September 11, 2016

We have an exciting couple of weeks to look forward to at Hampden Meadows School!  On Thursday author Mike Lupica will join us for a visit.  His new book for children ages 8-12 is released on Tuesday, September 13th. He will do a book signing at Barrington Books on September 15th at 7pm for the parents out there who would like to meet him as well.


Last Man Out

By Mike Lupica

Goodreads summary: When the Brighton Bears suit up on game day, 12-year-old Tommy Gallagher is the toughest kid on the football field. And the bravest. After all, his father Patrick is a Boston firefighter–one of Boston’s bravest. Tommy’s dad taught him everything he knows about football–and life.

Yet even Tommy isn’t strong enough for what happens when the sirens ring and, for the first time, they’re racing away from the fire. “First man in; last man out” had always been his dad’s motto . . . yet he never said anything about leaving in an ambulance. Now Tommy’s biggest battle has nothing to do with a football field.

Set in New England, home of the Patriots’ football dynasty, Mike Lupica shows off his trademark knack for spinning a tale that’s equal parts sports action and heart. Last Man Out is a thoughtful tribute to the bravery of firefighters and the need we all have to live up to the level of our heroes.

September 13th is a pretty special day in the kid lit world.  In fact, it’s a day graphic novel fans have been patiently waiting for: Raina Telgemeier’s latest graphic novel is released! The library has pre-ordered 3 copies but I know we will need more.



By Raina Telgemeier

Goodreads summary: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

Watch the Ghosts  book trailer.

If you’re looking for a fun book signing, Josh Funk will be at Barrington Books this upcoming Saturday, September 17th at 1pm. A master at rhyming, he has written the delightful picture books Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and Pirasaurs.  On September 6th his latest book was released.  Shh, don’t tell him but it’s my favorite one yet.


Dear Dragon

Words by Josh Funk, Pictures by Rodolfo Montalvo

Goodreads summary: George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face?

Watch the Dear Dragon book trailer to see someone you know!

Last year our principal Mrs. McGee, wrote a grant to get more graphic novels in the hands of our readers and to have Lunch Lady series author Jarrett J. Krosoczka come to our school for an author visit.  He will be visiting us next Wednesday and Thursday. We will celebrate our own HMS lunch ladies, Ms. Antoinetta and Ms. Liz, on School Lunch Hero Day next Thursday, September 22nd.  Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s latest book just came out in July.  We will need multiple copies of this as well.


Jedi Academy: A New Class

By Jarrett J. Koroczka

Goodreads summary: Victor Starspeeder is psyched to be starting school at the Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina does not share an enthusiasm for Victor’s newfound educational path. She’s horrified that her annoying baby brother will be there to cramp her style.
While Victor means well, his excess energy leads him to spend a lot of time in detention with the little, green sage, Yoda. Yoda wants to channel Victor’s talents, so he makes the young Padawan join the drama club. Victor is not pleased. “Learn to control your anger, you must! Successfully manage their emotions, a good Jedi can. Box step and jazz hands … hee hee … young Padawan will!”
Victor will have to make new friends, get on his sister’s good side, learn to use the force, and hope the year’s drama club performance (“Wookie Side Story”? “Annie Get Your Lightsaber”?) goes off without a hitch!

I’ll admit I’m not a huge fantasy fan but my nerdy friends are absolutely IN LOVE with this book and I cannot wait to read it.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon

By Kelly Barnhill

Goodreads summary: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

The acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.

Featured Author/Illustrator of the Week


Charise Mericle Harper

Charise Harper, best known at our school  for the Just Grace series, will be attending the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors at Lincoln School in Providence on Saturday, October 15th. She will be speaking about her craft and signing books at the festival.  We will be raffling off free admission tickets the week before the event. Click on her name to learn more about her.


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