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  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus

    by Ann Braden Year Published: 2018

    WOW! This book wowed me big time- heart-felt, timely, compassionate, and a raw look at humanity. Zoey likes to stay under the radar at home and in school, but when she is forced to be a part of the debate team her eyes and mind are open to what a life she can have and deserves. When preparing for her classroom debate, she chooses to argue that the octopus is the best animal. She envisions becoming an  octopus because of their ability to camouflage, have eight tentacles to multi-task, have amazing vision and most importantly use of their powerful protective defenses. Those defenses would really come in handy so she can protect the people she loves the most. Will Zoey be able to find the courage to speak up for those she cares about, including herself, even if it means losing her home?

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  • Serefina and the Black Cloak

    by Robert Beatty Year Published: 2016

    Exciting, mysterious, scary and a perfect read for around Halloween. Serefina lives hidden with her dad in the basement of Biltmore. As Certified Rat Catcher she keeps the area free of rats. One night she discovers a creator that engulfs a child in his cloak and the child is never seen again. Set to protect other children and solve this mystery, Serefina stops at nothing to uncover the creature’s identity even if it means her own life is at risk. When a mystery of her personal life is suddenly revealed she can stay hidden no more.

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  • Extraordinary Birds

    by Sandy Stark-McGinnis Year Published: 2019

    Wow! A beautiful story about a girl in foster care and trying to connect with her mom. Oh, she also feels that she is a bird. Sounds a bit hokey, but it is so beautifully written, December becomes a character you fall in love with and root to soar.

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  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

    by by Carlos Hernandez Year Published: 2019

    A heartwarmaing story that talks of freindship, family and other dimensions of the universe. Sal is able to open other dimensions of the universe and bring his dead mom into his. Although, it's a different version of his mom each time, the ending is the same- a fight with his dad and stepmom. While Sal's dad is trying to figure out how this keeps happening, Sal is trying to figure out Gabi and her many dads. This story will keep you on your toes and gabi and Sal try to use the other universes to help her baby brother while he is in the hospital. While the story has moments of sadness, there is humor interspersed among the pages with lovable characters. 

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  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 2000

    Rediscovering the amazing world of Harry Potter whilt re-reading this series with my daughters.  

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  • Some Kind of Happiness

    by Claire Legrand Year Published: 2017

    Reading because it was recommended by a student, "This is the best book I have ever read in my life and I want everyone to read it." A wonderful story where Finley is sent to live with family she has never met because her parents need some time to work on their marriage. As family secrets are revealed, Finley can take safety in knowing Everwood will always be there for her. As Finley's life starts to spiral out of her control, she discovers that she is stronger and braver than she ever imagined. Mental health is interwoven in this tale as Finley journeys to improved mental health. 

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  • A Tale Dark & Grimm

    by Adam Gidwitz Year Published: 2010

    Spooky, dark, and entertaining. Gidwitz weaves different tales together flawlessly while continuing the story of Hansel and Gretal. The tales are dark because they are the Grimm’s versions with wonderful voice interspersed through the story as Gidwitz warns readers. Fantastic read, especially for October.

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  • Guts

    by Raina Telgemeier Year Published: 2019

    Fantastic! Telgemeier doesn't dissapoint as she tells her personal account of living with anxiety as a kid. When a stomachache turns into something more than a virus and the worries come stronger than ever before, Raina must face these worries head on. As she goes to therapy she discovers ways to cope with these feelings. It's a gift when an author can talk about topics that are not freely talked about in society. 

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  • The Book of Boy

    by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Year Published: 2018

    I've only just begun this book and am not immediately hooked. Has anyone read this one? What are your thoughts?

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  • Harbor Me

    by Jacqueline Woodson Year Published: 2018

    A favorite author of mine! Realistic fiction that shows the power of relationships. 

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  •   After School Rules:

    Sign up in the library with Mrs. Gerwitz or Mrs. Mascardi BEFORE 2:00

    - You MUST be signed in at the library by 2:30.

    -Coming after 2:30? Make sure you have a pass from a teacher. 

    -Come to the library with all the materials you need to bring home. 

    -After school is for working on school work only. No games!

    -You will be dismissed from the library at 3:25

     

      Library Staff

    Mrs. Gerwitz,  sgerwitz@bscsd.org

    Mrs. Mascardi