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Summer is a great time to read. Your teacher librarians have put together a summer reading list with 60 books from which to choose. The books are divided into 5 different categories representing a number of different genres and reading levels.







Don't feel like you need to stick to any one list. Pick from them all! Set reading goals for yourself as the summer begins. For instance, maybe you want to choose 10 books to read over the summer. Maybe one per month is enough for you. Perhaps you want to try to work you way through all of the books. Wow! That would certainly be ambitious. It's up to you. Whatever you choose, remember that reading is a great way to relax and recharge!

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Do you listen to podcasts? If so, you might be interested in Loud in the Library, a new podcast by FHPS district teacher librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka.

The podcast will be published on the 15th of each month during the school year and will feature an interview with a different author or illustrator during each episode. The podcast will also contain other information regarding books, reading, and literacy.

You can find the current episode as well as future podcasts athttp://loudinthelibrary.com/

You can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes library. And it will soon be available in the Google Play store.

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Whether you're in a car, a plane, or close to home over spring break, it's a ideal opportunity to take a break from your regular studies and have someone else read you a great story. Here are 30 highly rated audiobooks available in the FHPS Overdrive collection. Take a look!

Juvenile Books:

  1. The War That Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  2. Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
  3. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  4. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  5. This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen
  6. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  7. The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book One by Rick Riordan
  8. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  9. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt
  10. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Young Adult Books:

  1. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
  2. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  3. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  4. Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiassen
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  7. A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch
  8. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  9. Lockwood & Co.:The Screaming Staircase, Book One by Jonathon Stroud
  10. The Shadow Radio Show starring Orson Welles

High School Books:

  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  2. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  3. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
  4. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day
  5. What If? by Randall Monroe
  6. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  7. No Easy Day by Mark Owen
  8. Undeniable by Bill Nye
  9. Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard


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For many of us, when we hear the term “classics,” we run for the hills. We envision old, stodgy, dust-covered books that we’re forced to read because for some reason or another, they’re good for us. However, old doesn’t necessarily mean boring. In fact, here are 12 classic novels available for free on our Overdrive page via Project Gutenberg that you might actually enjoy. If you want to read one of the classics, but aren’t sure exactly where to begin, try one of the following titles.

  1. Moby Dick, or, The White Whale - Herman Melville
  2. Around in World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Secret Garden - Francis Hodgson Burnett
  5. Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  7. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  8. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  11. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
  12. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."

- Italo Calvino from "Why Read the Classics?"


"Why Read the Classics?" The New York Review of Books. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

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Great Comics and Graphic Novels balance words and illustrations to tell amazing stories. Many have substantial literary merit. Did you know that both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Margaret Atwood have recently announced that they will soon be creating comics? Our library collections have added many of these great books in recent years (because we’re awesome! :) Here, FHPS Media has highlighted twenty-one such comics and graphic novels that we think might interest you.

Check out these 21 Great Comics and Graphics Novels.


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If you want a specific book, but your school library doesn't have it on the shelf, fear not! As an FHPS student, you have access to ALL of the books owned by our district libraries. You just need to know how to place a hold using Follett Destiny. By placing a hold, you are requesting that the first available copy of a book be sent to your school library for you to check out. That's right. If your home library doesn't own a book or if it's checked out and you don't want to wait, simply place a hold and have it sent from another school library.

You can either ask your library's media clerk to request it, or you can do it yourself. Here's how:

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There have been a lot of great nonfiction books published in recent years. The best of the best inform while telling compelling, entertaining stories. They take us to places we otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit, and they expand our understanding of the world and our place within it. FHPS Media has highlighted nine such nonfiction books that we’d like to recommend. Click the headline below to access the interactive .pdf that introduces you to each of these books. 

Most of the titles that we are recommending are available through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. If you see the Overdrive logo  next to the listed title, then the book is available in the FHPS Overdrive CollectionAll students can sign in to Overdrive using their student username and password.

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It’s that time of year again. Summer time! Time to relax and pick up a good book. 

But how to find that perfect read?

Start by checking out this year’s FHPS Media Summer Reading List, where we’ve listed a total of 60 titles for readers of all ages.

For a smaller download, select the Summer Reading List 2015 in PDF format.

If you'd like the interactive version, which includes audio and video, download either the Summer Reading List 2015 Interactive PDF or the Summer Reading List 2015 EPUB file. This will take more time to access, but once downloaded you will have the interactive capabilities.

Whether you choose a book from our list, or find one on your own, we’d like to know about it. Send us a Tweet or post a picture to Instagram. Use the hashtag #fhpsreads. All summer participants will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card from Schuler Books.

And remember, a large number of the titles listed are available from the FHPS Media Center’s Overdrive collection! 

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Hey Readers!!! We're getting ready for summer reading and have added several new eBooks to our Overdrive bookshelf.

Take a look at the list here: New Overdrive Titles - April 2015

You can also take a look at a little video highlighting some of our new eBooks. Read on!!!

