By: Isenia Lopez
Coraline is dark fantasy children book written by Neil Gaiman. The plot of the story is Coraline Jones and her parents have just moved into a new house were it is divided into apartments. Her neighbors are retired stage ladies Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, and her upstairs neighbor is Mr. Bobo who is also referred to as “the crazy man upstairs.” There is one room that is unoccupied, and that room connects to Coraline’s apartment by a tiny door. Coraline calls Mr. Bobo “the crazy man upstairs” because he claims to be training a mouse circus, so when Coraline goes to greet Mr.Bobo, he delivers her a warning from his mice saying “Do not go through the small door” and Coraline disregards his message about the door. Coraline has tea with Miss Spink and Miss Forcible where they read her tea leaves and give her a warning that she is in terrible danger, so Miss Spink gives her a lucky stone with a hole in the center which is supposed to be used for locating spirits. Coraline does not listen to her neighbors warning about the door and continues to go through the tiny door. What is on the other side of the door? Tune in next month to book club to see what happens to Coraline as she goes through the “dangerous” door.
By: Isenia Lopez
Tired of rereading the same book? If so, then book club can help solve that situation. In book club the group discusses a new book every month. February’s book is Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Join book club and see what happens in the book.
What is your favorite book?
Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
“Death brings life; life brings death. There are no words in that fleeting moment between hope and the knowledge. There is no way to express how a heart can burst and break at the same time, how the sun can cut through the darkness but will cast shadows everywhere.”
If you had the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
Could you please make this a movie?
What was your favorite childhood book?
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Favorite genre to read is romance.
By: Vanessa Meza
Mock Trial has done it again! Guided by Mrs. Inchcliff and Mrs. Parreira, Mock Trial students have competed at the Tulare County Superior Courthouse in Visalia. These hardworking students have been meeting every week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. When Mock Trial students attended their first scrimmage back in December results looked grim, but through hard work and perseverance they got their act together. On January 23rd, they competed against Orosi and got the win . Their upcoming competitions will be against El Diamante High School and their defense team will compete on January 30th against Tulare Union. Here are some pictures of the students working hard to win their case.
By: Isenia Lopez
Looking for a new book to read? Then book club is the club for you! Book Club is a group of students who meet at the end of each month to discuss a book that they have collectively read. At the meeting, students get to ask questions about the book, learn new things about the author, and get to share their thoughts and some of their favorite quotes. If you are interested in joining book club please see Mrs. Mitchell in the library. Join us next month as we will be discussing Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Q: Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
A: “I am haunted by humans.” It is ironic because it is the Grim Reaper, the Angel of Death, saying this.
Q: If you had the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
A: What gave you the idea to use the Grim Reaper as the narrator?
Q:What was your favorite childhood book?
A: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Q: What is your favorite genre to read?
A: Historical fiction or non-fiction