Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spooky stories you may not want to read after dark

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for Halloween? Horror fans, look no further than these 15 titles that deliver chills -- featuring haunted houses, vengeful witches, ghosts seeking revenge, and one creepy doll. Come check them out from The Hub today! 

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Doll Bones by Holly Black 

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (and graphic novel version too!)

The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.

Took : a ghost story
by Mary Downing Hahn 

Moving to West Virginia is bad enough before Daniel and his little sister, Erica, learn that a witch lives close by. Daniel thinks it's just a tall tale...until Erica vanishes.

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means.

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki

Since eighth-grader Gabriel Ashe moved into his grandmother's house he has been spending a lot of time playing in the woods with his new friend Seth, but the games Seth invents involve a child-eating monster called the Hunter, and Gabriel is no longer sure how much is imagination and how much is real.

The dead girls of Hysteria Hall Katie Alender

Murdered by a spirit in her house which was previously an insane asylum, sixteen-year-old Cordelia wanders the house, meeting other trapped ghosts and learning the houses dark secrets, searching for a way to save her family, and perhaps herself.

Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

Chaos ensues at Camp Harmony when a virus turns the animals in the surrounding wilderness into raging, foam-spewing predators.

Liv, forever by Amy Talkington

Soon after an art scholarship gets Liv a place at prestigious Wickham Hall, she becomes the latest victim of a dark conspiracy spanning 150 years, but her ghost, aided by friend Gabe and boyfriend Malcolm, tries to put a stop to the killing.

Mary : the summoning by Hillary Monahan

Teens Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna follow all the rules, but when their summoning circle is broken the vengeful spirit of Bloody Mary slips through, and as the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships torn apart, and lives changed forever.

The name of the star by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London book 1)

Rory, a teenager from Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved in the highly unusual investigation.

The seer of shadows
by Avi

In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

Inspired by the list created by School Library Journal Be Tween column

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September's top readers, top books

September was a great month for reading here at Wood Hill. We have some rock star readers! I wanted to take a moment to highlight the top 10 students who have checked out an incredible 72 books since the start of the school year. 

For the month of September the sixth grade class really shined taking six out of the top 10 spots! Congratulations to these students who exemplify what it means to enjoy the love of reading. If you're looking for a book recommendation, check out the list of what Wood Hill is reading below. 

September's star readers in The Hub:
1. Josh A., 8 East, 11 books
2. Irene C., 6 West, 10 books
3. Meiling C., 6 East, 9 books
4. Luke B., 8 East, 8 books
5. Dhriti M., 6 West, 7 books
6. Jonet C., 6 West, 6 books
7. Sophia N., 7 East, 6 books
8. Siham B., 6 West, 5 books
9. Shannon C., 6 East, 5 books
10. Apoorva H., 7 East, 5 books 

September top books in The Hub:
1. The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey
2. American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
3. The bamboo sword by Margi Preus
4. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
5. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
6. Dream on, Amber by Emma Shevah
7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
8. The fault in our stars by John Green
9. Gone by Michael Grant
10. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J. K. Rowling

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Updated Resources for Research

The Hub now has even more resources to help students with research projects. We've added the full suite of BrainPop products, including GameUp! Encyclopaedia Brittanica has also added on a tool for researching in Spanish and for finding primary resources. And of course we have 30 plus Gale databases covering topics ranging from science to social studies to biographies.

Check out the newly redesigned Research & Databases page on The Hub's website.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wood Hill News Year in Review

Wood Hill's student newspaper, The Wood Hill Gazette, and video news studio, The Wood Hill News, staff have created a video to highlight the top stories happening at Wood Hill this school year. Please check out their video.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Emojis end of year video

The Wood Hill Emojis created a video to showcase who they are and what they've worked on this year for parents and fellow students. This video was shown in The Hub during Celebration of Learning on Friday, June 10.

If you haven't seen it, check it out!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

End of the year news

Heads up Wood Hill students, the last day for book check outs in The Hub is Friday, June 3. The last day for book returns is Friday, June 10. Please check your lockers, under your bed, in the car, etc. to locate any books that may need to make their way back to the library.

The Hub will be open during Open Library at lunch as much as possible this week to accommodate any students who would like to check out a book under the wire. Swing on by and see our Summer Reading display to see opens of required reading and books suggested by Mrs. Downs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Get your reading on this summer!

Summer is fast approaching! It's an excellent time to unwind with a great book. Andover middle schools have required reading books for summer. The choices have been updated this year. Check out the letter about the reading program from Patricia Whalen, ELA Program Coordinator.

Entering Sixth (choose one):

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Additional recommendations: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood and Co. series) by Jonathan Stroud; The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Entering Seventh (choose one):

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
by Avi

Entering Eighth (choose one):
Peak by Roland Smith
The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen

Check out the Entering Ninth Grade choices as well.

Looking for even more great choices? Here are Mrs. Downs top recommended reads for Summer 2016!

Entering Sixth
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
George by Alex Gino
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson
The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles series) by John Flanagan
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Entering Seventh
by William Ritter 
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Entering Eighth
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Name of the Star (Shades of London series) by Maureen Johnson
Vango: Between Earth and Sky by Timothee de Fombelle
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susan Nielsen-Fernlund

Don't forget to stop by Memorial Hall's teen room to check out these great books!