Saturday, June 20, 2009

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

I just spent a week with my family in Disney World. I decided to bring along Kingdom Keepers, a book about a group of Orlando middle school students who have been chosen as DHIs, interactive hologram hosts. Finn turns out to be the leader of this group when many strange, unexplainable events start to take place. When they all start having strange dreams and start visiting Disney at night in their holographic forms, they realize there is something very strange going on. The kids meet Wayne, an original Imagineer, who tells them about a fable that may help them stop the evil forces scheming something awful. This book will appeal to Disney fans. While it didn't knock my socks off, it was fun to read about this adventures taking place in all the rides and attractions I just visited.

Works Cited
"Kingdom Keepers Cover." Online image. LibraryThing. 20 June 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Student Summer Recommendations

We asked students to recommend their favorite reads of the year. We had these recommendations displayed in the library to assist other students with ideas when they are looking for books to read this summer.
Here's the list in no particular order:

IQ by Roland Smith
Cryptid Hunters
by Roland Smith
Peak by Roland Smith
Elephant Run by Roland Smith
Shakespeare’s Secret by Roland Smith
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent
Sammy Keyes Series by Wendelin VanDraanen
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series by Michelle Paver
Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr
Zenda Series by Amodeo
The Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato
You Be the Jury by Marvin Miller
Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch
Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Swindle by Gordon Korman
Leven Thumps Series by Obert Skye
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zuszak
Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfield
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Fable Haven Series by Brandon Mull
Amazing Agent Luna by Nunzio DeFilippis
Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale
White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Evernight by Claudia Gray
The Weight of the Sky by Lisa Ann Sandell
The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
Feathered by Laura Kasischke
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Friday, June 5, 2009

Looking for Summer Reading Suggestions?

So many Highland students are really avid readers! We hope that you all will continue this habit over this summer. I know I'm looking forward to time in the sun with lots of good books. I thought I'd put some resources together to help if you are looking for some books to read this summer. Don't forget to ask your friends, as they are usually a really good source for recommendations.

Even though there is some major construction going on at the public library, don't forget about the summer reading program at Cook Memorial Library! Using their web site is a great way to request materials and find out about programs.

Places to find book recommendations:
Please post a comment if you have books to recommend for summer reading or you read any books that really wow you this summer.
Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Trials of Kate Hope by Wick Downing

Kate Hope, a fourteen year old lawyer works at her family office, Hope and Hope, with her grandfather. When her grandfather falls ill she has to take care of the business including two cases that she needs to take to court. A poor dog named Herman needs to be saved from death because he's all his owner Miss Willow has. Meanwhile she has to help a poor man named Mr. Alvarez who has been accused of murder. How will she be able to do this and still be friends with Mike her sort-of boyfriend?

Review by JF

Works Cited
"The Trials of Kate Hope Cover." Online image. LibraryThing. 4 June 2009

Write in the Middle Release Party

Today we celebrated the release of the first edition of Write in the Middle, Highland's brand new Literary Magazine! It was a great event! I'll post some pictures soon. But here's a peak at the cover of the publication.

Because we got a grant for the project, all the published authors and the members of the editorial board received a copy of the publication. We self-published online, so copies can be ordered

A special thanks goes out to the amazing students who volunteered their time to be part of the editorial board and the teachers who worked to help facilitate this student-led publication, Carey Fox, Brianne Hodges, Linda O'Connell, Alison Ortega, Kristen Palic, and Logan Shoemaker.