Shelley Smith

      I have been teaching since 1990.  This will be my 18th year in MISD.  I taught 8th grade ELA at MJHS for twelve years.  My secondary English/history teaching degree was earned at West Texas State University.  I did some graduate work at Texas Tech University in curriculum and instruction.  I am additionally certified in ESL and reading and graduated with my masters in library science from Sam Houston State University. This will be my sixth year as a librarian and my fifth year as the lead librarian for MISD.

       My son, Austin, is a junior at the University of Texas.  We have two cats and huge piles of books at our house.

      Reading is absolutely one of my favorite things to do, and I want to share my love of reading with the students and teachers of MJHS. 

     Check out my book blog here: MJHS Library Blog

      I am looking forward to a great year!

Shelley Smith

936-276-3300 (press #5 for the library) or 936-276-3367

The library is open every week day from 6:45 AM -3:15 PM.

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Here are different places where you can find free ebooks/audio books. I'll be updating this page periodically, so check back often. Don't forget to review your books in our Flipgrid!

'Want some ambiance while you're reading? Check out these ambiance reading rooms.

Ambiance Reading Rooms

'Have a public library card? You can check out ebooks and audio books at our local library. 'Just follow the directions on their website.

Charles B. Stewart Library

You can also use your library card for ebooks/audio books on Hoopla.


'Have an iPhone or iPad? Apple books has over 100 free books that they're offering for download right now.

Info on Apple Books

Audible is offering a 30-day free subscription, as well as several books that are free.


Free sites:

Teen Book Cloud

Audio Book Cloud for K-6

Audio Book Cloud for 7-12

These sites are offering free 30-day trials right now.





Time for Kids





MJH Destiny Homepage

There are all kinds of resources on the MJH Destiny page.  You can find research tools, book finder links, databases, textbook links, curriculum-based websites, and more! 

Charles B. Stewart Public Library


Info to sign up for a public library card

MJH Teacher Resources

MJH Student Resources



Gale Databases

Please see Ms. Smith for the school username and password.

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Books I've read since March 2020


Camp Midnight

Camp Midnight: Camp Daybright

Black Canary: Ignite

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: The Graphic Novel

Out to Get You

Look Both Ways

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Major Impossible

Where Is Easter Island?






By the Book

City Spies

Death by Dumpling

Dim Sum of All Fears

Murder Lo Mein

Wonton Terror

Egg Drop Dead

Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night

Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound

A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Patricia's Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight

Moth: An Evolution Story

The Proudest Blue

Hair Love

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne

A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story

Magic Ramen

Charcoal Boys

Gross as a Snot Otter

Overground Railroad

Love, from the Crayons

How to Read a Book

Just Like Rube Goldberg


Freedom Bird

Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

Mamie on the Mound

Hedy Lamarr's Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor

Lizzie Demands a Seat: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights

Insect Superpowers

The Iron King

Sunny Rolls the Dice

The Starless Sea

Prairie Lotus

The Iron King

Summer's Crossing

The Iron Princess

Winter's Passage

The Iron Queen

Once a Witch

Always a Witch

Moment of Truth

I Believe in a Thing Called Love


To Have or to Hoax

The Jane Austen Society

Persuading Annie

Ghost Boys (re-read)

A Match Made in Mehendi

The Iron Daughter

The Little Bookshop by The Shore

Mexican Gothic

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (re-read)

The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Bruce Lee Story

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

Diana: Princess of the Amazons

Jo & Laurie

Throw Like a Girl

What I Like About Me

I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Somewhere Only We Know

The Way You Make Me Feel

Peter and Ned's Ultimate Travel Journal

10 Things I Hate About Pinky



No Judgments

Bridal Boot Camp

No Offense

Killer Kung Pao

Recipe for Persuasion

The Word Collector

The Queen's Assassin

Run, Hide, Fight Back

The Lovely and the Lost


The Eternal City

Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom

Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

The Cat Man of Aleppo

A Bowl Full of Peace

Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children

The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity

The Fabled Life of Aesop

The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories

She Was the First! The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species

Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey

Fight of the Century: Alice Paul Battles Woodrow Wilson for the Vote

I Am Not a Number

Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children


The Okay Witch

Nothing Like I Imagined

Vampires Never Get Old



Talk Nerdy to Me

On the Fence

Being Frog

The Only Woman in the Photo: Francis Perkins and Her New Deal for America

Marking Their Voices heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

The Eleventh Hour

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Gittel's Journey: A Story of Ellis Island

The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jones Salk and the Polio Vaccine

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip

Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero

Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island

The Forest

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon


Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions

Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-foot Girl

Leave It to Abigail! The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams

What Would You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Most Wanted: The Revolutionary Partnership of John Hancock & Samuel Adams

Becoming Brianna



I'll Be the One

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916: The Graphic Novel

Catherine's War

Almost American Girl

Kingdom of the Wicked

When Stars Are Scattered




The Dark Matter of Mona Starr

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

Chasing Lucky

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918

This Was Our Pact

The Ravens

Serpent and Dove

Blood and Honey

Kamala Harris:  Rooted in Justice

The Metric System

Follow Those Zebras: Solving a Migration Mystery

Ruby Bridges: This Is Your Time

From Blood and Ash

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

From the Red Pearl

The Couch Potato

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

Una Nina llamada Rosita

Queen of Tejano Music: Selena

They Call Me Guero

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

Forget Me Nat



Class Act

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'Want to see what Hogwarts house you're in?  Take the quiz here:

Harry Potter Quiz

Complete this form to finish your application to the MJHS Harry Potter Club. (You must be logged in to your school Google account to have access to this form.)

HP Club Form

Headmaster of Hogwarts

     Professor Wood

Assistant Headmistress of Hogwarts & Ravenclaw Professor

     Professor Smith


     Head of House-Professor        Johnson


     Head of House-Professor Williams


     Head of House-Professor Hartner

     Associate Head of House-

     Professor Dodson


     Head of House-Professor Mittag

     Associate Head of House-

Professors Reinholz and Smith


Butterbeer Recipe

In a blender, combine:

1/4 cup ice

1/2 quart vanilla ice cream

12 oz. cream soda

3 T of caramel topping (or 3 T butterscotch topping)

a splash of butter flavoring

Blend and top with whipped cream.


Gryffindor-191 pts.

Slytherin-35 pts.

Hufflepuff-69 pts.

Ravenclaw-141 pts.

Updated 1/30/20

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