The Other Battle Books…

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann


Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

Camp Wild by Pam Withers

Invisible Lines by Mary Amato







Book Beast 50 Nights

Click here for a copy of the 50 Night Book Beast sheet.

Battle of the Books 2013

Attention all Grade 6/7 students!

Battle of the Books begins in March! A “battle kick-off” will happen in mid-March and there you will find out your teams and be told all about how Battle works. Until then, if you are interested in getting a head start on reading…here is the list. Note: all Nelson library copies of these books are unavailable. You will have to go to the public library or bookstore, if you want to start reading early 🙂

The List:

I am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis

Schooled by Gordon Korman

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

How do you Spell G*E*E*K*? by Julie Anne Peters

Elephant Run by Roland Smith



Into the Volcano by Don Wood


Biographies and Jacques Cousteau

Here is the website if you are interested in learning more about Jacques Cousteau:

His story and many other biographies are fascinating to read. I hope you will consider reading biographies (and other non-fiction books) from our library.

Remember that biographies are often shelved in the section with other books related to what the person does or is famous for. Example: a Wayne Gretzky biography would be with other hockey books in the sports (700s) section.


Book Trailers

Book trailers are like short advertisements for a book. They are trying to hook you into wanting to read the book, just like movie trailers try to interest you in the movie. Book trailers may include short excerpts (quotations) from the book and/or pictures. They can be for novels or picture books. They are often produced by the book’s publisher to promote the book so more people will buy it.

I like the idea of book trailers because it is another way for me to get you thinking about books and how technology and books can interact! Look for more book trailers to be posted on this blog in the future.

Here are some of my favourite book trailers: (These are from YouTube and yes, we have all of these books in our library)

The One and Only Ivan

A Tale Dark & Grimm

The Book Thief


The Graveyard Book

It’s a Book

Press Here

Ook and Gluk

What is your favourite book? What would you include in a book trailer about your favourite book?

Book Beast prizes

Happy New Year!

The 50 Night Book Beast prizes have arrived! Thank you to everyone for being patient. You will receive your new book bag during your library class this week.

Tomorrow is the first day that you can hand in your 100 night sheets. I look forward to seeing who will hand their sheet in first! Keep on reading 🙂

Congrats to Mr. Gurniak’s Div. 6 class

I am so excited to announce that we have a second class that has reached 100% Book Beast participation…Div.6 Mr. Gurniak’s class! As I said at the beginning of the year, my hope is that our whole school can hand in their 50 night sheets, at least. After that, we work on 100% participation for 100 nights. Keep up the great work. Hope to hear that many of you are planning on reading LOTS over the winter vacation!

Congratulations to Ms. Heighton’s class, div. 5

A big congratulations to Ms. Heighton’s div. 5 class…they are the first class to reach 100% participation for the 50 Nights of Book Beast reading. There are a few classes that are so close to reaching the 100% mark… Keep up the great work! I am so pleased by the enthusiasm for reading this year and the improvement in students’ remembering to return their Book Beast forms.

List of New Novels

As promised, here is the list of new books. I’ve only included novels in the list. I did get some new non-fiction as well. Come to the library to check them out!

Thea Stilton and the Mystery on the Orient Express (latest Thea Stilton book)

The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer (Sci-fi, supernatural, dystopia)

Guys Read-Thriller (10 short stories by famous authors…geared towards boys)

Dracula (graphic novel)

Losing Joe’s Place (Gordon Korman, funny)

Dark Deeps, Hunchback Assignments Part 2 (shapeshifting, spy stories)

The Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock (boy Sherlock Holmes, detective)

Star Wars-The Clone Wars (Warriors of the Deep) (Star Wars novel format)

Tomorrow Girls series (books 1-4) (teen girls, survival, sci-fi)

Powerless by Matthew Cody (mystery, superpowers)

Adventures of BeanBoy by Lisa Harkrader (some comic book parts, humour)

Green Lantern (graphic novel)

Wolves of the Beyond series (books 2,3)—Book 1 is a YRCA selection (animal fiction)

The Glitch in Sleep (The Seems, book 1) (parallel universe, fantasy)

Bystander by James Preller (bullying, middle school)

Goosebumps Most Wanted-Planet of the Lawn Gnomes (latest in the Goosebumps series)

Abduction by Peg Kehret (kidnapping, realistic fiction)

Revenge of the Loser (Loser List, book 2) (Similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

Big Nate Makes the Grade (purple cover)

Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son by Lois Lowry (all part of the Giver series, books 2,3 and prequel)

The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron (boy and a dog living in the wild, inspired by a true story)

About Average by Andrew Clements (latest book by author of Frindle)

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (book 2 in Leviathon trilogy, YA)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (sci-fi, Cinderella story, YA)

Storm runners by Roland Smith (books 2 and 3) (natural disasters, survival)

Wrapped byJennifer Bradbury (Egyptology, spy stories, YA)

My Life as a Stunt Boy (from same author as “My Life as a Book”)

Happy Reading

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Check out Pete the Cat’s newest book: “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas”.

This week some classes have been listening to this story in library. You can find this book and other books by Eric Litwin under ” E LIT” in the picture book section of our library.

Here is a link to the publisher’s website where you can listen to the book trailer, Pete the Cat songs, and check out Pete the Cat activities: