Paul Griffin – 2019 Keynote speaker for Write to read day at (WRD) Cypress Hills

urlPaul Griffin is the award-winning author of middle school and young adult books.  He worked as a teacher, tutor, butler, dog trainer and a bartender.  He also worked as a dock worker in his college years, but writing books was his passion.  He graduated from Dartmouth college with a BA in film studies.  He started out with the Creative Arts Team, specializing in HIV/AIDS prevention and conflict resolution workshops.  Now he works with organizations like Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and Behind the Book.  Paul Griffin has written several books like; Skyjacked, Saving Marty, When Friendship Followed Me Home, Adrift, Burning Blue, Stay With Me, The Orange Houses and Ten Mile River.   He will be our Keynote speaker on Write To Read Day on May 24, 2019.  He will talk about his experience about being a writer and his life.  Please check out his website about all his amazing books by coping the link below.

¬† imgres¬†‚ÄúAnd you learn that your eyes aren’t really the things that let you see. That you can only truly see with your heart.”‚Äē Paul Griffin, When Friendship Followed Me Home


Scholastic Book Fair – Dec. 10 – 14

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Scholastic ľs best-known and best-loved businesses are Book Fairs. They do school events that bring the joy and excitement of reading right to students. With the look and feel of a bustling bookstore, these week-long events feature mobile cases full of affordable books based on characters and subjects kids love and want to read about. The Scholastic Book fair goes around the world to different schools giving kids a chance to get the books they love right in their school. In PS.89, kids from Pre-k to 8 grade have a chance to buy their favorite books for low prices. It will be located in the schools library room 108. There will be different books, pencils,erasers, bookmarks and much more. We hope you all come and buy something. Thank you for your time

Battle of the Books April

In honor of April’s National Poetry Month, Battle of the Books pitted Shel Silverstein’s¬†Where the Sidewalk Ends against Jack¬†Prelutsky’s My Dog May be a Genius.


Shel Silverstein explained that his book Where the Sidewalk Ends is about him making poems about how an adult should take a rest from everything that is happening and think of them as a kid again.

The book My Dog May be a Genius is just different kid poems that Jack made so that kids can have fun while reading the book and enjoy their time reading.

We decided we should go to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. A lot of kids in third grade choose Where the Sidewalk Ends and a lot of the 5th graders chose My Dog May be a Genius, but the fourth graders tied!

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This the graph of how many people chose Where the Sidewalk Ends and how many people chose My Dog May be a Genius Where the sidewalk end has 53.2% votes and My dog may be a genius has 46.8% votes. Many students wrote that Where the Sidewalk Ends inspired them to make poems and a fifth grader said that the book My Dog May be a Genius was very funny and he wants to make book just like it.

In my opinion I think that these both books are very special and inspiring in their own ways. I also think that the book Where the Sidewalk Ends is very weird but in a good way because they are supposed to be poems that are trying to bring adults back to a kid and it reminds me of something I would want to read when I am an adult too. Something about the book My Dog May be a Genius is that it is very childish and for kids that want to imagine different things. I think that if I would have to choose one it would be Where the Sidewalk Ends because I feel like it has a bigger story during each poem, but I think that My Dog May be a Genius will catch the kids attention.

Stay tune for next month which we will be doing DC vs MARVEL 

Through The Woods

The graphic novel, Through the Woods is a book with five breathtaking tales that will have you at the edge of your seat. Emily Carroll did an extraordinary job at these five tales she wrote. Although some of the tales are short, they are by far very interesting. While I was reading this book I kept wanting to read more. Most of the stories gave me the chills after reading them.

imagesMy favorite from all five tales was one about a little girl who had to cross the woods to get to her grandmother’s house and she was always told to be careful of the wolf. I really liked this tale because at the end there is a strange wolf looking creature out her window who says a quote that gave me some creepy vibes.

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I really recommend this book if you like a horror vibe. The artwork is very intriguing  to me. Most stories use mostly black, bits of red and blue. The artwork is very vivid. It requires a lot of imagination in order to be able to visualize what is going on in the short stories.


By: Ivette Aucapi√Īa

What I Leave Behind

Will has a daily routine.

He works at the Dollar Only store, attempts to recreate his father’s cornbread recipe and never takes public transportation. Instead of taking the bus or the train, Will chose to walk to get to his destination. However, there are things he tries to avoid at all costs. He doesn’t walk past the blessings store, his childhood friend Playa’s house and the bridge on Fourth street….

where his father committed suicide.