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If you're looking for your next great read, look no further than School Library Journal's Best Books list of 2014!

Boasting 70 stellar titles, the 
SLJ 2014 Best Books were revealed November 20. The list is broken down into four different categories—picture books, middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction—and represents the notable, can’t-miss books out of the thousands of children’s and YA titles published each year. This list often features books that will go on to garner coveted awards, such as this year’s Brown Girl Dreaming, which recently won Jacqueline Woodson the National Book Award.

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We’d like for you to help us celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18).  Share with us the books that you’re reading. 

Tweet out your recommendations, your observations, your impressions, pics of the books that you’re reading. #fhpsreads

Or post a pic of yourself reading, a friend reading (with their permission), the cover of the book you’re reading, or other book related pics to Instagram. #fhpsreads

Just remember to add the hashtag #fhpsreads. We’ll collect the posts at the end of the week and share them out. Happy reading!!!



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The FHPS media centers have just added several new middle and high school titles to our Overdrive shelf. If you haven’t checked out our digital collection lately, take a look to see if there’s anything new and interesting for you. Or, take a look at the attached .pdf file which lists a small sampling of the recent high school purchases. There’s sure to be something here that piques your interest. And keep checking back, as we’re frequently adding new titles.

New Fall 2014 Overdrive Titles - Middle and High School


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This summer I read a lot of books. 21, in fact. I’ll admit, about half of them were graphic novels, which made my total rise more quickly. I probably couldn’t have read that many otherwise. 

Of all the books I read, are any worth recommending? Absolutely! Probably the best book I read this summer was about baseball legend Pete Rose. Pete was a professional baseball player throughout the 70s and into the 80s. For the most part, he played for the Cincinnati Reds. Now he’s banned from baseball for gambling on games that he managed. The book, called Pete Rose: an American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy, does a great job of providing a complete picture of Pete Rose the person and Pete Rose the ballplayer and discussing his place in Major League Baseball. I have the book on order for high school biography collections.

I also read a fun (and gruesome!) graphic novel called Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. Yes, zombies have invaded Riverdale, and Archie, Betty, and Veronica are in danger! It’s really good (especially if you like zombie stories), and on order for the high school graphic novel collections.

The latest Stephen King novel, Mr. Mercedes, is not a work of horror. Instead, it’s a mystery-thriller. Mr. King does a really great job of building suspense with the cat-and-mouse game between former detective Bill Hodges and the notorious Mercedes Killer. This book is on order for high school fiction collections.

Other than that, if you have the chance to read Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Sisters, I highlyrecommend you do so. The book is appropriate for all age levels.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the books I read this summer, can you tell me what you read?

And remember, if you want to talk books or find the latest greatest read, visit your school library! 

~ Mr. Patrick

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As we roll into May, June is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to start thinking about your “non-required reading list” for the summer of 2014. Let’s be honest, summer is a great time to read the things that YOU want to read. Whether you’re at the beach, out by the pool, or in the shade of a tree, it seems like there’s nothing more rewarding than getting lost in a good book on a lazy summer day.

Because we want you to find the perfect book, we’ve put together a list of great titles from which to choose. The list contains something for everyone: mysteries, historical fiction, romances, and many other genres. If you take some time to read through the list, chances are you’ll a few books that appeal to your reading preferences.

We’ve divided the books up by grade levels. Start by looking at the books recommended for your grade. Of course, not everyone reads at grade level. If that’s the case with you, feel free to look at the other lists (above and below) as well. Our goal is to help you find a book that you don’t want to put down, no matter what list it’s from.

Several of the books that we are recommended are available to FHPS students through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. You’ll notice on the lists that our Overdrive titles are indicated with the Overdrive logo. Every FHPS student can access Overdrive with their student ID and password. One of the great things about Overdrive is that the titles are always available (24/7/365). If the book you’re looking for is not available through Overdrive, KDL or GRPL are sure to have the titles available on their shelves during the summer months.

If you or a parent would like to take a closer look at a book’s content, try visiting the websitehttp://www.commonsensemedia.org That site gives potential readers more information about many of the books on these lists.

Good luck finding that perfect book!

Summer Reads 2014 .pdf

Summer Reads 2014 .ibooks

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Our high school book clubs have joined forces.  Last month, students from Central, Eastern, and Northern all met together in the Northern High School media center for our first collective book club. During the meeting, we beamed in author Leigh Bardugo from Hollywood, California. Leigh, the creator of the young adult fantasy novels Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and the forthcoming Ruin and Rising, joined us in a Google Hangout to talk about her first book. It was an amazing experience. Leigh made it memorable by being open, engaging, informational, funny, and interesting. Our members thought it was a great experience. That afternoon, we decided to have all of our book clubs together. That’s how we became FHPS Book Clubs United.

