Research students add an infographic to their presentation
Community jigsaw puzzle
Plymouth Early Childhood Center listens to Miss Margaret on Family Literacy Day
Studying fairy tales
PCIS students using the green screen
Makerspace Exploration Club
Using duct tape in the Makerspace
Using Ozobots in the library makerspace
Working with the green screen
PCIS geography students using the green screen
Mr. Quinn's students locate Boston on Google Maps
Using a QR code to access Overdrive
Using Powtoon to showcase research
Learning about plagiarism with the Smartboard
Using the smartboard to learn about plagiarism
Gemini students test science games they have made
Testing games between the stacks
Using the iPad for research
by John David Anderson
Call Number: F AND
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
With multiple starred reviews, don't miss this humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, social media, and the failures of communication between kids. From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby's Last Day. In middle school, words aren't just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever. When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes--though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well. In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost's lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it's clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won't easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.
by Katherine Applegate
Call Number: F APP
Publication Date: 2017-09-26
The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope. Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best--writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view. This book has Common Core connections.
Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic
by Armand Baltazar (Illustrator)
Call Number: F BAL
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
For fans of Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick, author-artist Armand Baltazar introduces Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic, the first in a new science fiction/fantasy series that explores a world painted new by the Time Collision. Integrating art and text, this epic and cinematic adventure features more than 150 full-color illustrations. You've never seen Earth like this before: continents reshaped, oceans re-formed, cities rebuilt, and mountains sculpted anew. Dinosaurs roam the plains alongside herds of buffalo, and giant robots navigate the same waters as steam-powered ships. This is the world Diego Ribera was born into. The past, present, and future coexisting together. In New Chicago, Diego's middle school hallways buzz with kids from all eras of history and from cultures all over the world. The pieces do not always fit together neatly, but this is the world he loves. There are those, however, who do not share his affection. On his thirteenth birthday, Diego learns of a special gift he has within, a secret that is part of something much bigger--something he cannot understand. When his father, New Chicago's top engineer, is taken by the Aeternum, Diego must rescue him and prevent this evil group from disrupting the fragile peace humanity has forged.
The Friendship Code
by Stacia Deutsch; Andrea Fernandez (Illustrator); Reshma Saujani (Foreword by)
Call Number: F DEU
Publication Date: 2017-08-22
A New York Times bestseller! Perfect for fans of The Babysitters Club and anyone interested in computer science, this series is published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code. Loops, variables, input/output - Lucy can't wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she's really interested in. But Lucy's excitement turns to disappointment when she's put into a work group with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her. Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding - and friendship - takes time, dedication, and some laughs!
Auma's Long Run
by Eucabeth Odhiambo
Call Number: F ODH
Publication Date: 2017-09-01
Auma loves to run. In her small Kenyan village, she's a track star with big dreams. A track scholarship could allow her to attend high school and maybe even become a doctor. But a strange new sickness called AIDS is ravaging the village, and when her father becomes ill, Auma's family needs her help at home. Soon more people are getting sick--even dying--and no one knows why. Now Auma faces a difficult choice. Should she stay to support her struggling family or leave to pursue her own future? Auma knows her family is depending on her, but leaving might be the only way to find the answers to questions about this new disease.
Call Number: F OSU
Cavern of Secrets
by Linda Sue Park; Jim Madsen (Illustrator)
Call Number: F PAR
Publication Date: 2017-03-07
In the second installment of the spellbinding Wing & Claw series, Newbery Medal-winning author Linda Sue Park takes a young apothecary hero to new heights of danger, exciting adventure, and intriguing botanical magic. Raffa Santana has spent all winter hiding in the harsh wilderness of the Sudden Mountains, and now it's time to return home. Home, where his parents will help him fight back against the vile Chancellor who has captured and altered the wild creatures of the Forest of Wonders. Home, where Raffa's beloved companion, Echo the bat, will recover from his mysterious sickness. To get there, Raffa must make a treacherous journey across Obsidia. Along the way, he will discover a luminous plant that might be the key to saving the creatures stuck in the Chancellor's grasp... if only Raffa can unlock the plant's secrets and deliver the cure to the captive animals. Cavern of Secrets masterfully explores one boy's responsibility to his friends, family, and the wider world.
The Shadows We Know by Heart
by Jennifer Park
Call Number: F PAR
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl's complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house. Leah Roberts's life hasn't been the same since her brother died ten years ago. Her mother won't stop drinking, her father can't let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she's told no one: Sasquatches are real, and she's been watching a trio of them in the woods behind her house for years. Everything changes when Leah discovers that among the sasquatches lives a teenager. This alluring, enigmatic boy has no memory of his past and can barely speak, but Leah can't shake his magnetic pull. Gradually, Leah's life entwines with his, providing her the escape from reality she never knew she needed. But when Leah's two worlds suddenly collide in a deadly showdown, she uncovers a shocking truth as big and extraordinary as the legends themselves, one that could change her life forever.
Laugh Out Loud
by James Patterson; Chris Grabenstein; Jeff Ebbeler (Illustrator)
Call Number: f PAT
Publication Date: 2017-08-28
Get ready to Laugh Out Loud (a lot!) with James Patterson's newest illustrated middle grade story! Jimmy loves reading so much that he's inspired to start a book company for kids--run by kids. It's a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy--some would even say it's laugh-out-loud ridiculous! But that doesn't stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory...with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea. (And maybe win the Lotto.) In this hilarious story filled with clever references to children's book favorites, James Patterson shows young readers that anything can be achieved if you believe in yourself no matter what!
Just My Rotten Luck
by James Patterson; Chris Tebbetts; Laura Park (Illustrator)
Call Number: F PAT
Publication Date: 2015-06-22
TOUCHDOWN! James Patterson will have kids busting out laughing as they follow lovable bad-boy Rafe's struggles to score big on the field--and in the social scene! In this seventh Middle School episode, Rafe heads back to the place his misadventures began: the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, where he's now being forced to take "special" classes.. He also finds himself joining the school's football team--alongside his main tormenter, Miller the Killer! But Rafe has grand plans for a better year: First, he decides to start a super-secret art project that's sure to rock the school. Then, if Rafe manages to make a play to save his team, he might have to deal with something completely new: popularity!