End of Year Announcements

LIBRARY PAYMENTS 

Please check School Cash Online to see if you have any “Library Overdues”, which were recently added.

Also, if you have a damaged or lost a library book (and need to return it), I will add a separate payment called “Library Fee” if the books are not returned by June 17th. If you find the book and return it to the library by June 13th-17th, I will delete the fee and you will no  longer be required to pay it.

Students who do not pay their overdues or lost book fees will be unable to get their yearbook, so please remember to check your library account.

 

SUMMER READING

TAKING CARE OF BOOKS

 

FVRL SUMMER READING CLUB

 

Interested in a Summer Reading Club?! Go to the Fraser Valley Regional Library to find out more information!

 

 

April 2022 Poetry Contest Winners

Friendship Poem by Hakim R. from 7RO

Friends come and go
Like the tide in the ocean ebbing and flowing under the sun and moon
Like clouds blowing through the sky, sometimes blue and sunny, other times dark and stormy
Like a glacier freezing and melting, freezing, and melting
Like a fire, brilliant red faded into piles of ashes
Like a meadow of flowers once beautiful, lush, fragrant turned into pale dry husks parched by the sun
Like an old and wise oak that met its match with a swift axe
Like a life-giving river tainted by toxic waste
Like leaves on a tree once abundant turned brittle and have fallen to their grassy grave

But faithful friends can bring hope
Like a lone star in the dark sky
Like a single rose in a field of thorns
Like a kite fluttering in the wind a good friend stays there for you

 

How to Find a Friend by Evia L. from 8D

Friends come and go, but some will stay,

Depends on who leads you astray.

When you grab hold, never let go,

For they could be more than you know.

~

Grasp their hand, and hold it tight,

And don’t let go with all your might.

Share lots of laughs, happy and sad,

They ever last, good times and bad.

~

Some days wistful, some bittersweet,

Don’t walk away, and don’t retreat.

Stay positive, and not downcast.,

For bad times fade, they never last.

~

Some qualities, that you should find,

That make a friend, truly divine:

They are helpful, both kind and sweet,

They’re always there, happy to greet.

~

They never bail, they never lie,

They stand up for you anytime.

A special bond, a friend like kin,

Benevolent, and genuine.

~

Days go by slow, and years go fast,

Look for someone so they will last.

So if you want, to find a friend,

Find someone who’s there ’till the end.

 

An Ode to Old Friends by Lilly C. from 7R

Oh Friends,

How I love you so.

You have been there for me

Through the ups and downs.

And even when I had thoughts nobody my age should think.

 

Oh Friends,

Who would know that

Such priceless friendships

Could get torn apart by

Something that you brought upon yourselves.

 

Oh Friends,

The way I look back on how we could’ve been,

How we should’ve been.

Makes me ache to go back.

I tremble the words I miss you under my breath

Every single time I look at our yearbooks.

 

 

2022 Bookmark Contest Winners

Here are the winners of the Bookmark Contest of this year. The theme this year is: your favorite book and quotes from the book. Congratulations to Avery, Ella and Maddie!!!

1st Place: Avery G. from 7H

 

2nd Place: Ella E. from 7F

3rd Place: Maddie T. from 6R-G

 

 

Latest Books in the Library!

Dog Driven: adventure fiction

“McKenna Barney is trying to hide her worsening eyesight and has been isolating herself for the last year. But at the request of her little sister, she signs up for a commemorative mail run race in the Canadian wilderness—a race she doesn’t know if she can even see to run.

Winning would mean getting her disease—and her sister’s—national media coverage, but it would also pit McKenna and her team of eight sled dogs against racers from across the globe for three days of shifting lake ice, sudden owl attacks, snow squalls, and bitterly cold nights.

A page-turning adventure about living with disability and surviving the wilderness, Dog Driven is the story of one girl’s self-determination and the courage it takes to trust in others.” ~quote provided by publisher

 

The Hacker’s Key: adventure fiction

“Ada Genet’s father, Remy Genet, was one of the most infamous criminals in the world, specializing in infiltration, theft, and cybercrime. As far back as she can remember, Ada had been his accomplice. She helped him steal secrets from governments, weapons from terrorists, and money from just about everyone. But when the law finally caught up with them, Remy ended up in prison — and Ada at a military boarding school, as a ward of the US Government. Now something called the Hacker’s Key has been stolen from a secret UN installation. The Key could supposedly shut down every computer, smartphone, and internet-connected device simultaneously, causing mass chaos around the world. A Techno-Doomsday. A clue left behind at the scene points to Ada’s father, but he’s been in prison the whole time. Then Remy springs one last surprise. He’ll speak, but only to one person — his daughter, Ada.” ~quote provided by publisher

 

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I Must Betray You: historical fiction/young Adult

The latest book, I Must Betray You, by Ruta Septys is out. In this historical fiction novel, an aspiring young Romanian writer, Cristian Florescu, is commanded by the Romanian government to spy on an American family who live at the embassy. Being asked to spy on people isn’t new. In Romania, Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu has the secret police routinely force neighbor to spy against neighbor to ensure that civilians are obeying the rules.

