This summer, all rising fifth and sixth graders should continue reading from the personalized reading list created at school. In addition, every student must send a letter to a character in a summer reading book. More details are available here. Students are also encouraged to try the Reading Without Walls Challenge. Books read for the challenge can be recorded here.
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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, the author of The War that Saved My Life and Jefferson's Sons, will be reading from her newest book The War I Finally Won on Wednesday, October 11th, for the Middle School. Middle School students might want to read the Newbery Honor winning The War that Saved My Life before she visits. Details on buying autographed copies of her books will be available in September.
The last weekend of summer will bring the 17th National Book Festival to the Convention Center. Don't miss this free festival and some of our favorite authors such as Kwame Alexander, Kate DiCamillo, Gene Luen Yang, Kelly Barnhill, and Nicola Yoon. Check out this link for more information on this late summer Washington tradition. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.
Looking for a gift that's easy to ship, comes completely assembled, and hardly ever breaks. Try buying a book for that special someone in your family. Many organizations have just published Best of the Year lists of middle grade children's books including Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, New York Times, Publishers' Weekly, and Amazon.com. Teen and YA readers will enjoy these lists from SLJ, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, and Amazon.
Chris Grabenstein visited the Middle School on Feb. 26th at 1:20. Grabenstein's latest novel, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, is a sequel to the popular and inventive Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Grabenstein has also co-authored the I Funny series with James Patterson.
Audio Book Reviews by Middle School Students
We now have a large selection of E-Books available to download. To view the collection, click here.
Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia hruby POwell
Fifty years ago the State of Virginia exiled a married couple and told them they would be arrested if they set foot together in the State of Virginia. Their crime: one was white and one was black. The book, Loving vs. Virginia; A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case, by Patricia Hruby Powell is at its core a great love story. Told in verse, it relates the story of two young people in rural Virginia who fall in love and then are forced to challenge unjust laws simply so they can live together in the hometown they cherish. While the book explains the legal challenges, it is the personal history told in alternate chapters from the point of view of Richard and Mildred Loving that propels the tale forward. Supplemented by actual documents from the time and lovely illustrations, Loving vs. Virginia is as beautiful to look at as it is to read. This is a story that all Potomac School students need to know so they might better understand the past of the state in which the school is located.