Hubbard School Library E-News

November 15, 2013

Elementary Book Fair News

Just a reminder that the book fair will be held during the week of November 18-22, 2013 during your library time. I would like to do things a little differently this time. If a child forgets his/her money during their scheduled time, and brings money on a different day,

please wait to send them to the library until 12:00-1:10 p.m. This is my lunch and planning time, and it will make it a lot easier on me if we could try to do this. I appreciate your cooperation with this. Also, the book fair will be open after Donuts with Dad each morning. Mr. Soloman will announce that they are welcome to come to the book fair after they have breakfast, as long as they are accompanied with an adult.

I will be holding a teacher preview breakfast on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 7:30-8:00 a.m. Please join us in the library to check out the book fair and grab a muffin for breakfast. At this time, you will be able to fill out wish list papers, to be displayed if a parent would like to purchase a book for your classroom. If you are unable to come in on Monday morning, please feel free to check it out when you can. Thanks so much for your help and cooperation with this. I really appreciate it.

Have a wonderful day! Any teachers from the other buildings who would like to check out the book fair and possibly purchase books for Christmas gifts, are free to join us, as well.

-- Mary Ann Smiley (

Middle School Book Fair News

The Middle School book fair will be held November 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th (open conference night) in the Middle School Media Center. Students are scheduled to visit the book fair during their Literacy classes. The book fair will be open during Eagle period as well and students may be sent to the Media Center with a pass during this time.

Many exciting titles will be available at the fall book fair. Want a sneak peak? Peruse the sample of books below, read descriptions, and check out the links to podcasts and book trailers.

Almost Home

by Joan Bauer

When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar's mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog named Shush, a foster family, a supportive teacher, a love of poetry, and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.

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by Maile Meloy

It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy.

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Black Gold

by Albert Marrin

Thick, foul, and slippery, oil is not pretty, but it drives our world. Without it, life as we live it today would be impossible. Oil fuels our engines, heats our homes, and powers our machines. Nations have gone to war, lives have been lost, and fortunes have been made--all in the quest for oil. As its abundance shrinks and our dependence on it continues to grow, choices that are made will require sacrifice if we are to maintain an existence that will be sustainable for generations to come.

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Black Hole Is Not a Hole

by Carolyn Cinami Decristofano

If a black hole is not a hole, then what is it? Readers will find out what black holes are, what causes them, and how scientists first discovered them. They'll also earn how astronomers find black holes, get to know our nearest black-hole neighbor, and take a journey that will literally s-t-r-e-t-c-h the mind.

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Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

by Steve Sheinkin

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: when placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and the genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

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Boy on the Wooden Box

by Leon Leyson

"I am an unlikely survivor of the Holocaust. I have everything going against me and almost nothing going for me. I was just a boy; I had no connections; I had no skills. But I had one factor in my favor that trumped everything else. Oskar Schindler thought my life had value. He thought I was worth saving, even when giving me a chance to live put his own life in peril. Now it's my turn to do what I can for him, to tell about the Oskar Schindler I knew. This is also the story of my life and how it intersected with his."

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Breaking Stalin's Nose

by Eugene Yelchin

Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six: The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism. A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience. A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings. But now that it is finally time to join the Young Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for so long, everything seems to go awry. He breaks a classmate's glasses with a snowball. He accidentally damages a bust of Stalin in the school hallway. And worst of all, his father, the best Communist he knows, was arrested just last night.

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by MH Herlong

Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts meets Buddy when his family's car accidentally hits the stray dog on their way to church. Buddy turns out to be the dog Li'l T's always wished for, until Hurricane Katrina comes to New Orleans and he must leave Buddy behind. After the storm, Li'l T and his father return home to find a community struggling to rebuild their lives and Buddy gone. But Li'l T refuses to give up his quest to find his best friend.

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Game Changers #2: Play Makers

by Mike Lupica

Still living large off their incredible football championship win just weeks before, Ben McBain and his crew must now prepare for basketball season. Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn O'Brien has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. But there is a new kid in town, Chase Braggs, a point guard like Ben who seems to be better, stronger, and faster. Refusing to let his team down, Ben hits the courts hard to practice. Ben's rivalry with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends. Will Ben be able to pull it together for his team and for himself?

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Princess Academy #2: Palace of Stone

by Shannon Hale

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting, she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Picking up where Newbery Award-winner PRINCESS ACADEMY left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for

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Profiles #6: Peace Warriors

by Andrea Pinkney

Featuring men and women who have worked passionately to pioneer peaceful solutions to violent conflicts throughout history, this new addition to the PROFILES series includes Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr., Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Dorothy Day, and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson. Readers wll find out about their childhoods, where they went to school, what their families were like, and what their major accomplishments were

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Profiles: Freedom Heroines

by Frieda Wishinsky

This six-profiles-in-one, full-color biography focuses on Civil Champions--some of the incredible women who worked tirelessly to ensure equal rights for all. Readers will have at their fingertips all of the biographical information they need for general knowledge or reports: background, family, education, and accomplishments for Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul, Rosa Parks, and Jane Addams

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Profiles: Vietnam War

by Daniel Polansky
Readers will learn all of the biographical information they need to know (background, family, education, accomplishments, etc.) about: Ho Chi Minh (Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam), John F. Kennedy (US President 1961-1963), Lyndon B. Johnson (US President 1963-1969), Ngo Dinh Diem (President of South Vietnam), Henry Kissinger (US National Security Advisor), and William Westmoreland (US Army General). This book will help illuminate one of the most controversial wars in American history to a new generation

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The President Has Been Shot:The Assasination of JFK

by James L. Swanson

In his new young adult book, James Swanson transports readers back to one of the most shocking, saddest, and terrifying events in American history. He deploys his signature "you are there" style--a riveting, ticking clock pace, an unprecedented eye for dramatic details, and impeccable historical accuracy--to tell the story of the JFK assassination as it has never been told before. Illustrated with archival photos, diagrams and extensive back matter, this important book will enthrall readers.

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WWII #1: The Right Fight

by Chris Lynch

There are few things Roman loves as much as baseball, but his country is at the top of the list. So when it looks like the United States will be swept up into World War II, he turns his back on baseball and joins the US Army. Roman doesn't mind. As it turns out, he is far more talented with a tank than he ever was with a baseball. And he is eager to drive his tank right into the field of battle, where the Army is up against the fearsome Nazis of the Afrika Korps. The North African terrain is like nothing Roman has ever known, and desert warfare proves brutal. Most brutal of all, though, are the uncertainties of war in such a foreign place, where loyalties shift as quickly as the sand dunes. As Roman drives his team deeper into disputed territory, one thing becomes very clear: Life in wartime is a whole new ball game.

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Special Guest Coming to the HS Media Center 12/6!

Cartoonist Chris Yambar will be visiting the High School on December, 6th from 12-2pm.

He has written numerous stories for BONGO COMICS and has contributed to nearly every title the company produces including RADIOACTIVE MAN, THE SIMPSONS COMICS, BART SIMPSON’S TREE HOUSE OF HORROR and, of course, BART SIMPSON COMICS. He has even been included in the 2002 SIMPSONS MANIA card set where his painted Ralphy Wiggum card can be found in the Bart Gallery subset!

Visit the HS Media Center on December 6th anytime from 12-2pm to hear Mr. Yambar.

More information can be found on his website

Media Center Resources

Below are links to the Media Center resources.

Please disregard any email you receive from an event you create on any of the Media Center resource calendar saying that your event was declined.

How can we help you?

Amy E. Slade, MLIS

Mary Ann Smiley