Posts Tagged ‘Maine Student Book Award’


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!



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!

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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 has been chosen as our JFD Community Read for this fall!

Wonder has been chosen as our JFD Community Read for this fall!

It’s time to talk about the ever popular Maine Student Book Award nominees. You’ve seen the books fly off the shelves– Dark Lord, Giants Beware, Fourmile, and more. This week during ELA book browse , I will be asking each class to choose a name for their Maine Student Book Award team. We invite every ELA class at JFDS to send a team of MSBA readers to our First Annual Intra-school MSBA Battle to be held in April!

MSBA details you won’t want to miss…

– All students are welcome to vote in the statewide MSBA Election by reading THREE titles from this year’s list. You can count a title as being “read” if you listened to it being read aloud, or read the book yourself.

– Voting will take place the week of March 24th, 2014

– Any student who reads ALL 40 books will have their name entered in a drawing for a cool gadget! The last two years we gave away Kindles.

– Our MSBA Battle will take place in April! We will have a series of MSBA team meetings scattered throughout the winter–so stay tuned!

– Visit the Maine Student Book Award website for the full list of titles!

Join us on January 22nd!

Posted: January 13, 2013 in Reading

I hope you will consider joining us on the after school bus trip to Hampden’s Reeds Brook Middle school to meet Jennifer Jacobson, author of Small as an Elephant on Tuesday, January 22nd. For those of you who have not had a chance to read the story, you might be interested in looking at Jennifer’s website.

If you need a permission slip, click here to download and print!


HowtheyCroakedDid you know King Tut’s cause of death wasn’t really murder? Thanks to DNA testing, and CT scans, scientists have now discovered the young king was suffering from both malaria and a broken leg. Apparently the hole in Tut’s skull was a result of the mummification process! Georgia Bragg author of How they Croaked: the awful ends of the awfully famous, shares some of the more gruesome ends to other famous folks like Poe, Henry VIII, and George Washington.

Our book group met today for the first of three meetings, during which we will be focusing on  Julius Caesar, Marie Curie, and Charles Darwin. We had a great discussion about Julius Caesar, and agreed that while his life ended tragically, his name has lived on for thousands of years. We will be meeting next week to discuss Marie Curie and how her discovery of radium and constant exposure led to her death.

Don’t forget, copies are available in our library, and this is one of this year’s Maine Student Book Award Nominees!

What’s happening on the MSBA front @ JFDS?

December:  We are reading How They Croaked: the awful ends of the awfully famous after school, Wednesdays, Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th Sign up to get your copy today!

Students interested in participating in the Maine Student Book Award program this year are asked to fill out a quick  MSBA Pledge Survey. MSBA Battle Team members are asked to begin creating questions for our competition here!

Take 20 minutes

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Reading
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Have you been reading the Maine Student Book Award nominees this summer and fall? If so, I hope you do all you can to get your hands on another of my favorites on this year’s list, Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. Take 20 minutes from your busy day to sit back and listen to Gary Schmidt’s interview on Amazon. Find out why he writes mainly about middle school aged kids, and how he got his ideas for Okay for Now.

For those of you who are new to this story, Schmidt brings back one of his characters, Doug Swieteck, from his earlier book, The Wednesday Wars. Doug has it pretty rough. He’s got an angry, sneaky father, an older brother who has just returned from Vietnam, broken in many ways, and a mom who loves him dearly but can’t protect him from the harshness of life.  It’s Doug’s middle brother, though, whose actions lead most of the townspeople  to have little faith that Doug will grow up to be anything but a thug.

Join us this Thursday, April 12, after school in the Library to find out what Maine Student Book Award nominee won the state-wide election, and what the favorite was here at JFD! We had seventy-two readers vote this year, thanks in a large part to Mrs. Simoneau for reading three books aloud to her two ELA classes!

We also had a record number of students who read all thirty-eight books this year. Congratulations to Casey, Cat, Kirk, Ian, and Hannah, for a job well done!

If you are unable to make it to the gathering after school, and want to find out who the winner is, just visit the MSBA site. And, don’t forget to download the 2012-2013 list to get started reading 🙂

Which Maine Student Book Award nominee will be elected the favorite at James F. Doughty School, and will we follow the rest of the state when it comes to choosing the favorite book of the year?

Last year, the title chosen by the students at JFD was Killer Pizza, and the statewide winner was Nubs: the true story of a mutt, a marine and a miracle. Generally though we (you, our JFD readers) find ourselves in agreement with the rest of the fourth through eighth graders across the state and have elected titles such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, Holes, and Love that Dog.

Don’t forget– Everyone who participates in voting earns the chance to win a MSBA t-shirt, and may also attend the MSBA party to be held in mid April when we reveal the statewide winner!

Our Media Center certainly was not quiet Tuesday after school when author Tom Angleberger dropped in for a hilarious Skype session, live from somewhere in his house…in Virginia (I think). Many of you have read his pair of books, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, and Darth Paper Strikes Back, often attempting to fold his origami Star Wars characters, also saying how much you have loved the books. On Tuesday, though, we finally met the man behind characters like Tommy, Kellen, Harvey and Dwight. (Tom shared that he resembles Dwight the most.) Tom talked about books and authors he admires, like Daniel Pinkwater, and Lloyd Alexander’s Pyrdain Chronicles, and also gave us a heads-up on his newest book due out in April titled Fake Mustache! Oh, and yes, there will be a third in the Origami Yoda series due out in late August– just in time to kick off another terrific school year!

Here are two clips from our Skype session. Thanks again Tom, we had a blast!

New books!

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Reading
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There are new books available in the Media Center–thanks to some leftover book fair points!  So, instead of placing the new books on hold the old way, I’ve decided to try something new. The titles are listed below and are hyperlinked to their InfoCentre record where you can place the book on hold using your patron ID. (the links will only work at school)

From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender       Crossed by Ally Condie     Fire World by Chris D’Lacey

First Kill by Heather Brewer    Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell   The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini   A Web of Air by Philip Reeve    Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick   Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Last week sixty-one students and teachers added their names to this year’s MSBA pledge list! Over the course of the next five months they will attempt to read at least three books from this year’s list, making them eligible to vote in the 2011 state-wide election. Now remember, if you missed getting your name on the list, you are still allowed to vote if you’ve read three books–so get going and read!

Need more information? Go to the MSBA official site