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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1 Is Here!!!

posted Feb 9, 2016, 7:45 AM by Daniel Spada

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Listen up Percy Jackson fans, Rick Riordan has a new series that fans of the Percy Jackson series are going to love!  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is a series that centers around Norse Mythology.  Many of you may be familiar with Greek mythology, but Norse Mythology comes from the Scandinavians (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland).  Think Vikings.  If you want to learn more about Norse Mythology we have plenty of books here in the Media Center (see below).

This series revolves around a troubled kid named Magnus Chase who has been living on the streets of Boston since his mother's mysterious death.  One day his uncle tracks him down and tells him that he is the son of a Norse god, and all of the Viking myths are true.  The gods of Asgard are preparing for an epic war, and he is the key to the fate of the war.  Now Magnus must search through the Nine Worlds to find a weapon that was lost thousands of years ago.



For those interested in learning more about Norse Mythology checkout the Treasury of Norse Mythology now available in the Media Center!

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This new book is intended for those reading the Magnus Chase series, as well as fans of the Avengers: Age of Ultron.  This book features sections dedicated to Thor, Asgard, and the timeless Norse tales.

Google Cardboard is Here!

posted Jan 5, 2016, 12:00 PM by Daniel Spada

Star Wars Themed Google Cardboard Now Available in the Suffield Middle School Media Center

Thanks to a very generous donation from Verizon Wireless, the Media Center now has over 30 Star Wars themed Google Cardboards!  Exactly what is Google Cardboard?  Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform that allows users to insert their cellphone into a foldout cardboard device for a fully immersive virtual reality experience!  Mr. Spada has a lot of really great ideas for using these in the Media Center and with your teachers, but there are also available to students who want to explore and try them out.  

Google Cardboards available now in the Suffield Middle School Media Center

To save some time, come to the Library Media Center with your cellphone.  You may also want to explore different apps that will give you different virtual reality experiences.  Business Insider has a great list of the top apps that you may want to check out.  Stop by during flex and try out the Cardboard!

Try Google Cardboard In The Suffield Middle School Media Center

 

In The Heart of the Sea: Read The Book Before You See The Movie!

posted Dec 7, 2015, 5:37 AM by Daniel Spada   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 9:55 AM ]

In the heart of the sea


In the Heart of the SeaThe Suffield Middle School library has two copies of In the Heart of the Sea, which is the amazing true story that the classic novel Moby-Dick was based on, and the blockbuster movie that will be released this Friday! On November 20, 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry whale. Within minutes, the twenty-one-man crew, including the fourteen-year-old cabin boy Thomas Nickerson, found themselves stranded in three leaky boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with barely any supplies and little hope. Three months later, two of the boats were rescued 4,500 miles away, off the coast of South America. Of the twenty-one castaways, only eight survived, including young Thomas. Based on his New York Times best-seller In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick recreates the amazing events of the ill-fated Essex through the sailors own first-hand accounts, photos, maps, and artwork, and tells the tale of one of the great true-life adventure stories.




Here is the trailer for the movie that comes out this Friday, December 11th:



New Books!

posted Nov 12, 2015, 11:34 AM by Daniel Spada   [ updated Nov 18, 2015, 11:05 AM ]

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The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
This new series from Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spiderman, X-men, and some the most epic and legendary superheroes ever created, is perfect for fans of comic books, comic book movies, and fans of action.  This first book features 12 people, some good and some evil, who receive powers of the zodiac and battle across the world to control the powers.  While not a graphic novel, this book features comic book-like illustrations throughout.  
This is book one of what is sure to be a popular series. 

The Isle of the Lost

Fans of Disney will love this new series that features the children of some of the most evil Disney villains of all time (Maleficent, Jabar, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Cruella De Vil ).  Once the evil villains were defeated, they were banished to an island, the Isle of the Lost, which is a dark and dreary place that they may never leave.  But hidden on the island is the Dragon's Eye, which is the key to true darkness and the villains only hope of escape.  This book is a prequel to the Disney movie "The Descendants."  

No Safety in Numbers

An ordinary trip to the mall turns into a nightmare when a biological bomb is discovered and the entire complex is shutdown, and all those inside are quarantined in part one of this exciting new triology.  What sounds like a cool novelty soon turns more desperate once supplies start to dwindle and panic begins to spread.  Among the thousands trapped are four teens who are anxious to escape and make it back to their families.  Through the lies and deception, the teens will see firsthand how desperate situations can change people...and not always for the better.

The Fourteenth Goldfish

When eleven-year-old Ellie's science obsessed grandfather discovers a cure for aging, he uses it on himself.  As a result he becomes a teenager again, but still dresses the same and has the same attitude "old man attitude."  What results is  whimsical, lighthearted, comedy that will make you ask questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality and possibility.

The Honest Truth

Tired of being sick with terminal cancer, a teenage boy named Mark decides to take his dog and fulfil a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Rainer.  This emotionally hard-hitting survival story alternates betweens Mark's story, and that of his best friend Jessie, who understands the danger he is in, and must struggle with the decision to tell or keep his secret. 

