The 2014 Summer Reading List is here and I've posted it on a page above!!! The summer reading list is put out by Anne Arundel County Public Schools every year and is a great way to find some good, grade appropriate reading material. The grades that are listed on the lists are for "entering grades". In other words, read from the list of the grade that you will be going into in the Fall. I've picked out a few of my personal favorites and interests below to getcha started. Enjoy!
Well, those are my picks out of the summer reading lists. I encourage everyone to give them all a go and READ! READ! READ! FYI - I have not seen the lists for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. As soon as I do, I will post them.
Happy Summer and Happy Reading!!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
School is out for summer!!! Summer is an amazing time of the year that kids have been working toward all school year. It's the one thing that has never changed with time - summer break! Kids can lose a lot of what they learn thoughout the school year. Reading is a great way to exercise the brain and keep it in shape for the Fall. Before you start throwing things and screaming "BOO!" and "SUMMER HATER!", just think about it! Books make TERRIFIC beach companions! They travel well. They don't require any batteries. You don't have to keep them charged. They are time machines. They come in so many different styles and genres and shapes and sizes. WAIT! Time machines? Oh yeah!! Grab a book before your next big road trip and you would be surprised at how quick that trip goes just by reading! Yeah, summer and books go hand in hand. So hop down to Edgewater Books and find some good material for YOUR summer!
Posted by BaySkies at 8:13 AM
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
By Laline Paull
Flora 717 is a worker bee. She rises from a sanitation worker to a nurse to a forager to a handmaid to the Queen. Watching and questioning the workings of the hive, Flora is not effected by the brainwashing honey or the Queen's powerful pheromones. A bee colony is one single thriving unit. Will Flora be the one to save it or destroy it.
Posted by BaySkies at 5:13 PM
To All The Boys I've Loved Before
By Jenny Han
Remember back to those high school days when crushes were as plentiful as fireflies in the summer? 16 yea-old Lara Jean is going through that right now and to help her get over her crushes, she writes them all letters. Letters never meant to be sent...until they are. One was to her sister's boyfriend and as she tries to deny her feelings, she claims that she is dating Peter (another former crush). Real characters in true-to-life fiction.
Posted by BaySkies at 5:09 PM
Dystopia. Sounds a little like Utopia, but they are polar opposites. Where Utopia is the freedom from rules and conformity; dystopia is the exact opposite. Dystopian novels are quite popular these days thanks to The Hunger Games and Divergent. Dystopia isn't a new concept though. The first dystopian novel was The Iron Heel by Jack London in 1908. You probably know Jack London from a few of his other works which include White Fang and The Call of the Wild. Other older dystopian tales are Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, 1984, Clockwork Orange and The Giver. Those of you with middle school students should recognize The Giver. The characteristics of this genre is a society or community, generally in the future, that is undesirable and repressed by a governing body. The rules are generally very strict and often dehumanizing. I think the attraction of these books is that there is always a person, usually a timid, young or meek individual, that rises up and challenges the institutions. Here are a few dystopian series from recent years:
The Hunger Games Series
The Hunger Games Series
Posted by BaySkies at 4:40 PM