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battleBATTLE OF THE BOOKS!!!

 

Here are your 2015 Battle Titles.  Click on a title to learn more information about the book.

 arkARK ANGEL BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ
boyTHE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS  BY JOHN BOYNE

AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FREE AT:THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

 

ruleRULES BY CYNTHIA LORD
HOMEWORLTHE HOMEWORK MACHINE BY DAN GUTMAN
frankiFRANKIE PICKLE AND THE CLOSET OF DOOM BY ERIC WIGHT
belly upBELLY UP BY STUART GIBBS
my lifeMY LIFE AS A BOOK BY JANET TASHJIAN 
1111 BIRTHDAYS BY WENDY MASS
el deafoEL DEAFO BY CECE BELL
seesSEES BEHIND TREES BY MICHAEL DORRIS
EMPTY BY emptySUZANNE WEYN (alternate)

 

New titles to the Library!

CHECK THESE OUT!!!!

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Blood Of Olympus, Book Five

Author: Rick Riordan

Published October 7, 2014

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
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GANSTA GRANNY

Author: David Walliams

Illustrator: Tony Ross

Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. All she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma: she was once an international jewel thief and she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels. Now she needs Ben’s help.

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Author: Katherine Rundell

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive – but “almost impossible” means “still possible.” And you should never ignore a possible.  So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian, threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker.  Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the hidden spaces above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophie’s mother – but can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope?

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH!

DEAROctober is National School Library month.

I challenge all classes to participate in the provincial DEAR (DROP EVERYTHING AND READ) EVENT.

This is scheduled for

Monday, October 27th, 2014.

At some point during the day, drop what you are doing and read for a minimum of 20 minutes!

Your brainS and imaginations will thank you!

For more information, check out the BC DEAR challenge website at:

http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/advocacy.html

WESTRIDGE LIBRARY READING CLUB

Just a reminder that the conclusion of the École Westridge Library Reading Club is rapidly approaching.  The deadline for submitting reading logs is May 31st.   Students who reach 100 nights prior to the deadline will receive a special surprise! Students who reach 200 nights of reading qualify for a free book!   

Just a reminder that reading logs are available online at: http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/westridge-library/ecole-westridge-library-reading-program/ You can download the form, complete it online and email it to me at:

Brenda.Papapanagiotou@sd41.bc.ca.   Teacher-librarian – École Westridge

Intermediate Reading Club News

Congratulations to Max in Division 3.   He has won this month’s intermediate prize draw!   Great work Max!   Keep reading!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE YRCA BOOK!

 

All this week, vote for your favourite YRCA Book.    The nominees for this year are:

JUNIOR DIVISION BOOKS

13 Treasures – Michelle Harrison                                                                                            Big Nate: In a Class by Himself – Lincoln Peirce
Fatty Legs: A True Story – Christy Jordan-Fenton
Lone Wolf – Kathryn Lasky
The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan
The Mysterious Howling – Maryrose Wood
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – Tom Angleberger
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer – John Grisham

 INTERMEDIATE  DIVISION BOOKS

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth – Lynne Rae Perkins
The Cardturner – Louis Sachar
Halo – Alexandra Adornetto
Heist Society – Ally Carter
The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan
The Second Trial – Rosemarie Boll
Smile – Raina Telgemeier
Sorta Like a Rock Star: A Novel – Matthew Quick

 The deadline for voting is Tuesday, April 9th.  Vote here online!  Tell us about your favourite YRCA book!  My favourite book is THE CARDTURNER by LOUIS SACHAR.

ERIC WALTERS COMES TO WESTRIDGE!

On Tuesday, March 12th, Eric Walters visited Westridge.   All students had an opporunity to hear Eric Walters speak.    It was an engaging and entertaining experience.   I would like to thank the PAC Executive for funding this opportunity!  Thank you for supporting literacy in our school!

My favourite Eric Walters book is “Run”.   I really like how Walters combined fiction and nonfiction by adding real details about Terry Fox’s “Marathon of Hope”.    Did you know that Eric Walters donates all of his royalties from this fantastic book to the Terry Fox Foundation?   Click on the book cover to read a full description of this book. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your favourite Eric Walters book?  Why?  Write a review here.

 

INTERMEDIATE GRAFFITI WALL POSTS

Intermediate Students: post your graffiti wall posts here!  Tell us the following:

1. The Title of the Book and Author

2. What the book is about (3-4 sentences)

Why you recommend this book to others (3-4 sentences)

3. What you rate the book out of 5 stars.

Do this for every 25 nights of reading and you will be entered to win prizes!

Website to check out

Check out the website, “The Top 100 Childrens’ Books of All Time“.  These books are sure to entertain and to help develop of love of reading in your child.  Some are also sure to summon up memories of your own childhood.   My favourite of late is Not a Box by Antoinette Portis.   Read the review here:

http://childrensbooksguide.com/reviews/not-a-box-by-antoinette-portis

Literacy Week 2015

Announcing:

 Literacy Week – January 21st-25th at École Westridge!!

READING IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!

During literacy week 2015, there will be a host of exciting events to recognize and celebrate literacy in our school community.    To plan for this week, here are some ways you can contribute to make it an exciting and successful week:

  • Donate books. Please bring in any children books (K-7) that you can for our annual Book Bonanza (book swap).  Please note that we are in particular need of primary books. Please also note that donated books should be in relatively good condition.
  • Encourage your child to dress up on Friday, January 25th as his/her favourite storybook character.
  • Volunteer to be a guest reader in your child’s classroom.    Students will enjoy and benefit from hearing your favourite childhood stories.   Coordinate a time with your child’s teacher.
  • Complete the home reading bingo with your child for the month of January (bingo cards will be sent out Tuesday, January 15th and should be returned to the library by January 31st).
  • Encourage your child to write and submit a story or poem for the annual Burnaby Writing Contest: Words.   For complete contest details, please click on “Burnaby Writing Contest” on my library blog at: http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/westridge-library/.  Please note that poems or stories should be submitted to your child’s teacher on or before February 8th in order to be considered for entry.
  • Celebrate Family Literacy Day (January 27th).  Go to the library, read a book or the newspaper together, exchange family histories or play a favourite board game.   For more ideas, check out http://abclifeliteracy.ca/fld/15-minutes-of-fun.

For more details about literacy week or to find out more about how you can contribute to this event-filled week, please contact me at Brenda.Papapanagiotou@sd41.bc.ca.

Thank you!

Brenda Papapanagiotou

Teacher-librarian – École Westridge