September 24, 2017

Our first family book club of the school year will be Friday, October 27 from 7:45-8:30am. This is a great opportunity to read a book with your child and come ready to discuss it with others! The family book club title is a RI Children’s Book Award nominee by an author who is really special to the students and staff of Hampden Meadows. A paper invitation is coming home with your child this week. Please fill out the RSVP and return it to school if you would like to join us.  You can secure this book through your public library, Scholastic book orders, or your local bookstore. If you let the bookstore know it’s for an HMS family book club, you will get a 20% discount

Wish, (2016)

by Barbara O’Connor


Goodreads summary: Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets
Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

Watch the Wish book trailer.

The next book featured this week is a title from the RI Children’s Book Award list, an award chosen strictly by children for children. There are 20 nominees. Children in grades 3-5 who read at least 3 books from the list are eligible to vote in February.  Librarian Michelle Steever created a handy sheet to track which titles you read.


Author Sarah L. Thomson at Nerd Camp NNE

The Eureka Key (Secrets of the Seven #1), (2016)

by Sarah L. Thomson


Goodreads summary: When middle school puzzle master Sam and history wiz Martina win a contest for a summer trip across the US, they discover they’ve been drafted into something vastly more extraordinary. Joining another kid on the trip, Theo, a descendant of George Washington himself, they must follow clues to find seven keys left behind by the Founding Fathers. Together the keys unlock Benjamin Franklin’s greatest invention–a secret weapon intended to defend the country. Each key is hidden in a unique location around the U.S., protected with puzzles, riddles, and traps. This has kept the weapon safe . . . until now! Gideon Arnold, a dangerous descendant of the infamous Benedict Arnold, is on the chase.

In competition with Arnold and his thugs to reach the artifacts first, Sam, Martina, Theo, and readers must use their wits to solve ingenious puzzles, escape death-by-booby-trap, and, by the end of the series, save our nation by uncovering many of its greatest secrets.

Watch a book trailer for The Eureka Key.

We will be rolling out a virtual Mock Newbery book club next week. It is open to our entire HMS reading community: students, staff, and parents. If you like reading kid lit, you may want to join the fun! The title I’m featuring this week has an AMAZING premise. I think it will create some really good discussion!

Restart, (2017)

by Gordon Korman


Goodreads summary: Chase’s memory just went out the window.

Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.

He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.

Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.

One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.

Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is–it’s a question of who he was . . . and who he’s going to be.

Watch a book Restart book trailer.

We just added two copies of this graphic novel title to our library catalog. It is the follow up to the popular Sunny Side Up.

Swing It, Sunny, (2017)

By Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

swing it sunny

Goodreads summary: Summer’s over and it’s time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she’s doing, she always tells him she’s fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.
Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who’s been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he’s changed.
Luckily Sunny’s got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she’s going to remain Sunny-side up!

Watch the Swing It, Sunny book trailer.

The RI Festival of Children’s Books and Authors is being held at Lincoln School in Providence on Saturday, October 14 from 9:00am- 5:30pm. It really is a unique opportunity to hear authors and illustrators from near and far talk about their craft, and meet them in person while getting books signed.  I am highlighting books of the authors and illustrators who will be attending from now until the event. This week I am featuring a talented author/illustrator team from Barrington.

There’s a Wolf at the Door, (2008)

words by Zoe B. Alley and pictures by R.W. Alley



in an oversized gift-ready package Wolf, a rather fine dresser and intelligent creature, just can’t catch a break. All he wants to do is eat some pig, lamb, a gosling or two, a loud sheperd…or that little girl wearing a red hood, but for some reason none of them will cooperate. Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn as Wolf bumbles his way through each of them. Told in graphic novel style in an oversized picture book package, this is the gift for kids of all ages for happily-ever-after holidays.

They also have a very talented son. Max Alley, a Sowams graduate, created the new logo for the Sowams Octoberfest happening on Saturday, October 14th. Colorful tie-dye T-shirts are now on sale with Max’s fun logo on the front!




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