February 12, 2017

Oh my word, two snow days in a row was very unexpected! I hope you all had sufficient reading material to hunker down with in this cold weather.  I’ve been having a great time on the Whooo’s Reading site reading and commenting on what the students of HMS are reading. I love a fundraiser that encourages reading and building our reading community! What a win for all of us!

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We have the Scholastic Book Fair to look forward to this week, February 13 – 17. I know I’ll spend more than I budget for but it will be worth it!

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Here are a few books you might be interested in.

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When the Sea Turned to Silver (2016)

by Grace Lin

Goodreads summary: Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide.

Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late.
A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

Around during February break? Here’s your chance to meet Grace Lin at An Unlikely Story Bookstore in Plainville, MA on Thursday, February 23rd. Road trip!

Watch the book trailer.

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Toby (2016)

by Hazel Mitchell

Goodreads summary: A heartwarming story about the growing bond between a child and a new pet—inspired by the author’s experience with a rescue dog of the same name.

When a young boy and his father move from one house to another, they decide to adopt a dog from the local rescue shelter. But their chosen dog, Toby, is having a tough time adjusting to his new life outside the shelter—howling all night, hiding fearfully from his new humans, forgetting where to go to the bathroom, and chasing a ball through the flower bed. The boy has promised to train his new companion, and he’s trying his best, but Dad is starting to get exasperated. Will Toby ever feel comfortable with his new family and settle into his forever home, or will Dad decide he’s not the right dog for them after all?

Want to meet Hazel Mitchell? Why not go visit the Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham, MA on Saturday, February 18th to meet her and get your own signed copy of the book?

Watch the book trailer.

I can’t wait to secure some of these for the library at the Scholastic Book Fair this week. This series is one of the most circulated by our students.  I can think of one fifth grader in particular who will be VERY HAPPY to get his hands on a copy of this!

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Guinness World Records 2017

Goodreads summary: The ultimate annual book of records is back and crammed with more than ever before! Guinness World Records 2017 is bursting with all-new records on topics as diverse as black holes, domes, owls, and killer plants. Want to know the highest anyone has travelled on a skateboard, or the largest loop-the-loop completed in a car? Dying to know just how many tricks a cat can do in one minute? The answers to these questions and so much more are right inside.

New in this year’s edition are exciting infographic features exploring the fascinating details on topics such as animals, the human body, sports, and explorations. And of course all your favorite record categories are updated for 2017, such as the world’s new tallest dog! And as ever, our team of world-class photographers have traveled the globe to capture amazing images of the year’s most impressive record holders. Let us know your favorite!

Do try this at home…

Want to be a record-breaker? Inside you’ll find challenges you can try in the back yard, in the kitchen, in your bedroom, or even in the gym. Who knows, you may become a world record holder yourself!

Bonus content for the US edition
Find exclusive pages just for the USA featuring amazing records from the X Games and a special look at the 125th anniversary of basketball.

This hybrid novel has been popular but has gained popularity since the movie version was recently released.  It is a great series to offer that student who always seems to have a Diary of a Wimpy Kid in his/her possession.

Watch the book trailer.

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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Middle School #1), (2011)

words by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts and pictures by Laura Park

Goodreads summary: Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he’s got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school’s oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class-5,000 points! Running in the hallway-10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm-50,000 points! But when Rafe’s game starts to catch up with him, he’ll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he’s finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he’s been avoiding.

Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious-and surprisingly poignant-story of a wildly imaginative, one-of-kind kid that you won’t soon forget.

Watch a book trailer.

Watch the movie trailer.

Many students have been enjoying The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann. This is her new sequel series.

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Dragon Captives (Unwanteds Quests #1), (2017)

by Lisa McMann

Goodreads summary: Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond the islands in this first novel of a new sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.

The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.

Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother’s wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons—and themselves—when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

Check out The Unwanteds series.

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