All Saints Catholic School | Manassas, Virginia All Saints Catholic School, 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:10:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘Les Mis’ on Key with Message of Mercy Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:09:38 +0000 Review by Katie Scott, The Catholic Herald
The orchestral music will swell; intricate costumes will paint poverty, riches and revolutionaries; and the heart-wrenching solos will soar.

One would expect no less from “Les Misérables,” the sweeping, sung-through musical set in 19th-century France and based on the novel by French poet, novelist and dramatist Victor Hugo. But this eight-time Tony Award-winning musical will not be on a Paris or London stage or under Broadway lights. For only the second time ever, “Les Mis” will be performed by an amateur theater company in Virginia. The upcoming production will include a 20-person orchestra; 40 cast members and more than 400 costumes; 35 wireless mics; and a beloved priest, Father Robert C. Cilinski, playing the bishop. …. READ MORE

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The Sentinel – June 18, 2014 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:30:13 +0000 Message from the Principal

On Friday afternoon, families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2014 to celebrate their successful completion of our program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

While the ceremony represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families participating in their final All Saints graduation after many years in our community.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for more than ten years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Davey Family (12 Years)

Seigel Family (12 Years)

Michak Family (15 Years)

Marsengill Family (17 Years)


As the school year draws to a close and we bid a sad farewell to Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb, I am reminded of the abundant blessings that our school has experienced in recent years and what a special time this has been.  From being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2009 to the selection of our librarian, Mrs. Coyle, as an NCEA Distinguished Teacher of the Year, we have had many reasons to celebrate and our program has grown from strength to strength.  It has been a remarkable time in the life of our school and parish, one that inspires both thankfulness and an abiding sense of hope as we look to the future and entrust our cares and plans to God.

Already the new robotics program is underway and we are enhancing our commitment to technology as we upgrade our infrastructure this summer, enabling us to take the first step in exploring how mobile technologies might impact learning.  Indeed, the future of learning looks bright and full of yet unknown possibilities for our students!

In the end, however, it is not the technology, the facilities or even the learning that makes our school distinct.  Rather, it is our mission to create a faith-filled, caring community that sets us apart.  All Saints is a Christ-centered environment anchored in the very best traditions of our Catholic faith, characterized by a vibrant and joyful spirit.  It is, in fact, a small community of faith where students learn and grow each day, united in their shared belief and guided by the Holy Spirit.  What a tremendous gift it is to share in this experience of Catholic education and for us to walk the halls of this sacred space, our Catholic school.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for choosing All Saints!  Your children are your most precious gift and we are grateful that you entrust them to our care.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday!  See you in August!

PTO Ballot: 

Please cast your vote for the Vice-President position on the PTO Executive Board for 2014-2015 school year.  Thank-you for taking the time.  Click the attached link to connect to Survey Monkey and cast your vote today!

Business Sponsors Needed

The annual Casino & Auction will take place November 15, 2014 at the Parish Activity Center. The 2013 event was attended by over 200 guests and raised nearly $10,000 for the support of the school. Business sponsorships are vital in the success of this event.  Sponsorships range from $500 to $5000.  Sponsorship will include your business name on the website, program, church bulletin and multiple other marketing materials.  If interested, please contact Carol Rice at or 703-380-5990.

Uniform Exchange Drop-off

If you have gently used uniforms you would like to contribute to the PTO Uniform exchange, you are welcome to leave your items in a bag labeled with your family’s name in the school office.  Credit towards a future Uniform Exchange item will be issued.  The school office will be open through the end of June for donation drop-off.

Important Reminders

Summer Learning Program

Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2014.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K           Learning Packets: Designed by the Pre-K team, these packets will be distributed to parents.

Grade 1-2        Summer Book: This is a wonderful series that has been used in the primary grades in recent years.  It includes diverse activities that target a variety of areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, and religion.

The Summer Book will be due on Friday of the first week of school and credit will be given to all students who complete the work.

