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Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are being challenged to read, collectively, sixty books before Memorial Day. The Middle School Book Challenge, launched in language arts classes by Middle School Language Arts Instructor Amanda Wiederhold, is an effort to encourage reading for pleasure outside of class, and to get students talking with each other about what they are reading.

During the challenge, students will write and illustrate reviews and host a book talk, in which they will read cliff-hanging passages from their current reading choice. The number of books read will be tracked by the “stack” of books on a soon-to-be-determined wall near the middle school classrooms. If the stack reaches sixty books before Memorial Day, the middle school will celebrate with a party. If each class meets its own goal, that class will have no language arts homework during the last three weeks of school. Students have been busy swapping book titles, reading classmates’ book reviews, and perusing recommended book lists.

If you have any books at home that you have been thinking about donating, are in good condition, and are appropriate for the middle school reader, now is the perfect time to donate those books!  

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