Dear Brown Middle School Community,
In an effort to bring our community closer together, we are continuing our One School, One Book event. Each summer students are asked to participate in our summer reading program. For our whole school read we have chosen the graphic novel, Stargazing by Jen Wang. We will spend time doing lessons in advisory in the fall discussing the themes of this book. Below is a description from Goodreads:
Stargazing by Jen Wang
Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.
When Moon’s family moves in next door to Christine’s, Moon goes from unlikely friend to best friend―maybe even the perfect friend. The girls share their favorite music videos, paint their toenails when Christine’s strict parents aren’t around, and make plans to enter the school talent show together. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she sometimes has visions of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn’t where she really belongs.
But when they’re least expecting it, catastrophe strikes. After relying on Moon for everything, can Christine find it in herself to be the friend Moon needs?
New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope
Stargazing won the Children's Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. We hope this common experience will provide ample opportunities for our students and faculty to engage in meaningful discussions that are directly relevant to our community at Brown.
In addition we will ask each grade level to read a second book. These selections are:
Incoming 6th grade: Frazzled by Booki Vivat: (Click here for info.)
Incoming 7th grade: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (Click here for info.)
Incoming 8th grade: Students have a choice for their 2nd book. (Click here for info.)
For additional summer reading suggestions, please click here: Library Summer Reading 2021
We wish you all a happy summer and happy reading!
Kim Lysaght, Principal
Ruthe L’Esperance, Assistant Principal
Julian Turner, Assistant Principal
Shari Engelbourg, Assistant Principal for Student Services