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Welcome to Kranz Junior High Library

12850 FM 3436 RD, DICKINSON, TX, 77539

Phone: 281-339-3614

Hours of Operation 

Monday-Friday 7:15 AM to 3:15 PM 



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   Welcome to the Kranz Junior High School library webpage. The Kranz library is located in the center of KJHS.  Therefore, our library is the central "hub", or heartbeat, of the school. KJHS students typically visit the library through their ELA classes on a two-week rotation. However, the library is open to students each school day, beginning at 7:15 AM.  As long as students have an appropriate teacher-issued pass to visit the library, they are welcome.

   KJHS students may have two books checked out from the library at any given time. Students may keep the books for two weeks.  After that, students should either return or renew their library books.

   The KJHS library offers many programs throughout the year such as book fairs, themed months or events, author visits, contests, and book clubs.

We are look forward to having an amazing 2021-2022 school year.  We hope to create a community of readers and consumers of information. 

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by to "meet" me.  I am the Kranz Junior High Librarian, and my name is Lanay Marcantel.  It is my belief that a Librarian's position is to offer support by curating a wide variety of materials while also providing assistance and guidance on how to locate, consume, use, and understand information.  This outstanding system of support should be showcased in an environment of growth, discovery, mastery, and learning.

The library and Librarian should be a familiar touchstone at the very heart of campus life. More than any other facility or program in the school, the library must function as a place for patrons.  Students should view the library as a wonderful place that exists for them to foster personal growth, extend their learning, establish and build rapport with their peers and community, and express their own intellectual freedom.



Librarian: D. Lanay Marcantel 


Phone: 281-339-3614 

Hello.  My name is Alyssa Mikulenka, and I am your new Kranz Library Assistant.  I am excited to be here, and I am looking forward to having a great year as I get to know the campus as well as our wonderful students, faculty, and staff.
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The Kranz Library is GENREFIED.

The fiction section of the library here at Kranz is separated into genres, or "genrefied".  The legend to the left will help you find books in our library.  Just look for the coordinating genre's color on the books' spine label.



What is genrefication?

Genrefication is a way to help students, faculty, and staff locate the books they are most interested in reading more readily.  




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This is a List of Places Where You Can Find Books

When the Kranz Library is Unavailable to You:


  • Dickinson Public Library 4411 TX-3, Dickinson, TX 77539
  • Helen Hall Public Library 100 W Walker St, League City, TX 77573
  • Half Price Books 961 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058
  • Barnes & Nobel 1029 Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598
  • Goodwill has books from .50 to $3.00
  • Wal-mart 
  • Target 



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Click the You Tube window above to watch book trailers for the 2020 Lone Star Award winner and nominees.  Here is a list of the books and their authors along with a short summary of each book. 

1.  Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Summary:  Ollie and her friends mystery in adventure when they encounter an odd man and his living scarecrows.

2.  The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Summary:  Kira helps in the search to find a six-year-old lost in the mountains, but struggles with feelings of abandonment.

3.  The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake

SummaryAfter her heart transplant, Sunny hopes her life will be perfect, but she still has unresolved feelings about the mother who abandoned her.

4.  Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Summary:  This retelling of Cinderella is told from a stepsister's point of view.

5.  The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle

Summary:  Fionn is challenged by ancient evil in the form of a sinister sorceress on the island of Arranmore.

6.  The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

SummaryAfter the death of two family members, Coyote and her father seem to be on a never-ending road trip.  Her need to return home though, is growing stronger each day.

7.  Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs

SummaryThirteen year old Charlie is a genius working to keep terrorists from destroying the world.

8.  Spin by Lamar Giles

Summary:  A DJ is murdered and her two closest friends, who are sworn enemies, have to work together to find her killer before they are the ones blamed for her murder.

9.  Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

SummaryAn injury on the football field left Tommy in a coma, but the real story remains to be revealed through the use of emails, posts, texts, and conversations.

10.  Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Summary:  Sal has the uncanny ability to retrieve objects from other universes.  Doing this could destroy the universe as we know it, but he weighs the risk against the reward in order to help a friend in a dangerous situation.

11.  Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton 

Summary:  It is World War I, and Thomas is a soldier who risks his life every day digging tunnels underneath the German lines.

12.  A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Summary:  In this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Harper, the main character, is afflicted with cerebral palsy.

13.  The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Summary:  After trading their sister for a bag of fireworks, two brothers meet Styx Malone.  Styx then makes big plans to trade the fireworks for something for himself.