Ordering Information: Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

(Note: Order the Summer Book for the grade level that your child will begin in September.  For example, students in Kindergarten this year should complete the Summer Book for rising 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5       Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

Teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired during this past school year.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.

Grades 6-8       Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book chosen.  Additionally, teachers will provide Math Packets that focus on skill areas that they have specifically identified for practice and reinforcement.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team and a detailed overview of assignments are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.  A copy of the recommended reading list will be posted on our school website as well.)

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2014-2015

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2014:

The State of Virginia requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

  1. An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014.
  2. Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.
  3. For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/14, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website:

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two per prescription dosage recommendations.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2014:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 25th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

Flynn & O’Hara to Host Exclusive Event for All Saints

School families are invited to attend a special event hosted by Flynn & O’Hara on July 31st from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  In order to provide you with a boutique shopping experience and to offer the highest quality service, the store will be open exclusively to members of our community who may also request a specific appointment time.


School Supplies Program

Please order by returning this form along with your payment by June 23, 2014.

Make Checks Payable to:         ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL



Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to, sales tax will be added at checkout

2.  Enter your School ID, ALL088

3.  Be sure to select the correct supply package for the grade level that your child will be entering in  

     the fall.  

4.  Follow the directions to complete your order

5.  Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

The School Supply packages do not include special items such as seat sacks, back backs, party favors, or special pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes (Grades 2- 6), pillow case (Pre-K), and black sock (Grade 4).

Consult the School Supply list for special Items required by each grade.  Seat Sacks are ordered by the school for an additional charge.

School supplies will be available in the child’s classroom.  For questions, please

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 22nd.

¨       8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd


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Les Miserables Tickets Now on Sale! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:53:52 +0000 Les Miserables Poster - Upper Room Theatre Ministry - July 15-20, 2014

The Broadway Sensation
Les Miserables
July 15 – 20, 2014
Adults $18, Youth $9, Producers Pass $50

An all-star cast featuring Fr. Bob Cilinski as the Bishop along with great area talent… the Stage uniquely sets into the audience for an intimate version of this epic musical… Professional costuming, lighting & sound design raise the production value while still maintaining family-friendly pricing.

All proceeds  support Teen Mission and Retreat programs. ”Les Mis” will be in the one year new Performing Arts Facility on the All Saints campus at 9300 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA.

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Thank You 2014 Golf Sponsors Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:35:52 +0000 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

Thank you to all of our sponsors and golfers who supported our 2014 All Saints  Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA.

All proceeds from this event will benefit youth centered programs at All Saints Catholic School and All Saints Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs.

Thank you to the following companies and individuals for their support of this event:

2014 Golf Sponsors

2014 Title Sponsors
The Anderson Company / B&B Signal Company / Utilities Unlimited, LLC
Knights of Columbus – George Brent Council #5332

Saint Sponsors
All Saints Catholic Church
Whitener & Jackson

Archangel Sponsors
Renaissance Montessori School
Dunnegan Orthodontics

Specialty Sponsors
Baker-Post Funeral Home – Blackjack Sponsor
Tony’s New York Pizza – Dinner Sponsor
Dominion Eye Care – Beverage Cart Sponsor
Manus Dei, Inc. – Putting Contest
Flynn & O’Hara – Longest Drive
Miller Toyota Scion – Lunch Sponsor
Pierce Funeral Home – Closest to the Pastor
United Bank – Hole-in-One Contest

Hole Sponsors
Aire-Master of Northern Virginia
Battlefield Auto Service Center
Bounce Mania
Captain Pells’ Fairfax Crab House
City Tavern
Corrigan Nationwide Insurance
John C. Grimberg Company
Michael R. Ward
Meridian Imaging Solutions
Mosby Square Title Agency, Inc.
Old Towne Sports Pub
Splendid Portraits
The Bigger The Better Canine Camp
The Swede Team

Business Card Sponsors
AXA Advisors, LLC – Zachary Pavlosky
Lynn O’Neill – Crossroads, Realtors
Meridian Imaging Solutions
Potocnak Design & Marketing

Prize Donors
Best Western
City Tavern
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Evergreen Country Club
Katerina’s Greek Cuisine
Massages for Healing
One Hour Lesson with Erika Larkin – PGA Pro
PR Partners
Siam Thai Restaurant
Stonewall Golf Club
Thai Peppers
The Bigger The Better Canine Camp
The Winery at LaGrange
Vint Hill Craft Winery

Two night stay Certificate for Omni Shoreham Resort Hotel D.C.

