Friday, April 7, 2017

April's Library Corner

Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8
Title: The Wednesday Wars

Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Summary: The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy's mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967-68 school year in Long Island, New York.
Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High.  His teacher, Mrs. Baker, doesn't like Holling- he's sure of it.  Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class?  But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam.  Then there's the family business.  As far as Holling's father is concerned, nothing is more important than the family business.  In fact, all the Hoodhood's must be on their best behavior at all times for the success of the company.  But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has Mrs. Baker to contend with?

Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5
Title: Shiloh

Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Summary: When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight- and also big trouble.  It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun- and abuses his dogs.  So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty has to hide him and protect him from Judd.  But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty will have to go to make Shiloh his?

What Mrs. Connell say: "Grade four is reading this Newbury Award winner with me now.  We are discussing the moral issue of telling a lie.  Is it ever okay to tell a lie?  What if your lie saves a life?

Recommendation for Grades K,1& 2
Title: The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt

Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Summary: Poor Duncan just wants to color.  But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used.  Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.  What is Duncan to do?

Mrs. Connell says: "I picked this in honor of the Crayola Company "retiring" a certain color."

Check back next month for more suggestions!

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