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Ms. Abounader-Ciesla from Elmhurst NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Book Wars, Episode V: Sci Fi and Fantasy Strike Back!

My students need 35+ new and classic science fiction and fantasy books for their school library.

  • $503 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember the first time you were abducted by aliens, fell through a strange door to another world, and fought the magical forces of evil to restore peace? I want my students to have these experiences and more!

With 1800+ students this year, my school is one of the biggest elementary schools in my city!

The school library serves all students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Most of our students are either Hispanic or Asian, and over 60% are English Language Learners. My students love reading good books, and ask for them daily. I do my best to fulfill every request, but in a school so big the good library books are often already checked out. For many students, the school library is their only source for recreational reading material. As it is, the ratio of books to students in the library is so low that students can only check out one book per visit - a sad situation when students only get to visit the library once every two weeks at best, and once a month at worst.

My Project

I am requesting a variety of science fiction and fantasy books for students in grades 3-5. These books are both classics and newly published and range from War of the Worlds to Lord of the Rings, with many stops in-between - aliens, magical worlds, dystopian futures, time travel, and more. These books will capture my students' imagination, inspiring them to read for the fun of it (and also sneaking in some secret academic improvement).

These books, while not large in number, will have a big impact on the students at this school.

With budgets being cut across the board, it is unlikely that they will see any new books in the library this year. Help my students have something to look forward to - whether it is traveling to magical worlds, through time, or to the moon!

Ms. Abounader-Ciesla
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lord Sunday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #7) Garth Nix • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon Series #1) Cressida Cowell, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock, Cressida Cowell (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon Series #3) Cressida Cowell, Cressida Cowell (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
How to Be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon Series #2) Cressida Cowell • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
How to Ride a Dragon's Storm (How to Train Your Dragon Series #7) Cressida Cowell • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon Series #6) Cressida Cowell • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon Series #4) Cressida Cowell, Cressida Cowell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (How to Train Your Dragon Series) Cressida Cowell • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #5) Garth Nix • Barnes and Noble $14.61 1 $14.61
Drowned Wednesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #3), Vol. 3 Garth Nix • Barnes and Noble $13.79 1 $13.79
Sir Thursday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #4), Vol. 4 Garth Nix • Barnes and Noble $13.79 1 $13.79
Superior Saturday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #6) Garth Nix • Barnes and Noble $14.61 1 $14.61
Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #1), Vol. 1 Garth Nix • Barnes and Noble $15.73 1 $15.73
Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #2) Garth Nix • Barnes and Noble $15.73 1 $15.73
The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain Series #1) Lloyd Alexander • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain Series #2) Lloyd Alexander • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The White Mountains (Tripods Series #2) John Christopher • Barnes and Noble $13.54 1 $13.54
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
The City of Ember (Books of Ember Series #1) Jeanne DuPrau • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Time Hackers Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Running Out Of Time (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Margaret Peterson Haddix • Barnes and Noble $13.68 1 $13.68
The Door in the Lake Nancy Butts • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Five Alien Elves (The Hamlet Chronicles Series #3) Gregory Maguire, Elaine Clayton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.17 1 $12.17
Seven Spiders Spinning (Hamlet Chronicles Series #1) Gregory Maguire, Dirk Zimmer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.99 1 $12.99
Six Haunted Hairdos (The Hamlet Chronicles Series #2) Gregory Maguire, Elaine Clayton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.99 1 $12.99
This Place Has No Atmosphere Paula Danziger • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The War of the Worlds (New York Review Book Classics Series) H. G. Wells, Edward Gorey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.57 1 $14.57
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Judith Conaway, Gino D'Achille (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $1.99 1 $1.99
20,000 Leagues under the Sea (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Jules Verne, Scott McKowen (Illustrator), Arthur Pober (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
The Time Machine H. G. Wells • Barnes and Noble $11.59 1 $11.59
The Time Machine Terry Davis, Jose Alfonso Ocampo Ruiz (Illustrator), Based On Work by H. G. Wells • Barnes and Noble $23.93 1 $23.93
The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings Trilogy #3) J. R. R. Tolkien • Barnes and Noble $17.86 1 $17.86
The Hobbit: 60th Illustrated Anniversary Edition J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $23.94 1 $23.94
The Bad Beginning: Book the First (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator), Michael Kupperman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
Clockwork: Or, All Wound Up Philip Pullman, Peter Bailey (Illustrator), Leonid Gore (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $2.99 1 $2.99
The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon Series #1) Patrick Carman • Barnes and Noble $8.17 1 $8.17

Materials cost

$386.73

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.80

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$427.53

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$75.45

Total project goal

$502.98

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$502.98

5 Donors

-$97.00

Donations toward project cost

-$82.45

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.55

match offer

-$405.98

Match offer toward project cost

-$345.08

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$60.90

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