End-of-year PARTY May 23, 2018

OCDaniel by Wesley King


Heartbreak Messenger
Now for a little light humor
Now for a little light humor

Our next book will be Steelheart donated by the author Brandon Sanderson
Read more about Brandon here

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First meeting Wednesday October 4, 2017

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2016 - 2017
PARTY -will be the last event of the year
Wednesday May 24

NO Book Club until May 24th (due to SAGE testing)

APRIL 19, 2017

LUNCH A winner - Amy Hammond
LUNCH B winner - Bella Nielsen

Final book of this year

Theodore Boone "Kid Lawyer"

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FBI crime investigations
Solve a crime

by Gary Paulsen
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2/15 - today we used our skills (as Brian used his in the wilderness) during Book Club to build towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows.


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Lunch group "A" reached a height of 31" and group "B" made it to 44"

Sleeping Freshmen never lie
by David Lubar

Suggestions from book club members to a new student at OHMS; Smile - Follow large people in the halls if possible (they clear a path) - Don't wait until the last minute to do your homework. - Don't be afraid to talk - Always have a book - Avoid walking down the 100 hall (it's chaos) - Try to keep your grades up (its worth it) - Make friends - Use your planner - Use your locker - Don't procrastinate - Stay organized - Check grades - Ask questions - Be prepared - Take notes and pay attention - Read a lot -

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Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
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"The Scream" by Edvard Munch
"The Scream" by Edvard Munch


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Some facts about Lithuania
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discovered by club members

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At a recent event in Sweden, a student asked if my novel, Between Shades of Gray, was primarily a search for history. I explained that it was not only a search for history, but also a search for story.
For years I recounted what I thought was my family’s story. Then in 2005, while visiting relatives in Lithuania, I discovered I only knew part of the story, the happy part. I didn’t know that following my grandfather’s departure from Lithuania, members of his extended family were deported to Siberia. Stalin’s deportations to Siberia had affected countless families in the countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, yet much of the world knew nothing of it.
During that visit to Lithuania I was inspired to write a book.
One girl.
Her dream of freedom.
A voice to speak for those who would never have a chance to tell their story.
As I was writing Between Shades of Gray I felt deeply connected to my grandfather’s love of Lithuania. I longed to have a conversation with him about his experience and about our relatives who had been deported to Siberia.
Between Shades of Gray was released and I embarked on book tours worldwide. I met countless people whose families had been affected by Stalin’s terror or whose loved ones had perished in Siberia. Many people inquired about my family’s personal Siberian story, but I didn’t have any concrete details to share.
Then last April I was invited to the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago to attend “Hope & Spirit,” an exhibition dedicated to the millions of victims of Soviet atrocities. A portion of the program, “Letters From Siberia,” displayed hundreds of letters and photographs that had made their way from Lithuanians exiled in Siberia. Every letter, every photograph, contained a story. The exhibit was emotional, passionate, and gave attendees a rare glimpse into this little known piece of history. But walking through the aisles I felt the aching reminder that one story was still missing — my own family’s story.
Two months later I received a phone call from Dr. Audrius Plioplys, the creator and curator of “Hope & Spirit.” He explained that in 1977, a Lithuanian priest in Chicago placed an advertisement in a newspaper, requesting letters and photographs from Siberia. The priest was publishing a book to create an awareness of the deportations. The curator further explained that his colleague, Kristina Lapienyte, had been sorting through some of the priest’s belongings at the Lithuanian Research and Studies Center in Chicago. She saw the name “Sepetys” on a folder along with the words NOT FOR PUBLICATION. Ms. Lapienyte recognized the name from Between Shades of Gray and pulled the folder to examine it.
Dr. Plioplys then delivered the unimaginable. He told me that inside the folder were six photographs and nine letters about my family in Siberia. The folder also contained a personal letter from my grandfather.
In his letter, my grandfather requested that the material in the folder not be published at that time. He feared that publication would result in negative consequences for his family still in Soviet Lithuania. Instead, he asked that the material be held for the future, for someone who might be interested in documenting the history of Lithuanians in Siberia.
My grandfather wrote the letter and sent the materials to the priest in 1977. At that time I was a tiny girl with yellow pigtails, skipping around his legs, haggling for an ice cream. We would never speak of his escape from the Soviets, the loss of his homeland, or his family members who were deported to Siberia. Instead, he sent the information off to Chicago where it would sit in a dark basement for over thirty years, waiting for someone who was interested in the story. What are the chances that “someone” would be me and I would dedicate the book to him?
People often ask why I bother with historical fiction. Why not write commercial fiction? Through historical fiction we find hidden histories and hidden heroes. We find stories that help us evaluate past tragedies and create hope for a more just future. And sometimes, like this time, we find the most important story. Our own.
HOPE & SPIRIT was an extensive program of exhibits, film screenings, book signings, lectures and displays of original historical materials that took place at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago. This exhibit continues to be available for viewing on the HOPE & SPIRIT website. Dr. Audrius Plioplys is fielding requests for the program to travel to other cities and countries. DVDs and CDs of the program are available for purchase. For inquiries about Hope & Spirit contact Dr. Audrius Plioplys, email: plioplysav@gmail.com

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April 6, 2016 Jennifer A. Neilsen

2015 - 2016

End of Year PARTY May 26th !!

Broc Stowe presenting to Lunch A teacher panel

Jesse presents to Lunch B panel
Lunch B group

Thea dressed for the presentation
Jon read from his book
Kyra made a poster to demonstrate her book


Listening to Jennifer A. Neilsen

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen will be our last book this year

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Tour ancient Rome
"Click" on the virtual tour of ancient Rome and see the places being talked about in Mark of the Thief.
explore the other sites

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
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2/25 As teams we made code and messages that were intercepted by other teams who then tried to decipher them.


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Common Sense Media Review
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WASP on the Web
Air Transport Auxiliary
Night Witches
Natzweiler-Strathof prison camp
Robert Burns 1759 - 1796
'Auld Lang Syna'
Poison by Bridget Zinn

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Entwined by Heather Dixon
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Test your sister knowledge
Part 2

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second book of the year
see how its done

Lunch B October 29,2015

First meeting will be Thursday Oct. 8
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All The Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Lunch A October 29, 2015

try this for fun

2014 - 2015

January 8, 2015
Looked at other ways that dogs provide service through OHMS non-fiction books.
Marine mascot
10 ways animals have served in the military