Friday, January 23, 2009

Mythology Bee To Be Held

A first for WMS, our students will be able to participate in a mythology bee. The Percy Jackson Mythology Bee is being coordinated by the library and sponsored by Hyperion Books, publisher of the Percy Jackson book series. The contest will be held in February.

Interested students in grades 6 - 9 have taken a short written quiz over basic mythology. The nine highest scoring entries from each grade will become actual participants in the bee. If a particular grade(s) doesn't produce at least nine entries the other grade(s) will be allowed more participants.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2009 "Battle of the Books" Book Lists

5th Grade
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Sign of the Beaver – Elizabeth George Speare
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler -E.L. Konigsburg
Among the Hidden - Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sounder – William H. Armstrong
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
Elijah of Buxton – Christopher Paul Curtis
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
Frindle – Andrew Clement
The Whipping Boy - Fleischman, Sid

6th Grade
The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Summer of the Swans – Betsy Byars
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
A Single Shard – Linda Sue Park
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
Rules – Cynthia Lord
The Dollhouse Murders – Betty Ren Wright
Love, Ruby Lavender – Deborah Wiles

7th Grade
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
The Teacher’s Funeral – Richard Peck
Each Little Bird That Sings – Deborah Wiles
Hoot – Carl Hiaasen
Al Capone Does My Shirts – Gennifer Choldenko
Holes – Louis Sachar
Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Tangerine – Bloor
The Wednesday Wars – Gary Schmidt

8th Grade
The Midwife’s Apprentice – Karen Cushman
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
Airborn – Kenneth Oppel
Heat – Mike Lupica
Here Lies the Librarian – Richard Peck
Jacob Have I Loved – Katherine Paterson
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: Pox Party – M.T. Anderson
The City of Ember - Jeanne Duprau
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne