The Lifters – By Dave Eggers

The youth services librarian from the public library made another classroom visit and brought us a new book titled The Lifters by Dave Eggers. We just finished the novel and the class thoroughly enjoyed the story. In class, whenever I stopped reading the students would ask me to read another chapter.

When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.

When Gran’s friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town–and the known world–out of danger.

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Mason Bees

On Friday we had a visit from a retired beekeeper. He taught the class all about Mason bees which are hard working pollinators. Mason bees are gentle, solitary and they are not destructive insects. Six Mason bees can pollinate one fruit tree compared to 10,000 honey bees. Mason bees partition and seal their nesting chamber with mud. They forage in a limited range of about 100 metres. Only the female stings when she faces serious danger and her sting is similar to a mosquito bite. People of all ages are safe around these super pollinators.

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Best Books Of 2015

On Friday we had a visit from the children’s librarian at the public library. She told us all about the best grade 2 and 3 books for 2015. The books are listed below, click on a link to learn more about each title.









Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo

The Notebook of Doom # 8: Charge of the Lightning Bugs by Troy Cummings

The Ghastly McNastys: Raiders of the Lost Shark by Lyn Gardner

Digby O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery by Shirley Hughes

Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Book # 1: A New Friend by Poppy Green

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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