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Silo Hills Middle School; Ms. Alpers/6-8th Grade Librarian

December Issue

New Releases- Something for Everyone!

Science Fiction and Mystery

The Last Dragonslayer by Forde, Jasper

Take a magical journey as Jennifer Strange strives to introduce magic back into the world.

Graphic Novels

Explorer: The Hidden Doors by Kibuishi Kazu, Ed.

A boy discovers an Egyptian tomb and the adventure begins.


Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave by Hicks, Deron R.

A girl seeks to answer questions that link her family to Shakespeare's tomb.


Keeping the Night Watch by Smith, Hope Anita

C.J. struggles with understanding when his father returns home after temporarily abandoning his family.

Booksource. "Booksource." Booksource, 2014. Web. 21st September, 2014.

Research Paper Tips

Practice=Less Anxiety

The more research papers you write, the easier it becomes, so don't stress!

Choosing a Topic

Choose topics that are more specific and zero in on a particular issue or subject.

Understand Your Audience

Know who your audience is and write your research paper accordingly.

Don't Get Bogged Down

Break the paper up into sections rather than looking at the big picture.

Write an Outline

Know where you are going with the research paper. Organize your thoughts in an outline before you write.

Cite Your Resources

Be careful not to plagiarize. Record your resources as you work and include them in a works cited page.

Baker, Jack Raymond and Brizee, Allen. "Writing a Research Paper." The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue & Purdue University. Web. 22nd September, 2014.

Author Spotlight

Louis Lowry

Louis Lowry was a sister of two other siblings. She moved around frequently as a child, as her father was in the military and was stationed in multiple places. She resides in Massachusetts and Maine as and adult and enjoys to "garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and read ("

Works by Lowry:

A Summer to Die, Number the Stars, the quartet The Giver, The Gathering, Blue the Messenger, and The Son, including many more good reads.

Wikipedia. "Summer of Monuments: Lois Lowry." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2014. Web. 22nd September, 2014.


Upcoming Events

Book Fair:

December 4th through December 8th

Come and check out our book fair. Take home new and old releases, fun school supplies, posters, and more! Sign-up to win your favorite poster in a drawing held December 7th!

Reading Club:

December 15th-Last meeting of the semester.

Enjoy Christmas cookies as we read aloud Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol.

Volunteers Needed:

Parent volunteers needed for next semester. Sign-up online through our school website.

Seasons Greetings!