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Students select "The War that Saved My Life"

The 2017 Read Across Mattoon selection is:

War that Saved My Life


Watch the trailer for "The War That Saved My Life"



The Mattoon Middle School Reading Committee is comprised of 50 students who volunteer their time to read books from the annual Rebecca Caudill list. The committee's goal is to promote literacy and the joy of reading throughout the school district and community. Read Across Mattoon is celebrating its 15th year. The committee's adviser is Ingrid Minger who also serves as Mattoon Middle School's media center coordinator.

MMS Reading Committee


Author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley discusses her book "The War That Saved My Life" in the following video clip:




Finished reading "The War That Saved My Life?" Keep on reading! Here are some additional titles from the Rebecca Caudill list:

"The Crossover," by Kwame Alexander

"The Night Gardener," by Jonathan Auxier

"Stella by Starlight," by Sharon Draper



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How the MMS Reading Committee selects the title

by Mollie Auer

During the spring, the Student Reading Committee receives the new list of potential books for the upcoming school year. From spring until about November, the Student Reading Committee of Mattoon Middle School has the challenging job of eliminating books off of the special list.

Being a member of the Student Reading Committee is no easy feat. When deciding which book will be “the book,” each and every member has to look for five key things:

· How long or short is the book?

· Would this book appeal to the entire community?

· Are the cover(s) of the book gender neutral?

· Is this book too predictable or boring?

· Has the Reading Committee chosen a book like this in any of the past years?



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