraction committed during her last case, Sammy Keyes becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Father Mayhew's prized ivory cross & flees the state .Ace detective that she is, Sammy manages to prove her innocence but soon discovers that
under its calm exterior, St. Mary's is abuzz with gossip,
jealousy, and intrigue--just like junior high! Meanwhile,
back at school, Sammy's beloved catcher's mitt—
her only connection to her father--disappears just
when her team makes the semifinals. Add to this mix:
a dog who eats everything in sight, a lesson in
safe cracking from a homeless girl who bears a striking
resemblance to Sammy, and an exuberant trio of
gospel-singing nuns called the Sisters of Mercy, and
you've got one wild ride. of a mystery or just another
week in the life of S. Keyes.