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Mapleton Reads
Community Reading Program

Read along with us!

Mapleton Reads, Mapleton’s community reading program, is back with three new titles to promote a love of reading among our students, families, community members and staff. To celebrate the importance and value of literacy, Mapleton is inviting all community members to join students and staff in reading:

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson 

Restart by Gordon Korman  

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín 


The community reading program begins in October and ends in January. Follow us on Facebook to connect with fellow readers and engage in book discussions.




Book Descriptions:


The Day you Begin 

By Jacqueline Woodson | Grades K-3 

Themes: inclusion, mutual respect 

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.

There are lots of reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from. Maybe it’s what you eat or something just as random. Whatever it is, it’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody knows you, but somehow, you do it. This book celebrates the bravery it takes to go forth even when you feel like an outsider. This book also reminds us that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our story, others will be happy to meet us halfway.  




By Gordon Korman | Grades 3-8 

Themes: Change, treat people how you want to be treated, be a buddy, not a bully

Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again…starting with his own name.

He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl, in particular, is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.

Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is – it’s a question of who he was…and who he is going to be.

Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.  



I Lived on Butterfly Hill 

By Margorie Agosín  | Grades 3 – 12 

Themes: exile, the quest for justice, and the power of the written word to preserve history. 

An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.

Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile, until the time comes when even Celeste, with her head in the clouds, can’t deny the political unrest that is sweeping through the country. Warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates disappear from class without a word. Celeste doesn’t quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not anymore. 

The country has been taken over by a government that declares artists, protestors, and anyone who helps the needy to be considered “subversive” and dangerous to Chile’s future. So Celeste’s educated, generous, kind parents must go into hiding before they, too, “disappear.” To protect their daughter, they send her to America. 

As Celeste adapts to her new life in Maine, she never stops dreaming of Chile. But even after democracy is restored to her home country, questions remain: Will her parents reemerge from hiding? Will she ever be truly safe again? 

Accented with interior artwork, steeped in the history of Pinochet’s catastrophic takeover of Chile, and based on many true events, this multicultural ode to the power of revolution, words, and love is both indelibly brave and heart-wrenchingly graceful. 


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