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  • Sad to say, but Onslow County will not be participating in the Battle of the Books competition this year. With the logistics of setting up practices and competition in our hybrid schedule, it was decided that BoB would be put on hold for a year.

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  • What is Ms. Light Reading Now?

    Posted by Melissa Light on 12/17/2020

    So I just finished When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed.

    I was excited to read this graphic novel because the setting is Kenya and I lived there for 2 years while volunteering with the US Peace Corps. This story focuses on a refugee camp. Our main characters are refuges from Somalia. This is Omar's story and it describes the years he spent in a refugee camp.

    While I never went to a refugee camp during my time with the Peace Corps, I was not unaware of what these camps were like. I also had met several Somalis who talked about their lives in Somalia. I was curious as to how Jamieson (author of Roller girl, which is a great story) would breathe a graphic life into this story. I connected with many of the references made throughout the story. As a teacher there, I could relate to the school situation. I knew many schools were overcrowded to where there were not enough seats for students. I undersand how a student could get into secondary school but may not be able to attend for lack of funds and uniforms. 

    As I said before, this is Omar's story but Jamieson created other characters to to represent the people of the camp and help flesh out this world. Ones, that I am sad to see where not real because I wanted to know what happened to them. Luckily we are able to know what happened to Omar and his brother Hassan.

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  • Kwame Alert!

    Posted by Melissa Light on 10/12/2020

    Anyone who pays attention, knows that I am a fan of Kwame Alexander. I love his books and he is such a huge supporter of ELA teachers and librarians - well how could you not! 

    So when there is an opportunity to see or hear him speak, I try to take advantage. Last week I watched a chat with Kwame Alexander, Kwame Mbalia and Jerry Craft on Facebook. Kwame A. even read my question for Jerry Craft! I admit it, I fangirled when Kame said my name :)

    The latest reading will be featured on Instagram Live.

    Kwame Alexander reads Becoming Muhammad Ali

    Am I fangirling yet?

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