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Visiting Author: Stuart Gibbs!

The Library & Learning Commons is excited to announce that New York Times best selling author Stuart Gibbs will visit Annie Wright Schools on April 14 from 1:30-2:30.


Gibbs is the author of several series, from his FunJungle Books and the Spy School series. He is currently touring the United States to promote his newest release, Spaced Out,  the second book in the Moon Base Alpha series.

Stuart Gibbs will speak to our 4th and 5th graders about his life as a learner, adventurer, and writer.

Stuart’s books will be available for purchase through our Annual Book Fair, and Stuart will then stay after his talk to sign books.

Below are some of the titles that will be available. Prices already include tax.

Moon Base Alpha #1: Space Case | recommended for ages 8-12 | paperback | $8.76

Moon Base Alpha #2: Spaced Out | recommended for ages 8-12 | hardcover | $18.62

Spy School #1 | recommended for ages 11-14 | paperback | $8.76

Spy School #2: Spy Camp | recommended for ages 11-14 | paperback | $8.76

Spy School #3: Evil Spy School | recommended for ages 11-14 | paperback | $8.76

FunJungle #1: Belly Up | recommended for ages 11-14 | paperback | $8.76

Thanks to Secret Garden Books for facilitating this great author visit!


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Fourth Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

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August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. (from publisher’s note)
Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullen

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Think you know the real story behind the Greek myths? Think again. Most people only know what Zeus wants them to. But the truth is, Zeus is a total myth-o-maniac. Hades, King of the Underworld, is here to set the record straight on how he ended up as Ruler of the Underworld and Zeus became King of the Gods. (from publisher’s note)

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch

Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her stepmother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There’s only one thing she “does” want: to fight dragons! (from publisher’s note)

Jinx, by Sage Blackwood

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In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magus. (from publisher’s note)

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K., by Greg Pincus
Gregory K is the middle child in a family of mathematical geniuses. But if he claimed to love math? Well, he’d be fibbing. What he really wants most is to go to Author Camp. But to get his parents’ permission he’s going to have to pass his math class, which has a probability of 0. THAT much he can understand! To make matters worse, he’s been playing fast and loose with the truth: “I LOVE math” he tells his parents. “I’ve entered a citywide math contest!” he tells his teacher. “We’re going to author camp!” he tells his best friend, Kelly. And now, somehow, he’s going to have to make good on his promises.(from publisher’s note)

Additional Recommendations

Smile, by Raina Telgemeier

The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall | Click here for an e-book edition

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo | Click here for an e-book edition

Holes, by Louis Sachar | Click here for an e-book edition

Lincoln’s Graverobbers, by Steve Sheinken

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READaGATOR: The Final Tally


Friends, Fans, Parents, Teachers, and Colleagues! READaGATOR has run its course, and we’ve finally finalized our final results.

Grades K through 5 collectively read 87,837 minutes. That is almost 1500 hours! 60 days! 2 months! All straight reading, crammed into 2.5 weeks. This represents a huge effort on the part of our young readers. Chapeau to all who participated!

And, here’s how each class contributed to that goal:

Kindergarten: 9,737 minutes.

First Grade: 8,613 minutes.

Second Grade: 13,469 minutes.

Third Grade: 10,987 minutes.

Fourth Grade: 20,112 minutes.

Fifth Grade: 18,802 minutes

While I want to (and will!) express absolute astonishment over the sheer amount of minutes K-5 dedicated towards reading (and especially Fourth Grade, who led with 20k!), we need to keep in mind that this was over 70,000 minutes short of our 160,000 minute goal. This means no Gator Suit for Ms. Ball, and no party-in-a-box for our leading readers, Fourth Grade. We’ll keep reaching for that goal, and next year, I sure hope we summit that minute-mountain.


THE PARTY-IN-A-BOX WILL BE ZIPLINED TO THE 4TH GRADE! At Wednesday’s Lower School Chapel, I made a very similar announcement. As we applauded, Mr. Sullivan burst onto the scene and demanded that I rewarded 4th Grade for their efforts. So, there we have it, straight from the Head of Schools himself. The Party-in-a-Box is back! Congratulations 4th Grade!

And, Mr. Sullivan also demanded that Ms. Ball wear CHOMP’S head for one full school day!

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