The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a story about family and basketball that is written in verse. This means that the entire novel is made up of poems. But don’t be turned off if you don’t like poetry, these poems are more like hip-hop lyrics and spoken word than ‘traditional’ poems. The plot is easy to follow and focuses predominantly … Continue reading
Flannery by Lisa Moore is a story of love, friendship and struggle. Flannery Malone is a 16 year old in Newfoundland, living on welfare and helping her free-spirited mother raise her younger brother. But despite her struggles at home, what dominates most of her attention is her love for her childhood best friend Tyrone, but he … Continue reading
If you’re looking for a book recommendation this year, check out some of the books that were suggested by other Alpha students in our Summer Reads Contest. Love Stories Mysteries/ Thrillers Graphic Novels Fantasy/ Sci-Fi/ Adventure Humour Other (those that don’t fit into the other categories)
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel is a quick page turner that is both creepy and haunting. Steve is a young man who will do anything to help his sickly newborn baby brother. Haunted by bad dreams, Steve’s reality and his imagination start to blur throughout the story and leave him constantly worrying and full of anxiety. … Continue reading
The British Columbia Teachers’ Association has released a list of the 100 best books for secondary students. Check it out and see how many you have read.
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley is a good read for anyone who has ever dreamed of living in Ireland, or likes a book filled with musical references, as it is set during the height of the Grunge era(think Nirvana). The story follows 16 year old Maggie Lynch as she’s forced to move from … Continue reading
For those graphic novel lovers out there, we recently added a bunch to our collection, so come check them out! Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her … Continue reading
Watch the video of Rick Riordan reading from The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
Some of the funniest books ever are by Don Calame. Remember the Swim the Fly series about the three boys who got up to crazy adventures? Calame has just released his new book: Dan Versus Nature. Watch the trailer (warning: it’s a bit disgusting!).
So says Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places, winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction and a potential Alpha Reads pick for 2016. Told in alternating voices, it’s the story of Finch–who is fascinated by death but manages each day to find something to keep him alive–and Violet, who is still … Continue reading