May 6, 2018


Today is the day! I hope to see you all at this really fun family event! The mud pit is right outside of the library, and it has been exciting to see it there all week!


Notices came home with your children on Friday about our next HMS Family Book Club which will take place on Thursday, May 17th from 7:45-8:30am. We are reading the Kids Read Across Rhode Island title The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez. We have 12 copies on hand for you to borrow. You can also get a copy through your local library or bookstore.

I love using the KRARI title for a book club because after reading the title, you can go meet the author at the State House on Saturday, May 19th from 2-4pm. There will be games, you can get a free book signed by Celia Perez, and you can see a play based on the book.

The First Rule of Punk, (2017)

by Celia Perez


Goodreads summary: From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Perez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school–you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malu (Maria Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.

The real Malu loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malu finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!

Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make The First Rule of Punk a perfect pick for fans of books like Roller Girl and online magazines like Rookie.

Watch a book trailer for The First Rule of Punk.


Here’s a new hybrid title I was introduced to by my fifth grade teacher friend Scott Fillner. I think we will have readers who will really enjoy it! I’ve ordered books 1 and 2 for the library.

Way of the Warrior: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way, (2017)

words by Jocko Willink and pictures by Jon Bozak


Goodreads summary: Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc’s life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn’t swim. But what was most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the “King of the Jungle.”

When Marc’s mother tells him that his Uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer, Marc can’t wait. Uncle Jake is a for real, super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan.

He’s going to turn Marc into a warrior.

Becoming a warrior isn’t easy. It means a lot of pull ups, sit ups, pushups, squats, swimming, eating right, and studying harder than ever before! Can Marc transform himself into a warrior before school starts in the fall – and finally stand up to the King of the Jungle himself?

The Way of the Warrior Kid is a new illustrated chapter book by #1 New York Times-bestselling author and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink.

Watch the book trailer for The Way of the Warrior Kid.


This is a mystery/adventure book we are adding to our library. I cannot wait to read it. I’ve heard so many good things from reader friends!

Greetings from Witness Protection, (2017)

by Jake Burt


Goodreads summary: A funny and poignant debut middle-grade novel about a foster-care girl who is placed with a family in the witness protection program, and finds that hiding in plain sight is complicated and dangerous.
Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. . . .

The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.

Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.

Watch a book trailer for Greetings from Witness Protection.


I read this next book with my son a few weeks ago and I think it’s perfect for introducing service learning to our school community.

On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty, (2018)

words by Jillian Roberts and Jaimeand pictures by Jane Heinrichs


Goodreads summary: A gentle introduction to the issue of poverty, On Our Street explores the realities of people living with inadequate resources. Using age-appropriate language, this book addresses mental illness, homelessness and refugee status as they are connected to this issue. Quotes from individuals and organizations such as UNICEF are included throughout to add further perspective on the issue.


I was talking to Ms. Tracy at the Barrington Public Library circulation desk and she told me about this graphic novel I was not aware of. I think fans of Real Friends by Shannon Hale might be intrigued.

According to Aggie, (2017)

by Mary Richards Beaumont and Genevieve Kote


Goodreads summary: As far as 11-year-old Aggie knows, everything is great. Friends, school, family…all are fine and fun and predictable. But one random day, Aggie’s longtime friend Fiona starts to pull away, canceling plans and acting, well, kind of different. It’s not like anything happened–or did it? There aren’t any good answers, and Aggie is left wondering how she’s supposed to act now that her friend seems to have moved on without her. It turns out, though, that a new friendship can turn up just when you need it most.

Watch a book trailer for According to Aggie.


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