14.  Breakout by Kate Messner

Summary:  When two criminals escape from a local prison, Nora's city is turned upside down and placed on full alert.

15.  Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

Summary:  To cope with her parent's divorce, Sweet Pea begins answering advice column letters for her local newspaper.

16.  The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

Summary: While at boarding school, Emmy and her friends discover the existence of a frightening secret society on campus.

17.  A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Rame'e Moore

Summary:  Never one to be in trouble at school, Shayla suddenly starts turning heads after getting involved with Black Lives Matter.

18.  Live in Infamy by Caroline Tung Richmond

Summary:  Ren is slowly resenting having to follow the orders of the Germans and the Japanese during World War II.  The rebellion he feels is beginning to rise to the surface.

19.  Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Summary:  Elisabeth is thought to have transfigured a magical book into a dangerous creature.  Soon, she is blamed for a death and then must ask a sorcerer for help in order to save her kingdom.

20.  Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Summary:  To escape a war, Jude and her mother head to America from Syria.  Making a life in America is not easy, and sometimes it feels like it will never feel like a place to call home.





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Alender, Katie. The Companion

Everyone says Margot is lucky, lucky to have survived the accident that killed her family, and lucky to be taken in by a wealthy family. The Suttons chose her to serve as a companion to their strangely silent daughter Agatha who used to be fun and popular until her mysterious illness struck. But living in isolation in a big old house starts to play tricks on her mind, and soon Margot isn’t sure what’s real or if she’s even safe anymore. 

Bajpai, Nandini. A Match Made in Mehendi

Simi comes from a long line of matchmakers, but she has no interest in the business until her best friend Noah suggests they use her skills to make their mark at school. Using an app her older brother created and the student directory, they are soon making matches all over campus. Simi even has a few potential love interests for herself! But when a member of the social elite discovers her newly made ex has a match, she decides to exact revenge on Simi and Noah.

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Inheritance Games

Avery Grambs has a plan. She may be an orphan with only an older half-sister for family, but that’s not going to stop her. She’s going to get a scholarship, go to college, and make a life for herself. That’s why it’s a complete shock when she learns some Texas billionaire she’s never heard of has left all his money to her. All of it. And she has no idea why. If she wants this chance at a more stable future, she must spend the next year in a mansion with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s three handsome and clever grandsons along with a cast of scheming relatives as they race to solve puzzles and uncover the truth about the billionaire’s motives.

Bowling, Dusti. The Canyon’s Edge

One year after her mother died in a random shooting, Nora and her father go hiking again for the first time. It’s something they used to do as a family, but it’s hard to feel like a family without mom. As they explore a slot canyon, a sudden downpour creates a rushing river that separates Nora and her father. She doesn’t even know if he’s still alive, but she knows she has to find him. It will take all her skills to survive alone in the desert as she battles the elements and her PTSD from the day of her mother’s shooting.

Callender, Kacen. King and the Dragonflies

After King’s older brother dies unexpectedly, King becomes convinced Khalid has become a dragonfly. He spends hours down by the bayou looking for the right dragonfly. If only King could talk to his best friend, Sandy, things might be better, but just days before his death Khalid told King to end the friendship after overhearing Sandy tell King he might be gay. “You don’t want people to think you’re gay, too,” he said. It’s too hard to be black and gay in Louisiana. Then Sandy goes missing, and King might be the only person who can find him.

Chase, Paula. Turning Point

Sheeda and Mo have been best friends for years, but this summer they will be on different paths. Mo has been accepted to a prestigious ballet boarding school where most of the students are white. She struggles to fit in and figure out the difference between personality conflicts and racially motivated slights. Sheeda will be spending the summer at home with her very religious, very strict aunt. Mo’s older brother is also showing interest in her, and she’s not sure if she should take him seriously. Both girls struggle with staying connected and staying true to themselves over this summer of change.

Faruqi, Saadia and Laura Shovan A Place at the Table

Elizabeth is struggling with the new school year. Her best friend has dumped her for the popular crowd, even in the after-school cooking class they decided to take together. Sara hates her new school. She’s always attended a small Muslim school, and now she doesn’t know how she fits into a big public school. Her mother’s cooking club just makes everything worse. When Elizabeth and Sara are thrown together as cooking partners, an unlikely friendship begins to develop.

