Background Information: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Background Information: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

cover of The Hate U GiveAs Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give remained on the New York Times young adult best seller list for the better part of 2017, the topics the book deals with clearly resonate with readers. The Hate U Give is about a sixteen year old black girl named Starr who splits her time between the world of her fancy prep school and the poor neighborhood where she lives. When she witnesses the police shoot her friend Khalil, and Khalil turns out to be unarmed, protestors swarm the streets and her neighborhood is catapulted into the national eye. As the only witness, what Starr does or does not reveal could change her community forever.


The plot of The Hate U Give reflects national events and discussions on police violence and race. If you’re interested in gaining a deeper understanding of these issues, the library has some books that may help.

cover of Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris

This slim book traces the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, from the shootings that sparked it to the protests and the activists working to chagne the United State’s justice system.
cover of The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

A response to the famed The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, this book of essays and poetry explores race in America in the words of today’s leading thinkers and writers, such as Claudia Rankin and Edwidge Danticat.


Stop by the library for more recommendations from your librarians!


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Sequels and New Books

Sequels and New Books

To keep you updated on your favorite authors and series, we’ll be doing a round up of new books and sequels a few times a year. Here’s some exciting stuff that’s come out since the summer edition!

New Sequels

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye, the follow up to The Crown’s Game

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. A new book in her Queen’s Thief series!

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson. The final book in the Goldseer trilogy.

Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford, sequel to Greenglass House

Ringer by Lauren Oliver, sequel to Replica

The Dire King by William Ritter. The final book in the Jackaby series.

Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer Holm, sequel to Sunny Side Up

Whichwood by Taherah Mafi, companion novel to Furthermore


New from Favorite Authors 

Warcross by Marie Liu, author of the Legends and Young Elites series

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. The first book she’s written since the Graceling series.

The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman. The start of a new series set in the His Dark Materials world, a prequel to The Golden Compass.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. Her first book since finishing The Raven Cycle!


Ongoing Comics

Giant Days, vol. 6

Goldie Vance, vol. 3

Princeless, vol. 5

Bandette, vol. 3

Faith, vol. 4

Jughead, vol. 3

Dawn and the Impossible Three: the Baby-Sitters Club, vol. 5

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Magazine Review: Riposte

Magazine Review: Riposte

Library TA Emmeline S. ’19 tells you all about one of the new magazines we picked up:

Self-described as the “smart magazine for women” and a decided (and welcome) respite from mainstream media coverage of rumored Kardashian pregnancies and other mundane celebrity “news,” London-based Riposte magazine offers short stories, articles and interviews on topics aimed at educated women.  

Issue 8 of Riposte

Started in 2013 by London-based art gallery curator Danielle Pender, Riposte is a bit of a publishing anomaly.  While many other magazines and media houses are increasingly moving more content online, Riposte’s website features single topic photos and brief teasers for in-depth articles that can be accessed only via the printed bi-annual magazine (Issue 8 is currently available in the Castilleja Espinosa Library).

Riposte is not light reading, nor is it appropriate for the modest reader.  Issue 8 contributors address heavy topics including racism, failures of science education on gender, motherhood, fashion and innovation. This particular issue also features semi-nude and powerfully untouched photos of breast cancer survivor Erika Hart, accompanying a candid article on real-life information gaps she encountered while being treated by her team of medical professionals.  The discussion of sexuality and sexual matters are more European in their openness; however, there are no advertisements or photos of young, photoshopped models in provocative poses.

The visual aesthetic of the magazine is somewhat chaotic with varying typefaces, full page borderless photos immediately followed by distinctly bordered images, and jarring discontinuities of layout. Surprisingly, the former art-gallery curator has not stamped the magazine with a readily identifiable look-and-feel nor has she established a consistent tone or language usage embodied by some of the most prominent magazines in circulation in North America (e.g. The New Yorker).  There are some well-written creative pieces–Adventure (essays) on pages 15-19–a few beautiful photos such as pages 50, 94, and 120-121, and some interesting articles–a the feature on architect/designer Farshid Moussavi on page 20 for example. However, there is a lack of flow across the issue, and the quality of the written and photographic content is inconsistent.  

Lastly, while many of the women covered in the magazine are role models, many of the topics–e.g., motherhood, balancing work/life–are aimed at women at different stages of life than the average Castilleja student.  

While Riposte has yet to fully mature into a consistent, high-quality publication, it is well worth scanning twice a year for insights as well as an introduction to interesting topics and women role models.  

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Summer Sequels!

Summer Sequels!

A lot of sequels, new volumes, and new books by Casti favorite authors came out over the summer! Here’s a round up:

Books and Graphic Novels

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series, vol. 3)

Firebrand by A.J. Hartley (sequel to Steeplejack)

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Knife’s Edge by Hope Larson (sequel to Compass South)

Wires and Nerve by Melissa Meyer (takes place in the Cinder universe!)

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgewick

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Ongoing Comics

Faith, vols. 2 & 3

Giant Days, vol. 5

Gotham Academy, vol. 4

Gotham Academy/Lumberjanes
crossover book

Lumberjanes, vol. 6

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, vol. 3

Ms Marvel, vols. 6 & 7

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol. 5






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Pride Month Reads

Pride Month Reads

June is LGBTQIA+ pride month, and the library has plenty of books to help you celebrate and educate! Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet fluffy romance, family drama, or short stories that span the spectrum, you’re sure to find something you love.

a screenshot of the Pride Month collection on OverDrive

Head on over to our ebooks to check it out!

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Got Audiobooks? (Your Library Does!)

Got Audiobooks? (Your Library Does!)

elizabeth enjoying audiobooks

The library is delighted to announce that we now have audiobooks that you can check out!

Our collection, offering a range of choices for listeners age 11-18 and beyond, is with the ebooks in Overdrive. If you want to see which of our audiobooks are recommended for someone your age, check out our Pinterest board.

If you are not an audiobook devotee already, you might be wondering what there is to get excited about. Click on a cover below to take a listen to some samples from our collection and find out:

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (Gr. 8+) Full Cast Reading

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (Gr. 8+) Full Cast Reading

The Night Circus (Adult for young adult) Reader: Jim Dale

The Night Circus (Adult for young adult) Reader: Jim Dale

The Graveyard Book (Gr 5-8) Readers: Tim Dann and Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book (Gr 5-8) Readers: Tim Dann and Neil Gaiman


Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Gr. 6+) Reader: Katherine Kellgren

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy (Gr. 6+) Reader: Katherine Kellgren

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Gr. 9+) Reader: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Gr. 9+) Reader: Lin-Manuel Miranda

How It Went Down (Gr 9+) Full Cast Reading

How It Went Down (Gr 9+) Full Cast Reading

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Gr 7+) Reader: Ray Porter

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Gr 7+) Reader: Ray Porter





















So check out some audiobooks today, an tell us how you enjoy experiencing books in a whole new way!

Learn how to check them out on our how-to page.

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