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High School Book of the Month: Panic by Lauren Oliver (2014).

 

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

 

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

 

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

 

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

 

Already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal, this gritty, spellbinding novel captures both the raw energy of fear mixed with excitement, as well as the aching need to find a place to belong.”

 

For more information please visit the author’s blog http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/panic.php

 

Elementary Book of the Month: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (2010).

 

“It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story—and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is Hansel and Grettel or Little Red Riding Hood or even Chicken Little, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing.

 

Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting? Energetically illustrated with glowing colors—and offering humorous story-within-a-story views—this all-too-familiar tale is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of) spirited little chicks.

 

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.” from the publisher

 

To learn more about this title and others written by this author please visit http://www.davidezra.com/

 

November Accelerated Readers:

Congratulations for meeting your point requirements for the month!

 

6th Grade

Matthew Jacobs

Angel Padilla

Jaden Wolfe

 

7th Grade

Nolan Benjamin

Chance Frost

Makena Roberts

 

9th Grade

Ethan Plummer

Connor Williams

 

10th Grade

Kaely Perkins

 

11th Grade

Marisa Foster

Dylon Strobel

Jace Walther

 

12th Grade

Keri Blackler

 

Happy Holidays!

One of our fun traditions in the library is to celebrate the season with the “smashing” of the Peppermint Pig. According to Saratoga Sweets, the tradition of the Peppermint Pig “started in the 1880’s with candy makers in Saratoga Springs NY. In the Victorian culture, the pig represented good health, happiness and prosperity. Old fashioned candy makers fashioned the Peppermint Pigs each year during the holiday season. When families gathered together at Christmas for the holiday meal, the tradition was to break the Peppermint Pig after dinner (inside a small pouch) using a miniature hammer. All family members would then share in eating the sweet candy pieces, hoping for good fortune in the coming year.” http://www.saratogasweets.com/peppermint-pig-tale.cfm

Tale Of The Peppermint Pig -- A Saratoga Christmas Tradition!

Peppermint Pig

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