Goodie Bags
Aire-Master of Northern Virginia
Inisfail, Inc. – Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade (
Mid-Atlantic Acquisitions and I-95 Business Parks Management

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Final Call for Annual Fund Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:00:50 +0000 Update: We are now just under $10,000 in funds received for the Annual Fund. Help push us over this mark!

For over 50 years, All Saints Catholic School has been making a difference in the lives of students by inspiring spiritual growth, intellectual challenge, compassion for others, and service to the community. As we finalize our 2013-14 Annual Fund campaign, we ask you to reflect on the difference that Catholic education has made in your life and support our school through:

  • Gifts of prayer
  • Gifts of involvement
  • Gifts of financial participation

Your valued support and involvement has helped make All Saints a nationally recognized school making a positive difference in the lives of children every day. But there is more to be done.

Our 2013-14 Annual Fund Campaign
We hope you will choose to participate in this year’s Annual Fund campaign by sharing your gifts of prayer, involvement and financial participation. Your gift – no matter the size – will help provide for the needs of our students both now and into the future.

Funds from this year’s campaign will be directed toward:

  • Tuition assistance
  • School-wide wireless Internet access 
  • Science and math equipment

Remember, your gift increases our ability to meet more needs and embrace new opportunities for our students at All Saints.

Find out more about our 2013-2014 Annual Fund

Donate Online

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Our Newest Graduates Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:12:41 +0000 Congratulations to our 8th graders on their graduation. We wish them many blessings and continued success as they move on to high school!

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“Pass It On” Ceremony Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:53:28 +0000 Our 8th grade students prepare to pass their leadership role to the 7th grade during our “Pass It On” ceremony, a beloved All Saints tradition.

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Aloha Kindergarten Students Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:08:28 +0000 Kindergarten students enjoy a tropical luau in the courtyard the day before their graduation.

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Our 2013-14 Virtues Program Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:28:36 +0000 Thank you to Mrs. Tuttle for creating this beautiful look back at our 2013-2014 Virtue Program including photos of all of this year’s award recipients. Established over a decade ago at All Saints, the purpose of the Virtues Program is to instill in each child a desire to practice virtues both at home and at school.

Although specific, structured lessons are presented on a regular basis, the core of the program is the recognition of the many “teachable moments” that arise each day. The goal is to make the practice of Catholic virtues not just another subject, but a way of life for each student.

2013-14 Virtue Program Award Recipients

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Middle School Summer Reading List Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:51:57 +0000
  • The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    It’s elementary—there’s no more intriguing detective than Sherlock Holmes, with his unequalled powers of deduction, and no better mysteries than the tricky ones that only he can solve. Here are some of the finest Holmes stories, recounted by his trusty friend and assistant, Dr. Watson.
  • The Ascendance Trilogy By: Jennifer Nielsen
    Book One:  The False Prince
    Book Two:  Runaway King
    Book Three: The Shadow Throne
    In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince.
  • Banner in the Sky By: James Ramsey Ullman
    Sixteen-year-old Rudi dreams of being the first to climb the highest mountain in Switzerland.
  • The Boundless By: Kenneth Oppel
    Aboard the Boundless in 1937, 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.
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible…on Schindler’s list: a memoir By: Leon Leyson
    Leon Leyson describes growing up in Poland, being forced from home to ghetto to concentration camps by the Nazis, and being saved by Oskar Schindler
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose By: Eugene Yulchin
    In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.
  • Breathing Room  By: Marcia Hayles
    Breathing Room takes the reader back to 1940 when tuberculosis often meant a death sentence. Evvy, a young girl, is brought to Loon Lake Sanatorium to be cured. Alone, ill, and far away from family, she eventually befriends other young girls with the same diagnosis.
  • Bridge of Time By: Lewis Buzbee
    Best friends living in contemporary San Francisco find themselves “unstuck,” landing in 1864 with the future Mark Twain as their flamboyant companion in this original time-travel tale.
  • Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure By: David Meissner
    As thousands head north in search of gold, Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce join them, booking passage on a steamship bound for the Klondike goldfields. The journey is life threatening, but the two friends make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet Jack London–all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold!
  • Call of the Wild By: Jack London
    Buck, a dog that has been forced into the harsh life of sled dog, befriends a man seeking his fortune in the Klondike gold fields, and must ultimately decide whether to stay with his master or obey his instinct to join the wolves.
  • Book One: Capture the Flag By: Kate Messner
    Book  Two: Hide and Seek  By: Kate Messner
    When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, Jose, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm.
  • Children of the King By: Sonya Hartnett
    Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with Uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding out in the ruins of a nearby castle, their extraordinary adventures are just beginning.
  • Curiosity By: Gary Blackwood
    Philadelphia, PA, 1835. Rufus, a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player called the Turk. The Turk wows ticket-paying audience members and players, who do not realize that Rufus, the true chess master, is hidden inside the contraption.
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library By: Chris Grabenstein
    Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games–board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative game maker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games.
  • Fever, 1793  By: Lauri Halse Anderson
    Sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.
  • The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue By: Mike Tougias
    On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of a harrowing Coast Guard rescue.
  • Gingersnap By: Patricia Reilly Giff
    When her brother Rob, a Navy cook, goes missing in action during World War II, Jayna, desperate for family, leaves upstate New York and their cranky landlady, accompanied by a turtle and a ghost, to seek their grandmother, who Rob believes may live in Brooklyn. Includes soup recipes.
  • The Great American Dust Bowl By: Dan Brown
    Graphic Novel depicting this historical event.
  • Half a Chance By: Cynthia Lord
    Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.
  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers By: Merrie Haskell
    Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.
  • Hitler’s Secret By: William Osborne
    In June 1941, Otto and Leni, two young refugees from the Nazis living in England, are sent on a secret mission to Bavaria, to extract a young girl attending a summer camp, and who may hold the key to the war.
  • Book One: Jinx By: Sage Blackwood
    Book Two: Jinx’s Magic By: Sage Blackwood
    A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond–and within–the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine.
  • This Journal Belongs to Ratchet By: Nancy Cavanaugh
    Ratchet’s journal-written on lined paper and filled with a medley of lists, poems, stories, essays, and doodles-offers an enticing blend of strong social views, family secrets, and deeply felt emotions.
  • Kizzy Ann Stamps By: Jeri Watts
    In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone at the white school will like her. She writes letters to her new teacher in a clear, insistent voice, stating her troubles and asking questions with startling honesty.
  • Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits By: Michael D. Beil
    In 1937, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.
  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers By: Steve Sheinkin
    A true crime nonfiction thriller — the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body and the beginnings of the Secret Service.
  • Long Walk to Water By: Linda Sue Park
    When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
  • The Mapmakers Trilogy By: S.E. Grove
    Book One: The Glass Sentence
    She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.
    Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartographers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World.  Releases June 12th
  • Navigating Early By: Clare Vanderpool
    At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boy’s boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. They embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear. But what they are searching for is sometimes different from what they find.
  • The Odyssey By: Gillian Cross
    A retelling of Homer’s epic in which Greek hero Odysseus makes his long and treacherous journey home from the Trojan War while his wife and son are forced to scheme to protect his throne.
  • QB 1 By: Mike Lupica
    Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterback and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the sports fan.
  • Red Moon at Sharpsburg By: Rosemary Wells
    Even though the odds are against her and the Civil War has ruined her home and given her a view of the darker side of humanity, thirteen-year-old India Moody continues to aspire to become a scientist and attend Oberlin College.
  • Rump the True Story of Rumplestiltskin
    Retales the story of Rumpelstiltskin’s childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller’s daughter-turned-queen.
  • Salt: A Story of Friendship in the War By: Helen Frost
    Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.
  • Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education By:  Norman H. Finkelstein
    Describes how Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, helped financially support the building of more than 5,300 Southern schools for African American students in a period of twenty years.
  • The Secret Garden By: Frances Hodges Burnett
    First published 1911. Ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
  • Serafina’s Promise By:  Ann Burg
    In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor–then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.
  • Seven Wonders Series By: Peter Lerganis
    Book One: The Colossus Rises
    Book Two: Lost in Babylon
    Book Three: The Tomb of Shadows
    Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis’ power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.
  • The Shakespeare Stealer Series   By: Gary Blackwood
    Book One: Shakespeare’s Stealer
    Book Two: Shakespeare’s Scribe
    Book Three: Shakespeare’s Spy
    Sent by a rival company to nick William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” an orphan called Widge is welcomed warmly by the Globe group and finds himself an actor and writer with them out on the road when the London theaters are closed at the threat of plague.
  • Soldier Dog By: Sam Angus
    After his dad disappears, thirteen-year-old Stanley joins the army during World War I and is assigned to the War Dog School, where he is partnered with a messenger dog named Bones and the two of them are sent to France.
  • Sophia’s War By: Avi
    In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.
  • A Snicker of Magic By: Natalie Lloyd
    The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic–but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.
  • The Sports Beat Series: By John Feinstein
    Book One: Last Shot: The Final Four Mystery
    Book Two: Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open
    Book Three: Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl
    Book Four: Change Up: Mystery at the World Series
    Book Five: The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game
    Teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are granted extraordinary access to the behind-the-scenes action at major sporting events. In the course of pursuing their journalistic duties, they meet a number of real-life celebrities.
  • Swiss Family Robinson By: Johann David Wyss
    First published 1812. Shipwrecked on an isolated island in the early nineteenth century, a Swiss couple and their four sons rely upon their ingenuity and nature’s providence to survive in their “New Switzerland.”
  • Tangle of Knots By: Lisa Graff
    Told in multiple viewpoints, the story is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born.
  • The Trouble Begins At 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West
    By: Sid Fleischman
    “Mark Twain was born fully grown, with a cheap cigar clamped between his teeth.” So begins Sid Fleischman’s ramble-scramble biography of the great American author and wit, who started life in a Missouri village as a barefoot boy named Samuel Clemens. Abandoning a career as a young steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, Sam took a bumpy stagecoach to the Far West. In the gold and silver fields, he expected to get rich quick. Instead, he got poor fast, digging in the wrong places.
  • Vietnam Series By: Chris Lynch
    Book One: I Pledge Allegiance
    Book Two: Sharpshooter
    Book Three: Free Fire-Zone
    Book Four:  Casualties of War
    Book Five: Walking Wounded
    Best friends Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck, having been either drafted or enlisted in the military during the Vietnam War, pledge they will come home together, and Morris, a sailor on the USS “Boston,” relies on that promise to stay strong while his courage and resolve are tested under attack.
  • The Water Castle By: Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Moving into an inherited mansion in Maine with their mother and stroke-afflicted father, three siblings uncover a mystery involving hidden passageways, family rivalries, and healing waters.
  • Wind and the Willows By: Kenneth Grahame
    First published in 1908. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and the escapades of four animal friends–Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger–who live along a river in the English countryside.


    Wizard of Oz By: Frank Baum

    First published in 1900. The story that taught the world “there’s no place like home” in this fairy tale so magical that it seems every child is born knowing it, a tornado transports Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, from the flat prairies of Kansas to the marvelous Land of Oz.


    Wonder  By: R.J. Palacio

    August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. This is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope.


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