July 6, 2020 – Leaders ARE Readers!

¡El líder comunitario y empresario local, el Sr. Gómez, lee una historia especial para usted!

Quizás algo hermoso: Cómo el arte transformó un barrio by by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell with illustrations by Rafael López

Padres! Haga clic aquí para descargar la Guía del profesor del editor.



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July 6, 2020 – Leaders ARE Readers!

Community leader and local businessman, Mr. Gomez, reads a special story for you!

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell with illustrations by Rafael López

Parents! Click here to download the Teacher’s Guide from the publisher.



This video is for educational purposes only.

Fair Use Copyright Disclaimer – under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.

Fair Use Definition

Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching or scholarship. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.

Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride

By Ibi Zoboi

Balzer + Bray. 2018 – 304 Pages – Genre: Urban fiction; Young Adult fiction; Chick-lit Fiction

Review by PWBHS librarian, Shelley Dorrill

“Late June in Brooklyn is like the very beginning of a party-when the music is really good, but you know that it’s about to get way better, so you just do a little two-step before the real turn-up starts.”

In this urban fiction retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, Ibi Zoboi brings a modern take to the classic, romantic comedy of manners. Think of it like a hip-hop remix of a beloved rock-n-roll classic. In Pride, we meet Brooklyn native Zuri Benitez and her large family full of sisters. Their neighborhood is like family; comfortable and a little lived-in. However, when the run-down mansion across the street to her family’s more humble apartment is purchased and renovated by the Darcy’s, a wealthy African-American family from Manhatten, her neighborhood and her world begin to change. Gentrification is coming and with it the end to Zuri’s worn community, but Zuri is proud of her broken neighborhood and proud of her Afro-Latino culture. She has little patience or time for the Darcy family and particularly Darius, the seemingly arrogant (and handsome) son. However, his brother Ainsley and Zuri’s older sister Janae are instantly attracted to each other and keep bringing Zuri’s world into contact with Darius and his wealthier culture. Adding Zuri’s three younger sisters into this mix of neighborhood drama, you have a setting for sparks of all kinds. Will the fierce pride Zuri holds for her own way of life create animosity against any other way of living? Will the neighborhood survive or be lost forever? Ultimately, will any blossoming love prove more powerful even than the pride and prejudice that oppose it?

Available through SORA as an e-book and audio book.

Read ALOUD! First Chapter Friday – “The Last Dragonslayer”

Your school librarian Mrs. Overstreet reads the first chapter of “The Last Dragonslayer” by Jasper Fforde!

Special thanks to the publisher for allowing us to read this book!

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Jul 2, 2013 | 306 Pages | YA

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

by Karina Yan Glaser

Houghton Mifflin – 297 Pages – Genre: Chapter book; realistic fiction

Review by Verner Elementary student C.H.

“The Vanderbeekers is an awesome book! It is about four siblings who are trying to make their grumpy landlord renew their lease. Will they save it or will they fail? Fans of the Penderwicks and The Boxcar Children are sure to love this book!”

Good
Funny
Happy
Exciting
Surprising

The Girl in the Locked Room

The Girl in the Locked Room

by Mary Downing Hahn

Scholastic – 193 Pages – Genre: Chapter book

Review by Verner Elementary student S.L.S.

“I think it was really good, I loved this book, but it could’ve been scary. I love scary books and really recommend this book for children who love scary things, and mysteries. I love how detailed this book is!”

Good

2

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6: Cabin Fever

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6: Cabin Fever

by Jeff Kinney

Puffin – 234 Pages – Genre: Chapter book, Illustrated books

Review by Verner Elementary student O.M.G.

“I liked this book because it was funny and creative. The main character, Greg Heffley, tells the story through the book. He has a pesky little brother and a mean older brother. The story tells about funny things that happen in his life with his family and friends. My favorite part of the book is when he talks about a doll named Alfredo. It made me laugh.”

Funny

2

Geronimo Stilton #39: Singing Sensation

Geronimo Stilton #39: Singing Sensation

by Geronimo Stilton

Scholastic – 128 Pages – Genre: Chapter book

Review by Verner Elementary student J.M.L.

“I like this book because in every book there is an adventure. My favorite book from Geronimo Stilton is Singing Sensation. I like the book because he’s acts like me in the book. First, he doesn’t want to sing in front of everyone, next his friend makes him do it , lastly, he he ends up swinging in front of everyone.”

Good
Funny

2

Deep and Dark and Dangerous

Deep and Dark and Dangerous

by Mary Downing Hahn

Scholastic – 187 Pages – Genre: Chapter book

Review by Verner Elementary student E.C.

“Just before summer begins, thirteen-year-old Ali finds an old photograph. She recognizes the two children. One’s her mother, the other her aunt Dulcie…but who is the third person, the one who’s been torn out of the picture? Ali will have two months to figure it out, since she’s spending the summer with her aunt and her cousin in the same house her mom and aunt used to visit when they were kids. Then Ali meets Sissy. Sissy is mean, spiteful, and determined to ruin Ali’s summer. Sissy also has a secret. Could it have something to do with the old photo? Ali is dying to find out. Though, if she’s not careful, that’s exactly what might happen to her—die, that is.”

Good
Surprising

2