VRMS Library March Newsletter


Hi everyone! Hope you had a great break! I'm experimenting with using Smore for this newsletter, an easy-to-use website that make newsletters and flyers look pretty. Feel free to try it yourself: smore.com.

Scholastic Book Fair: Success.

Our Scholastic Book Fair this year broke $1,000, which as far as I know is a school record! (The year before Tiffany and I started, we made $596, and last year we made $895.) We get to keep 50% of our profit, so that's over $500 for our library. Just wanted to give a special thanks to the lunch aides for helping make lunch times go smoothly, and to Susan Arndt for her great online order!

March Book Madness

Everyone give props to the English department, because THE GIVER won this year's March Madness! The Final Four this year were The Giver, The 5th Wave, Maze Runner, and Divergent, compared to last years' Hunger Games, Maze Runner, The Hobbit, and Divergent. Overall, there were 28 new books on the bracket this year that weren't on last year's.

VRMS Newspaper

Aubrey Turner and I will be attempting to start a simple VRMS newspaper starting this week. If there's any outstanding student work you'd like to mention in it, or cool things that are happening in your class, please let me know so we can cover it!

New Books Added in March


  • B / Up Close: Bill Gates, Marc Aronson

  • 304.2 / Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass, Mary Kay Carson

  • 617.02 / Breakthrough: How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever, Jim Murphy

  • 796.83 / Ali: An American Champion, Barry Denenberg


  • Lunch-Box Dream, Tony Abbott

  • How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy, Crystal Allen

  • Curiosity, Gary Blackwood

  • The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley <--This won a Newbery Honor this year, as well as a Schneider Family Book Award (an award for books about children with disabilities), and it's one of my absolute favorite reads of 2016 so far.

  • Caminar, Skila Brown

  • Ravenous, MarcyKate Connolly

  • Parched, Melanie Crowder

  • The Madman of Piney Woods, Christopher Paul Curtis

  • My Name is Not Easy, Debby Dahl Edwardson

  • Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle

  • The Saturday Boy, David Fleming

  • Summer on the Moon, Adrian Fogelin

  • Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos

  • I Am Not Joey Pigza, Jack Gantos

  • The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, Jack Gantos

  • The Castle Behind Thorns, Merrie Haskell

  • The League, Thatcher Heldring

  • Silhouetted by the Blue, Traci L. Jones

  • The Thing About Luck, Cynthia Kadohata

  • The Only Game, Mike Lupica

  • Camo Girl, Kekla Magoon

  • Zero Tolerance, Claudia Mills

  • The Year We Sailed the Sun, Theresa Nelson

  • The Hidden Summer, Gin Phillips

  • The Neddiad, Daniel Pinkwater

  • The Yggyssey, Daniel Pinkwater

  • The Humming Room, Ellen Potter

  • West of the Moon, Margi Preus

  • Finding Ruby Starling, Karen Rivers

  • Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Katherine Rundell

  • The Only Ones, Aaron Starmer

  • Fallout, Todd Strasser

  • The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, Sheila Turnage

  • The Center of Everything, Linda Urban

  • The Real Boy, Anne Ursu

  • Janitors, Tyler Whitesides

  • Like a River: A Civil War Novel, Kathy Cannon Wiechman

  • Gone Crazy in Alabama, Rita Williams-Garcia

Graphic Novels:

  • Amelia Rules: Her Permanent Record, Jimmy Gownley

  • Rapunzel’s Revenge, Shannon and Dean Hale; ill. by Nathan Hale <--This book is so awesome--Rapunzel saves herself from her tower and then lassos her long hair to use as a weapon to catch bad guys. Yes please.

  • Chiggers, Hope Larson

  • Olympians: Apollo, The Brilliant One, George O’Connor

  • Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch, Eric Orchard

  • Bluffton, Matt Phelan

  • Sweater Weather & Other Short Stories, Sara Varon

Books in Spanish: <--I'm just starting this collection but am hoping to add to it as our student population continues to diversify.

  • Percy Jackson: El Ladrón del Rayo [The Lightning Thief], Rick Riordan

  • Percy Jackson: El Mar de Los Monstruos [The Sea of Monsters], Rick Riordan

Thanks for reading!