Firestone, Carrie. Dress Coded

The dress code seems like the only thing the administration at Molly’s middle school cares about. Girls are always getting “pulled over” for dress code issues leaving them embarrassed and missing class. When things go too far, Molly decides to start a podcast. Soon lots of girls are coming forward with stories of harassment and humiliation, and they aren’t going to take it anymore!

Fukuda, Andrew. This Light Between Us

Alex Maki has been writing letters to his French pen pal, Charlie, for years. Things are getting tense for Charlie as the German invasion of France begins in earnest. She tries to hide the true danger from him, but as a Jew, her life is always at risk. When Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, Alex’s own situation suddenly becomes more volatile. As a Japanese American, he finds himself in an internment camp. When Charlie’s letters stop, he decides to do the only thing he can, join the army to try and find her.

Gervais, Alison. The Silence Between Us

There are plenty of things to hate about moving to a new school at the beginning of your senior year, but Maya has the added distinction of attending a hearing school for the first time in years. She’s frustrated to need a translator for all her classes, and she questions the motives of students who talk behind her back. She just wants to graduate, go to college, and become a doctor to help kids like her little brother. She is surprised when class president Beau starts learning ASL to communicate with her. She reluctantly befriends him, but her feelings quickly turn into something more. Can she ever have a real relationship with someone who can’t understand what it’s like to be deaf?

Harrell, Rob. Wink

Ross wants 7th grade to be normal. Too bad he has cancer. In his eye. The surgery over the summer means he's starting with one squinty tear ductless eye, and a scar on his forehead from the pellets they will use to direct the radiation. The treatments? A metal cage fitted over his head to keep him still while he's bombarded with radiation. Plus, he has to stare at an X the whole time or his eye might explode or something. Yeah...not normal. At all. Thank goodness he has his best friend Abby, his Batpig comics, and guitar lessons.

Keller, Tae. When You Trap a Tiger

Lily is happy to spend more time with her grandmother when they move from California to rainy Washington, but she’s also nervous about making friends. She’s so quiet she often feels invisible. As soon as they arrive, it’s clear Halmoni’s health is worse than they thought. When Lily starts seeing a magical tiger from one of Halmoni’s stories, she makes a deal. She’ll return what her grandmother stole from the tiger in exchange for her grandmother’s health.

Lee, Lyla. I’ll Be the One

Katherine Skye Shin is sick of listening to all the people, including her mother, who say fat girls shouldn’t dance, wear cute clothes, or draw attention to themselves. That’s why she entered a K-pop reality competition. She loves dance, and she wants to win. Now she’s getting lots of attention, and it’s not all positive, especially when she starts hanging out with Henry Cho, a fellow contestant, model, and son of a wealthy Korean family.

Lloyd-Jones, Emily. The Bone Houses

The dead don’t always stay buried in Ryn’s world. For years, bone houses have roamed the forests, but now they are coming into town, and few have the courage and strength to stop them. Ellis is an orphan with an injured shoulder and a mysterious past. He’s also a mapmaker who is nearly killed by a bone house as he wanders the roads outside Ryn’s village. Lucky for him, she was there with her ax to save him. The two team up to try to save the people of the mountain from the bone houses and to discover truth about these undead creatures.

Maberry, Jonathan, ed. Don’t Turn Out the Lights

This collection of short stories contains plenty of chills like the carving that comes to life to torment a thief, the forest playmate who isn’t what he appears, the dangers of a simple wish, and a slumber party game gone wrong.

Marshall, Kate Alice. Thirteens

Eleanor moved in with her aunt and uncle in Eden Eld after her mother died in a fire. Now she’s started seeing strange things, like the giant black dogs with glowing red eyes. No one else can see the “wrong things” except Pip and Otto. All three kids have a thirteenth birthday on Halloween. This isn’t just a coincidence. They are slated to be the latest victims of a pact made centuries ago unless they can stop the evil Mr. January in time. Their only hope is a book of creepy fairy tales and a talking cat who may or may not be on their side.

Mejia, Tehlor Kay. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Paola has always been embarrassed by her mother’s superstitious beliefs. Her mom really believes La Llorona is lurking in the local river. Pao believes in science, but then her friend Emma disappears, and Paola discovers the truth. All those ridiculous stories actually are true, and Pao and her friend Dante will have to travel into the world of dreams to battle monsters and save Emma before it’s too late. You might also like: Storm Runner, by Jennifer Cervantes Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, by Adrianna Cuevas

Oppel, Kenneth. Bloom

The morning after a surprise rainstorm, strange black plants begin to grow everywhere, choking out all other plant life including food. As the plants begin to bloom, they release toxins into the air. Some plants are large enough to swallow a human being. No one has found a way to stop them, and they are taking over the world. Anaya, Petra, and Seth are the only ones who are immune to the plants, and they all had severe allergies before the plant invasion. Could they somehow hold the key to saving the world?

