It's Teen Read Week and the library is celebrating! What can you expect?
1. Library staff and our little helpers will be on the look out for readers. Earn a piece of candy and entry into a free book!
2. Come down and work on some sticker art. Help us complete "The Starry Night" poster and relax!
3. Don't know what to read? Put your hand in the Reading Jar and pick out a title. You never know what you might select!
4. Place your own favorite book on the Teen Read's Table to give other student's suggestions.
5. Finally, Vote for your favorite YALSA's Teen Top Ten books of 2018. Look below for the video of the various titles.
Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open from August 15 to through Teen Read Week, which is October 7-13, 2018! The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 15, 2018, so check back to see the winners!
Vote for up to 3 Books
The SHS Library and English Department are excited to welcome Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus!!
Entitled: Nothing But the Truth: Facts, Compassion, and Perspective, Slater's discussion will help our students "dig deeper into the nature of truth". As a former reporter and using the true story behind The 57 Bus, Slater will encourage our students question what they know, view the same event through more than one perspective, and help them to learn to evaluate how their own perceptions of events and the media impact their understanding. Please join us on Friday, September 28th during 4th block for this amazing event. (please sign in using your google account.)
Good Morning SHS Community. Your 2018 Summer reading selections are now available. You have so many wonderful choices this year and I am excited to see what you all pick. Please look through the selections carefully and sign up asap! Want to look at the books first? No problem. They will be displayed in the library. Come down and check them out or just click on the link above and happy picking!! Any questions, see Ms. Smith in the Library or Ms. Brennon in room 216.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hockey, not something I know a lot about, teens, however, I do and this book is a powerful look at how a community puts all its hopes and dreams onto a group of a young teens and how a very bad decision can force people to forgo their morality for the sake of winning a championship. Backman writes a very powerful novel that is both timely and relevant with a cast of characters that are both complex and stereotypical. I especially enjoyed the power of Backman's ability to tell this story through the eyes of various characters as he created deeply flawed people that you come away feeling like you know them personally. While some may have difficulty following the story at times, it allows the reader to stay immersed in the story. My only criticism is that the foreshadowing was annoying at times and did produce an occasional eye-roll when it got redundant. I highly recommend this book and I hope that teens will read this and reflect on the deep lessons to be learned about friendship, bravery, family, and doing the right thing.
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Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know little about the Indian culture and this was a wonderful quick read on the Indian god Shakti and her connections to women's empowerment. Priyanka, the main character, knows little of her Indian heritage and doesn't understand why her mother won't tell her about where she comes from and why she does not know her father. When she finds a Pashmina scarf in her mother's closet, she begins to discover the complexities of her culture and where she fits into the narrative. Chanani wrote the story and drew the novel. The simplicity of her work is wonderful and her storytelling allows middle-grade students the ability to learn a culture easily and quickly. I especially liked the glossary at the end of the story as it contains the words throughout the novel and how they represent Indian culture.
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