In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.
For the Eleventh Day of Christmas My Good Friend Gave to Me: The Judge’s List by John Grisham
In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching forty, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change. Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby’s father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims. Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law. He is a judge, in Florida—under Lacy’s jurisdiction. He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list? - from Penguin Random House
12 Days of Tech Tips - Day 11 - Google Voyager
Google Earth and Google Earth Voyager have become one of the top resources to explore our amazing planet. Students can access this incredible resource on their Chromebooks too! Open Google Earth and work through the menu on the upper left hand side. You will find: Search - Type in any location Voyager - Ready made trips Projects - Create a project. Here are a few to get you started! Map Style - Choose the interface you would like to use with your maps. Turn on 3D buildings, gridlines or animated clouds Settings - Explore the flying options Magnifying Glass Icon will take you to places, layers, guided tours or you can type in a location Voyager Icon will give you an amazing list of places and virtual field trips already created In the bottom right hand corner, you will find pegman. Drop him anywhere to see the street view and explore the planet! Start with this quick brain break to explore the capabilities of Google Earth. Google Earth WHERE IN THE WORLD ACTIVITY