Diary of a Middle School Kid: Evelyn
Evelyn is an 8th grader at Hadley Junior High School who enjoys expanding her knowledge of the Spanish language and is proud of the improvements she has made speaking Spanish. Her love of challenges will serve her well in high school honors classes next fall!

Evelyn says that she will never tire of eating tamales and recommends reading The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya (especially while eating tamales).

Evelyn sees the library as a place where she can explore the world without traveling, but if she could travel, she would like to visit Brazil and Africa.
Peer Review: Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
I’m Maddie, an 8th grader at Hadley Junior High. 

The book Paper Things is an incredible book, and very enjoyable to read. It is a book about a girl, Ari, and her older brother Gage, who move out of their guardian's house because she isn't treating Gage well. They have to move from their friend's house to living on the streets, and it gets hard for them. They don't know where they are going to go next. Ari's grades start dropping, she loses friends, and Gage can't find a job. It gets to the point that Ari considers going back to their guardian's house.

The thing that keeps Ari happy is her paper things, paper doll cut-outs that remind her of her real family. Join Ari and Gage on their journey as they fend for themselves and eventually turn out ok. You should definitely read this book. You won't regret it!  

Celebrate Together!
 by Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian
December brings such warm feelings despite the cold weather. Many holidays are celebrated this month and it’s wonderful to see a variety of traditions from all over the world. 

December 22 - 30
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and it commemorates the re-dedication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, in Israel. This happened in the 160s BC. During Hanukkah, on each of the eight nights, a candle is lit in a special menorah (candelabra) called a hanukkiyah.

December 25
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

December 26 - January 1
Kwanzaa, derived from matunda ya kwanza, a Swahili phrase for "first fruits," is based on traditional African harvest festivals, combining customs from a number of different cultures. Each of the seven days represents one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or The Nguzo Saba.

December 26
Boxing Day originated in a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants, and the day when they received special Christmas boxes from their masters. The servants also visited their homes on Boxing Day and gave Christmas boxes to their families.

December 31
Ōmisoka, New Year’s Eve, is considered the second-most important day in Japan, as it is the final day of the old year and the eve of New Year’s Day, the most important day of the year. Families gather on Ōmisoka for one last time during the old year to have a bowl of toshikoshi-soba or toshikoshi-udon, a tradition based on eating long noodles to "cross over" from one year to the next.

No matter what traditions you celebrate, we’re all in this together. We open our minds, hearts, and homes to all. Remember that supporting our differences is important in all of our faiths. 

Thanks for reading and see you next year!
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