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Jul 17

New Junior Books by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 17, 2020 at 1:34 PM by Genesis Gaule

Are your kids stuck at home with nothing to do? Or perhaps they have already read through their supply of books and don’t know where to go next? Check out some of these new additions to our junior collection and your kids will find their next great read! All of these books are accessible through our Front Door Pick Up.

City Spies by James Ponti

Fans of stories like Stuart Gibbs’s Spy School series will love the story of Sara Martinez, a hacker. She recently exposed her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers, but then found herself in juvenile detention and banned from computers instead of being hailed as a hero. Until a British spy frees Sara and offers her a home in a secret M16 agency.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Fans of mysteries like One of Us is Lying will also love this thriller. Six students with nothing in common go to a scholarship dinner, only to find themselves locked inside with a bomb and a syringe of poison with the note to pick someone to kill…or else everyone dies.

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Want some magic mixed with reality? Long ago the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice by the Snow Queen, leaving its former citizens and crown prince stuck in another world devoid of magic…Arizona.

Xander and the Rainbow Barfing Unicorns: Who Turned Off the Colors? by Matthew Manning

This is an epic story your kids are sure to love! The Rainbow-Barfing Unicorn virus hasn’t affected humans...until now. The virus gives unicorns their rainbow barfing abilities, but it has the opposite effect on humans and is draining them of any color!

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

In the mood for a lush new fantasy? Enter the life of Nirrim who lives in a world where the society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. But then a stranger comes and tempts her with magic, requiring Nirrim to place all her trust, and her life, in the stranger’s hands.

Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger

Love a good graphic novel? Follow the adventure of Stag-B and Rhino-B, two young beetles who explore the world of Bug Village and their own—sometimes confusing and complicated—thoughts and feelings.

Jun 19

Why exactly is reading beneficial to me again? by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM by Genesis Gaule

I’m sure everyone has heard that reading is good for you at some point in your life. It’s common knowledge that reading is not usually every kid’s favorite interest compared to playing video games or spending time with friends. However, especially since you may be finding your family stuck at home with extra free time during this unusual summer, I encourage any parents to encourage your kid(s) to read. But why exactly is reading so beneficial for us? (besides it just being fun)

  1. Expands vocabulary
    I know that the essays of myself and my peers who love to read have included more complex and diverse word choice
  2. Learning new facts
    Reading the Percy Jackson books alone has made me a near expert on Greek mythology.
  3. Teaches rules of grammar
    Which is very important and needed in basic, everyday writing! Also, for those parents with high school students, the English section of the ACT mainly consists of grammar!
  4. Improves standardized test scores
    One of my teachers frequently reminded us that reading for only a half an hour a day will improve your ACT score, and I can speak for this.
  5. Increases creativity
    Because suddenly your child can visit dozens of fantasy worlds or far corners of the world from the comforts of your home
  6. Reduces stress
    Reading for 6 minutes can reduce stress by 60%! It may also reduce stress if you’re a parent because hopefully your child will be occupied for longer, and out of your hair, with reading!

Being a book fanatic myself, I know that the many stories I’ve read have taught me even more than and were not limited to the few benefits I listed above. My favorite part is experiencing the thrill of a new story and the emotions that the writing evokes.

For parents, try adding a half hour of reading right before your kid(s) bedtime (which will hopefully calm them down enough to go to sleep but may inadvertently lead to late night reading of their exciting book). And most of all, have fun with reading!

On average, readers have better physical health, empathy, and mental health. Reading for 6 minutes c