• Whoa--It's been a minute!

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 10/23/2018

    Welcome back everyone!! Can't believe 1st quarter has already passed us by.  A lot of reading has been happening here at Warren Hills.  We have a lot of students participating in the Great Kids Can Read Challenge and Mark Twain Challenge.  There were 52 bingos turned in for 1st quareter and 30 of those were black outs!  Kindergarten finished reading all of our Bilding Blocks books and voted for our favorite:

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    First and Second grade still have 3 Show Me Reader books to finish and then we will vote for this years favorite.

    I have been reading like crazy so far this year and any book I finish I donate to the library for others to enjoy.  Below are just a few of the 37 books  I've read so far this year:

    Buffy: New Nightmare School Book Cover    Darkdeep book cover

    Ghoulia book cover     Suee and the Shadow book cover

    For more of the 37 books I've read check out the poster outside the library doors.

    Students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades have been intorduced to Overdrive / Sora.  A place to check out ebooks and audio books. 

    Keep reading folks.  Read something, read anything, just read.

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  • Guest Review: Kaylee 3W

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 1/24/2018

    owl diaries, eva

    Owl Diaries: Eva and the New Owl by Rebecca Elliot, fantasy

    4 out of 5 stars

    This series is part of scholastic early chapter book line Branches ,aimed at newly indented reader . with-easy to read text ,high interest content , fast paced plot and illustrious on every page, these book will boost reading confidence and stamina . branches book help reader grow ! in book # 4 a new owl named hailey starts in Eva class at school . Eva is always happy to meet new people and she excited to make a new friend ! but the new owl befriend Lucy instead of her . so Eva gets jealous . Lucy is Eva best friend ! will Eva lose her best friend ? or can Eva and Lucy BOTH make a new friend.

    it talk how you should be happy to meet new people, you should also be happy and nice, and I just love the book.

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  • India!

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 1/24/2018


    Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani, Graphic Novel

    Have you ever wondered where you come from? Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother leave India? What was it like? Most importantly, who is her father? But when she tries to ask her mother these questions the subject of India seems to be permanently closed.

    Priyanka is a young girl living in the United States but wants to know more about India, her mother’s homeland.  While her mother embraces aspects of her Indian culture, food and dress, she remains tight lipped about her life in India and Priyanka’s father. Her mother finally relents after a call from her own sister, and she allows Priyanka to travel to India to meet her family.  Will Priyanka find the answers she’s looking for or just more questions?

    This book wonderfully expresses the experiences of an Indian-American girl trying to figure out where she belongs in two different cultures.  It’s a heartwarming read and the wonderful artwork floats back and forth between black and white and amazingly colorful pictures.  

    This is Nidhi Chanani’s first graphic novel, and I hope it will not be her last.

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  • Fake News!

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 1/24/2018

    Sea Monster

    The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story Written by Darcy Pattison and Illustrated by Peter Willis,  Nonfiction Picture Book

    5 out of 5 stars

    Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper? In August 1937 a news flash came: a sea monster had been spotted swimming off the shore of Nantucket Island. Eyewitnesses swore it wasn’t a whale, which were commonly seen in the area.  Eyewitnesses piled up, each describing the massive beast, footprints were found on the local beach, and the newspaper printed the stories people told.  But there was a problem--it turned out to be fake news.

    Read The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story to learn the real story behind the sea monster.

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  • A Bit More Frazzled!

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 12/5/2017

    Frazzled 2

    Frazzled: Oridnary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrohies by Booki Vivat, Humor

    5 out of 5 stars

    Things are looking up for Abbie Wu: this year she’ll run for class president and get a brand-new shiny locker. Until—she doesn’t…

    In her second tumultuous misadventure, Abbie Wu tackles more unbelievably unfair and calamitous middle school days. From facing locker thieves and battling diabolical cats to having absolutely no idea what to build for her science project, Abbie Wu is still in perpetual crisis.

