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Four to Read More: Sweet Treats!

Four to Read More: Sweet Treats!

Edible Book Festival is coming up soon! To get us in the mood, Sophia N. put together a Four to Read More all about those sweets we crave.


cover of Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

When she was younger, Hudson knew she was going to become a professional figure skater. However, her parents’ divorce when she was fourteen forced her to abandon the life she dreamed of and spend the rest of her life in sadness over what she could have achieved. After baking cupcakes for her mom’s diner for a few years, Hudson gets the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue her dream. She is excited but also terrified, and it’s up to her to decide how much she badly she wants her dream and how much she is willing to sacrifice for it.

Penny and her mother move from the bustling New York city to a small, quiet town called Hog’s Hollow. The worst part? Penny’s father doesn’t come with them and Penny is also tasked with balancing work at her mom’s new cupcake shop, making new friends, and avoiding Charity, the meanest girl in Hog’s Hollow who seems to have something against Penny. Just when Penny is starting to settle in and feel at home in her new town, her parents ask her to make a decision that will change her life forever.

cover of The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

cover of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

The third book in the Wayward Children series gives us new characters and old friends. Rini drops from a land called Confectionary into a pond at the home for Wayward Children, looking for her mother Sumi. But in this world, Sumi died years before Rini was even born. Rini must somehow find a way to bring Sumi back, so Sumi can fulfill her destiny to defeat the Queen of Cakes. Despite their rule of “No quests,” a few Wayward Children join Rini on a cross-dimension trip to Confectionary, where the sea is strawberry soda and candy corn grows in fields, to resurrect their old classmate.

Twelve year old Foster has a passion for baking and hopes to someday have her own baking show. After moving into the town of Culpepper with her mom, she is invited to bake for the local coffee shop and is able to receive help to overcome one of her weaknesses: learning how to read. However, just when she and her mother begin to feel at home in their new town, their tumultuous past catches up to them and it becomes difficult for Foster to imagine pursuing her dream. Will she be able to rise above and follow her dreams?

cover of Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer


Come celebrate Edible Book Festival with the library on Monday, March 26th! We’ll have trivia, games, puzzles, a raffle with an amazing prize, and most importantly, CAKE! Click on over here for more information.

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The Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival!

The Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival!

Edible Book Flyer with an illustration of an alligator about to eat a sandwich

Join the library on Monday, March 26th from 3:30 to 6:00pm to celebrate the 5th Annual Edible Book Festival!

All Casti community members are welcome to attend, submit an entry, and vote. This year we’ll also have a scavenger hunt, a food trivia contest, puzzles, boardgames, and a raffle with an AMAZING prize

The rules:

  • Must be made out of edible components
  • Must either illustrate a concept from a book or be food that appears in a book.


a picture of cupcakes with different smiley faces on themAs always, we will vote on entries for our prizes.

Prize categories are:

  • Most Shakespeare-licous
  • Healthiest
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Food Eaten in a Book
  • Technical Mastery
  • Best Simple Idea
  • People’s Choice


a picture of a goldfish cracker on top of a broccoli crown, a pun on the book title Fish in a Tree

Families or groups of students are welcome to collaborate on entries. They may be dropped off in the morning or just before school ends for the day. Please label all entries with creators’ first and last names, andbring in the book that inspired your creation, or a printout of the cover.

We can’t wait to see you all there!


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Spring Sequels

Spring Sequels

Here’s a round up of what’s come out recently, or will be coming out soon! Come talk to a librarian if you want to put any of these on hold. Happy reading!

