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In every month’s issue we will share with you
the wonderful world of books!
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
Hi, boys and girls, it’s that time of year again, dust off those pencils, crack open those books it’s back to school…
In this issue, we will share with you some of Professor Owl’s tricks to getting back on track and back to school.
It’s that time of year again ~ Back to School. Many look forward to going back and some dread the homework and lack of playtime. For some however it can be a very scary thought. It’s not school that bothers them but the thought of being beat up, embarrassed or tormented by bullies.
What is a bully? A bully is someone who finds power and self-worth by belittling or intimidating others. Bullies have usually they been the victim of a bully themselves. If you are being bullied the best thing you can do is tell someone. It’s not tattling, you are not telling to get someone in trouble, you are telling to protect yourself. Another thing to do is if possible walk away or stay near an adult if you feel threatened.
Remember being the victim of a bully is not YOUR fault ~ What if you are not being bullied but see someone else being bullied? Don’t join in, encourage or give the bully an audience, if possible try to get help or find an adult. Whatever you do don’t try to fight the bully.
Do You Need A Homework Helper?
Back to school can be a lot of fun seeing old friends and teachers. One thing most children do not like about going back to school is the homework.
Listed below are some websites that can help you with every subject – helping elementary and high school kids find what they need on the ‘net. They cannot do your homework for you, but offer great age-appropriate kid-friendly links to sites, by e-mail.
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Five Run Away Together
Enid Blyton (Author)
This is the third book in the Famous Five series; and is one of my favourite books!
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It begins with Julian, Dick and Anne going to stay with their cousin Georgina (known as George). George’s mother is rushed to hospital and so the children are left to be looked after by the family’s new cook, the horrible Mrs. Stick, her mean husband and their boy Edgar.
The Sticks are so awful that the children go off to spend the rest of the holidays on Kirrin Island, not forgetting to take good old Timmy the dog with them as well! When they reach the island they discover that someone else has been living there and they’re determined to find out who. Enid Blyton is one of my favourite authors, and I really enjoy the Famous Five stories, I have some of them on CD as well as all the books. When I was younger I really enjoyed all of her books and can remember reading some of the Noddy books to my younger sister and to my own daughter when she was small.
This story is very exciting because it’s got lots of adventure in it and mystery.
The Sticks made very good bad guys! I also enjoyed reading about the children living on the island and cooking their own meals – even if some of the things they ate sounded a bit peculiar! I think this book is good for both girls and boys who love reading adventure stories.
About The Author
Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s bestsellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into almost 90 languages; her first book, Child Whispers, a 24-page collection of poems, was published in 1922. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery stories and biblical narratives, but is best remembered today for her Noddy, Famous Five, and Secret Seven series.
Following the commercial success of her early novels such as Adventures of the Wishing Chair (1937) and The Enchanted Wood (1939) Blyton went on to build a literary empire, sometimes producing fifty books a year in addition to her prolific magazine and newspaper contributions. Her writing was unplanned and sprang largely from her unconscious mind; she typed her stories as events unfolded before her. The sheer volume of her work and the speed with which it was produced led to rumours that Blyton employed an army of ghost writers, a charge she vigorously denied.
Blyton’s work became increasingly controversial among literary critics, teachers and parents from the 1950s onwards, because of the alleged unchallenging nature of her writing and the themes of her books, particularly the Noddy series. Some libraries and schools banned her works, which the BBC had refused to broadcast from the 1930s until the 1950s because they were perceived to lack literary merit. Her books have been criticised as being elitist, sexist, racist, xenophobic and at odds with the more liberal environment emerging in post-war Britain, but they have continued to be bestsellers since her death in 1968.
Blyton felt she had a responsibility to provide her readers with a strong moral framework, so she encouraged them to support worthy causes. In particular, through the clubs she set up or supported, she encouraged and organized them to raise funds for animal and pediatric charities. The story of Blyton’s life was dramatized in a BBC film entitled Enid, featuring Helena Bonham Carter in the title role and first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Four in 2009. There have also been several adaptations of her books for stage, screen and television.
Enid Blyton’s books are available at the link above, your public and School libraries and most of the main book stores across Canada and United States.
Also available from Amazon, in Kindle, Paperback and Audio.
The Great Greene Heist,’
by Varian Johnson
At Maplewood Middle School, one student fits this description. While Jackson Greene may seem like your average middle schooler, trying his best to keep up his grades, please his parents and ignore the cafeteria’s more disgusting menu options, he is an outstanding student. That is, he has an outstanding reputation as a con man and prankster.
At the start of Varian Johnson’s “The Great Greene Heist,” Jackson has sworn off scheming since Keith Sinclair, his classmate and archenemy, ratted him out to the school principal. When Keith — arrogant, vengeful and privileged —runs for student council president against Gaby de la Cruz, Jackson’s former best friend and current love interest, Jackson and his Greene Gang attempt to swing the election in Gaby’s favor using a heist to end all heists.
In his first novel for middle-grade readers, Johnson cleverly integrates familiar issues like cafeteria food, gossip and first crushes with dashes of politics and race. His cast of characters is refreshingly diverse, both in ethnicity (Jackson is African-American; his friends are Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian) and skill set (each member of the gang has a role to play, from tech support to inside man to closer).
The gang uses cons for a noble end: to ensure that recognition is awarded only to the deserving, and to curb the abuse of power by the likes of Sinclair, who tries to buy the election, and the principal, who plans to spend Keith’s bribe on an espresso machine or a trip to Italy. It’s a thrilling ride that may con reluctant readers into settling down on the couch with books like “The Great Greene Heist” instead of the remote control.
THE GREAT GREENE HEIST
By Varian Johnson
240 pp. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. $16.99. (Middle grade; ages 10-14)
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