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Battle of the Books (BOB) is a reading challenge for our Middle School students meant to inspire a love of reading. Students form teams, read the selected books, and compete in a friendly game-style competition with other Swiss International Schools. Visit the library to find out more and to get started reading this year's books.
What's Happening in the Library
At ZIS we encourage students to read broadly in an effort to develop empathetic and open-minded readers. The freedom to read is a privilege, and one we don’t take lightly. These past few weeks we have featured books in our collection that have been challenged or banned in libraries around the world. These books include: The Diary of Anne Frank, Harry Potter, Animal Farm, Captain Underpants, Charlotte's Web, and more. This has led to a lively discussion on the importance of freedom of information and students’ rights as young readers. We also discussed the importance of involving parents in our reading choices in order to tackle challenging issues together as a family.
Petastic:We are featuring books about pets and animals. Students are encouraged to take a selfie reading with their pet or favorite stuffed animal. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a free book from the library. Please encourage your reader to enter.
For October we will be exploring Science Fiction as well as books that feature bugs, zombies, paranormal activity and mysteries.
These are some popular titles currently in our library. Come in and check some out.
Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
Publication Date: 2020-08-25
At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much.
Like Scheherazade in a hostile classroom, author Daniel Nayeri weaves a tale of Khosrou trying to save his own life: to stake his claim to the truth. And it is (a true story). -- Goodreads
We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
The Nelson Thomas siblings exist in their own orbits, circling a tense, crowded, and unpredictable household, dreaming of escape, dreaming of the future, dreaming of space. They have little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga—a failed applicant to the Teacher in Space program—who encourages her students to live vicariously through the Challenger Space Shuttle launch. Cash and Fitch take a passive interest, but Bird builds her dreams around it. -- Goodreads
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
Publication Date: 2020-03-24
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publication Date: 2018-04-17
Restart by Gordon Korman
Publication Date: 2017-05-30
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator); Omar Mohamed; Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2020-04-14
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Publication Date: 2020-07-21
Three Keys by Kelly Yang
Publication Date: 2020-09-15
Battle of the Books 2021.2022
Amari and the Night Brothers
"Weaves magical whimsy with honest, realistically portrayed circumstances, allowing Amari's literal #BlackGirlMagic to shine." - Kirkus Reviews
As they did in their groundbeaking novel George, award-winning author Alex Gino explores here what it means to search for our own place in the world.
Song for a Whale
Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.
A Good Kind of Trouble
"A timely, funny, and unforgettable debut about friendship, facing your fears, and standing up for what's right." - Kirkus Reviews
This harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.
This is a powerful story of hope and friendship. Exploring self-image, family and grief, this book will make you laugh and cry.
Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer
The mystery of the missing gecko turns Shirley and Jamila's summer upside down. And when their partnership hits a rough patch, they have to work together to solve the greatest mystery of all: What it means to be a friend.
A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight.
Welcome to the Middle School Library online. I'm looking forward to working closely with you as you continue to grow as a reader and as you explore all the wonderful resources we have to offer.