New Sequels

Thunderhead by Neal Stephenson
Sequel to Scythe

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale

The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
Sequel to The Story Spinner

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Sequel to Every Heart a Doorway / third in the Wayward Children series

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Sequel to Furthermore

Obsidio by Aimee Kauffman and Jay Asher
Conclusion to the Illuminae trilogy



New Comics 

Hermes: Tales of the Trickster by George O’Connor

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino

Wires and Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes

Lumberjanes, Volume 7: A Bird’s Eye View by Shannon Watters et al

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 4: Girl-Moon by Brandon Montclare

Ms. Marvel, Volume 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson

New from a Favorite Author

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

A Skin Full of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Artemis by Andy Weir

Odd & True by Cat Winters

Hunger by Donna Jo Napoli



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Keshav Dhir, Literary Entrepreneur and Gunn Student

Keshav Dhir, Literary Entrepreneur and Gunn Student

TA Sophia N. ’19 spoke with Keshav Dhir, a Gunn student who founded an online literary journal for teens.

Keshav Dhir, a freshman at Gunn, is no ordinary high school student. At the age of 15, he created a free online literary journal to give middle and high school students a platform to share their writing and be inspired by the writing of other students around the country.

When he was very young, he discovered his passion for reading through J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and from then on would spend hours each day immersed in the fictional worlds of Rick Riordan, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and many more. When he got a bit older, he grew curious about how authors managed to write so descriptively and transport others to their fictional worlds. After asking himself these questions, he gave writing a shot and found that he not only loved consuming written works but also creating them with his own two hands. Inspired by his favorite authors, he currently loves to read and write fantasy and sci-fi. He has also forged his own path in journalism and has interviewed people such as Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, and Steve Rasmussen, the owner of Milk Pail Market in Mountain View.

Scribere, Winter 2017 Issue

He soon reached out to a children’s publishing company to see if his work could be published, but he never gota response as to whether they would consider publishing his work. Frustrated by his experience, Keshav made it his mission to create a platform for young writers to share their work and read short stories and poems from other talented students. He founded Scribere, an online literary journal, to promote creativity in students and give them the opportunity to submit their own work for publication and receive feedback from other student writers. Scribere is growing rapidly across the Bay Area and is now sponsored by Disney, ThinkFund, Youth Service for America, and the City of Palo Alto.

However, despite his success, Keshav is no stranger to criticism and writer’s block. When faced with writer’s block, he says, “I usually take a step back and think about what I’ve written, and see how I can improve it through description or dialogue or something else. Sometimes, I will just take a break completely and wait for something new to come to me. You can’t force the creative flow; it has to come to you.” When I asked him if he had any advice for young aspiring writers, he said “Writer’s block happens, rejection happens, criticism happens. Don’t let it get you down, just keep writing! Your writing is your own, so you decide when you’re finished or how much to add, not anyone else.”

Keshav encourages aspiring writers in the Castilleja community to submit their work to Scribere, following the guidelines outlined on their website ( He and his editorial board, which only consists of middle and high school students, will review the submission and decide whether it should be published in their journal. If not, they’ll give the author feedback on how it can be improved and invite them to resubmit. If so, they’ll reach out to the author and let them know when their work will be published.

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March Bay Area Author and Literary Events

March Bay Area Author and Literary Events

Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone in conversation with with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park


Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and cofounder of string field theory, speaks about what’s in store for humanity’s future
Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo
Tickets here


Tahereh Mafi introduces her new trilogy, set in the same world as the Shatter Me series
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here


Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Meet and Greet for the release of Obsidio, the final book in the Illuminae trilogy
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here


Junot Díaz, New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, introduces his debut picture book
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tickets here


Jessica SpotswoodStacey Lee, and Anna-Marie McLemore present Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls, the follow up to the anthology A Tyranny of Petticoats
Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 7:00PM
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara
RSVP here


Katherine Applegate, author of beloved book Crenshaw, talks about her new book Wishtree
Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here


Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen, presents her new book Aru Shah and the End of Time
Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here



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Books on Break? We’ve Got You Covered!

Books on Break? We’ve Got You Covered!

Stop by the library for books before you head out on February break! We have two amazing displays up, Judge a Book By Its First Line, and OMG ROMANCE.

Don't judge a book by its cover display OMG ROMANCE display








Or, if those don’t appeal, check out our Pinterest page for recommendations, and come talk to a librarian for more ideas. And don’t forget about our ebook and audiobook collection too! We have a plethora of fabulous options.

Happy reading!

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