After his father’s suicide, Will decided to walk in order to escape his own problems. It’s been three whole years, yet, Will still has a habit of walking. However, after finding out that Playa has been raped at a party, Will comes to realization that instead of avoiding his problems, he¬†needs to face it head-on. Especially the fact that he could’ve easily prevented that if he had just hadn’t left the party early. Since that, he begins to put some good in the neighborhood by leaving gifts for people. Along with that, he uncovers the truth about his father’s cornbread.

what i leave behindReading¬†What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee was a meaningful experience for me. It brought me back to reality, showing me the dark side of the tunnel and how to get out of it. Alison McGhee did a spectacular job at unraveling the story. She managed to make Will a character that’s complex and deep. The reader feels like he’s real, and has a chance of discovering themselves within the ink that stains the pages.

Kudos to Allison McGhee.

Find out what happens next in the library.

Write to Read Day-2018

          Write to Read Day, an event where many authors, artists, performers and such come is a special day for our school. Authors, performers, artists and such come to our school to show students about their work and There will first be a a conference where the students will watch a performance and listen to the keynote speaker. This year, Clay McLeod Chapman is our keynote speaker, who wrote Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters. Some have hands-on activities for the students and special performances.

First Rule          Clay McLeod Chapman is author of the Tribe series, and has published comics, short stories, screenplays and such. Many of his work has been adapted to live action short films and is now taking part of writing episodes of an upcoming Netflix show. He’ll have a creative writing workshop where he will talk to students about how it’s like being an author.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† One of the many authors coming to our school is Celia C. Perez. Celia is the author of the book ‚ÄúFirst Rule of Punk‚ÄĚ the book is about a girl whose parent have split up, She lives with her mother who is Mexica. Although she lives with her mom, she is more connected with her father, who is into punk. Due to that, she wants to be able to express herselfand show her interests; punk rock. In her workshop, you‚Äôll be able to learn the art of zines, as well as make your own

             La Bruja is a poet, playwright, singer and a songwriter. She will be performing for the conference and have her own workshop. In total, La Bruja has released two music albums, written for plays, television and more. Based on that, she is a multi-talented artist and for her workshop, students will be able to write poetry. She makes different poems that is about the real world and how she sees it.

             Center for the Book Arts will have their bookmaking workshop, where students will be able to make their own books. It has a facility in Manhattan, where it contains book art, printmaking studios and such. Students will be able to sew their own books and take it home.

              Joe Therrien is a professional puppeteer who uses his puppets to express political opinions. Along with that, he is a musician and this will behis fifth time coming to Write to Read Day. He has created giant puppets, stick puppets and has taken part of puppet shows. Students will be able to learn about puppets and eventually, make their own sock puppet.

         The last hands on activities is our Nintendo Labo workshop, which will be released on April 20th. Students will be able to make their own DIY cardboard projects that can be brought to life using the Nintendo Switch. Technology strategist, Dion Bailey and computer programmer, Erin Sparling will join us to learn about the product.

The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters

Spencer Pendleton has recently transferred to a new school called Greenfield Middle, where he will supposedly get a fresh start after starting a fire in his previous school. However, after he encounters a bully and has an asthma attack, students label him as a ‘loser.‘ He always gets himself into trouble and causes chaos within the classroom. ¬†Instead of blending in with the crowd, Spencer stands out and catches the attention of a group of mysterious people around him.


There’s a tribe that exists within the school, full of runaway kids that originally attended Greenfield Middle. They own the school using weapons that were made out of office supplies and they live off of cafeteria food. He sees them through the cracks between the ceiling tiles and encounters them when he least expects it. To his confusion,¬†the school staff and students don’t have any knowledge of their presence and assume that on top of being a troublemaker, Spencer is a liar.

But they are wrong.

Reading¬†Homeroom Headhunters was an interesting experience for me. It reminded me of all those movies where the new kid arrives at school, and they have to rise to power. However, in Spencer’s case, he doesn’t care about rising to power, nor his reputation. I’m able to relate to Spencer and his perspective of the world. He views most things in a humorous way and attempts to crack a¬†joke every now and then. In fact, my most favorite part of the book was a dialogue between him and the assistant principal.

“‘Well Jim,’¬†I leaned in. ‘Do you mind if I call you Jim?’¬†I said, chuckling.
It’s Principal Pritchard.’
Don’t you mean¬†Ass-istant Principal, sir?’
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Unlike books I usually read,¬†Homeroom Headhunters¬†is topped off with a great amount of humor and literature references. I would recommend¬†this to anyone that is looking for a funny book full of adventure and full of¬†what if’s. Find out what happens next in Spencer’s journey at the library. You can also meet Clay McLeod Chapman, the author of the book, at Write to Read Day.