Reading Corner

  • Hollywood Hills Elementary is proud to be able to offer AR (Accelerated Reader) testing in the media center.

     Accelerated Reader site.

    Hollywood Hills Elementary School students were encouraged to read at least THREE books this past summer. After reading, students can EITHER complete a summary for each book OR complete an Accelerated Reader (AR) test for each book.

    OPTION #1: Write 3 Summaries

    Students will include the title, author, characters, and a brief summary about each book read (K-2 will add an illustration). Teachers were to collect the summaries during the first week of school.

    OPTION #2: Complete 2 Accelerated Reader (AR) Tests

    Students are welcome to come to HHE and complete the AR tests in our Media Center. A list of AR books and AR levels. Students who participate in this program will be rewarded for their efforts.

    We are encouraging parents to take the time to read with their children. Listed below are the two public libraries in the neighborhood and the website for the Broward County Public Library system. (Applying for a library card is completely free).

    Broward County Library On-Line

    3151 Stirling Road
    Hollywood, FL 33312

    2600 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, FL 33020

    Sunshine State Young Reader’s 2015 – 2016 Book Titles

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    Athlete vs Mathlete

    Athlete vs. Mathlete By: W. C. Mack
    Owen Evans lights up the scoreboards. His brother, Russell, rocks the school boards. These twin brothers couldn’t be more different. They’ve long kept the peace by going their separate ways, but all that is about to change. The new basketball coach recruits Russell for the seventh grade team and a jealous Owen has to fight to stay in the game. When someone tries to steal Russell’s spot as captain of the mathlete team, will the two be able to put aside their differences in order to save his position? Or will they be sidelined?




    Blast Off

    Blast Off! By: Nate Ball
    The adventure begins in this exciting new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment! When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee’s bedroom window, Zack is sure he’s about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien it’s up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.




    Eight Keys

    Eight Keys By: Suzanne LaFleur
    Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise’s parents died when she was too young to remember them. There’s always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor. When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the barn.




    Fortunately the Milk

    Fortunately, the Milk By: Neil Gaiman
    “I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”
    “Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”
    Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.




    The Fourteenth Goldfish

    The Fourteenth Goldfish By: Jennifer L. Holm
    Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
    With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.




    Freaky Fast Frankie Joe

    Freaky Fast Frankie Joe By: Lutricia Clifton
    Eleven-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the father he never knew, a stepmother, and four stepbrothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her.




    The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom By: C. Healy
    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.
    Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, the princes stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
    Christopher Healy’s Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a completely original take on the world of fairy tales, the truth about what happens after “happily ever after.” It’s a must-have for middle grade readers who enjoy their fantasy adventures mixed with the humor of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Witty black-and-white drawings by Todd Harris add to the fun.




    The Hypnotists

    The Hypnotists By: Gordon Korman
    Twelve-year-old Jackson Opus is descended from two powerful hypnotist bloodlines, but he has just begun to realize that he can control other peoples’ actions with sometimes frightening results–especially when the head of the Sentia Institute plans to use Jackson for his own benefit.




    Kizzy Ann Stamps

    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. The new teacher is supportive, but not everyone feels the same, so there is a lot to write about. Her brother, James, is having a far less positive school experience than she is, and the annoying white neighbor boy won’t leave her alone. But Shag, her border collie, is her refuge. Even so, opportunity clashes with obstacle. Kizzy Ann knows she and Shag could compete well in the dog trials, but will she be able to enter? From Jeri Watts comes an inspiring middle-grade novel about opening your mind to the troubles and scars we all must bear — and facing life with hope and trust.




    Nerd Camp

    Nerd Camp By: Elissa Brent Weissman
    Ten-year-old Gabe has just been accepted to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. That means he’ll be spending six weeks at sleep-away camp writing poetry and perfecting logic proofs. S.C.G.E. has been a summer home to some legendary middle-school smarty-pants (and future Jeopardy! contestants), but it has a reputation for being, well, a Nerd Camp. S.C.G.E = Smart Camp for Geeks and Eggheads.
    But, is Gabe really a geek? He’s never thought about it much, but that was before he met Zack, his hip, LA-cool, soon-to-be step-brother. Now, Gabe is worried that Zack will think he’s a nerd, not only a nerd, but JUST a nerd. A wild summer at camp—complete with a midnight canoe ride to “Dead Man’s Island”—makes Gabe realize that Zack may not be the brother he’d always dreamed of, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be friends.
    This clever, fun summer read from Elissa Brent Weissman is full of great minor characters (like a bunkmate who solves math problems in his sleep) and silly subplots (like the geekiest lice outbreak ever). Adjust your head-gear, pack your camp bag and get ready to geek out!




    Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen

    Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen By: Donna Gephart
    Twelve-year-old Olivia Bean is a Jeopardy addict. It was one of the major bonds between her and her father—before he moved to California with the mother of her best friend. It’s been hard to deal with all that’s been lost since then: her dad’s interest, her ability to maintain a friendship with Nikki, her mother’s newspaper job. And she isn’t happy about the one addition, either, as her mom’s boyfriend moves into the house. But the through line of the story is Olivia’s fervent desire to make it to Kids’ Week on Jeopardy; getting on the show might lead to prize money and an opportunity to see her father. Gephart keeps all the parts moving, even adding a dollop of romance. Although Mr. Bean’s obliviousness to his children often borders on cruelty, the book gets to the ambivalence kids of divorce often feel: a longing for the absent parent mixed with justifiable anger. While perhaps only a minority of kids will relate to Olivia’s Jeopardy love, most will identify with the rest of her angst at school and at home.





    Pie By: Sarah Weeks
    When Alice’s Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.
    Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it’s making them pie-crazy. It’s up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship. Family. And the pleasure of doing something for the right reason.
    With Pie, acclaimed author Sarah Weeks has baked up a sweet and satisfying delight, as inviting as warm pie on a cold day. You’ll enjoy every last bite.




    A Snicker of Magic

    A Snicker of Magic By: Natalie Lloyd
    Felicity arrives in Midnight Gulch and learns from her mama that there used to be magic there. Magic is a bonus for Felicity, who longs to stay in one place so she can make a friend. She finds one in wheelchair-bound Jonah, and he fills in Felicity on the town’s magical history and its people. And, as it turns out, Felicity is capable of magic herself—word collecting. She sees words everywhere—on people, in her glass of milk, and in the trees. The word “treasures” that she finds are the real winner for this novel. (The words are not part of the sentence structure, but they add to the story by revealing the moods of people she sees, or are used as onomatopoeia.) The unusual language, showing a tinge of Tennessee mountain dialect, spins a web around the story that touches on helping others, budding friendships, and strength of family. First-time novelist Lloyd has produced a “spindiddly” product that will hearten word and poetry lovers and encourage those who have almost lost hope for a happy ending.




    Three Times Lucky

    Three Times Lucky By: Shelia Turnage
    Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone’s business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she’s been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her “upstream mother,” she’s found a home with the Colonel–a café owner with a forgotten past of his own–and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.




    White Fur Flying

    White Fur Flying By: Patricia MacLachlan
    Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need. There is always the sweet smell of dog and a warm body looking to cuddle or play. There is always a new dog to be saved and loved. Fur flies everywhere. It covers everything. Zoe’s house is never silent.
    But the house across the street is always silent these days. A new family has moved in and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn’t even want to try.
    Zoe knows that saving dogs and saving boys are different jobs, but she learns that some parts are the same. Both take attention and care, understanding and time. And maybe just a bit of white fur flying.
    From Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, White Fur Flying is an endearing tale of companionship and hope.