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October 23, 2013
by Mrs. McGriff
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Trick or Treat for Some Good Reads:

If you’re looking for love, a good book is the perfect place to find it.

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Wednesday, September 4.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. You will also get a coupon to apply to your next book order.  SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites from October Middle School and November Teens flyers.

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (It’s a treat for only $1)
  • The Darkest Path (new title!) and The Eleventh Plague (I loved it!) by Jeff Hirsch
  • The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb (exciting nonfiction)
  • House of Hades by Rick Riordan (will Percy and Annabeth survive Tarturus?)
  • The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer (long awaited sequel to The House of the Scorpion)
  • Uglies pack by Scott Westerfeld (classic dystopian)
  • Mind-Rain edited by Scott Westerfeld (for those who can’t get enough of the Uglies world)
  • Middle School: How I Survived  Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill and Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson (What is Rafe up to now?)
  • Risked and The Missing Pack by Margaret Peterson Haddix (time travel and historical fiction and missing children)
  • Bomb by Steve Sheinkin (nonfiction spy thriller)
  • It’s Chuckin’ Time by FS Kim (You know you want to launch some pumpkins)
  • Tangerine by Edward Bloor (the blind soccer goalie is the only one who can see through the secrets)
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (a love story)
  • Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (spy thrillers from WWII)
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith (another love story)
  • The President’s Been Shot by James L Swanson (exciting nonfiction)
  • Ender’s Game, Ender’s World, Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card (classic sci-fi)
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (a zombie mashup)
  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (more zombie mashup)
  • Amulet pack by Kazu Kibuishi (most popular graphic novel series in my room)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (a tough and funny look at life)
  • Cut by Patricia McCormick (one of the most moving books I’ve ever read)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (funniest book about kids with cancer.  You will laugh until it breaks your heart.)
  • The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry (danger on every page)
  • The Raft by SA Bodeen (for fans of Compound)
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (required reading for life book)
  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton (required reading for life book)
  • The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix (What secrets will you uncover?)
  • Legend by Marie Lu (Day rules!)

August 29, 2013
by Mrs. McGriff
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Here come the books!

If you’re looking for love, a good book is the perfect place to find it.

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Wednesday, September 4.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. You will also get a coupon to apply to your next book order.  SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites from the September Teen and Middle Schoolers flyers:

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The President Has Been Shot and Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson
  • The Eleventh Plague and The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch
  • Rotten by Michael Nortrup
  • Girl, Stolen and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
  • Abandon and Underworld by Meg Cabot
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Ender’s World by Orson Scott Card
  • Bar Code Tattoo, Bar Code Rebellion, and Bar Code Prophecy by Suzane Weyn
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Elements by Theodore Gray
  • Smile and Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Yes, I have a serious book habit, but I love nothing better than to share my love of books with my students.  Which books did you see in the flyers that you would like to see in my classroom library?

February 20, 2013
by Mrs. McGriff
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There’s love…of reading…in the air

If you’re looking for love, a good book is the perfect place to find it.

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Friday, March 1.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. You will also get a coupon for $5 for your next book order.  SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites from the February flyer:

  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin – Mr. Clarkson assures me this is a true story
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L Swanson – reads like a crime novel even though I know how it ends
  • I Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein – be prepared to laugh
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer – my all-time favorite Cinderella story ever with a sci-fi twist
  • 10 Days:  Martin Luther King, Jr by David Colbert – history for only $1
  • We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by  Cynthia Levinson – I’ve been hearing nothing but good about this nonfiction
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz – another Holocaust story on my TBR
  • The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings – another sequel waiting for me to read
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine – another one I’ve heard good things about
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio – one of the best books I’ve read
  • Lincoln:  A Photobiography by Russell Freedman – impress your history teachers by learning about one of our greatest presidents
  • The Giant:  How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy – learn about one of hour country’s biggest hoaxes
  • The Raft by SA Bodeen – the author of The Compound has another thrilling survival story
  • Found, Sent, Sabatoged, Torn, Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix – follow these time traveling teens as they seek to set history right again
  • This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – If I get brave enough, I might read this prequel to Frankenstein.