Everyone lives in fear of the smallest infraction. However, Cristian doesn’t want to be a spy, and as his eyes are opened to what is happening to his people and the destruction the government has on his family. Together, his people can overthrow the government. As one, they can reclaim their lives, but at what cost?

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

“Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, as strong and thoughtful as Merci is, she has never been completely like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren’t going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. And Merci is left to her own worries, because no one in her family will tell her what’s going on. Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, this coming-of-age tale by New York Times best-selling author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.” ~quote provided by publisher

 

The Mighty Miss Malone: historical fiction

“We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful” is the motto of Deza Malone’s family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But it’s 1936 and the Great Depression has hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother, Jimmie, go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie’s beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.” ~quote provided by publisher

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich 

“Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Huntsville, Alabama ever since she was little. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, Jeremiah has nurtured Ebony-Grace’s love for all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek. But in the summer of 1984, when trouble arises with Jeremiah, it’s decided she’ll spend a few weeks with her father in Harlem.

Harlem is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and Ebony-Grace’s first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer’s end, Ebony-Grace discovers that Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.” ~quote provided by publisher

Out of Hiding: biography

“With a foreword by Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee. Ruth Gruener was a hidden child during the Holocaust. At the end of the war, she and her parents were overjoyed to be free. But their struggles as displaced people had just begun. In war-ravaged Europe, they waited for paperwork for a chance to come to America. Once they arrived in Brooklyn, they began to build a new life, but spoke little English. Ruth started at a new school and tried to make friends — but continued to fight nightmares and flashbacks of her time during World War II. The family’s perseverance is a classic story of the American dream, but also illustrates the difficulties that millions of immigrants face in the aftermath of trauma. This is a gripping and human account of a survivor’s journey forward with timely connections to refugee and immigrant experiences worldwide today.” ~quote provided by publisher

A Wish in the Dark: fantasy

A 2021 Newbery Honor Book


“A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.

All light in Chattana is created by one man — the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong’s prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free.

Nok, the prison warden’s perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family’s good name. But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat’s twist on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice — and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark.” ~quote provided by publisher

A World Below: adventure fiction

“Mr. Baker’s eighth grade class thought they were in for a normal field trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. But when an earthquake hits, their field trip takes a terrifying turn. The students are plunged into an underground lake…and their teacher goes missing.

They have no choice but to try and make their way back above ground, even though no one can agree on the best course of action. The darkness brings out everyone’s true self. Supplies dwindle and tensions mount. Pretty and popular Silvia does everything she can to hide her panic attacks, even as she tries to step up and be a leader. But the longer she’s underground, the more frequent and debilitating they become. Meanwhile, Eric has always been a social no one, preferring to sit at the back of the class and spend evenings alone. Now, he finds himself separated from his class, totally by himself underground. That is, until he meets an unexpected stranger.

Told from three different points of view, this fast-paced adventure novel explores how group dynamics change under dire circumstances. Do the students of Mr. Baker’s class really know each other at all? Or do they just think they do? It turns out, it’s hard to hide in the dark.” ~quote provided by publisher

 

A Few New Books to Check Out!!!!

Allergic

“At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they’re expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She’s severely allergic to anything with fur! Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet?” ~provided by publisher

 

The big game

“Danny Owens is dedicating his seventh-grade football season to his recently-deceased father, an NFL legend, but the pressure to succeed is magnified by his inability to read.” ~provided by publisher

 

Diary of a wimpy kid : big shot

“After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball. Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team. As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?” ~provided by publisher

 

Canadian sabotage

“30 dangerous paths. 30 minutes to escape. YOU choose the path to survive! Readers choose their own path as they dodge obstacles like deadly quicksand, giant sea monsters, double-crossing villains, hungry great white sharks, and maybe even a Canadian Bermuda triangle! You’re on a family vacation to the east coast of Canada. While spending the day in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, your parents sign you up for a super boring sightseeing trip on a lobster-fishing vessel. But strangely, you’re the only family aboard the boat. And you soon notice the fishermen are going off course. But where to? And why? And what is that weird high-pitched noise? As it turns out, your father is an archaeologist for a prestigious Canadian museum and has not taken you to the Maritimes just for a pleasure trip. He has been holding on to a map he found that pinpoints the location of a stash of gold, and now he’s hoping to cash in. But others have clearly learned of the maps existence. They’ve taken your parents hostage and will stop at nothing to get the gold, which is apparently hidden just offshore. You’ve got 30 minutes to stop the criminal masterminds, save your family and find the gold or die trying!” ~provided by publisher

 

Keep it together, Keiko Carter

“Keiko, Audrey, and Jenna have always been best friends, and Keiko desperately wants it to stay that way, but now they are starting seventh grade, and everything seems to be changing; Audrey is obsessed with the idea of them all securing boyfriends, but when she and Jenna focus on the same boy their friendship starts to break apart–and then Keiko finds herself attracted to Audrey’s brother, Conner (who has generally been cast as the enemy), and suddenly she finds herself having to choose between the two.” ~provided by publisher

 

Last gate of the Emperor

“Enduring an isolated existence in hardscrabble Addis Prime, an underground augmented reality gamer finds his small family targeted by city-razing monsters waging a galaxy-spanning war.” ~provided by publisher

 

 

Lightfall

“For fans of Amulet and middle grade readers who love sweeping worlds like Star Wars, the first book of the Lightfall series introduces Bea and Cad, two unlikely friends who get swept up in an epic quest to save their world from falling into eternal darkness.” ~provided by publisher

 

Show me a sign

“It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a “scientist” determined to discover the origins of the islands’ widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect “live specimen”– and kidnapped her.” ~provided by publisher

 

“From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.

Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with one hundred children on board.

When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children’s Ship. Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story.” ~provided by publisher

 

“World War II may be over, but two sisters are far from safe.

Inspired by true events, this is the latest gripping and powerful novel from the acclaimed author of Making Bombs for Hitler.

Sisters Krystia and Maria have been through the worst ― or so they think. World War II ravaged their native Ukraine, but they both survived, and are now reunited in a displaced persons camp.

Then another girl accuses the sisters of being Nazi collaborators. Nothing could be further from the truth; during the horrors of the war, both sisters resisted the Nazis and everything they stood for. But the Soviets, who are now in charge, don’t listen to the sisters’ protests. Krystia and Maria are taken away and interrogated for crimes they never committed.

Caught in a dangerous trap, the sisters must look to each other for strength and perseverance. Can they convince their captors that they’re innocent ― or escape to safety before it’s too late? Traitors Among Us continues the story of sisters Krystia and Maria from Don’t Tell the Nazis and Trapped in Hitler’s Web.” ~provided by publisher

 

“The earth is old and we are not, and that is all you must remember . . .

Eleven-year-old Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favorites are the most unlovable beasts in the land: strange beasts known as “screechers.” The villagers of Perchance call them pests, even monsters, but Willodeen believes the animals serve a vital role in the complicated web of nature.

Lately, though, nature has seemed angry indeed. Perchance has been cursed with fires and mudslides, droughts and fevers, and even the annual migration of hummingbears, a source of local pride and income, has dwindled. For as long as anyone can remember, the tiny animals have overwintered in shimmering bubble nests perched atop blue willow trees, drawing tourists from far and wide. This year, however, not a single hummingbear has returned to Perchance, and no one knows why.” ~provided by publisher

 

NEW SERIES!!!

Diary of an 8 Bit Warrior series:

“Minecraft meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in this unofficial Minecraft adventure for middle-grade readers. With over 1 million copies sold, Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior has captivated countless fans around the world. With the Diamond Box Set, readers can enjoy all six installments in this tale of friendship, bravery, and blocks:

  • Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior
  • Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: From Seeds to Swords
  • Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Crafting Alliances
  • Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Path of the Diamond
  • Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Quest Mode
  • Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Forging Destiny

The series follows the villager Runt as he progresses from utter noob to full-fledged hero: defending his friends from monsters, turning rivals into allies, and mastering the skills required to survive beyond the village walls. And when Runt embarks on a quest to save Minecraftia itself, he begins to unlock his own hidden powers . . . and uncover the astonishing secrets of his world.” ~provided by publisher

Front Desk trilogy:

