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Mrs. Sonya Stevens, reading teacher, sonya.stevens@d128.org
Mrs. Monica Tolva, library media specialist, monica.tolva@d128.org

Fri Feb 20: What we talked about

posted Feb 20, 2015, 7:25 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Welcome to Adam, Jacson and Christina, our newest Book Club guests! We hope you keep coming back!
  • Thanks to Cassidy for the yummy treats, even if you couldn't come!
  • Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede
    • Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, second in Outlander series
    • Claire Randall returns to the Scottish Highlands twenty years after her first visit during which she was transported through the standing stones of Craigh na Dun into the 1700s, to try and discover what happened to the people she knew and loved in the earlier century and to tell her daughter the truth about her father.
  • Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (VHHS has 1 copy, plus 2nd and 3rd books in series)
    • Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • After strange things start happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, three employees volunteer to work an overnight shift to investigate, but what they discover is more horrifying than they could have imagined.
  • Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Thirteen years after adopting their daughter, Tatiana, from Russia, Holly Judge begins to feel that something evil is in their home, and while Eric is stuck on the road during a snowstorm, Holly watches her daughter's mood darken as the storm rages.
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (VHHS has 1 copy, plus 2nd and 3rd books in series)
    • Todd, one month away from an important birthday, learns all the tough lessons of adulthood when he is forced to flee after discovering a secret near the town where he lives.
  • Girl Named Digit by Anabel Monghan
    • Farrah "Digit" Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actuallyenjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group's number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping-- all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously.
  • Black Butler by Yana Toboso (VHHS has series in Graphic section)
    • Ciel Phantomhive, a young boy whose parents were taken from him by a fire, is forced to take over as head of his father's company, and his faithful butler, Sebastian, helps him with many problems in a way that makes one wonder if Sebastian is human at all.
  • XXXholic by Clamp (VHHS has series in Graphic section)
    • Watanuki Kimihiro is tricked into working in the shop of a mysterious witch named Yuko, who claims she can help him with the visions of ghosts and spirits that have been plaguing him, and the business becomes unusual when visitors stop by from a land called Clow.
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
    • A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah
  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person that understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom she forges a poignant relationship
  • Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo and Colton Burpo
    • When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed--a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy's trip to heaven and back.
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird
    • The book is set during the mid-1950s, some 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus and is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

Fri Feb 13: what we talked about

posted Feb 17, 2015, 9:03 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one 
    • And Then There were None by Agatha Christie (VHHS has 2 copies)
      • Ten strangers--each with a sordid past--are summoned by an absent millionaire to a private island off the coast of Devon and begin to die one by one upon arrival.
    • 10 Little Indians is an alternate title for the same book
  • The Shining by Stephen King (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • A summer resort comes to life in the off-season when the Torrances arrive to take over as winter caretakers and five-year-old Danny begins having horrific visions.
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • When English teacher Jake Epping discovers a portal to the past he decides to use it to prevent the John F. Kennedy assassination.
  • It by Stephen King (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • In 1985, six men and one woman are called back to Derry, Maine search for a creature of unspeakable evil that had stalked them as children.
  • Edgar Allen Poe(VHHS has several books by this author)
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (VHHS has 1 copy and downloadable ebook)
    • Jacob Portman and his newfound friends travel to war-torn 1940 London where they use their unusual talents to find a cure for Miss Peregrine, the beloved headmistress of their orphanage who has been trapped in the body of a bird.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
    • Seventeen-year-old Ismae avoids an arranged marriage by making a place for herself at the convent of St. Martin, where she learns of her unique gifts and must determine whether she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (VHHS has 2 copies)
    • Charlie, a freshman in high school, explores the dilemmas of growing up through a collection of letters he sends to an unknown receiver.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (VHHS has 1 copy)
  • Fool on the Hill (need more information ...)
  • Candy Maker (need more information ...)
  • Next by Michael Crichton (?) (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • In a near-future world where biotechnology and genetic research has become big business, the discovery of several transgenic animals leads to a legal and ethical battle over the rights to genes that can be used for commercial purposes.
  • The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.
  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements (?)
    • Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming. Bobby is just plain invisible...
  • She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
    • Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.
  • Remember Me? by R. L. Stine

Fri Feb 6: what we talked about

posted Feb 10, 2015, 6:59 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 7:02 AM ]

OK, here's a promise, and you can book it: even when there is no Daily Bulletin announcement about Book Club, we still have Book Club! Every Friday 7:30 a.m. in the LMC classroom.

