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by SilverDolpin827

Have you ever wondered what happens to your favorite fairytale characters after their stories end? In Chris Colfer’s novel The Wishing Spell you can find out! Alex and Conner’s lives have been rough since their Dad died and they are in more need than ever of a little magic. When their Grandma gives them her storybook of fairytales the twins had no idea they were going to embark on an adventure of a lifetime! After discovering the book was a portal to the fairytale land after falling into it the twins immediately start to look for a way home. Along the way, they make new friends and meet characters they had only dreamed of meeting. Little did they know they were going to discover a secret that would change their lives forever. This fast-paced adventure story is impossible to put down and you’ll find yourself wishing you could fall into this book yourself! This amazing fantasy story is full of surprising twists and will bring magic to the life of anyone who reads it.

Read another fantasy book review by SilverDolphin827, here.

Review by JFDS teacher Mrs. Kennedy who teaches 8th grade social studies and ELA.


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

JFD Bloggers have been BUSY!

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Reading
A snapshot of recent Readingrocks blog activity.

A snapshot of recent Readingrocks blog activity.

Wow, our Readingrocks blog has seen the most traffic ever this fall! Thank you to all who have taken the time to write comments about the books you’re reading or offer advice to those looking for advice.

And, if you have not visited the “Classroom Blogs” section of Readingrocks, please do! Spend some time reading the posts by Mr. Staffiere’s ELA classes on the book How They Croaked: the awful ends of the awfully famous by Georgia Bragg.


I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I struggled to find new book to read after we all read Wonder this fall.

I couldn’t help comparing every book to what I still consider a masterpiece of middle grade fiction.

So, how did I dig myself out of my non-reading hole?

I went back to my favorite reader’s advisory tools: NoveList K-8 Plus,, and Goodreads. I scanned  lists, read reviews, wrote some titles down, visited the Bangor Public Library and local bookstores.


One title in particular showed up on lots of “best” lists, and bookstore shelves, Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. But something about the title didn’t hook me. There I stood, in the middle of Briar Patch bookstore downtown, and I thought… these reviewers must know something I don’t…yet. So I bought the book, and needless to say, I’ve found another masterpiece of middle grade fiction.

Readers, please do me a GIGANTIC favor and visit Ms. Sloan’s website and download the first chapter of Counting by 7s, and then tell me whether you are interested in reading the rest of the book by taking the poll, below!

It’s time to make our shopping list!

Posted: April 25, 2013 in Reading

Here’s your chance to speak up for books, audio books, and magazines you want to see in the library next year!

All you need to do is…

  1. Reply to this post by clicking on the “talking bubble” at the top right
  2. In the reply box, write the author and title of the book(s) you are thinking of
  3. OR… describe the kinds of books you think we need. For example, more “C.S.I. type of mysteries”.

Check out the following amazing book review sources for ideas!

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.


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!

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!

Well, JFD students, you’ve proven yourself as readers once again. Why, you ask? Well, as soon as we wrapped up The Hunger Games activities, you expressed to me, your teachers, and many of your friends, that you were eager to read another Hunger Games-like book. That is what readers do, folks–they think ahead about what they are going to read next. Readers also express what it is they are looking for, and will use tools (MARVEL’s NoveList K-8 Plus, and InfoCentre) to assist in the book searching process.

Here are some Hunger Games-like titles that are receiving applause from you, our readers, and literary book critics.

If you are reading, or have read, The Hunger Games, you understand how the skill of climbing and remaining high in the trees keeps two of our favorite characters, Katniss and Rue, alive. What does it feel like to hoist yourself high off the ground?

Twenty-four of our JFD students now have a sense of what it’s like to be Katniss and Rue. On Friday, February 10th, we headed north to the University of Maine’s Maine Bound Adventure Center.

The Maine Bound Adventure Center houses a 32′ tall climbing tower with multiple sides to climb, and a 45′ long bouldering wall. After listening to the University students share some safety precautions, our students fearlessly strapped on harnesses, and anxiously waited for one of the four belayers to connect them to the ropes. When they weren’t scaling the 32′ tower, they tried their darndest to free-climb the bouldering wall. Our exciting afternoon was capped off with Mr. Evans’ climb to the top!

Thanks to our amazing students, Mr. Evans, and Mrs. Bernhardt for making this after school trip such a success!