Volume 1: Front Desk

“Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang’s parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants–not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao’s son, Jason.” ~provided by publisher

Volume 2: Three Keys

“Mia Tang thinks she’s going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she’s finally getting somewhere with her writing! But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic.” ~provided by publisher

Volume 3: Room to Dream

“After years of hard work, Mia Tang finally gets to go on vacation with her family–to China! A total dream come true. Mia can’t wait to see all her cousins and grandparents again, especially her cousin Shen. As she roams around Beijing, witnessing some of the big changes China’s going through, Mia thinks about the changes in her own life, like . . . 1. Lupe’s taking classes at the high school! And Mia’s own plans to be a big writer are . . . stuck. 2. Something happened with Jason and Mia has no idea what to do about it. 3. New buildings are popping up all around the motel, and small businesses are disappearing. Can the Calivista survive? Buckle up! Mia is more determined than ever to get through the turbulence, now that she finally has . . . room to dream!” ~provided by publisher

 

Threshold series: 

Volume 1: The Blue Door

“Teenager Prissie Pomeroy, having realized she has the ability to see angels, learns she has an important role in God’s bigger plan and must rely on her faith if she is going to fulfill it.” ~provided by publisher

Volume 2: The Hidden Deep 

“Fourteen-year-old Prissie Pomeroy has adjusted to the knowledge that many of the “people” she knows in her town are actually angels, but one of them, Adin, is not what he claims to be–and a new boy named Ransom is not making her life any easier.” ~provided by publisher

Volume 3: The Broken Window 

“As the holidays approach, Koji takes seriously his promise to stay close by Prissie’s side and she is eager to share Christmas traditions with him, but Prissie discovers that some gifts are greater than others, and some triumphs come at a great price.” ~provided by publisher

Volume 4: The Garden Gate

“While ranks of the Faithful rally to defend what’s most precious, Prissie discovers that angels aren’t the only ones who are Sent.” ~provided by publisher

 

Valkyrie series:

Volume 1: Valkyrie

“Although she does not like humans, Freya, a Valkyrie, decides to go to the human realm to help the family of a fallen soldier and discovers what it is like to have friends, but she still must escape the wrath of Odin.” ~provided by publisher

Volume 2: The Runaway

“Freya is a Valkyrie but she has not followed in the footsteps of the legends before her. She has been to the World of Man to befriend humans and not to reap their souls. Now she must return to the human realm on a new quest to track down the runaway Valkyrie of legend.” ~provided by publisher

Volume 3: War of the Realms

“With the rainbow bridge closed, Freya and the Valkyries must find another way to try to stop the war that threatens not just Asgard, but the human world, as well.” ~provided by publisher

Scholastic Book Fair October 12th-15th 2021

It’s almost time for the Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held in the library on the 2nd floor of MEI Middle School from October 12th to 15th, 8:30am to 3:30pm. However, on October 14th (the Thursday) we will be open until 4pm for Family Night, so the parents can come in a browse and enter to win some prizes for their kids! Anything you purchase will help the school gain rewards for free books for students to read!!!

Parent Volunteers Needed:

Parent volunteers are also needed, so please let me know if you are free to help on one of those days! It would be greatly appreciated! You can contact me at: tburritt@meischools.com 

 

Online Option:

Can’t make it in? We got you covered! Just click on the image or link bit.ly/OnlineBookFair2021, and you can order what you want online. Items will be shipped to the school and send home with students (there is no charge for shipping since it’s sent to the school).

 

Welcome 2021-22 Students!

Greetings! I hope you all had a wonderful summer! I have some exciting news to share! The Library is open this school year, so we will be having regular library blocks!

However, masks will still be mandatory, and anyone entering the library is expected to sanitize their hands before touching books.

 

Library Catalogue Info

We also have a new Library catalogue this year, so for returning students, searching for books online and “reserving” a book will look a little different this year. The tutorial for signing into the new Insignia Library System can be found on the left hand side of the The Beakling Blog, titled Catalogue and account info.

 

Library Reminders

You can browse amongst the stacks and take out 5 books at a time. Books can be taken out for two weeks at a time, and must be returned or renewed online every two weeks. You can renew your book up to 3 times, but then they must be returned for other students who may want to read it. Books returned late will cost 25 cents per book, per day. For more information, such as how to place a hold on a book, please refer back to the Catalogue and account info on the left hand tab of The Beakling Blog.

Students who took out books for Summer Reading, please do not forget to return books the first week of school. Thank you, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the Librarian.