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Mrs. Melanie Mathis

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Mrs. Melanie Mathis

Welcome to the Karnes City Junior High Library and Media Center!  I am excited to see all the amazing KCJH students that come to the library.  The Library is open from 7:30 AM-4:00 PM.  Students can come in to check out books, work on classwork, or just have a quiet place to read.  I will share our newest book here on the website.


  • NEW BOOKS IN OUR LIBRARY

  • How We Got to the Moon

    by John Rocco Year Published: 2020

    Everyone knows of Neil Armstrong's famous first steps on the moon. But what did it really take to get us there?

    The Moon landing is one of the most ambitious, thrilling, and dangerous ventures in human history. This exquisitely researched and illustrated book tells the stories of the 400,000 unsung heroes--the engineers, mathematicians, seamstresses, welders, and factory workers--and their innovations and life-changing technological leaps forward that allowed NASA to achieve this unparalleled accomplishment.

    From the shocking launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik to the triumphant splashdown of Apollo 11, Caldecott Honor winner John Rocco answers every possible question about this world-altering mission. Each challenging step in the space race is revealed, examined, and displayed through stunning diagrams, experiments, moments of crisis, and unforgettable human stories.

    Explorers of all ages will want to pore over every page in this comprehensive chronicle detailing the grandest human adventure of all time!

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  • Blood and Germs : the Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease

    by Gail Jarrow Year Published: 2020

    The science and grisly history of U.S. Civil War medicine, using actual medical cases and first-person accounts by soldiers, doctors, and nurses, is explored in this fascinating nonfiction book for young readers.

    The Civil War took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and left countless others with disabling wounds and chronic illnesses. Bullets and artillery shells shattered soldiers' bodies, while microbes and parasites killed twice as many men as did the battles. Yet from this tragic four-year conflict came innovations that enhanced medical care in the United States. With striking detail, this book by acclaimed writer Gail Jarrow reveals battlefield rescues, surgical techniques, medicines, and patient care, and celebrates the men and women of both the North and South who volunteered to save lives.

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  • Ana on the Edge

    by A. J. Sass Year Published: 2020

    Twelve-year-old Ana-Marie Jin, the reigning US Juvenile figure skating champion, is not a frilly dress kind of kid. So, when Ana learns that next season's program will be princess themed, doubt forms fast. Still, Ana tries to focus on training and putting together a stellar routine worthy of national success.

     

    Once Ana meets Hayden, a transgender boy new to the rink, thoughts about the princess program and gender identity begin to take center stage. And when Hayden mistakes Ana for a boy, Ana doesn't correct him and finds comfort in this boyish identity when he's around. As their friendship develops, Ana realizes that it's tricky juggling two different identities on one slippery sheet of ice. And with a major competition approaching, Ana must decide whether telling everyone the truth is worth risking years of hard work and sacrifice.

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  • Alone in the Woods

    by Rebecca Behrens Year Published: 2020

    Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends...until they aren't. Jocelyn's not sure what happened, but she hopes the annual joint-family vacation in the isolated north woods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.But Alex still isn't herself when they get to the cabin. And Jocelyn reaches a breaking point during a rafting trip that goes horribly wrong. When the girls' tube tears it leaves them stranded and alone. And before they know it, the two are hopelessly lost.Wearing swimsuits and water shoes and with only the contents of their wet backpack, the girls face threats from the elements. And as they spend days and nights lost in the wilderness, they'll have to overcome their fractured friendship to make it out of the woods alive.

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  • Turning Point

    by Paula Chase Year Published: 2020

    When being yourself isn't good enough, who should you be?

    Told in dual perspectives, this provocative and timely novel for middle-school readers by Paula Chase, the acclaimed author of So Done and Dough Boys, will resonate with fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renee Watson.

    Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious and strict aunt's every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she's been accepted to.

    But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo's older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to Mo's success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible? What happens when you discover that being yourself isn't good enough? How do you fight back?

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  • Wolfpack : How Young People Will Find Their Voice, Unite the Pack, and Change the World

    by Abby Wambach Year Published: 2020

    In this young readers adaptation of her #1New York Times bestselling book, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach inspires the next generation to find their voice, unite their pack, and change the world.

    From rising young star to co-captain of the 2015 Women's World Cup Champion team, Abby Wambach's impressive career has shown her what it truly means to be a champion. Whether you're leading from the bench or demanding the ball on the field, real success comes when you harness your inner strength, forge your own path, and band together with your team.

    Updated with stories that trace her journey from youth soccer to the hall of fame, this young readers adaptation of Abby's instant bestsellerWolfpack is for the next generation of wolves ready to change the game.

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  • Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts

    by Dianne K. Salerni Year Published: 2020

    Murderous ghosts and buried family secrets threaten young Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt in this thrilling middle-grade novel that puts a supernatural spin on alternate history.

    It's 1898 in New York City and ghosts exist among humans.