    From author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, this second story follows Abbie Wu, your favorite hilariously neurotic middle school girl, as she tries to come up with solutions to what seems to be a series of inevitable catastrophes. (Summary found on Amazon.com)

    Another great book by Booki Vivat.  I just love reading about Abbie and her frazzled life.  This time Abbie is waiting for a locker to hold all her books in middle school, finally the day comes only to find out she is the only 6th grader who has to share a locker!  But will sharing a locker lead her into a new friendship?  Sixth grade science brings an invention convention and Abbie uses her cantankous cat as an idea starter.  Abbie is like a lot of us, filled with anxiety about life and school.  But with help from her friends she's getting through middle school one day at a time.

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  • Guest Reviewer: Indie G. 3T

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 12/1/2017


    Dogman: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey, graphic novel

    5 out of 5 stars

    Dog man tale of the two kitties is a great book it is about dog man and li´l petey geting a long together and petey the cat cloned li´l petey and made 80-HD and petey learned that not all of him is bad please read tale of the two kitties!!!!

    I think you will read this book because it adventrous, it is silly, and it has cats, dogs and other animals.

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  • Guest Reviewer: Brooke V 4S

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 12/1/2017

    I Survived

    I Survived: The Nazi Invation, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis, Historical Fiction

    4 out of 5 stars

    In a Jewish ghetto Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, stuggle to live after their dad was taken away.  With barely enough to survive the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soliders into the nearby forest.  Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters but soon bombs are falling around them.  Can Max and Zena survive the fall out of the invation? 

    I liked this book a lot but it felt like it was a bit tough to read.  Max and Zena are groing up in a terrible state.  The Nazi took their dad and their mom was dead.  If you like historical fiction then this book is for you.

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  • Guest Reviewer: Alexa W. 5R

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 11/13/2017

    all the answers

    All the Answers by Kate Messner, Fantasy

    4 out of 5 stars

    What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Would you know what your teachers were thinking? When Ava Anderson finds a scratched up pencil, she doodles like she would with any other pencil. But when she writes a question in the margin of her math quiz, she hears a clear answer in a voice no one else seems to hear. With the help of her friend Sophie, Ava figures out that the pencil will answer factual questions only--those with definite right or wrong answers--but won't predict the future. Ava and Sophie discover all kinds of uses for the pencil, and Ava's confidence grows with each answer. But it's getting shorter with every sharpening, and when the pencil reveals a scary truth about Ava's family, she realizes that sometimes the bravest people are the ones who live without all the answers . . .

    Summary found on Amazon.com.

    All the Answers is truly an amazing book it really pulls you into Ava's world shows you how she feels and what its like knowing what other people don't know and not being able to tell them what she knows.

    If you like action adventure and mystery then you should read All the Answers because Ava and Sophie almost get found out by someone. Found out by who? Do they get found out?If so do they get in trouble? you'll have to read the book to find out!

    Ava finds out something about her family but can't tell them about them about the pencil and has to find another way to tell them. But how does she tell them?

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  • Do you ever get FRAZZLED?

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 11/10/2017


    Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat, book 1, Humor

    5 out of 5 stars

    Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis—and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.  Summary from Amazon.com.

    I loved this book.  I sometimes feel frazzled--a feeling of being nervous or anxious. I know how it feels to try and figur out your "thing." That something that you are good at and passionate about.  For me that includes watercolor painting, crochet, reading, writing poetry, drawing.  I enjoyed reading this book which is a good mix of words and drawings.  It reminds me of the Wimpy Kid, Dork Diary, and Popularity Papers books in the style that it is written.  If you ever feel nervous, anxious, like you don't belong--if you ever feel frazzled then pick up the great book in the library.  Follow Abbie Wu on her journey through Middle School.

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  • Guest Reviewer: Mya W. 4W

    Posted by Sara McDonald on 11/10/2017

    The Haunter

    Goosebumps Most Wanted: The Haunter by R.L. Stine, Scary

    4 out of 5 stars

    It is about this boy who goes crazy, because there ghost inside a creepy house. The ghost tells him to do weird stuff at school. The ghost wants him to die so the boy could be with him, trying to scare people like what the ghost did to him (the boy).

    I would recommend this book because there are some twist and turns inside the book Most Wanted. I don't recommend this to people who are 5 to 6.

    The first reason is why I recommend this book is because, has some turns in the story!

    Second reason why I recommend is because, I love scary books like this.

    Third reason why I recommend is because,it is a short book and it doesn’t take that long to finish it!

    That is why I would recommend this book.

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