New Middle School Books!

shadows of Sherwood

Robyn Loxley is on her own after her parents disappear and her city is taken over by a harsh, new  governor. Running for her life, Robyn joins a band of misfit kids and they become outlaws determined to right the wrongs of the new government. In the meantime, Robyn is determined to find her parents and begins to piece together clues and learns something about her own destiny. A crackling good story-you’ll love this new Robyn Hoodlum adventure!

seventh most important thing


On a cold winter day, Arthur T. Owens grabs a brick and throws it at the Junk Man.  Arthur has reasons for being so angry, but the judge is ready to send him away for a long time. Until the junk man himself intervenes and offers another suggestion: Arthur can work for him for 120 hours of community service. Given a shopping cart and a list from the Junk Man of the seven most important things, Arthur begins to understand that there is more to the Junk Man than meets the eye….a powerful and luminous story.


This graphic novel is sure to be enjoyed by many of our middle school students! Grunhilda the Witch loses her job and finds a new career: school lunch lady. Then a girl named Madison starts Grunhilda down a road she never expected….Love the dark humor and students will, too!


For those who like series/trilogies, Icebreaker is “a strong start to a new trilogy that will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment” (School Library Journal). Petrel is an outcast on an ancient ship, an icebreaker that has been following the same route for 300 years. She trusts no one until a mysterious boy is found barely alive on an iceberg and brought to the ship. Petrel hides him because the warring tribes on the ship don’t trust strangers. But what Petrel doesn’t know is that the ship guards a secret that the boy has been sent to destroy. An excellent adventure. Recommended.

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Green Gables

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So proud of Tristan, our newest Hidden Treasure reader. Tristan read Daniel Boone, Boy Hunter by Augusta Stevenson. This book is part of a wonderful, old classic series of historical biographies that you can no longer purchase in hard cover. Have you ever had a book or books that you cannot get let go of for sentimental reasons? That’s what this series is for me. I read dozens of these biographies as a child and keep them in our library because they are still perfect for the non-fiction reader in middle grades. I’ve written about this before, but Hidden Treasure readers find a book in our library that has a gold star on the spine. These are older books, classics, or books that are excellent, but not read often. Anyone who chooses a Hidden Treasure talks about the book with me when they’ve finished and then wins a small prize (and their photo on this blog!). Way to go, Tristan!

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Reader Of The Week!


Congratulations to Patrick who finished the entire Harry Potter series! I asked Patrick which one was his favorite and he told me that the last one was because it gave him answers to his questions about all the characters and what happens to them. Patrick is a very good reader who is in the fifth grade. It is so important for books to be read at the age when they can be most appreciated and understood. Just because a student can read the words, doesn’t mean it’s time for that particular book. Sometimes if a book is read too early, the student may never go back and read it again and value may be lost. Fifth grade through adult is the perfect time for Harry Potter! Way to go, Patrick!

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New Picture Books!


Here are a few new books that have arrived recently in the library. So excited to share them with the classes!

thSadie is a girl with a BIG imagination. She likes to make things from other things and go on all sorts of adventures, but most of all she likes stories because you can make them from nothing at all. Charming illustrations and story.

ice_cream_summer-sis_peter-30413104-857602685-frntlIce Cream Summer by Peter Sis is a sweet vision of summer. Joe answers a letter from his grandpa and tells him how his ice cream obsession never interferes with his schooling-including math facts and world history. Adorable!

Edmond_int_v06_sm-1If you are looking for a story that makes you think about individuality and friendship, this is one for you. Edmond is a lonely, timid squirrel who meets Mr. George Owl and soon everything in his life begins to change. Colorful, bright illustrations with a tender story.

rude cakesFrom the book jacket: “Who knew cakes were so rude? In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake-who never says please or thank you or listens to his parents- gets his just desserts.” I know this book will appeal to many whether you just like to laugh or give a gentle reminder to someone in your life….This is going to be a popular check-out.


Here is a new version of Aesop’s fable, Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. City Mouse takes his country cousin to Mousetropolis to experience all that a city can offer, but then…cat-astrophe strikes! I think this should be in the running for the Caldecott Award for  illustrator R. Gregory Christie.

spots in box



I love that Spots In A Box is dedicated: to the quietly eccentric. But you don’t have to be eccentric to enjoy this wonderful book with a message about humor and friendship. Read and find out what happens to the guinea fowl “without any spots, which made him feel odd ’cause others had lots.”


This book is about two friends, Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony. Need I say more? Ballet Cat always wants to play her way until Sparkles gets sad. What will Ballet Cat do when Sparkles  tells her his very secret secret? A great read-aloud written with funny dialog between the two characters. Will be another popular pick by the students!

Here are two picture non-fictions:







how swallow pig

How To Swallow A Pig is another winner from Steve Jenkins. With terrific artwork, Jenkins tells us how to do many, many things: How to crack a nut like a crow, how to build a nest like a wasp, how to hunt like an egret, how to defend yourself like an armadillo…I loved this book and learned a lot. Recommended for all, but especially those who can’t get enough of animal and nature books. Check it out!

amazing creature

Spectacular illustrations and facts abound in, The Most Amazing Creature In the Sea. Which one will it be? “Is it the one with blue blood or the best rotating eyes? Or is it the master of disguise, the one with the best camouflage, the most slime or the most eggs?”A gorgeous book and it will have a readership ready and waiting.

All of these are now available in the St. Eugene Library! Come and explore!





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St. Eugene and the eighth grade are so excited to have Pete join us this year all the way from Hangzhou, China! On Wednesday mornings, Pete comes to the library to work on his English skills and do some reading. He is doing really well and is a diligent student. Here he is with library volunteer Genevieve Best-Dickson reading a book by Andrew Clements and also perusing one about his favorite sport, soccer. We love having a new student from so far away who can teach us about his home as well as learn about our country. Welcome, Pete!pete1pete

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