    When an unusual spirit takes up residence at the Roosevelt house, thirteen-year-old Eleanor and fourteen-year-old Alice are suspicious. The cousins don't get along, but they know something is not right. This ghost is more than a pesky nuisance. The authorities claim he's safe to be around, even as his mischievous behavior grows stranger and more menacing. It's almost like he wants to scare the Roosevelts out of their home - and no one seems to care

    Meanwhile, Eleanor and Alice discover a dangerous ghost in the house where Alice was born and her mother died. Is someone else haunting the family? Introverted Eleanor and unruly Alice develop an unlikely friendship as they explore the family's dark, complicated history. It's up to them to destroy both ghosts and come to terms with their family's losses.

    Told from alternating perspectives, thrills and chills abound in Dianne K. Salerni's imaginative novel about a legendary family and the ghosts that haunt their secrets.

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  • The Impossible First

    by Colin O'Brady Year Published: 2020

    Colin O'Brady vividly recounts his fifty-four-day, unsupported, record-shattering solo crossing of Antarctica using every ounce of his strength, years of training, and sheer force of will.

    Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the unforgiving ice of Antarctica alone, unaided and unsupported. Only one day into what would be a 932-mile journey, O'Brady judged what he was trying to do was impossible.

    Alone with his thoughts, O'Brady traveled back in his memory to the events that led him to this pivotal moment. For a while, it had seemed that nothing would stop him: He'd climbed every high mountain peak, bagged every endurance challenge (the Seven Summits, including Everest...record sprints to both Poles...the highest peaks in all fifty US states)--all after recovering from a freak burning accident that doctors said would end his athletic career. But the prize that had eluded him was success on this moment forbidding continent of all.

    Impossible First is a raw, thought-provoking adventure memoir, one that reveals how anyone can set goals, overcome obstacles, and push the limits of what's possible.

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  • Measuring Up

    by Lily LaMotte Year Published: 2020

    Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle, and the only thing she wants more than to fit in at her new school is to celebrate her grandmother, A-má’s, seventieth birthday together.

    Since she can’t go to A-má, Cici cooks up a plan to bring A-má to her by winning the grand prize in a kids’ cooking contest to pay for A-má’s plane ticket! There’s just one problem: Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food.

    And after her pickled cucumber debacle at lunch, she’s determined to channel her inner Julia Child. Can Cici find a winning recipe to reunite with A-má, a way to fit in with her new friends, and somehow find herself too?

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  • The Invisible Boy

    by Alyssa Hollingsworth Year Published: 2020

    If no one sees him, does he exist? This superhero-inspired adventure story explores friendship and what it means to be truly brave. Nadia looks for adventure in the pages of her Superman comic books, until a mysterious boy saves her dog from drowning during a storm and then disappears. Now she finds herself in the role of Lois Lane, hunting down the scoop of the Invisible Boy. Suddenly she’s in a real-life adventure that’s far more dangerous than anything in her comic books. The Invisible Boy is a mystery and an adventure story, as well as a story about child labor trafficking. 

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  • The Way Past Winter

    by Kiran Millwood Hargrave Year Published: 2020

    Mila lives with her sisters, Pipa and Sanna, her brother Oskar, and their sled dogs in the forest where winter has held sway for five years, ever since their father disappeared; but now a strange scary man, flanked by twelve young boys, seems to have bewitched Oskar and taken him away--and Mila, convinced her brother is in danger, leads her sisters in a desperate journey across the frozen wild-lands to find their brother, and perhaps a way past an eternal winter.

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  • Autonomous Vehicles

    by Jim Whiting Year Published: 2020

    In a world permeated by technology, we sometimes struggle to keep pace with an ever-changing landscape. With historical and full-color photographs complementing documentary texts, Odysseys in Technology invites advanced readers along on a journey to experience the development of key technological innovations like never before. These titles feature a sophisticated design peppered with arresting photographs that illustrate important scientific principles, contributions of notable individuals and companies, common applications of the technology, and influential figures poised to lead the field into the future. Side panels, colored callouts, and primary-source quotations assist in making the text accessible to a wide range of learners.

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  • The Science of the Coronavirus

    by Renae Gilles Year Published: 2021

    COVID-19 has taken the entire world by storm. Many of the smartest people on Earth have been working to find treatments, a vaccine, and ultimately, a cure. So what exactly is COVID-19? What is a "coronavirus"? Where did the disease come from? How do you know if you have it? How is it treated? How do you stop yourself from getting it or passing it on to others? Learn all about the answers to these questions, and one more question on everyone's mind: When and how will the world go back to normal?

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  • Mister Invincible

    by Pascal Jousselin Year Published: 2017

    There's a new superhero in town -- Mr. Invincible!Sure, he wears a mask and cape and helps widows and orphans as anyself-respecting hero would, but he also thwarts the mad scientists and bad guyswith his amazing super-power that makes him the only true comic book hero: hecan reach outside the comic strip panels to affect both space and time! Bybreaking the boundaries of 'comic book physics' he and his companions are ableto do amazing things that are only possible thanks to the magic of comics! Awholly unique and creative twist on conventional comic-book reading experience,this wacky Middle Grade title will put your imagination to the test!

