A faculty member has donated 6 new books to the DMK library from SE-YA Book Fest along with some of author Brooks Benjamin's book recommendations:
- Ghost by Jason Reynolds - Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.
- Strong Inside: The True Story of how Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line by Andrew Maraniss - the true story of the first African American to play major college basketball in the Deep South - a powerful and often overlooked moment in black history
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (soon to be a movie) - Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.
- The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner - Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing...in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom.
- Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban - Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.
- Wanted: Dead or in Love by Kyn Brunner - Teens Monroe and Jack are possessed by the spirits of the outlaw lovers, Bonnie and Clyde.
On Friday, March 17, Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights, gave a presentation and signed books at DMK. For a few weeks leading up to his visit, the middle school students have been reading his book during RTI in literature circles, so they were excited to meet him. Brooks was very entertaining, made everyone laugh, and gave several book recommendations and writing advice. It was a successful author visit!
Selected students went on a field trip with Mrs. Abed and Mrs. Phillips to the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival at MTSU on Friday, March 10 where they had the opportunity to listen to panels of authors discuss their books, ask questions, and personally meet the authors to get their books signed. It was a fun day! Four new books have been added to the DMK library from SE-YA Book Fest.
Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated, Astray, and Smash & Grab, visited DMK on Thursday, March 9 to give a presentation and to sign books for students. It was a great success! Several students are now reading Gated.
Hannah represented Daniel McKee Alternative School at Poetry Out Loud this year on Saturday, March 4. She recited two poems on stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and did a fantastic job! We are so proud of her performances! Two DMK students came to support her as well. Great job, Hannah!