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Middle School Marvels

Posted: February 10, 2020
By: Isha, 8th grader at Glen Crest Middle School

What are you looking forward to this school year? Our school musical, Aladdin. I love helping out backstage and I can’t wait to get started! What would a holiday was named after you be called? The Day of Isha. People would celebrate it by eating lots of desserts. What mythological pet would you love to

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Posted: January 29, 2020
By: Mary I., 8th grader at Hadley Middle School

I liked To Kill A Mockingbird because it was about staying true to what you think is right. This book was about a prominent Southern lawyer, Atticus, fighting for justice for a falsely-accused man in the 1960s. This put his career in jeopardy, but he knew it was the right thing to do. The book

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New Year, New “Best” Lists

Posted: January 15, 2020
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Jolly Fresh Year!  The beginning of a New Year is a great time to reflect on the previous one, and probably why so many “best” lists come out in January. Best Cars, Best Toys, Best Books – how do you use “best” lists? What makes a book a “best book”?  It shouldn’t be a surprise

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Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Posted: December 30, 2019
By: Maddie, an 8th grader at Hadley Junior High

The book Paper Things is an incredible book, and very enjoyable to read. It is a book about a girl, Ari, and her older brother Gage, who move out of their guardian’s house because she isn’t treating Gage well. They have to move from their friend’s house to living on the streets, and it gets

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Encouraging All Readers

Posted: December 19, 2019
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Working in a library, I hear lots of conversations among people browsing “the stacks.” Many of these conversations are positive: “Hey, I found it!” “Mom, can we get this one?” “Wow, look at how many they have about (insert a topic).” But every once in a while, I hear a conversation that criticizes someone’s choice

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Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Posted: November 26, 2019
By: Elise

I did not like the book Ghost. Our whole school had to read it, but it didn’t really connect with me. The topic was sports, and that does not intrigue or interest me. The book begins with a really dark note. Castle Cranshaw, aka Ghost, had an alcoholic father who tried to shoot him and

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