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January 13, 2016 - Purple Tortoises from GCMS Capture 2nd Place!

After af very exciting tie-breaker, the GCMS team finished one point behind Greenville!  Team members are:

Abby Aument, Elizabeth Buchan, Lexie Cavolo, Kiana Fleeger, Patience Herold, Mara Hessler, Sydney Hines, Lauren Holmes, Cyndal Murray, Brent Strange, Lena Valenza, and Coral Wise.



    Details about the Great Book Race

    This year the Great Book Race will not be held until January 13, 2016!

    West Middlesex Jr./Sr. High School, hosts of the GBR, have announced that the Great Book Race will be held Jan.13, 2016 (with Jan. 20 reserved for a make-up date).

    Tentative times: GC students will leave right after school, the contest usually starts at 5:00 p.m. The contest is held at West Middlesex Jr./Sr. High School.  Our bus will return to GCMS about 9 p.m. You will have an opportunity to purchase pizza, salads, subs, and so on there for dinner.

    There is no cost to participate.  However, we usually come up with a Team T-Shirt and if you want to have one, you will need to pay for that yourself (usually about $10).



    Would you like to know more?

    Great Book Race, Junior Division, is open to any 7th or 8th grader.  Listen for announcements in the fall, and come to a meeting.  Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting or two in order to decide if you want to participate. 

    If you have any questions, see Mrs. Scott or Mrs. Walter, Mr.Lettie, or Mrs. Waugaman!

    If you know you want to participate.... START READING.  Most of the books are already in the Middle School LMC, the others will be purchased soon. And, many are available at the GC Community Library.

    Great Book Race 2014

    For many years now, our students have had the opportunity to participate in The Great Book Race (an annual reading competition for students in grades 7 - 12 in Mercer County).  This is completely voluntary, and we are limited by the host school to 2 or 3 teams of 12 students each.  Reading teachers help promote the contest as a fun way to get together with other book lovers in a one night friendly competition.  Mrs. Walter, Mrs. Waugaman, Mr. Lettie and I chaperoned this year - taking our two teams to West Middlesex High School in November.  The students really enjoy the contest (one team placed 4th and one placed 5th) and get involved with the team organization, practice sessions and so on that are held during the fall.  Click on the LibGuide below to see a list of the books!


    GCMS Teams 2013

    In December 2013, our GCMS Team: "The Lily Pad" took 3rd place with an overall score of 68.  And, "The Moose Herd" and "The Hawke's Nest" teams each scored 66 - which tied for 4th place.  Keep in mind the winning team scored 76.  So, we were really close!

    In 2012, the GCMS Team won first place in the Junior Division. 


    2012 Great Book Race Team!


    These are the books on the JH List for 2015!

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    The Boundless - Kenneth Oppel; Jim Tierney (Illustrator)
    Call Number: FIC OPP
    ISBN: 144247288X
    Publication Date: 2014-04-22
    Aboard "The Boundless, " the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.

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    The Distance Between Lost and Found - Kathryn Holmes
    ISBN: 9780062317261
    Publication Date: 2015-02-17
    Sophomore Hallie Calhoun has just endured the most excruciating six months of her life. Once the rumors about her and the preacher's son, Luke, made their way around school, her friends abandoned her, and Hallie has completely withdrawn. Now, on a hike in the Smoky Mountains with the same people who have relentlessly taunted her, Hallie is pushed to her limit.

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    An Elephant in the Garden - Michael Morpurgo
    Call Number: FIC MOR
    ISBN: 1250034140
    Publication Date: 2013-10-08
    Elizabeth's mother works at Dresden Zoo, where her favorite animal is Marlene the elephant, so when the director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother hides Marlene in their back garden. Based on a true story from World War II.

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    Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy - Susan Vaught; Jennifer Black Reinhardt (Illustrator)
    Call Number: FIC VAU
    ISBN: 9781481422765
    Publication Date: 2015-03-03
    Eleven-year-old Footer and her friends investigate when a nearby farm is burned, the farmer murdered, and his children disappear, but as they follow the clues, Footer starts having flashbacks and wonders if she is going crazy like her mother, who is back in a mental institution near their Mississippi home.

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    The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine
    Call Number: FIC LEV
    ISBN: 0142424358
    Publication Date: 2013-01-10
    In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

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    The Night Gardener - Jonathan Auxier
    Call Number: FIC AUX
    ISBN: 141971144X
    Publication Date: 2014-05-20
    Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

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    Paperboy - Vince Vawter
    Call Number: FIC VAW
    ISBN: 0385742444
    Publication Date: 2013-05-14
    When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.

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    The President Has Been Shot! - James L. Swanson
    Call Number: 973.922 SWA
    ISBN: 0545490073
    Publication Date: 2013-09-24
    Looks at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and related events, including his funeral and the apprehension of his killer.

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    Skink - No Surrender - Carl Hiaasen
    Call Number: FIC HIA
    ISBN: 9780375970511
    Publication Date: 2014-09-23
    When your cousin goes missing under suspicious circumstances, who do you call? There’s only one man for the job: a half-crazed, half-feral, one-eyed ex-governor named Skink. Skink joins 14-year-old Richard on a breakneck chase across Florida, undaunted by lightning storms, poisonous snakes, flying bullets, and giant gators.

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    The Summer I Saved the World ... in 65 Days - Michele Weber Hurwitz
    ISBN: 9780385371094
    Publication Date: 2015-04-14
    This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she'll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets.

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    Trash - Andy Mulligan
    ISBN: 9780385752169
    Publication Date: 2011-10-11
    In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.
    One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers.

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    Wake up Missing - Kate Messner
    Call Number: FIC MES
    ISBN: 0802723144
    Publication Date: 2013-09-10
    After a concussion that effects her balance, memory, and other abilities, twelve-year-old Kat goes to I-Can, the "Miracle Clinic in the Swamp, " where she joins forces with other patients to expose plot that endangers them all.


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