Scary Stories For Halloween

posted Oct 22, 2015, 9:13 AM by Daniel Spada   [ updated Oct 26, 2015, 5:02 AM ]


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow--impossible though it seems--they may still be alive.

Rot & Ruin
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Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over.  Benny lives in a community with fences and border patrols  who guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization.  Benny becomes convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a zombie bounty hunter.

Morpheus Road: The Light
Sixteen-year-old Marshall is expecting a boring summer when his best friend goes away, but instead he finds himself haunted--and hunted--by ghosts that want something from him which he can't decipher.  Readers will find themselves racing through this thriller to solve one mystery after another as Marshall tries to escape from ghostly hauntings, and the skeletal figure known as The Gravedigger.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

"Her hair was torn and tangled, and the flesh was dropping off her face so he could see the bones and part of her teeth.  She had no eyeballs, but there was a sort of blue light way back in her eye sockets. And she had no nose to her face."

Welcome to the horrifying world of Scary Stories, with the most alarming collection of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time.  The illustrations are just as terrifying as the stories! 

 


How they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous
This collection of tales shares the sometimes gruesome details of the deaths of nineteen famous historical figures, including King Tut, Pocahontas, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, and Marie Curie.

The Best of Poe
A jealous friend attempts to bury his friend alive, a man finds himself tied to a table with a giant blade moving closer to his body, and more frightful tales from Edgar Allen Poe.

New Books!

posted Oct 7, 2015, 9:45 AM by Daniel Spada

Thanks to a very generous donation from Link to Libraries, the Media Center has some exciting new titles that we can't wait to tell you about!  All of these titles will be available to check-out starting Monday, October 12th.

Hoodoo

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A twelve-year-old boy is born into a family with a deep history of performing magic spells known as Hoodoo.  The boy, whose name is also Hoodoo, begins to dream about the dead rising from their graves.  But when a mysterious stranger, who performs black magic, arrives looking for Hoodoo, the boy may be the town's only hope for survival.


Auggie & Me

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Those who loved Wonder will be excited to read this companion novel, which takes a look at Auggie from three different people's perspectives.  Julian's story reveals why the bully dislikes Auggie so much, the chapter entitled "Pluto" focuses on the lifelong friendship between Auggie and Christopher, and "Shingaling" shows how the girls at Beecher Prep see Auggie when he first arrives.


Spy Camp

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After escaping assassination by the top-secret organization SPYDER, Ben Ripley (Spy School) is looking forward to chilling out this summer. But SPYDER is turning up the heat, insisting that Ben come to work for them. Gorgeous fellow-spy-in-training Erica is ready to help, and her legendary grandfather also appears on the scene. Clever descriptions and plot twists make this a top-notch summer read.


Unwholly

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The very much anticipated sequel to Unwind is finally here at the Suffield Middle School Media Center.  Without writing any spoilers for those who haven't read Unwind, Unwholly is the story of the continued revolution against the Unwind Accord.  If you haven't read Unwind yet, what are you waiting for??? Go check it out today!


Kid Owner

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7th grader Ryan was never good at football, mostly serving as a benchwarmer for his school's team.  But when the father that Ryan never knew dies and leaves the Dallas Cowboys to him in his will, everything changes for Ryan.  Despite what seems like a dream scenario for any middle school student (or football lover of any age), Ryan's life becomes more complicated than anyone could have imagined.


El Deafo

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At age four Bell contracted meningitis, leaving her deaf. This graphic-novel memoir relates how she adapted to deafness, others' attitudes toward it, and to a cumbersome assistive device. At the heart of her story is an experience relevant to most children: finding the "True Friend," a falling out, a reunion. 


The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel

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The graphic novel adaptation of "The Red Pyramid" in which brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


I Am Number Four

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10 years ago, nine alien children fled their war-ravaged planet and landed on Earth along with their adult teachers. As they mature, each child develops powers called Legacies, which help them fight the evil Mogadarians. The Nine can only be killed in order—and Number Three was just killed. That leaves Number Four: John Smith.  At least, that’s his latest name, and he and his guardian, Henri, flee to a new town to escape John from suffering the same fate as Number Three.  This is the first in an amazing series.   In 2011, they made an I Am Number Four movie.  Here is a quick commercial:

Free Online References

posted Oct 7, 2015, 9:44 AM by Daniel Spada

Free Online Subscriptions For Suffield Middle School Students 

If you haven't checked them out yet, below are some of the free online resources provided by Suffield Middle School.  Take advantage of these amazing websites, and head to these BEFORE you head to Google!

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

World Book Online
Username: suffield

Grolier Online
Username: suffield

Britannica Online
Username: suffieldms
*currently not working


TrueFlix
eBooks and educational video clips
Username: suffield
*currently not working

DATABASES

ICONN
Type in barcode number from your public library card

Discoverer and SIRS
Periodical databases
Username: SUFFIELD (all capital letters)
*Discoverer currently not working

Discovery Education
Database of educational video clips
Username: suffield.student

World Almanac
Database of facts and statistics
Username: suffieldct
*currently not working

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