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Battle of the Books has grown! Now along with the regular question-answer competition there are 3 new ways to participate; a book jacket redesign, creation of a book trailer in video format, and a skit, monologue or musical performance. Mrs. Hutchings is our faculty sponsor and you may read more about the competition in her blog. (You can find a link on the library webpage or through the OMMS website under the faculty tab -Hutchings/ELA blog - link on the right menu.)

These are the books that have been selected for this year.


One of the things I love about summer is that I have more time to read. Scythe, by Neal Shusterman, is one of my favorites from this summer. It is the first installment of a new series by the same author of the Unwind series.

"In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't."

The Lie Tree is one of the more unusual books I have ever read. It is a historical fiction mystery with a strange element of fantasy.

"On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth."


I actually listed to Etiquette and Espionage on audiobook. If you love British accents and British humor you would really enjoy listening to this book series, which we have available in our Overdrive collection. (Use your "s" number as your library card number to access the collection and download the books.) There are four highly entertaining books in the series.

"In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage."