Collins Hill High School Media Center Blog

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Well, technically his birthday is March 2nd, but we’re gearing up to celebrate it and Read Across America day. You can participate by signing up to read to the students across the road at Walnut Grove Elementary and earn volunteer hours. I’ll do my best to have Cat in the Hat hats for everyone! Here are the highlights:

* Attend three 30-minute meetings after school

* Read to students at Walnut Grove on March 2nd during school

* Earn 2.5 volunteer hours

* Deadline to register is Thursday, February 4th.

Consider joining in the festivities! See me in the media center for more information.

~Mrs. Frilot

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January 20, 2010 Posted by | Event | , | Leave a comment

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A whole family is murdered at the beginning of this book. The youngest member, however, a boy still in his crib, escapes and wanders into a graveyard.  The ghosts in the graveyard debate as to whether or not they should raise “a living boy.”

Intrigued? I was. This book actually won the Newbery award in surprising fashion, as it is a popular book. Nobody Owens, “Bod” for short, is a likeable main character as he grows up under the watchful eyes of the ghosts and his guardian Silas, who seems to walk a fine line between living and dead. Trouble brews, however, when the man who killed Bod’s family comes looking to finish what he started.

It’s quite an adventure, a little slow while Bod is growing up, but a page-turner at parts. It’s one of our new books. Check it out – FIC GAI.

~Mrs. Frilot

January 16, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | Leave a comment

The Favored Child by Phillipa Gregory

This eighteenth century novel is set on the bankrupt estate of Wideacre. Here, the Lacey family is hated by the village of Acre, where families have been left to starve ever since the murder of the squire, Beatrice Lacey. This is where Julie has spent her entire life with her mother and her cousin Richard, who is a year younger than her. Julie has been in love with him as long as she can remember and knows one day that they will marry and become joint heirs to the Wideacre estate.

Julie becomes increasingly in touch with the estate and slowly wins over the people of Acre. When Richard’s father, John, finally returns home from India as a rich man, Julie’s dream of restoring Wideacre to its glory days, may finally come true. Slowly Julie begins to notice that she is more than in touch with the land, but may have the Lacey magic that led Aunt Beatrice to be known as a witch. Can Julie be the Favored Child that is said to be Beatrice’s true heir who will restore Wideacre’s wealth? Or will she have to give up the land she loves to please her family?

Book two in a series of three, this magical, sensual, and beautifully written novel is heart wrenching and hard to put down. If you are into nature, romance, and a little magic, this is the book for you.

Rhea B.-S., Class of 2010

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , , | Leave a comment

Books for Guys

Sometimes I lean toward reading the girly books, so here’s a blog designed just for guys. There are some good recommendations here, and with any luck we’ll have the books in our library.

http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/

~Mrs. Frilot

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

Ever since Mick Johnson was born it has always been football, football, football. His dad is a football legend in his eyes. He was an All- American high school player and college player. He was also drafted into the third round of the NFL. So you could say that he has very high expectations to fulfill.

Mick is also a very exceptional football player. He was always the star and settled for nothing less. Going into high school, Mick and his quarterback Drew are called up to join the varsity for spring practice.

Mick works his butt off in practice and works his way up on the depth chart from sixth to second. He finally manages to start in the very last game against Foothill High and does very well but is stopped short on the most important play.

This encourages Mick to hit the weight room harder then ever before his sophomore season. He gets involved with workout supplements and even hires a personal trainer. He is determined to do what ever it takes to be the best running back his high school has ever seen. This means maybe even using steroids. Read Gym Candy to see if Mick accomplishes his goals and by what means. This book is a very easy read and hard to put down. I recommend this for any sports fan that knows what it is like to play high school sports.

Brad W.   Class of 2010

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment