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203 Summer Reads: Every Hero Has A Story  

Last Updated: May 20, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Recommended Reading

In addition to lists you can pick up from your public library, several organizations offer great ideas for what you can read to keep busy over the summer. Notice the tabs above:  Rebecca Caudill, Illinois Reads and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Investigate each page for great ideas of what to read next!


    Family Extension Activities

    Did you enjoy your book?  Get your family involved!  Visit a museum, volunteer, grow your own sunflowers, and more.  Take a look at the family extension activities for some new ideas for summer fun. Simply click on the book program tabs at the top of this page and look for the Family Extension Activities box that appears in the upper right hand corner of each of those pages.


      Make a READ poster!


      Bring a picture of yourself reading a great book and bring it to school this fall.  There will be a summer reading bulletin board!


       Be as creative as you want!


        Public Library Links

        Here are links to all the public libraries patronized by D203 students.  Click on the links below to find out more about your public library's summer reading program.  You'll also be able to check which books are in and/or put them on hold right from the online catalog.  Just have your library card ready!

        Welcome to Summer Reading 2015!


        Heroes are everywhere!  Just pick up a book to find the hero inside.  This year's award lists are a great place to start. 

        This summer challenge yourself to read as many books as possible, and don’t forget to include your family. Follow the steps below to get started!

        1. Click on the tabs at the top of the screen to view the Rebecca Caudill, Illinois Reads, and the ALSC suggested titles.
        2. Book covers and summaries are provided so you can easily find a good read.
        3. Get the whole family involved by doing one or more of the suggested family activities for the books you’ve read.  These can be found in the Family Extension Activities box in the upper right-hand corner of each of the program pages.

        Consider taking a picture of youself with your favorite summer read and submit to the LRC in August to create a summer reading bulletin board.  Be creative!

        Happy Hero Hunting!


          OverDrive: Your Library at Your Fingertips

          The LRCs in our school buildings may not be open for summer, but you still have access to HUNDREDS of books in our collections.  How, you ask?  Through OverDrive, our D203 junior high digital library.  You can access this phenomenal resource from any device with an internet connection and either download a book or better yet, just read it in your browser. 

          Below are links for two options for accessing these eBooks.  You can go directly to our OverDrive library OR you can access it via Atriuum.  The advantage of accessing it from Atriuum is that you're used to searching our OPAC and can find ebooks that are on lists like Rebecca Caudill.  Either way, log in with your ID number and last name, and you'll be good to go.

          If you're already familiar with OverDrive from your public library, simply add "Naperville Community Unit School District 203 - Junior High Schools" to your list of available libraries and it'll be super easy to get results from both places.

          • School Online Catalog Links
            Click "Display" to access your school's Atriuum OPAC to find eBooks in our collection. Search for specific titles or browse lists and look for eBook icons or the Overdrive tab. Or, click the Visual tab and look for the icon to go directly into OverDrive.
          • NCUSD Junior High OverDrive Library
            Use this link to get directly into OverDrive. Be sure to choose your school before trying to login. Your user/pin is the same as for Atriuum: ID# and lower case last name.

          Read a good book? Review it in Atriuum!

          Everyone loves a hero!  Inspired to the point of sharing?  Tell others what you think about the books you read this summer by writing a review in Atriuum, your school library's circulation system.  All you have to do is go to your school's online catalog, log in with your barcode number as your login and last name as password, and look up the title you read. Click on the title link to open the details screen and look for the "Write a Review" button, and you're good to go!  You'll be leaving your mark on your library's collection and helping your classmates find good books to read.  Plus, your librarian and future LA teacher will know you're a serious reader.  It's a win-win for everyone.  

          See below for links to the D203 online catalogs and for more a more detailed explanation of how to submit a review.


          Animal Heroes

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          Super Sniffers - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
          ISBN: 9780802736185
          With a sense of smell forty times greater than a human’s, working dogs can be trained to sniff out bombs, root out tiny bedbugs, and even notice the smallest trace of cancer!

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          Stubby the War Dog - Ann Bausum
          ISBN: 9781426314872
          The story of the friendship between Robert Conroy, an American soldier, and the stray dog who adopted him. Stubby detected enemy soldiers and impending gas attacks—he could even salute!


          Everyday Heroes

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          Fighting Fire! - Michael L. Cooper
          ISBN: 9780805097146
          Find out how fire fighters battled ten of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States, including the Witch Creek Fire in San Diego County, California, the Great Chicago Fire, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York, and more.


          Super Heroes

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          The Shadow Hero - Gene Luen Yang; Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
          ISBN: 9781596436978
          Collects new stories of the Green Turtle, a masked hero in the 1940s whose alter-ego is Chinese-American


          Historical Heroes

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          A Soldier's Secret - Marissa Moss
          ISBN: 9781419704277
          Nineteen-year-old Sarah masquerades as a man during the Civil War, serving as a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, escaping from the Confederates, and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers. Based on the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds.

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          Pure Grit - Mary Cronk Farrell
          ISBN: 9781419710285
          Chronicles the experiences of American nurses who served in the Philippines during World War II.


          Real Life Heroes

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          I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
          ISBN: 9780316327930
          When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.


          Sports Heroes

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          Football Hero - Tim Green
          ISBN: 9780061122750
          When twelve-year-old Ty's brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the mafia.


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