Friday, May 28, 2021

Summer Reading 2021!

Summer reading lists have been posted! None of these books are required, but the librarians believe these titles are the best of the best and will keep you reading all summer! Check them out at your public library or at a local bookstore (The Children's Bookshop and Brookline Booksmith

Have a great long weekend, everyone! 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Book suggestions

Halfway to Harmony by Barbara O'Connor

Walter Tipple is looking for adventure. He keeps having a dream that his big brother, Tank, appears before him and says, “Let’s you and me go see my world, little man.” But Tank went to the army and never came home, and Walter doesn’t know how to see the world without him.

Then he meets Posey, the brash new girl from next door, and an eccentric man named Banjo, who’s off on a bodacious adventure of his own. What follows is a summer of taking chances, becoming braver, and making friends―and maybe Walter can learn who he wants to be without the brother he always wanted to be like. Middle grade realistic fiction. Every chapter is a page turner! 

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte

Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle, and the only thing she wants more than to fit in at her new school is to celebrate her grandmother, A-má’s, seventieth birthday together.

Since she can’t go to A-má, Cici cooks up a plan to bring A-má to her by winning the grand prize in a kids’ cooking contest to pay for A-má’s plane ticket! There’s just one problem: Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food. A graphic novel. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Book suggestions + end of the year library info

Wrapping up the year!

With five weeks of school left, this is a reminder to return overdue books to the school library. The library will close on June 8 in order to get all materials back on the shelves in proper order and in good condition. Please look around at home for any books with the Lawrence School Library barcode and return them to school as soon as possible. 

After June 8 I recommend that you look into the public library's new browsing routines, found here on their website. They will be opening for limited browsing starting June 1--just in time for summer reading! 

Book suggestions:

The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson 

Ailey is disappointed when a tryout for his school's production of The Wiz doesn't go as planned. He quickly has to put his disappointment aside, however, when his grandfather falls and ends up in the hospital. In a conversation with his grandfather, Ailey finds out about some special tap shoes that his grandfather entrusts him with. When Ailey puts them on he finds himself back in 1939 meeting his grandfather when he was a boy. This time travel/ historical fiction mashup will keep you turning pages. How will Ailey get back to 2010? Will his grandfather take a chance and change the direction of his life? 

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—the only girl who’s fearful of adventure and fun. Short chapters, a fun beginning to a new series! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Book suggestions + new public library info

Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick

Things never seem to go as easily for thirteen-year-old Frankie as they do for her sister, Tess. Unlike Tess, Frankie is neurodivergent. In her case, that means she can't stand to be touched, loud noises bother her, she's easily distracted, she hates changes in her routine, and she has to go see a therapist while other kids get to hang out at the beach. It also means Frankie has trouble making friends. She did have one--Colette--but they're not friends anymore. It's complicated.

Just weeks before the end of seventh grade, Colette unexpectedly shows up at Frankie's door. The next morning, Colette vanishes. Now, after losing Colette yet again, Frankie's convinced that her former best friend left clues behind that only she can decipher, so she persuades her reluctant sister to help her unravel the mystery of Colette's disappearance before it's too late.

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

April didn't mean to start the fire. She wasn’t the one who broke the vase. April didn’t ask to go live in a big, creepy mansion with a bunch of orphans who just don't understand that April isn’t like them. After all, April’s mother is coming back for her someday very soon.

All April has to do is find the clues her mother left inside the massive mansion. But Winterborne House is hiding more than one secret, so April and her friends are going to have to work together to unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a creepy legend, and a mysterious key before the only home they’ve ever known is lost to them forever. Book one in a new series! 

The Brookline public libraries are opening on June 1st for browsing! Patrons may visit for up to 30 minutes to browse the shelves and check out their own books (something we haven't done in over a year!). Hooray! Read all about it on their website

They also are adding book bundles for kids of all ages (and not just for school vacation weeks anymore!).  Ask about it the next time you're at the library! 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Sora Sweet Reads!

Sora, an app that's available through your Google account, has lots of books ready for spring and summer reading! There's a list of "Sora Sweet Reads" which are ebooks and audiobooks that are always available-- no waiting! And then there are thousands more that you can borrow with your PSBMA account. Very easy to use! 

Go to your "waffle" in PSBMA.

Scroll down to the end and look for "Sora" 

The first time you login you will need to tell Sora which school district you're from: "Brookline Public Schools". After that first log in, it will remember who you are! 

Please let Ms. Moriarty know if you're having trouble logging in.