Posts Tagged ‘Book Group’

Join us this March and April as we read Jordan Romero’s inspirational memoir about summiting the seven tallest peaks on each continent.

If you’re not quite sure about the book, just read a few pages and see if it’s for you. We have two really great activities to go along with the book:  a trip to University of Maine’s climbing wall, and a Skype with Jordan!

Download the flyer and find out what else is happening in our Library this spring.


JFDS Library News March 2016 thumbnailJoin us for some fun during March, April, May and June in the Library!

Take a minute to download this flyer and then mark your calendars for the activities that interest you!




March is going to be filled with MAGIC! Don’t miss getting your hands on a copy of The Iron Trial at our library.

There will be after school discussions, computer gaming, and hopefully a Skype with author Holly Black!

From the Magisterium website: “Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst—and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .”

Read more about The Iron Trial here.

Here are a few photos of our Skype, on January 5th, with Terry Lynn Johnson, author of Ice Dogs. Terry entertained our crowd of 170+ students and faculty with stories of her mushing days, as well as the highs and lows of being an author!

The photo at the top is Terry’s first published article, and below Terry demonstrates the position of each dog on the line using stuffed huskies!

JFDS Ice Dogs Skype Jan 2016 TerryJFDS Library skype Ice Dogs Jan 2016

What are we reading after I am Malala you ask?jacket

We’ve chosen another Maine Student Book Award nominee from this year’s list, Ice Dogs, by Terry Lynn Johnston. I will have copies available in mid-December.

Here are some details about the book:

  • the main characters are 14-year-olds Victoria, a dog sled racer, and Chris, who she rescues while out mushing
  • it is a story of survival and friendship, and is a nail-biting adventure!

READ more about the book HERE.

Malala jacketWe hope you will join us this fall as we read and discuss the book, I am Malala: How one girl stood up for education and changed the world, by Patricia McCormick. As in years past, we have chosen books for our school-wide discussions that offer us a glimpse into young person’s life. This young readers version of Malala’s original memoir is an unforgettable tale of a young woman who dared to make a difference.

We invite students, who have chosen to read or listen to the book, along with a guest, (parent, older sibling, other relative, close family friend) to join us the evening of Thursday, December 3rd from 6-8 p.m. for a light dinner and engaging discussion and hands-on activities centered around the book.

In addition to our evening discussion, we also have an assortment of after school activities planned. These activities are open to any student, whether or not they have signed up to read I am Malala.

A good book, dinner, discussion, and skyping with an author! Be there November 10th @ JFDS!

We hope you will join us this fall as we read and discuss the book, Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. As in years past, we have chosen books for our school-wide discussions that offer us a window into another middle schooler’s life. In this story, we will meet the compelling and unique character, twelve-year-old Willow Chance.

We invite students who have chosen to read the book, along with a reading partner, (parent, older sibling, other relative, close family friend) to join us the evening of November 10th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a light dinner and engaging discussion centered around the book. The highlight of the evening will be a discussion, via Skype, with the book’s author, Holly Goldberg Sloan. Students who are unable to find a reading partner are still welcome to attend that evening and may bring a guest.

Download the flyer below:

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Wonder’s beginning…. just listen!

Posted: November 15, 2013 in Reading
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Wonder NPR Podcast link

Take 8 minutes to listen to this fantastic interview from with the author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio.

Share your thoughts on what Wonder means to you on our book discussion page!

The interview came from National Public Radio’s Backseat Book Club.

Piggy Bank Mania!

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Reading
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A huge thank you to our art teacher Mrs. Robbins for hosting the first Toby Gold activity–Paint Your Piggy Banks!

As you can see from the photo below, these four piggy banks now have their own unique personality.
We still have some piggy banks left to paint, so if you have been reading Toby Gold, or are waiting for a copy, stay tuned to when the next “Paint Your Piggy Bank” session will be held.


Tetrahedron Mania!

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Reading
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Author Shelley Pearsall stands inside a stage 6 tetrahedron. (image found at

Author Shelley Pearsall stands inside a stage 6 tetrahedron. (image found at

Students are folding tetrahedrons like mad these days at JFDS. Why, you ask? Well, our students have accepted the challenge of folding 4,096 tetrahedrons required to build a Stage 6 tetrahedron. This amazing challenge all began with our winter book discussion choice, All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall.

Pearsall’s story is based on a group of four middle school students and one math teacher who tried to break the Guinness World Record for building the largest tetrahedron–a Stage 7, with 16,354 pieces! Like the story, our James F. Doughty school community has gathered together to cut, fold, tape, and construct, the 4,096 pieces required to reach our goal.

Our final All of the Above activity will take place at JFD on February 28th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Students, guests, and teachers will gather for an exciting conversation with Ms. Pearsall via Skype, fun Math “Minute-to-Win-It” activities, and sample some of the terrific recipes from the book made by our very own cooking club!

Download the flyer for more information about the exciting after school programs relating to All of the Above.


We hope all of our students and reading partners, who signed up to read The Hunger Games this winter, can join us this Wednesday, February 29th for an exciting evening at Doughty School. A delicious dinner from Olive Garden begins promptly at 6:00, followed by two 20 minute activity sessions, and then we will gather in the auditorium around 7:30 for what should be a terrific discussion of the book.

If you would like to join us on the 29th, please send in your RSVP by Tuesday, the 28th (click on the PDF to the right to print at home). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact school at 941-6220!

We hope many of you will join us this winter as we read, or perhaps re-read, the action-packed book, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. As many of you know, this is our third year of choosing and reading a book together during the winter months, and this year we are especially excited because the book is coming out as a movie on March 23rd.

Darth Paper Invades JFDS!

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Reading
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Last October, you might have noticed students carrying a copy of The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger around school. It has kind of an odd title, yet Angleberger painted a rather accurate picture of the ups and downs of life in middle school. When one of their gang, Dwight, shows up to school with an origami Yoda puppet on his finger, and offers advice to his fellow students, Tommy, the narrator, sets out to prove whether Dwight’s Yoda-like advice worked. As each student chimes in, we find that Dwight, who was never one to appear too “with it,” actually provided sound advice to his peers. The sequel to Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back, begins the following September, as Dwight and the gang are starting seventh grade. Tommy shares that they all thought this year would be perfect, as Dwight had helped move them from rarely noticed, to “semi-cool” status. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out the way we plan, and fellow seventh grader, Harvey, along with his Darth Paper,  is on a mission to make Dwight’s life miserable. Who will win, good or evil? Read it, you should.

Students interested in reading Darth Paper Strikes Back may sign up this week, October 17-21 in the Media Center. After school discussions begin next Tuesday, October 25, and run through Tuesday, November 15.