Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.


Excellent Book

Happy Valentine’s Day


The Six by Mark Alpert


Avatar meets The Terminator in this thrilling cyber-tech adventure
Crippled by muscular dystrophy, Adam spends his days playing virtual reality games, until a dangerously advanced artificial intelligence program that can control other machines tries to kill him.

Created by Adam’s father, Sigma has escaped its cyber prison and is threatening world domination. In order to stop Sigma, Adam and five other terminally ill teens sacrifice their bodies and upload their minds into weaponized robots. Together, The Six must learn how to manipulate their new mechanical forms—and prepare for epic combat—before Sigma destroys humanity.

from https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Six.html?id=z7XprQEACAAJ&hl=en

Excellent Book

xmas2 We are enjoying our most recent addition to our Christmas decorations in the library…courtesy of Pinterest. 🙂 I used $1 store beach balls covered with plastic table cloths. The tops are solo cups covered with aluminum foil.  The rings at the top were made from paper clips. This one made a huge impact and we only spent $12!


mystery board2This year in addition to our Halloween decorations, I decided to create a mystery display to go along with them. I showcased some of our favorite mysteries in the library with footprints to lead students to the media center where they can check them out.

Halloween Links:
Lesson Plans
Science Projects

WJMS Book Club Meeting

At our first meeting, I created activities for us to get to know one another better so that we are more comfortable sharing thoughts during our book discussions. We started with the Wonderball Know It All. For this activity, the group created a circle. Students took turns throwing a beach ball with numbers on it to each other. When they caught it, they called out the number nearest their right thumb. I read out the corresponding question to them to answer. I was able to gather some great information on the personality of the kids on questions such as, “What is your biggest phobia?”, “On a scale of 1-10, how hip are you?”, and “What is something you couldn’t live without?”. Another activity was to create a Google Drawing of themselves using the effects on Photofunia.com to reflect their personality. Below are some of the results. I think they were very creative and did a great job! I’m looking forward to a great year with a very unique group of Book Club members.

nakyungshirlingwinston gabebailey, riley