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2014 Edible Book Festival was a Resounding Success!

Yesterday, Casti celebrated our inaugural Edible Book Festival. We played literary games, created blackout poetry, and had a cakewalk for fantastical book-themed cupcakes crafted by Jessa M. (‘18). Without a doubt, however, the highlight of the afternoon was viewing the Edible Book Contest entries and voting for favorites. The more than eighty creations submitted made […]

Why Creativity Got Cut – An Essay by Maddie D ’15

Why Creativity Got Cut – An Essay by Maddie D ’15

With all the hype over Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and the release of the new movie based on her book, I was considering what virtues she left out. Roth chose to create Abnegation to represent selflessness and simplicity, Amity to represent peace-keeping and kindness, Candor to represent honesty and justice, Dauntless to represent bravery and […]

Congratulations to Our Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners!

Congratulations to Our Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners!

This year, four Castilleja high school students – Victoria Pu, Caroline Harris, Hannah Knowles and Margaret Zhang – were recognized for writing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. They have shared some of their stories about what inspired them to write and their personal experiences. Get to know your classmates a little better, and […]

Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events

Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events

The dystopias don’t stop – check out some Divergent- and Matched-themed events coming your way. Get to know rising stars in literary novels with magical realism. Get a stomachache from laughing with Chelsea Handler, Sarah Mlynowski, and Shakespearean insults. Jump into spring by seeing your favorite authors up close or discovering some new ones! March […]

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Book Spine Poetry!

10 April 2014

Not a poet? Think again! Anyone can write a book spine poem. All you do is take books and lay them flat so that their spines read like a poem. These poems can be funny, serious, long, or short. See? Some classes and advisories have come into the library to make their own poems, but […]

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Novels on 10th Grade Debate Topics

10 April 2014

Hey, Upper Schoolers! With break coming up, we thought you might enjoy some pleasure reading. In case you want to check out a novel that deals with the same topics as your debates, we pulled together a list of some you might enjoy: Immigration:       Under the Mesquite A Step from Heaven Caramelo Secret […]

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Charm & Strange: A Book Review by Katie M ’18

08 April 2014

Through small chapters made up of “matter” and “antimatter,” we see the past and present life of Andrew Winston Winters, a boy of dubious motives. Through the matter of his mysterious life comes Win, a teenager who has seen too much. He is impenetrable by anyone, especially after a hiker dies in the forest near […]

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Ever wonder what Butterbeer tastes like? Come to the Edible Book Festival and find out!

24 March 2014

On Monday, April 7, the library will celebrate its first Edible Book Festival. Everyone in the Casti community is welcome to join us from 3:30-6:00 for literarily-inspired games and food. Everyone who comes can vote in our Edible Book competition! Community members are invited to create entries for the competition. The rules are simply that […]

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The Sixth Faction: Create a Faction for Divergent

20 March 2014

Wait, what? There’s a sixth faction??? OK, hold up. I wasn’t informed about this… I’m pretty sure there were 5 factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity, and Dauntless…yep, that’s 5. Where’s the sixth? Okay, calm down. There isn’t a sixth faction…yet. Which is why, my dearest Divergent fans, we are giving you the chance to put […]

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Books Into Movies

Books Into Movies

17 March 2014

Sure, watching the movie rarely beats reading the book. But how exciting is it to see your favorite novels come to life on the screen? 2013 was a great year for book films – think The Book Thief, Ender’s Game, and Catching Fire – but 2014 promises to be even better! Here are a few […]

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