It’s Here: Battle of the Books!

If you’re interested in Battle of the Books this year, go to Mrs. Burton’s classroom over lunch on Thursday, Sept. 28. (She’s in Rm. B117, downstairs.) In the meantime, click on the slide below to watch book trailers on this year’s books. If you want to get a head start, they’re all available in the Skyview Library (downstairs, Rm. B104), and as eBooks (link on the slide below).

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BookTok Made Me Read It

BookTok is part of TikTok and includes book reviews BY TEENS and TWEENS. Great news, the Skyview Library has several of these recommended books and they’re waiting for you. Swing by the library and check one out today!

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It’s time for First Chapter Fridays

Join me on Fridays as I post a new recording of the first chapter of a book. Listen and see if you’d like to check it out. To see all of the choices of first chapters to listen to, look for “First Chapter Fridays” links in this blog. (click on the cafe below to go to this year’s page)

This week I added “Greetings From Witness Protection,” by Jake Burt. It happens to be a Battle of the Books finalist. This book is a mystery.

Here’s a description: The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.

Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.

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Welcome back to school!!

We’re excited to have you at Skyview! Here are some basics that you’ll need to know in order to use the Skyview Library. Learn about it here.

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Listening to Books Is Sweet!

Coming soon, May 15 – August 28, 2023. Listen to (or read) free books all summer with Sora!! Login with your student ID number and regular password. Go here or scan the QR code. Happy Reading!!

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Free Audiobooks!!

FREE audiobooks are available NOW, and all summer! It’s easy. Just visit  to sign up. To get the titles, you’ll first need to download Sora, and then add the Sync library. More detailed instructions are here. Two new titles are available every week. Once you download them, they’re yours to keep. HAPPY READING!!!

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Time to Return/Renew Overdue Library Books

It’s almost spring break!!! Time to return or renew your library books. Books that are more than 45 days overdue will be charged to your PowerSchool account. Check your gmail for details or login to your library account.

You can see what you have checked out and renew your books online; just watch this to learn how.

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Need help? Introducing Cameron’s Collection

Cameron’s Collection is a free eBook collection supporting mental health, especially for teens. It’s totally private, available 24/7 and covers issues from anxiety to bullying to depression. Just scan the QR code. If you are not logged in to a school resource (powerschool, canvas, etc.), or not on school grounds you will be asked for a password. Stop by the library to get the password.

You can also find it here on the blog under Library Collection

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The Big Library Read!!

It’s time for #BigLibraryRead! Now through Nov. 16, borrow the featured title from the Sora student reading app:
Login with your student ID number and password

📘 Featured title: ‘A Snake Falls to Earth’
✍️Author: Darcie Little Badger

What’s it about?  Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries. And there are some who will kill to keep them apart. Darcie Little Badger introduced herself to the world with Elatsoe. In A Snake Falls to Earth, she draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.

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First Chapter Friday – The Ghost Road

Listen to the first chapter of The Ghost Road, by Charis Cotter here. If you’d like to read the rest of the book, you can find it at the Skyview Library.

Genre: Ghost Stories

What’s it about? For the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she’s never met instead of spending the summer traveling with her dad. When she arrives, she finds life in the small community of Buckle very different from Toronto–everyone knows everyone else, and some of them believe in ghosts and The Sight and family curses. Ruth’s cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common: they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they’re the same age and they even like the same food. But while Ruby believes in spirits and fairies, Ruth believes in science and cold, hard facts.

When they find ominous information on some tombstones in the local cemetery, Ruth and Ruby start investigating their family’s past and discover that twin girls are born in every generation, and every set of twins dies young, leaving their children without mothers. What’s more, one of the twins always has The Sight and can see the Ghost Road that leads to the mysterious lost settlement of Slippers Cove. What happened there? What does it have to do with their family? And who is the ghostly presence that keeps visiting Ruth late at night?

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