Which books would you like me to order for our classroom library?

January 25, 2013
by Mrs. McGriff
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Need a cure for the winter blahs?

Then snuggle up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate!

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Friday, February 1.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. You will also get a coupon for $5 for your next book order.  SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Rules by Cynthia Lord – this is a deal at $1.00
  • Pinned by Sharon Flake
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Ungifted by Gordan Korman
  • Middle School The Worst Years of My Life and Middle School Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson
  • Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney – get the whole series!
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back and The Secret of Fortune Wookie by Tom Angleberger
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Chicken Hare by Chris Grine
  • The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

December 6, 2012
by Mrs. McGriff
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All I want for Christmas is . . .

a few good books!

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Wednesday, December 12.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. You will also get a coupon for $5 for your next book order.  SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi – excellent graphic novel series
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – discover the original Christmas classic for just $1
  • Game Changers by Mike Lupica – more hard-hitting sports action with football
  • Son by Lois Lowrey (and The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger) – discover what happens to Jonas and Gabe
  • Theodore Boone:  Kid Lawyer, The Abduction, and The Accused by John Grisham:  Theo uses his knowledge of the law to solve crimes
  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer – after reading an interview with the author, I want to visit with the bonobos
  • Nevermore by James Patterson – the end of the Maximum Ride series
  • Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman – the love story behind the man who studied evolution
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – Death is really a funny guy when he tells this story
  • Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan by Rick Bowers – Did you know the superhero took a stand against the Klan?

There are many more good books in this flyer.  Which books do you want to read?

October 22, 2012
by Mrs. McGriff
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Scare up a good book!

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Friday, October 26.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. You will also get a coupon for $5 for your next book order.  SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Alan Poe – spooky and only $1
  • Son by Lois Lowry – finally there is a sequel to The Giver
  • Cardboard by Doug TenNapel – another graphic novel
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch – a haunting dystopian novel
  • Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu – a fairy tale like you haven’t read before
  • How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg – informational text that explains how famous people died
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – some very peculiar things are going on
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – third (and final?) book in the Heroes of Olympus series
  • A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz – what really happened with Hansel and Gretel?
  • Flush and Hoot by Carl Hiaasen – funny environmental mysteries
  • Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes – basketball, boys, and changes–all told in poetry
  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie and After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick – two of the funniest books about cancer you’ll ever read
  • The Batboy, The Big Field, and Heat by Mike Lupica – lots of baseball action
  • Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen – Samuel must use his tracking skills to rescue his parents from the British
  • The Red Kayak and The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings – Will Brady find the courage to speak the truth?  Will Digger break out of juvenile hall to save his family?

 

August 23, 2012
by Mrs. McGriff
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Here come some books!

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Friday, August 31.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites from the TeenRC book order:

  • Bar Code Tattoo, Bar Code Rebellion, and now Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn
  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
  • Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer by Seth Grahame Smith
  • Shiver, Linger and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
  • The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order by James Dashner
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer and Bloody Times by James L. Swanson
  • Solar System by Marcus Cown
  • The Elements by Theodore Gray
  • Abandon and Underworld by Meg Cabon
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Along for the Ride and What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  • The Dead and The Enemy by Charlies Higson
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  • Found, Sent, Torn, Sabotaged, and Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Crazy by Han Nolan
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie and After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Girl,Stolen by April Henry

The September TAB has many of the same books that I won’t repeat.  Here are a few more that look good:

  • Middle School:  The Worst Years of My Life and Middle School:  Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson
  • Holes by Louis Sacahr – only $1.00!
  • The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Liar, Liar, Flat Broke, and Crush by Gary Paulsen
  • Drama and Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts and Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Radiance and Shimmer by Alyson Noel
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein
  • The Underdogs by Mike Lupica
  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  • The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, The Serpent’s Shadow and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

May 7, 2012
by Mrs. McGriff
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Last book order

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Friday, May 11.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites from the May book order:

  • Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
  • Alex Rider:  Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Gallagher Girls Collection and Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Ally Carter
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jac Gantos
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
  • Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik
  • Found, Sent, Sabatoged, Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Roar and The Whisper by Emma Clayton
  • The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd by Heather Brewer
  • Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie
  • The Red Pyramid, Throne of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
  • The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence by Richard Platt
  • Charles and Emma:  The Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
  • The Big Field by Mike Lupica
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

April 24, 2012
by Mrs. McGriff
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Slide into Summer Reading

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Friday, December 2.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites from these two book orders.

