Book Review: The Lost Hero

THREE NEW HEROES. ONE MISSING DEMIGOD.

A CURSE THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM ALL …

LostHeroCoverCamp Half Blood is back with new adventures for the fans of Percy Jackson! This time we meet three new demigods, Jason, Piper and Leo. One day Jason wakes up and can’t remember anything, while his two friends Piper (who is his girlfriend) and Leo are shocked. That’s not the end, because several days later they figure out they are demigods and that they must save the world by rescuing the great goddess Hera! Not only that, but they seem to be part of the next Big Prophecy! These three new heroes will meet many new friendly gods and some which are not so friendly.

For those people that enjoy adventures filled with mystery and action, or for those who wish to see new and old demigods kick some monster butt, this is the book for you! I highly recommend this book; it is filled with mystery and action, it will keep you at the edge of your chair, and even stop you from sleeping at night.

AbelAvatarIf you like this book then I suggest you read the rest of the series:

  • Book 1: The Lost Hero
  • Book 2: The Son of Neptune 
  • Book 3: The Mark of Athena – Coming out in July 2013
  • Book 4: The House of Hades – Coming out in October 2013
  • Book 5: Coming out in 2014!

Review by Abel E., Year 10

This book will be available in the Secondary Library in September when the new book shipment arrives.  Until then, you can purchase these books online as an eBook through Amazon and iTunes.

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Book Review: The Seventh Level

“Every step gets him closer to greatness or disaster.”

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Brief Summary

The book talks about a seventh grader called Travis Raines who found an envelope in his locker that says he is being chosen to be part of this secret society in school called “The Legend”. He must solve puzzles and mysteries but one question is not answered: who is sending him the letters? Travis Raines is a troublemaker and not a very bright boy but Is he the one making all of those pranks?

Recommendations

I would recommend this book for people who like to read books about mysteries and solving puzzles and problems.

– Review by Year 8 Student, Marcelo Fernandes

This book, The Seventh Level, is available in the secondary library, call # FIC FEL.

Year 6 Taking Over

As part of your introduction to the secondary library, Year 6 students will be participating in a research project using the resources and materials available to you through the secondary library.

Over the next 5 weeks, we will build a wiki together, full of resources to support other tweens transitioning from primary school to secondary school, from childhood to adolescence. You will evaluate resources, write recommendations and share information.

Today we’re starting by evaluating some health and wellness resources put together for students your age.

In partners you will explore at least two of these websites and determine if they are useful websites for students your age who want to learn about puberty, teen and tween health,  growing up and transitions.  In a paragraph, respond to this blog post.  Evaluate these resources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose.

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Katy.

Tech Tuesday: Beyond Google!

Whispering Secrets

Photo by Flickr User: Cameron Maddux under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license

I’ve got a secret: Google isn’t always the best at finding you what you want!  Of course, if you use all of its tricks, you can Get The Most Out of Google!  But still, there are other search and discovery engines out there that can help you find what the information you need, when you need it.

Try these Search Engines on for size:

  •  DuckDuckGo: Don’t want “someone” tracking your every move?  Don’t want your search results to be impacted by your search history?  Search with DuckDuckGo. 
  • InstaGrok: Visually pleasing, interactive results with alternate and extended search terms right in front of you.  Research a topic, customize your results, share your search results web.  Try it out!
  • Scrius: It’s science! Check out their “About Us” page for more details, but the quickie version is that when you search REM, Google thinks rock music and Scrius thinks sleep.
  • KidsClick!: Search Engine for Year 1 – Year 8

How about these Discovery/Reference sites?

  • Finding Dulcinea: The library of the Internet!  High quality, trustworthy websites selected by REAL HUMANS. 🙂
  • Internet Public Library:  This is the online version of the reference desk at a public library.  In addition to a wealth of resources carefully selected for your use, there are REAL HUMANS working behind the IPL desk.  Just “Ask an IPL Librarian” and a librarian or library student will help guide you to resources for your question.
  • GapMinder: Aiming to support a fact-based worldview, GapMinder takes boring numbers and converts them into animated statistics in colorful graphs.

This only scratches the surface.  What’s your favorite search engine or discovery website to turn to when the Internet giant Google isn’t what you need?

Pathfinder: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

ROTHMCCoverYear 7 English students will be reading “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor, and studying prejudice, segregation and civil rights as they read it.

Want to learn more about life in the United States of America in the 1930s?  Visit the pathfinder below to explore a variety of resources. Each week we will add a new page with a new set of resources related to a topic from the novel.

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