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  • Millionaires for the Month

    by Stacy McAnulty Year Published: 2020
    Felix Rannells and Benji Porter were never supposed to be field-trip partners. Felix is a rule follower. Benji is a rule bender. They're not friends. And they don't have anything to talk about. Until . . .

    They find a wallet. A wallet that belongs to tech billionaire Laura Friendly. They're totally going to return it-but not before Benji "borrows" twenty dollars to buy hot dogs. Because twenty dollars is like a penny to a billionaire, right?

    But a penny has value. A penny doubled every day for thirty days is $5,368,709.12! So that's exactly how much money Laura Friendly challenges Felix and Benji to spend. They have thirty days. They can't tell anyone. And there are LOTS of other rules. But if they succeed, they each get ten million dollars to spend however they want.

    Challenge accepted! They rent cool cars, go to Disney World, buy pizza for the whole school-and that's just the beginning! But money can't buy everything or fix every problem. And spending it isn't always as easy and fun as they thought it would be. . . .

    As smart as it is entertaining, Millionaires for the Month is a thought-provoking story about friendship, privilege, and the value of a penny.
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  • Fighting Words

    by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Year Published: 2020

    Ten-tear-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom's boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della's own wolf--her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della's world turns so far upside down, it feels like it's shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she's been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it's time to be loud. In this powerful novel that explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse and leavens an intense tale with compassion and humor, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells a story about two sisters, linked by love and trauma, who must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other.

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  • The Language of Ghosts

    by Heather Fawcett Year Published: 2020

    The Penderwicks meets Howl's Moving Castle in this thrilling middle grade fantasy adventure about a trio of royal siblings who unlock a long-forgotten magical language in their bid to reclaim their stolen throne--from Ember and the Ice Dragons author Heather Fawcett. Perfect for fans of Kelly Barnhill and Robert Beatty.

    Forced into exile on an enchanted, moving island, ex-princess Noa Marchena has two missions: reclaim her family's stolen throne and ensure that the dark powers her older brother, Julian, possesses don't go to his head in the process. But between babysitting her annoying little sister, Mite, and keeping an eye on the cake-loving sea monster that guards the moving island, Noa has her hands full.

    When the siblings learn that their enemies are searching for a weapon capable of defeating Julian--whose legendary spell weaving is feared throughout the kingdom--once and for all, they vow to get to it first. To everyone's surprise, the key to victory turns out to be a long-lost magical language--and only Noa can speak it.

    But what if by helping her brother, Noa ends up losing him?

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  • Before the Ever After

    by Jacqueline Woodson Year Published: 2020

    For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ's house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ's mom explains it's because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that--but it doesn't make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can't remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?

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  • Red Fox Road

    by Frances Greenslade Year Published: 2020
    A thirteen-year-old girl on a family vacation becomes stranded alone in the wilderness when the family's GPS leads them astray. 

    Francie and her parents are on a spring road trip: driving from British Columbia, Canada, to hike in the Grand Canyon. When a shortcut leads them down an old logging road, disaster strikes. Their truck hits a rock and wipes out the oil pan. They are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Francie can't help feeling a little excited -- she'd often imagined how she'd survive if she got stranded in the bush, and now here they are. But will her survival skills -- building fires, gathering dandelion leaves and fir needles for tea -- be enough when hours stretch into days?
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  • Peacemaker

    by Joseph Bruchac Year Published: 2021

    A twelve-year-old Iroquois boy rethinks his calling after witnessing the arrival of a mystical figure with a message of peace in this historical novel based on the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy.

    Twelve-year-old Okwaho's life has suddenly changed. While out hunting with his best friend, his friend is kidnapped by marauders from a neighboring tribe. Okwaho barely escapes back to his village where everyone lives in fear of raids and killings: The five tribes of the Iroquois have been at war with each other for far too long, and no one can even remember what it was like to live in peace.

    Okwaho seeks only revenge, which will just perpetuate the violence. But before he can retaliate, a visitor with a message of peace, as told in the lore of the of the Iroquois nation, comes to him in the woods. The Peacemaker--a vision in white buckskin with a calm demeanor and soothing words--tells the boy that he can convince even the most warlike leaders of the wisdom of peace. Okwaho joins the legions of others who believe, and is present when the great treaty creating the Iroquois Confederacy is enacted.

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  • Class Act

    by Jerry Craft Year Published: 2020

    Eighth grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying "You have to work twice as hard to be just as good." His grandmother has reminded him his entire life. But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn't afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted?

    To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it's hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn't know how to keep the group together.

    As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself?

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  • Yara's Spring

    by Jamal Saeed Year Published: 2020

    When the Arab Spring arrives at Yara's doorstep in Syria, the regime's reaction to it is worse than anyone imagined. After a violent attack on her family's home, she emerges to a changed world. Her parents and nana are gone, and her brother, Saad, can't speak-- struck silent by everything he's seen. Now, with her friend Shireen and Shireen's brother, Ali, Yara must try to find a way to safety.

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