The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary Schmidt

ReviewClubDec2cReviewed by Eoin

If you like something that has funny aspects and is, what I would call, farfetched historical fiction, then this book is for you. THE WEDNESDAY WARS, written by Gary D. Schmidt is 2007, has great, unexpected twists and turns at every page.

The voice of this fantastic book is a seventh-grade boy named Holling Hoodhood. He tells the story of his school year (from September to June) and he deals with the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. And the fact that his teacher — as he puts it — “hates my guts.”

Each Wednesday, half his class goes to temple and the other half goes to a Catholic Church. Holling is Presbyterian, so he is the only person left to stay with his teacher, the one that he believes hates his guts. During the time he spends with her, he does whatever she says: reads Shakespeare, cleans rat cages, and basically any and all grunt work. It is interesting to read about his adventures in 1967-68, which seems like a really complicated, sometimes sad, period of time. Still, there are flashes of humor, so it is not too sad.

This book is fabulous, from beginning to end. You will will always find yourself wanting to know more.

You know what to do, readers — find this book now!

The boxes are unloaded, the books are displayed, and the kids are ready to buy. Book Fair 2013 is officially underway! Stop by anytime, October 11-17. We have extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesday when the library will be open to families from 8:00-5:30. The selection the amazing this year and we are excited to be offering great books for all ages.IMG_1583

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Summer books and audiobooks available online

Picture books/short chapter books

Logo of We Give Books

Always available to read on a computer with internet, We Give Books offers an online library of 150 picture books as well as short chapter books for kids 0 – 10, including well known books  The organization also donates books for each book read.

Check out the summer reading program with weekly book selections and corresponding activities for ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8-10.

 Young Adult Audiobooks


Download MP3 Audiobooks with SYNC.  Free weekly offerings over the summer for high school students with many titles appropriate for middle schoolers.  There are two well reviewed book options each week: a YA (young adult) fiction book or a classic novel.

Reading Resources

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Find some good tips on how to encourage reading at home. These Reading Resources offer strategies and tips for building reading and literacy skills at home. Reading Rockets is another site dedicated to teaching kids to read and helping those that struggle.

Photo courtesy of EngageNY

Books and Body Image

From A Mighty Girl, a list of ten body image positive books for mighty girls (or anyone, for that matter), along with additional resources.

From the web site:

” • 42% of 1st – 3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
• Girls’ self-esteem peaks at 9 years old.
• By age 10, 80% of girls report being afraid of becoming fat.

Most of us have seen statistics like these and know that body image is an important issue for girls but many parents find cultivating a positive body image in their daughters challenging, especially given all of the messages in the media about girls’ and women’s appearances.”

The site list includes “several selections each for young, middle, and young adult readers, as well as a book specifically for parents”, and links to resources for further discussion and reading.


Step One: Stop by room 208 next to the main office.

Step Two: Feel free to borrow a book on the honor system

Step Three: Please try to limit borrowing time to 2 weeks

Step Four: (Optional, but definitely encouraged) Leave a book to share with other readers in our community
(Please do not leave more than two books at a time — no textbooks, workbooks, or battered books.)

Celebrate the joy of reading and sharing!

Digital Literacy and Parenting in the Digital Age, Continued

Some Digital Literacy News

Thoughts from Common Sense Media on Gender Stereotypes in the Digital Age.

In February, join Susan Linn of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood at the 92nd Street Y:

Monday, February 11 – 12 noon
“Raising Children in a Digitized and Commercialized World: Challenges for Parents and How to Meet Them”
As part of the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference, Feb. 11-12
Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
One-day and full registration available at:

As the BNS/BCS library develops its own digital literacy curriculum and programming, and as our children engage more and more online, check out “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age”.

And because we will always love curling up with an actual book, get inspired by these lovely reading nooks and book recs for all ages!