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..cartoon librarian with word goals written above her head2019 Reading Goals ... Have you set them?
 
A new calendar year means a time to set new goals for lots of different things, including reading!  Do you set goals for yourself for reading?  No?  Consider this...   Goals are a way we push ourselves to do better, right?  Goals can be anything ... do more pushups, make better grades, learn how to play an instrument, or just improve on cleaning our rooms.  When you challenge yourself to read, you are helping with your overall academic life.  The more you read, the better vocabulary you have, the better stamina you gain, and the more exposure to the world you see.  Research has proven that reading improves every aspect of academic life!  So challenge yourself to read more, even if it is just one more book or reading a book at all. smile emoji with thumbs up  Go beyond your normal.  Aiming at nothing gets you nothing. 100 percent emoji So what do you have to lose?  My goal for the year is 15 books by December.  You can watch my progress here
 
Stop by the library and share your reading goals with me.!
Week of Nov. 26
*Dog theme Book Talks
 
This week I recommended to classes. 
book cover Because of Winn DixieOne of the bestBook cover CheckedBrand New to Library!
  Book cover A Dog's PurposeThe dog is the main character, great insight.
Book Cover A Dog's LifeThe dog is the main character in this one as well.
Book Cover JingleBook Cover SwindleBook cover ZooBreakThis series is fun!  They don't have to be read in order.
Book Cover No More Dead DogsThe author agrees -- dog books should be fun
.Book cover Where the Red Fern GrowsBut this classic will rip your heart out
Book cover A Shiloh ChristmasThe conclusion to the Shiloh series just in time for Christmas.
 
November 27, 2018
Heartless by Marissa Meyer 
**Lone Star Reading List 2018
 
Lady Catherine longed to be normal, to be a baker, to have her own bakery.  But her title interfered with her dream, and her mother was determined she married into royalty.   Along comes Jest, the joker.  He immediately captures her heart, but the kingdom of Hearts is going through troubling times.  The long-feared Jabberwock has returned to terrorize the kingdom.  Lady Catherine, Jest, and others join together to fight the monster and save Hearts, so love and baking must be put on hold.  Will she have her happy ending?  Will her fairytale come true?
 
 
"Chesire's yellow eyes slit as he held her gaze for one beat, two.  Then he began to unravel from the tip of his tail, a slow, unwinding of his stripes.  'These things do not happen in dreams, dear girl,' he said, vanishing up to his neck.  They happen only in nightmares.'"
 
 
 
 
 
October 23, 2018
 
Author's Highlighted in this week's Halloween book talks
 
Holly Black
 Doll Bones
 
 
 
Katie Alender
Bad Girls Don't Die
 
And forever favorite author
Mary Downing Hahn
Took
 
student writing in journalNew Kid by Jerry Craft
 
Middle school means new adventures, and seventh grader Jordan Banks is about to have a big one -- but not like he had hoped.  Instead of sending him to the art school he longs to go to, Jordan's parents enroll him in a private school across town.  It focuses on academics and has very few people of color. Jordan finds himself struggling to fit in while retaining his old friends from his neighborhood. 
 
Soon he learns that everyone is struggling with something. In fact, he and his new classmates may not be so different after all.
 
The graphic novel format really adds to the meaning of the story and keeps the plot moving without letting it bog down in too many details.     5 out of 5  star