  • The Book of Time series by Guillaume Prevost
    • A statue; a coin; an old book. They look as dusty as everything else in the Faulkner Antiquarian Bookstore, where 14-year-old Sam Faulkner seeks his father, who's been missing for days. But when Sam slips the coin into the statue, he's swept back in time -- to Scotland in 800 A.D. -- where he must find both the statue and another coin in order to return to the present. It's the first step in an adventure that will take him to ancient Egypt, World War I, even Dracula's castle -- and a mystery that will end only when Sam saves his father, or loses him in time.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. 
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (VHHS has 1 copy, plus rest of series)
    • Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.
  • The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer
    • Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (VHHS has 2 copies, plus graphic novel, Spanish and Russian)
    • Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia, which is book 2 in Beautiful Creatures series (VHHS has 1 copy, plus rest in series)
    • In a small southern town with a secret world hidden in plain sight, sixteen-year-old Lena, who possesses supernatural powers and faces a life-altering decision, draws away from her true love, Ethan, a mortal with frightening visions.
  • Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan (VHHS has series, but apparently we're missing #1. Hmmm ...)
    • In the tradition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
    • Charli says didn't like this book the first time, but the movie inspired her to try to read it again.
    • Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at a kids-with-cancer support group and as they fall in love they both wonder how they will be remembered.

Fri Jan 30: what we talked about

posted Jan 30, 2015, 7:26 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Jan 30, 2015, 7:30 AM ]

  • Chain Letter by Christopher Pike (I think?)
  • Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • An autobiography of Shyima Hall, who at the age of eight, was sold by her Eygptian parents into domestic slavery.
  • The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
    • When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down.
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • A graphic novel memoir of author/illustrator Cece Bell who grew up hearing impaired.
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.
2015 Reading Challenge


Fri Jan 23: what we talked about

posted Jan 23, 2015, 6:23 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 6:28 AM ]

BOOK SWAP was a success! Many club members came with old books they didn't want, and left with new books they did want. We agreed to do another swap at the end of the school year.
Some of the book swap books:

8th Grade Orientation

posted Jan 22, 2015, 8:17 AM by Monica Tolva

We might have 26 new members next year! I met many new book lovers who will be freshmen in 2015-2016 school year. Thanks to Charli for talking to some 8th graders about how much fun we have in Book Club.

Maybe we can divide the list and all send emails of welcome?

Fri Jan 9: what we talked about

posted Jan 22, 2015, 8:15 AM by Monica Tolva


Book Swap Fri Jan 23

posted Jan 12, 2015, 12:15 PM by Monica Tolva


Bring one or more books that you'd be willing to give away.
Take one or more books from club members.
You all go home happy!

Thank you for working Concession Stand!

posted Jan 12, 2015, 8:55 AM by Monica Tolva

Book Club had a huge success working Concession Stand Fri Jan 9. Thanks to all who volunteered: Charli, Ellie, Christina, Sarah, Eli, Jessica, Felicia and Matthew.

Fri Dec 19: What we talked about

posted Dec 19, 2014, 7:04 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Please help keep the hot chocolate and treats coming by working with us at the indoor Concession Stand. Our next shift is 4 p.m. Fri Jan 9, 2015. Stay and work as long as you can; you can take the Late Bus home. And it's kind of fun, too! Just ask Bailee or Matt, who worked last time. Thanks in advance to Felicia, who already committed to coming in January!
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (VHHS has 1 copy), sequel to The 5th Wave
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook and audiobook)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (VHHS has 1 copy)
  • Daughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo
  • The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (VHHS has 1 copy, plus rest of the series)

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