Middle School Monday: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Welcome to 2018, the year I work my way through our collection of middle grade books (books written for 5th-7th grade). I'm starting at the beginning of the author alphabet with Applegate, author of one of my favorite middle grade books, the Newbery Award winning The One and Only Ivan. While Crenshaw doesn't feature any gorillas, it does have a giant, invisible cat.

When Jackson was in first grade, he had an imaginary friend: a big black and white cat he named...

Thanksgiving Storytime @ The Library

Storytime at the library before Thanksgiving break brought a lot giggles, lego blocks, and children’s books on a surprisingly warm fall evening. Some of the faculty and their children were present and eager to hear the story of a farmer and his really smart turkey while they played with the lego blocks. After that funny story, Ms. Muther and Nadia led the group with their voices in singing Thanksgiving themed songs. Although most of the children present...

Book Recommendations for the middle school students who have read Harry Potter more than 3 times

“After all this time?” “Always,” said Snape. –The Deathly Hallows  

Are you the big fan of Harry Potter series? 

Then you will also be the big fan of these books!

1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)by C.S. Lewis

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in...

In which we chair-ish the arts

We are big chair-leaders for the arts over in the library, and since we're also all about fun-iture, we are hoping to give our armchairs a facelift this year!  One of our retired pages gave us the inspiration when she pointed out that our chairs could use a little TLC a few years ago (Olive, I'm going to see about getting an armchair designed in your honor!). We've enlisted the ArtLab classes to design some super snazzy and jazzy slipcovers for our fleet of armchairs.  To read more about...

Book Review: My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door      

By: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Reviewed by: Kate P. ‘19   

Summary: Samantha Reed is 17, and her summer has just begun. With her (some what) rebellious sister away for the summer, Samantha is stuck at home working two jobs. Her mother, Grace, is one of the state senators, and running for re-election. In a household where every rug is vacuumed (even...

Top 10 Books with the most checkouts!

"A book is a dream that you hold in your hand."

-Neil Gaiman-

Dana Hall students are very lucky to read whatever they want, meet many different characters, and go on adventures. What are the most popular books among the Dana Hall students? Let's see the Top 10 books that have the highest circulation.

1. The Hunger Games 

The Hunger Games is a trilogy of young adult dystopian novels written by American novelist Suzanne...

Dana Hall students’ top 12 summer reading books

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 

 - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice- 

Summer break is the great opportunity for you to throw yourself into the sofa and start your reading journey, eating chocolate chip cookies and...