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Summer Adventures

TA Elyse has kindly put together some recommendations for books featuring summer adventures!

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

If you love fantasy novels or enjoyed reading The Odyssey, Summer of the Mariposas is a good book for you! This novel is about five sisters who find a dead body and go on an adventurous journey to Mexico to return him to his family. After they had returned the body, they meet a ghost, La Llorona, who guides them while returning home to Texas. Along the way, they meet other supernatural beings such as a witch, a warlock, a half-human barn owl, and a vicious chupacabras.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Towards the beginning of the First World War in Europe, Mrs. Ramsay, her peculiar husband, and their children come to the Hebrides, a few islands near the west of Scotland, for their summer holiday. After having postponed a visit to a lighthouse, their trip begins to open complex tensions and conflicts between the men and women of this family. War breaks out in Europe and their joy comes to a close as they face tragedy, jealousy, and grief.

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Rose and her parents spend every summer in a house by Awago Beach. They often bring Rose’s friend Windy, and the two have a very close, almost sisterly relationship. One summer, however, Rose’s parents face conflict and fight often, so the two girls spend their time away to distract themselves from it. Unfortunately they get caught up in an issue revolving some of the local teenagers, who have done something horrible and life threatening. This summer turns out to be a time of growing up, keeping secrets, and staying close to true friends.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

A group of college-aged friends meet up at a party and accidentally kill a boy. After such an incident, Barry, Helen, Ray, and Julie all swear to keep it to themselves, until a year later they receive a note that says: “I know what you did last summer.” The four friends must team up together to outsmart this anonymous killer, or else they will be the next to die.

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

Two sisters wake to find out their parents have disappeared in the middle of the night. When Summer and Bird go on a quest to find them, they find their way to a gate in the woods. Soon they are lead to a different, fantastical world, inhabited by talking animals and a Puppeteer queen. The two sisters are separated and have to find their parents and defeat the evil queen on their own.

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Haven grows overwhelmed due to all of the change in her life: her sister gets engaged her old boyfriend, her father gets remarried, her best friend changes a lot, and she does not know where she fits in. She misses the previous summer when she was happy and everything seemed to be going just right. She decides to run away and as time passes, she realizes that change is perhaps a good thing.

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Summertime, and e-reading is easy!

Summertime, and e-reading is easy!

Worried that you’ll miss the Casti Library this summer? You don’t need to be! Our collection of more than 1700 ebooks is open 24/7. You can log in whenever you like. Click here to visit our digital library!

Ebooks are readable on many different devices and apps. Learn more on our FAQ or stop by the library to talk to one of your librarians before you head out on summer vacation. We can also show you how to download audiobooks from your public library.

So what’s in the digital library? Something for everyone, we hope! From childhood classics to YA to adult; from science fiction to historical fantasy to contemporary realism; from popular bestsellers to spectacular under-the-radar releases; the collection has a lot to choose from. If you need a book recommendation, click on the purple square to your right and look at our recommended reading booklet, Pinterest account, NoveList Plus, and recommended other sources for finding great books. Happy reading!

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Congratulations to Our Scholastic Art and Writing Award Recipients!

Congratulations to Our Scholastic Art and Writing Award Recipients!

picture of 6 scholastic award winners

Some of the Scholastic Award honorees. Left to right: Riya B., Sara B., Tiffany M., Gwen C., Noel P., Margaret Z.

This year, thirteen Castilleja students were among the West Region at Large winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Writers, an organization dedicated to celebrating extraordinarily talented student writers and artists. This year, students aged 7-12 across America submitted nearly 32,000 works in 29 different categories of art and writing. Students are awarded based on the affiliate region they live in (all Castilleja students are in the Western Region at Large), and those whose works receive Gold Key advanced to a higher round for national adjudication.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are divided into two sections, Art and Writing. Categories for the Art section include: Architecture, Comic art, Jewelry, Mixed media, Photography, and more. Categories for the Writing section include: Drama, Humor, Journalism, and Personal essay/Memoir, and more. The contest also offers sponsored awards, such as Neiman Marcus Award for Fashion, sponsored by Neiman Marcus, and the Gedenk Award for Tolerance, sponsored by the Gedenk movement.

 

In the art division, the following students were recognized:

Gold Key: Emma Glickman ‘16 (Photography); Gabrielle Occhipinti ‘16 (Photography); Grace Stevenson ‘17 (Photography); and Isabella Wang ‘17 (Painting)

 Silver Key: Emma Glickman ‘16 (Photography); Grace Stephenson ‘17 (Photography);  Mimi Tran-Zambetti ‘16 (Painting); and Isabella Wang ‘17 (Painting)

Honorable Mention: Tiffany Madruga ‘16 (Painting); Gabrielle Occhipinti ‘16 (Photography); Mimi Tran-Zambetti ‘16 (Painting); and Isabella Wang ‘17 (Drawing and Illustration).

 

In the writing division, the following students were recognized:

Gold Key: Sara Bell ‘17 (Poetry, Journalism); Riya Berry ‘18 (Critical Essay); and Noel Peng ‘17 (Poetry)

Silver Key: Riya Berry ‘18 (Humor); Gwen Cusing ‘17 (Poetry); Sho Sho Leigh Ho ‘19 (Personal Essay/Memoir, Short Story, Poetry); Katie Mishra ‘18 (Critical Essay); and Margaret Zhang ‘17 (Poetry, Journalism, Flash Fiction)

Honorable Mention: Sara Bell ‘17 (Personal Essay/Memoir, Poetry); Gwen Cusing ‘17 (Journalism); Sho Sho Leigh Ho ‘19 (Short Story, Poetry); Noel Peng ‘17 (Poetry); and Margaret Zhang ‘17 (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir).

 

Congratulations to all our winners, and a special thank you to all the Castilleja teachers who helped those students get where they are today! For more information about the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, please check out their website here.

 

-Riya B., ’18

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Summer Bay Area Literary Events

Summer Bay Area Literary Events

May

Evelyn Skye in conversation with Sabaa Tahir
The Crown’s Game
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
99 Poems: New and Selected
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

 

June

David Levithan and Nina LaCour
You Know Me Well
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA
More information here

 

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
My Lady Jane
Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Rd.
Redwood City
RSVP here

 

 

 Boldly Bookish Tour: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Tiffany Schmidt, and Tara Altebrando
Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

 

City Arts and Lectures Presents Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Monday, June 13, 2016, 7:30 pm
Nourse Theater
More information and tickets here

 

 

In Deep Radio with Mary Roach, live at Kepler’s
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tickets available here or at Kepler’s

 

 

July

Firoozeh Dumas
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 7:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

Midnight Release Party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
More information here

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