Moving forward, we will continue to try to read a new title (from a range of different genres) every month. We have our next three books already selected, which takes us to the end of the school year. If there is enough interest, we’ll continue to read throughout the summer.  We use a list of potential books and the website Survey Monkey to vote on what to read. We’re currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. After that, we’ll read The Sea of Tranquillity by Katya Millay (April), and finally Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (May). We’re going to try to rotate the location of our meetings between the three buildings. Perhaps we’ll have our last meeting outside. Of course, we always have food at our book club meetings. 

In many ways, we’re a book club for the 21st century as I keep in touch with group members and they with each other through email, Facebook, Google +, and Remind 101. 

If you’re interested in participating in FHPS Book Clubs United please send me an email at cpatrick@fhps.net or find on us Facebook. You can also stop by your school library and inquire with the media clerk. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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We’ve just added 34 new titles to our Overdrive collection and there’s something for everyone! Remember, all FHPS students have their own Overdrive account. Your school ID and password is the key to checking out any of our great digital titles. You can read on your computer or just about any type of digital device. If you run into questions while trying to download an eBook, ask your school librarian for help. 

See if we have something for you! 

34 newest FHPS Overdrive titles.

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Talking Books with Teachers (and other important people) - FHN principal Mr. Gregory takes time to talk about VIII, a young adult historical fiction novel by H. M. Castor. Watch and decide if it’s something you’d like to read as well. If so, you can find it at your FHPS high school library, send for it via inter-library loan, or access it from our Overdrive collection.

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Aurasma uses augmented reality technology to help bring books to life. You can experience it for yourself in the FHPS high school media centers!

Aurasma is a free IOS or android app that uses your device’s camera to recognize real world images and then overlay rich media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages.

The media center is using Aurasma to overlay video book trailers on top of book covers. In other words, you can aim your device at a book cover and watch a short video book trailer.

Simply download Aurasma from the app store to your device. Open the app, search for and follow the “fhpsmedia” channel. Then you can aim your device at a trigger image, which are mostly book covers in our media centers, and the cover will magically transform into a video book trailer or another related video. To find books that work with Aurasma, simply look for the Aurasma logo on a book’s spine.

There are also other trigger images not tied to books throughout the media center. Some are educational, while others are there just for fun. Just look for the Aurasma logo and give it a try.

Take a look at the short video above for another explanation as to how it all works. And have fun!

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Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, has been around for a long time. . . 28 years to be exact.  It has long been a cult favorite of Science Fiction fans.  Now that post-apocolyptic fiction is popular, Ender's Game

 is being made into a Hollywood blockbuster and it opens in theaters November 1st.  Stop by your media center and pick up a copy of the original.  It's worth a read!

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Your media center would like to wish you a wonderful summer. Relax, have fun, and keep your mind active by reading! The Seattle Public Library kicked off their summer program by setting a world record. Take a look.

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I was trying to come up with a book to read for my independent reading project, my friend recommended one called “Too Late to Die Young” by Harriet McBride Johnson.This book is Mrs. Johnson’s memoir of her life.  She has a very interesting life because she is a lawyer with Muscular Dystrophy.

In the beginning of the book she explains how when she was little she realized that her condition would be the cause of the death at a young age.  As she gets older, she realizes that she really is getting older, and it is too late to die young, so she might as well live the most productive life she can.  She goes through college, goes to law school and has her own law practice in Charleston, South Carolina.  Throughout the book she talks about her adventures in a power wheel chair, and she has many of them.  She ran for State Senate, went to Cuba for a disability conference and did many other things that many able bodied people won’t do.  

I really don’t want to go to law school.  I really don’t want to run for State Senate, or really fight for disability rights either.  But I love this book.  I love that Mrs. Johnson is a productive member of society even though her condition is much more devastating than mine.  Typically...

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Summer is a great time to read!  Whether you’re at the beach, out by the pool, or in the shade of a tree, it seems like there’s nothing more rewarding than getting lost in a good book on a lazy summer day.

FHPS Media has put together a list of great books that we’d like to recommend. While we haven’t read them all ourselves, we’ve read several and have heard enough good things about the others to recommend them with confidence. The list contains mysteries, historical fiction, romances, and many other genres. We think that there’s something on this list for everyone and believe that if you take time to read through it,  you’ll find the perfect book. Read More.

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out the diverse collection of eBooks and audiobooks on our Overdrive Shelf, now is the time to do it! 

Through a generous grant from the Forest Hills Education Foundation and several individual building purchases, our Overdrive Book Shelf has almost tripled over the past several weeks. We currently own 678 titles, and that number will continue to grow. We now own a variety of titles, with something to appeal to just about everyone. 

One of the great things about Overdrive is that it is compatible with so many different devices, 

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March Madness has hit the CMS media center.  

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Check out an eBook!!!

You can now check out eBooks and audiobooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, or other eReader. The FHPS media centers, grades 7-12, now subscribe to eBook lender Overdrive. This is the same service that is offered through KDL and GRPL, and we're hoping it catches on with our students here at FHPS.

We're beginning with a modest 250 eBooks. Our intention is to add titles throughout the year, and then hopefully expand to include all grades next year.

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