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Pearland Junior High East

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Lone Star Reading List

Looking for fun books for your teen to read? The same people who create the Texas Blue Bonnet Book List, the TX Library Association, creates the Lone Star Recommended Reading List for students in Grades 6-8. They have just announced the 2016 list. Check out the link above!
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Care Packages for the Navy

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 8am to Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 4pm

PJH East Library

The PJHE National Junior Honor Society is collecting donations for nine care packages that they will be sending to our soldiers currently serving in the Navy. Students will be collecting non-perishable food items, personal items, and recreational items such as books, DVDs, and drawing materials. Items can be delivered to the donation box in the library between Dec. 1st and Dec. 9th.

Look for ideas on what to donate here:
http://www.military.com/deployment/what-to-send-someone-who-is-deployed.html
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How do we find books that we can enjoy?

Have you ever had to read a book that you just hated, only to find out that the person next to you loved it? Kids often say, "I hate reading!" For some kids, the reason they say this is that they haven't found a book they really enjoyed. Finding the right book can make a huge difference in kids attitudes towards reading.

In our library lessons this fall we have been talking about how different things can make a story enjoyable or boring to us. Whether that story is in the form of a book, a movie, or a TV show, all stories share certain elements. In September and October, we discussed two different elements of story that can help to determine whether or not we enjoy the book: Pace and Tone.

Story Element One: Pace

In September, we discussed Pace: how quickly or slowly events in the story take place. Stories that deal with strong emotions, such as Romantic stories or Psychological stories, tend to be slower paced because the character has to think and talk through what they are feeling and experiencing. On the other hand, books with lots of travel and action tend to move faster as characters react to what is happening around them. Other books, such as a Mystery, may vary the pace as the detective grapples with solving the crime in between being chased by the bad guys.

Story Element Two: TONE

In October we discussed Tone: how a book makes you feel. Sometimes the tone, or feeling, of the book is upbeat, humorous or heartwarming. Other times, a story may have a spooky, suspenseful or gritty tone. Things really get fun when authors combine unusual tones, for example: romantic and menacing , humorous and nightmarish, magical and gritty.
In December, we will discuss Story Line or how different plot elements shape the story.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!!