Clash of the Titles

By: Conner Nowacek

Since when do books fight? Well, now they do! Introducing the Clash of the Titles, a new reading competition.

The Clash of the Titles is a yearly competition in which students make up a team of 3 or 4 participants and the students read the 12 books from the Lone Star Book list. Mrs.Flores said that she has read all of the books herself. Each NEISD Middle School will have a team competing for the Clash of the Titles championship in May (date to-be-announced). If there is more than one team for a school there will be a campus-wide championship to see who will compete for the district title. If students want to participate in the competition they must speak with Mrs. Flores to get a permision form.

Here is a list of the books in the competition:

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Little Blog on the Prarie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
Stuck on Earth by David Klass
Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Count Down by Deborah Wiles
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

For more information please contact Mrs. Flores.

Mrs. Flores studying up for the Clash of the Titles.

Libraries, Books and eBooks…Oh My!

Olivia Sweet (8) reads a eBook in the library.

When was the last time you read a paper book?  eBooks have been occupying the minds of students and teachers nowadays. The library at Garner Middle School is going to soon be adding a new addition beginning in the mid October to their collection of books. An eBook is an app that can access books onto a computer or iPad or any electronic item. The eBook will automatically appear on the screen and then you can begin choosing the books you want to read.

Ansen Hultgren (7) defends regular books by saying, “I would read a regular book over an eBook any day! I always seem to get too sidetracked when I try to read an eBook and it makes me get a headache from looking at the computer.” Charley Avery (7) counters the comment by saying, “eBooks are awesome! It’s so much easier to choose books and to pick new ones.”

Which way do you prefer to read? A recent poll states that, 60% of students and teachers would read a eBook over a regular book while the other 30% would prefer to read regular book instead. Ms.Flores, our librarian, came up with the fabulous idea of the eBooks coming into the library and Garner students and staff can hardly wait till we are able to use them. They will be able to access eBooks on all the computers in the library or you can even bring your own electronic item. If you have any questions about how to use or get a eBook you can ask Ms. Flores, our librarian, or a library aid. Whether you’re a well known bookworm or a textaholic, an eBook or a regular book would be fantastic for either one of you, no matter how you read or where you read. Reading is very important, and you will most definitely benefit from it in the long run.

By: Julia Ortiz