The Hunger Games Areana

  • Can’t get enough of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games? Check out he book and movie related items
  • Gregor:  The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins – Gregor must go to war when he follows his little sister far under the streets of New York City.
  • Cinder by Melissa Meyer – Cinderella goes sci-fi and becomes my favorite retelling
  • Matched by Ally Condie – Will Cassie choose the perfect match made for her or go her own way?
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – Puck and Finn each have their reasons for racing the blood-thirsty horses from the sea.
  • Empty by Suzanne Weyn – What if the world did run out of oil?
  • Books of Ember by Jean DuPrau – travel beneath and across the earth
  • The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure by James Dashner – Will Thomas ever find answers and a way out of the maze designed by WICKED?
  • The Roar and The Whisper by Emma Clayton – Twins Mika and Ellie must reunite in order to defeat an evil warlord who is creating an army of children.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry – Jonas lives in a perfect world.  Does he dare to change it?
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch – A deadly flu has devastated America.  Now Quinn must decide who he can trust.
  • Shadow Children collection by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Luke is a forbidden third child in this future world.  Can he survive?
  • Bar Code Rebellion and Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn – Instead of making life easier, the new bar code tattoos are ruining the lives of Kayla and her family.
April TAB
  • Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson – Relive the disaster with eyewitness accounts and photos.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – Greek gods and demigods come to the modern world.
  • Mythlopedia pack – Learn about the original Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Higgs – I’ve been hearing great things about this title.
  • Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris and Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg – What would you do to get love and the dress?
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse – Poetry tells a haunting tale.  How will Billie Jo survive the Dust Bowl andthe accident that took her mother?
  • Hatchet and Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen – classic survival stories
  • Cut by Patricia McCormick – Will Callie learn to stop hurting herself?
  • Tangerine by Edward Bloor – Paul may be blind, but he is determined to see the truth.
  • Peeled by Joan Bauer – Bauer is sure to make you laugh and cry, sometimes all at once.
  • Terezin:  Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thompson – Experience the horror of the Holocaust through poetry, art, and more.
  • Titanic pack by Gordon Korman – Four kids must solve a murder mystery before the boat sinks.
As always, which books would you like me to order for our classroom library?

March 5, 2012
by Mrs. McGriff
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Spring into a good book!

Here’s the deal. You can order great books through Scholastic. Sometimes they even give you a great deal. (Always check out the $1 book on the front page.) An even better deal, the more books you order, the more free books I can get for our classroom library. There are two ways to order:

1) Fill out the paper form and bring it with your money (checks made out to Scholastic) by Friday, December 2.

2) Order online at Scholastic (for parents only). On the parent page, click the “REGISTER” button under “First time here,” then register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time activation code code (GPBPV). This code ensures that your orders are sent to me. Select the books you want from over 500 titles. Take advantage of on-line only discounts and specials. SEND your order to me on-line. I will deliver the books in class.

Here are some of my favorites from the March book order:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Yes, Cinderella is a cyborg
  • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer – this writer will make you laugh out loud and then break your heart
  • The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – find out what the buzz is all about
  • The Chronicles of Vladmir Todd and First Kill by Heather Brewer – vampires that definitely don’t sparkle
  • The Roar and The Whisper by Emma Clayton – another dystopian
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan – I didn’t think I liked zombie stories until I read these
  • The Heist Society by Ally Carter – live the life of a famous thief without the risk of getting caught
  • The Scorpio Races  by Maggie Stiefvater- these horses will chew you up and spit you out.  Are you brave enough to race?
  • Legend by Marie Lu – I’ve been hearing good things about this dystopian novel
  • Night by Elie Wiesel – a classic memoir from the Holocaust
As always, let me know which titles you want to read.  I might be able to get them for our classroom library!