Patrick, Cat. Tornado Brain

Frankie’s twin sister Tess is so much better at school and making friends. Everything is a struggle for Frankie who has difficulty picking up on social cues and is easily distracted by loud noises. Frankie thought she and Collette were good friends, until they weren’t. Then Collette disappears, and Frankie is convinced she left clues only Frankie can decipher even if no one else will listen.

Ponti, James. City Spies

Sara only hacked the New York state foster system to prove her awful foster parents are crooks. Instead, she’s facing years in juvenile detention until a mysterious man called Mother offers her the opportunity to become a spy for British spy agency MI6. Now she’s part of an elite team whose first mission is to stop an internet terrorist.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Black Brother, Black Brother

Trey and Donte may be brothers, but they look nothing alike. Trey is pale like their white European father, and Donte is dark like their Black mother. Everyone at their new prep school treats athletic Trey like a star while Donte gets stares and accusations as one of the few Black students on campus. When misplaced blame leads to an arrest and suspension, Donte decides to beat his biggest bully at his own game.

Robertson, David A. The Barren Grounds

Morgan and Eli are Cree children living in foster care, but Morgan is plagued by an almost uncontrollable anger that threatens to ruin everything until she decides to take Eli under her wing. When one of Eli’s drawings becomes a portal to another world, the two cross over and begin a quest with Ocheck and Arik, their animal friends, to save the people of Misewa from an evil man who has left them in permanent winter and on the verge of destruction.

Rutherford, Mara. Crown of Coral and Pearl

For generations the people of Varenia have given their most beautiful daughters to marry the princes of Ilara. Nor has never left her village on the sea where the days are spent diving for pearls under the warm sun. Now she has been sent to marry a stranger whose home is buried in the cold recesses of a mountain stronghold. No one welcomes her to court, especially not her forbidding fiancé, Prince Ceren. The court is full of deception and plots, and Nor will have to stay on her guard if she wants to survive.

Stevens, Court. The June Boys

Every June, the Gemini Thief takes three boys, keeps them underground for thirteen months, and then returns them. The kidnapper has never killed anyone until now. This became personal when Thea’s cousin Aulus was taken last year. She’s been obsessed with uncovering the truth ever since even if it leads back to her own father.

Walsh, Bee. Manning Up

From the outside, Jack has a perfect life. He’s a star athlete with good grades, but in reality, he’s plagued with anxiety and an obsession with his body. Are his muscles strong enough? Is there too much fat around his waist? Does that slice of pizza have too many calories? When he starts using steroids, he feels invincible, but his more aggressive behavior is frightening to his family and may put an end to his budding romantic relationship.


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Fall 2022 Results:



Fall 2021 Results:

8th grade:

Legend L. "Charlotte"


7th grade:



1st place:

Mrs. Marcantel, Luna Lovegood

Fall 2020 Results:

8th grade:

1st place Beetlejuice--Jaiden G.

2nd place Jack Skellington--Kalia B.

3rd place Pooh with Hunny--Madeline K.

7th grade:

1st place Tin Man--Ruthie R.

2nd place Stitch--Dani V.

3rd place Hocus Pocus--Kailey G.


1st place Where the Wild Things Are--L. Marcantel

2nd place Skippyjon Jones--M. Reynolds

3rd place The Three Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf--J. Callaway



Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held in-person on campus at KJHS.  It will begin on Monday, October 10, 2022 and it will end on Friday, October 14, 2022.  Thank you for your support!

Here is a link to make book fair purchases online during the week of the fair:  KJHS Scholastic Book Fair

April is Poetry Month.  "Poem in Your Pocket" will take place here at KJHS on Friday, April 29, 2022. 


Check out the latest Lonestar Book Award Nominees under the "2021 Lonestar Award Winner and Nominees" tab on this website.  They are on the shelf and ready to be checked out right now.


The list of 2022 Lonestar Books have been ordered and will be on our KJHS Library shelves soon.



Our champion has been crowned! THE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER IS BLACK BROTHER BLACK BROTHER! Thank you to all who voted.
Attend by invitation only.  Invites were sent to the top 25 patrons at KJHS for the 2021-2022 school year.
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