Alender’s Famous Last Words wins LFLA MS Book Battle


The 6th grade team shows off their favorite Book Battle books as well as the Panera gift cards they won at the LFLA MS Book Battle April 13.

Katie Alender’s Famous Last Words was voted favorite Book Battle book this year by the middle school students who participated. “It is filled with weird things and mystery,” said Gabi. According to Anihya the book is “scary and interesting.” Amhari-Tene loved the book because it has “the best turning point.”

Other favorites included Beth Fantaskey’s Buzz Kill. Ashley said the book had “mystery and surprises,” while DaMontay liked that the book was about football. Kameron enjoyed Carter Roy’s Blood 20894023Guard: “It has to do with a little fantasy and builds relationships between the characters.” Malkia recommends Tim Green’s Lost Boy. “I like this book because the boy, Ryder, never gives up, ” she said. For Shamia, Cherie Priest’s I Am Princess X was a favorite because it was part book and part comic: “I liked that the heroes were girls and that they had a secret society.”

Our middle school students were able to enjoy all of these books and more, thanks to the generous donation of books from our sponsors, BookSource and Turtleback Books.

Bait By Alex Sanchez

cvr9781416937746_9781416937746_hrRecommended by Keenan Johnson

About a boy who has personal problems. He has like some sort of mental illness in his life. His life has been very cruel. His life sometimes had been good, but not too good. He likes to cut his self which is dangerous. Bait reminds me off what had happened in Florida airport shooting. What makes this book unique is that it sometimes has a lot of sad things in it, it even has funny things. Once you really get into the book you will like it. it is so interesting that you don’t want to stop reading. I wish they had a 2nd Bait book. I would give this book 5 out of 5. You should read it because it is so interesting to read.

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

d1088495b1c083072d352e319e43ced6Recommended by Akiah T.

Have you ever wondered what I’d be like to see yourself in and as someone else? Confused? So was Sasha Lawson, awakening in a parallel universe held hostage by her dates analog. Sasha Lawson has always had an extraordinary imagination that started when her grandfather would tell her stories of princesses in parallel universes that looked just like her. She also had an ordinary life, that is until Grant came, and then so did Thomas. But Thomas and Grant are one in the same. Thomas came from a parallel universe to take her back with him so she could pretend to be the princess of that world while the army there tried to free her from her captors who had taken to cause riot in their world. She must pretend to be the princess, her analog, or doppelganger, to keep their nations at peace. This book reminds me of A Wrinkle In Time. They are closely like each other because the both are kind of futuristic and fantasy based. These books closely compare to each other. What makes this book unique is it talks about parallel universes and a opposite but the same world of Earth. I didn’t know that the chapters that are italicized are really Sasha seeing through her analogs eyes. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars rating. It’s awesome

TBT: Drama High popular in middle school & now

drama-high-frenemiesDarlya is in the 9th grade, but when she was in middle school, she loved to read Drama High books. “The reason is because they’re real to me,” Darlya says. She still  likes to read the same kind of books now, realistic books. The Boy in the Black Suit is another example.

Sophomore Tylea also loved Drama High books in middle school and continues to love the same type of urban fiction books because they are interesting. She would also recommend Ni Ni Simone & Coe Booth as good authors of realistic, urban fiction.


Patriots wide receiver’s proudest achievement isn’t making the Super Bowl

By STEVE HARTMAN CBS NEWS February 3, 2017, 7:18 PM

“Somebody called me a nerd. It’s not a word that I’m used to hearing, “ Malcolm said. “I was proud of it … It’s like a badge of honor to me, knowing where I came from.”


Malcolm in his book club


Malcolm confessed that when he started college he could only read at about a junior high level. And it bothered him. So he started putting as much effort into his reading game as his football game.

Every free moment he had a book in his hand. Until eventually, he was reading them by the dozens.

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New York, NY—February 2, 2017—Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, has acquired world rights to an activism book written by Marley Dias, the 12 year-old social activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooks—an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Marley is using her voice to advocate for social justice, a commitment reflected by her ambitious life goals: she dreams of becoming an editor of her very own magazine and plans to use media to spread positive messages and to perpetuate more socially conscious pop culture. The book will be published in Spring 2018 by Scholastic Press.

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