Monday, March 22, 2010

New Library Books

A Brief History of Montmary, by Michelle Cooper: On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

Paper Towns, by John Green: One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Scarlett Fever, by Maureen Johnson: Fifteen-year-old Scarlett, who is beginning to get over her break-up with Eric, stays busy as assistant to her theatrical-agent friend who is not only promoting Scarlett's brother Spencer, but also a new client whose bad-boy brother has transferred to Scarlett's school. This is the sequel to Suite Scarlett.

Mort, by Terry Pratchett: In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse. As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

Yotsuba&!, volume 2 byKiyohiko Azuma: In this volume of the popular all-ages manga series, Yotsuba hasn't gotten much smarter, and her neighbors still haven't gotten used to this wacky tike's exploits.

Geo Quiz #43: Mediterranean Cities

Greece: Athens
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo
Serbia: Belgrade
Romania: Bucharest
Bulgaria: Sofia
Turkey: Istanbul, Ankara
Cyprus: Nicosia
Syria: Damascus
Lebanon: Beirut
Jordan: Amman
Israel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
Egypt: Port Said, Aswan, Cairo, Alexandria
Libya: Tripoli, Benghazi
Algeria: Algiers, Constantine
Morocco: Rabat, Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakech

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Geo Quiz #42: Northeast U.S. Cities

Maryland: Baltimore, Annapolis.
Delaware: Dover, Wilmington.
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Scranton.
New Jersey: Trenton, Atlantic City, Newark.
New York: New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester.
Connecticut: Hartford, New Haven.
Rhode Island: Providence.
Massachusetts: Boston, Worcester.
Vermont: Montpelier, Burlington.
New Hampshire: Concord, Manchester.
Maine: Augusta, Portland.

Here is a map of the Northeast United States.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Geo Quiz #26: South America Countries

Friday, April 30.

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, French Guiana.

A blank map of South America can be found here.
A labelled map of South America can be found here.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Geo Quiz #41: West & Northwest Africa Cities

Nigeria: Lagos (largest city), Abuja (capital).
Benin: Porto Novo.
Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou.
The Gambia: Banjul.
Ghana: Accra.
Cote d'Ivoire: Abidjan (largest city), Yamoussoukro (capital.
Guinea: Conakry.
Guinea-Bissau: Bissau.
Liberia: Monrovia.
Senegal: Dakar.
Sierra Leone: Freetown.
Togo: Lome.
Western Sahara: El Aaiun.
Morocco: Rabat.
Mauritania: Nouakchott.
Algeria: Algiers.
Niger: Niamey.
Tunisia: Tunis.
Mali: Bamako.

A blank map of Africa can be found here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Geo Quiz #40: South Asia Cities

India: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Hyderabad, New Delhi.
Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad.
Afghanistan: Kabul, Kandahar.
Nepal: Kathmandu.
Bhutan: Thimpu.
Bangladesh: Dhaka.
Sri Lanka: Colombo.
Maldives: Male.

A blank map of South Asia can be found here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Classics in Library

Classics are now being displayed throughout the library. 7th and 8th graders will be required to read at least one classic during the 3rd trimester.

How do you find a find a classic you might enjoy?

Here are some reading lists:

College Bound Reading List (Arrowhead Library System, Rock County, Wisconsin)
Classic Novels (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Books for Country Project

All students need to have their books for their country projects in class on Wednesday, March 10. Students will need at least one juvenile non-fiction book and one guidebook. Books should be reserved through the Timberland Regional Library website and picked up prior to March 10. And, students, while you're at the library, you might as well look for some other good reading material while you're there!