Category Archives: Silly Holidays

No-Entirely-New Book Wednesday

This book has been hanging around the library for about a year now and I’ve talked about it before. But it is an obvious choice to talk about this week.


Navigating Early is set around the end of WWII. Jack’s mother has just died, and his military father has moved him from Kansas to a boarding school in Maine. While there, Jack meets one of the school’s quirkier students, Early Auden. When Jack and Early are left on campus during a school break, they take off on an adventure.

So, why is this book relevant to this week? Part of the story hinges on the idea that there are mathematicians who believe Pi is not infinite. Remember, this book is set before computers were everywhere and could do everything. There is one mathematician who noticed one number seemed to stop repeating and he took this as a sign that Pi would end. This is particularly distressing for Early who has created a story around the number Pi about a young man named Pi who was sent on a journey and must find his way home. Early’s story is closely related to that of his brother Fisher who was killed in WWII, although Early steadfastly believes his brother is still alive.

This is a fantastic book – a Printz honor book from 2014. It’s got adventure, pirates, fabled bears, and math. What more could you want from a story?


Classic Book Friday – Peter and the Starcatchers

Arrrgh! Shiver me timbers, it’s that time of year again: Talk Like a Pirate Day!


This year’s pirate themed book is Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Essentially, it’s the prequel to Peter Pan. Peter, his friend Molly, and a group of boys known as “The Lost Boys” battle pirates to save the world from evil and protect “the greatest treasure on earth.”

Spring Break Reading Suggestions – Pi Edition

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Friday is Pi Day! The day loved by math geeks and baked goods aficionados alike! How better to add to the celebration than with some books that celebrate pi?
First up…I mentioned this one last week: John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. Colin has been dumped by 19 girls named Katherine. So, as a math geek, he wants to figure out how to create a formula to understand relationships and predict from the outset who is going to dump whom. Might not sound like pi is involved, but there is a place in the book where Colin explains the sentence he uses a a mnemonic to remember pi to about 99 places. Could help you take the title from Matt K! (And just to add, this was a Printz Honor book in 2007.)

The second book is Clare Vanderpool’s Navigating Early, a Printz Honor book this year. I’m not very far into it, so I can’t tell you much more than this: it’s post WWII and Jack’s mother has just died. Now Jack has been sent from Kansas to a boarding school in Maine so he can be closer to his military father. Eventually he will meet a kid named Early. And Early has a fascination with pi. I’m just on chapter two, but already they’re setting the ground for pi being integral to the story, “What is the holy grail of mathematics? Something that is so mysterious as to be considered by many almost miraculous. Something woven throughout the world of mathematics. A number that is nothing less than never-ending. Eternal” (p.16).

It’s iPod Day

-Courtesy of Katie, as part of the 7th grade’s research into “silly holidays.”

Twelve years ago today, October 23 , 2001, the first iPod came out. This was the first digital portable music player and it held 5 or 10 gigabytes.Then it cost 400 dollars, I think that’s a little bit pricey and luckily they’ve lowered the price for the new iPods.

Now if you like Apple, Steve Jobs and his devices like the iPod, iPad, and Mac then i suggest that you should read this book Steve Jobs; The Man Who Thought Different. It is very interesting and a very good biography. If you seem interested then I hope you will check this book out from the library.
steve jobs

From Mrs. G: This would also be an excellent choice for Mrs. Selinsky’s non-fiction independent reading!!