Reading Department

Classical Magnet Reading Department Congratulates Students in Grades 6-11 with Largest Lexile Growth
for Each Class (Per. 1, 4, 5, 6, or 7) During October – December, 2013

    • Period 1, Gr. 7 - Tamia , growth in lexiles: 395
    • Period 4, Gr. 6-8 - Xavier (of Gr .6), growth in lexiles: 153
    • Period 5, Gr. 9-11 - Leslie , growth in lexiles: 185
    • Period 6, Gr. 6 - Stephanie , growth in lexiles: 342
    • Period 7, Gr. 7 ­ Tahj , growth in lexiles: 375

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    Here are some great books to give to your children for the holidays:

    Books for Holiday Giving

    Prepared by Denise S. Kennedy, LMS, for Reading Dept, Classical Magnet School


    Frederick Douglass: a Noble Life / David A. Adler.
    Booklist starred review
    Grades 6-10. Adler, the author of more than 200 books for young readers, has now written a thoroughly researched, lucidly written biography of the great Frederick Douglass. Chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass, discussing his years as a slave, escape to freedom, acclaim as a famous orator, journalist, and presidential advisor, work as an abolitionist, and other related topics.  Nonfiction.

    Going Blue : a Teen Guide to Saving our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands / by Cathryn Berger Kaye with Philippe Cousteau & EarthEcho International.
    School Library Journal review
    Grade 7 Up-Not just another book about the environment, this volume is organized around a five-stage concept of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Each one is explained in detail with numerous examples of real teens making a difference in their communities. Nonfiction.

    The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie : a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us / by Tanya Lee Stone.
    Booklist review
    YA.  Everyone knows Barbie. And almost everyone has an opinion of her. Stone has done her homework and offers a particularly well-researched read. But she has also gotten many women (and men) to reminisce, comment, and argue about Barbie, and these voices add sparkle. Nonfiction.

    The Hunger Games Series/ Suzanne Collins
    Horn Book starred review
    YA.  Katniss volunteers to represent her district in the Hunger Games, a compulsory, government-sponsored reality-TV show from which only one of twenty-four teenage contestants will emerge alive. A fierce, resourceful competitor, Katniss also displays great compassion and vulnerability. The twists and turns are addictive in this compulsively readable blend of science fiction, romance, and social commentary. Second in series: Catching Fire. Third in Series: Mocking Jay. Fiction.

    The Lost Hero / Rick Riordan.
    Booklist review
    Grades 4-8. Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and includes some of the same characters in minor roles. The new cast features Jason, Piper, and Leo, teen demigods who are just coming to understand and use their unique abilities as they learn how much depends upon their wits, courage, and fast-developing friendship. Fiction.

    Ostrich Boys / by Keith Gray.
    Booklist review
    Grades 8-12. When their friend Ross is killed in an accident, Blake, Sam, and Kenny are devastated by the loss and furious at the hypocritical outpouring of support by previously uncaring teachers and fellow students at the boy’s funeral. They  plan a proper memorial by taking his ashes to Ross, Scotland, an adventure-filled journey that tests their loyalty to each other and forces them to question what friendship means. Fiction.


    Out of My Mind / Sharon M. Draper.
    Booklist starred review
    Grades 5-8. Fifth-grader Melody has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects her body but not her mind. Although she is unable to walk, talk, or feed or care for herself, she can read, think, and feel. A brilliant person is trapped inside her body, determined to make her mark in the world in spite of her physical limitations. Told in Melody’s voice, this highly readable, compelling novel quickly establishes her determination and intelligence and the almost insurmountable challenges she faces. It also reveals her parents’ and caretakers’ courage in insisting that Melody be treated as the smart, perceptive child she is, and their perceptiveness in understanding how to help her, encourage her, and discourage self-pity from others. Fiction.
    Princess of the Midnight Ball / Jessica Day George.
    Booklist review
    Grades 6-10. A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse. The Brothers Grimm tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” is vibrantly retold and set in a fictionalized nineteenth-century Europe. This is a well-realized and fast-paced fantasy-romance that will find favor among fans of fairy tales, feisty heroines, and dashing young men with strength, cunning, and sensitivity. Fiction.

    The Red Pyramid / Rick Riordan ; hieroglyph art by Michelle Gengaro-Kokmen.
    Booklist starred review
    Grades 5-8. Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. Fans of the Riordan magic-equal parts danger, myth, and irreverence-will embrace this new series with open arms.  Fiction.

    The Rock and the River / Kekla Magoon.
    Booklist starred review
    Grades 6-10. In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.  Compelling characters aptly convey the frustrations and uncertainties dividing the civil rights movement at the time of Dr. King's death. Fiction.

    Scat / Carl Hiaasen.
    Horn Book starred review
    Grades 5-8. Two rapscallions plot to dig a pirate oil well on land inhabited by an endangered Florida panther. A couple of teenagers, a crafty codger, and a demanding science teacher get a whiff not only of the panther's scat but also of the men's vintage-Hiaasen swindle. Don't expect any environmental preaching in this page-turner (a few science facts cleverly sneak in). Fiction.

    Viola in Reel Life / Adriana Trigiani.
    Booklist review
    YA.  Viola has moviemaking in her DNA: her grandmother (Grand) is a well-known actress, and her parents make documentaries. Her own work consists of the video journal she makes about her new, Midwestern boarding school, where she is sent while her parents are filming in Afghanistan. Indiana is not Brooklyn, and no one at her new school can take the place of Andrew, her BFFAA. Can you say “homesick”? But Vi’s three roommates gradually fill her life. Best-selling adult author Trigiani nicely captures boarding-school bonding, adolescent female insecurities, and current teen trends. Fun, breezy, and full of subtle life lessons. Fiction.

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