- Mapleton Public Schools
Grab a book! It's time for 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 Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin, Out of my Mind, by Sharon M. Draper, and Refugee, by Alan Gratz.
Copies of the titles selected for 2019 are available for check out at Mapleton schools and the Administration Building, 7350 N. Broadway, Denver 80221. The community reading program begins in October and ends in January. Follow us on Facebook to connect with fellow readers and engage in weekly book discussions and stay tuned for Mapleton Reads community events!
By Ann M. Martin
Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Themes: family, trust, communication, understanding
Rose is an autistic fifth-grader who loves homonyms, rules, and prime numbers, in that order. She explains to the reader that she's going to tell her story and immediately introduces her dog Rain (whose name has two homonyms). Rose and Rain live with Rose's dad in Hatford, New York. Dad spends a lot of time working as a mechanic and drinking at the bar next door. Rose and Rain are alone a lot, but Uncle Weldon drives Rose to school and helps her with her ever-growing list of homonyms. When Rain goes missing after a hurricane, Rose is devastated but determined to find him.
Out of my Mind
By Sharon M. Draper
Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Themes: disability vs. ability, acceptance vs. rejection, language, communication and identity
Narrator Melody, born with cerebral palsy, has never been able to communicate to her loving family all the thoughts that run through her mind. The story reveals Melody's inner thoughts and her frustration at not being able to control her body -- she has to have someone feed her and help her go to the bathroom -- despite the fact that she has a photographic memory. Melody reminisces about her childhood and takes us up to fifth grade, when she acquires a machine that helps her communicate better than she ever could before. When she gets on a school team with the "regular" kids that finally allows her to show off her intelligence, Melody thinks she's on the road to being accepted by them -- until she learns the heartbreaking truth that her differences will always set her apart.
By Alan Gratz
Reading Level: Ages 12-18
Themes: struggle, heroism, adventure, perseverance
Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world… Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America… Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe… All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.