Mrs. Murphy's Book of the Month

Join our Principal in Reading Books from the SSYRA List

How do I participate in the Book of the Month?

Each month listed below has a book from the 2017-2018 Sunshine State Reader's Award List. Students who read the book and turn in a reading response form (click on the link at the bottom of this flyer; forms are also available in the Media Center) by the listed date, will meet with Mrs. Murphy for either a Donuts Discussion or a Pizza Powwow to discuss the book as a group. Students who meet the requirement will receive a pass to come to the book discussion in the days leading up to the event.

September Book of the Month

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"How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer" by Taryn Souders

Donut Discussion will be on held on Friday, September 29th at 9:45 in the Media Center. To participate, students must read "How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, September 26th. Completed forms are returned to the Media Center.


About the Book:
Chloe McCorkle is willing to do anything in order to avoid having to ride her hot pink “Dora the Explorer” bike to her first day of middle school --- well, anything but go to summer camp, that is. Unfortunately, when you’re 11-years-old, what mom and dad says goes. Leaving behind her friends, her stuffed elephant (too dorky to bring to camp) and her plans to get rich babysitting, Chloe begrudgingly heads to Camp Minnehaha for what she is sure is going to be the worst two weeks ever

October Book of the Month

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"Terror at Bottle Creek" by Watt Key

Pizza Powwow will be on held on Friday, October 27th during student lunches at the picnic benches outside the cafeteria. If the weather does not permit this, a new location will be communicated to the students. To participate, students must read "Terror at Bottle Creek" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, October 24th. Completed forms are returned to the Media Center.


About this book:
In this gritty, realistic wilderness adventure, thirteen-year-old Cort is caught in a battle against a Gulf Coast hurricane. Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows. But when a deadly Category 3 storm makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put his all skills-and bravery-to the test. Amid miles of storm-thrashed wetlands filled with dangerous, desperate wild animals, it's up to Cort to win-or lose-the fight for their lives.

November/December Book of the Month

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"The War That Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Donut Discussion will be on held on Friday, December 8th at 9:45 in the Media Center. To participate, students must read "The War That Saved My Life" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, December 5th. Completed Forms are returned to the Media Center.


About this book: Born with a club foot, nine-year-old Ada is locked in a room and can only gaze out the window at her younger brother playing with his friends in the London streets. Fears about bombs dropping, children are sent to the countryside to keep them safe. Together they join lonely, recluse Mrs. Smith, the only one to volunteer to take care of them. Ada cannot always read her benefactor’s intentions, but she learns to trust, just as she learns to ride a horse named Butter. From victor to victorious, especially after the battle of Dunkirk, this is a story of one girl’s courage.

January Book of the Month

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"Randoms" by David Liss

Pizza Powwow will be on held on Friday, January 26th during student lunches at the picnic benches outside the cafeteria. If the weather does not permit this, a new location will be communicated to the students. To participate, students must read "Randoms" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, January 23th. Completed forms are returned to the Media Center.


About this book:
Zeke Reynolds is randomly chosen to represent planet Earth in the application to enter the Confederation of United Planets. While on the the space station, Zeke begins to unravel a conspiracy.

February Book of the Month

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"It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel" by Firoozeh Dumas

Donut Discussion will be on held on Friday, February 23rd at 9:45 in the Media Center. To participate, students must read "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, February 20th. Completed Forms are returned to the Media Center.


About this book:
Cindy, a middle schooler whose given name is Zomorod, moves to a new California city with her Iranian parents. Set in the late 70’s / early 80’s, Cindy has to learn to navigate middle school, balance new friendships, and stay true to her parents and culture all in the face of anti-Iranian racism after the Iran hostage crisis.

March Book of the Month

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"Shadows of Sherwood" by Kekla Magoon

Pizza Powwow will be on held on Thursday, March 29th during student lunches at the picnic benches outside the cafeteria. If the weather does not permit this, a new location will be communicated to the students. To participate, students must read "Shadows of Sherwood" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, March 27th. Completed forms are returned to the Media Center.


About this book:
The night her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley must learn to fend for herself. Her home has been taken over by a harsh governor. After fleeing for her life, Robyn has no choice but to join a band of strangers-misfit kids, each with their own special talent for mischief. Setting out to right the wrongs of Crown's merciless government, they take their outlaw status in stride. But Robyn can't rest until she finds her parents. As she pieces together clues Robyn learns that her destiny is tied to the future of Nott City in ways she never expected.

April Book of the Month

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"Courage for Beginners" by Karen Harrington

Donut Discussion will be on held on Friday, April 27th at 9:45 in the Media Center. To participate, students must read "Courage for Beginners" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, April 24th. Completed Forms are returned to the Media Center.


About this book: If only Mysti could be a character in a book, then she would know how to deal with her mother, who is agoraphobic and unable to leave the house; with her best friend, who decides he’s too cool for her; and with all the changes and challenges in her life, that shift into focus when her father is hurt, and the pantry is slowly emptying. With the help of new friends, including the unflappable Rama Khan, Mysti finds the courage to change her own story.

May Book of the Month

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"Framed!" by James Ponti

Pizza Powwow will be on held on Friday, June 1st during student lunches at the picnic benches outside the cafeteria. If the weather does not permit this, a new location will be communicated to the students. To participate, students must read "Framed!" and complete a Reading Response Form by Tuesday, May 29th. Completed forms are returned to the Media Center.


About this book: Florian has just moved to Washington, D.C. He’s learning his way around using TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things, a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries. But when he teaches it to his new friend, Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn’t little. Not little at all, but part of a much bigger picture!