Vikings Talk – Jasper Jones

In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible. Find out more about this riveting Prinz Award Honour Book by checking out author Craig Silvey’s comments in the video posted below and join us when Vikings Talk Jasper Jones Wednesday, April 30th at lunch in the library.

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Visit by Author Susin Nielsen


Students from a number of English 8 classes enjoyed a visit by Susin Nielsen, the author of Vikings Read 2014 nominee The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.  During each of the two sessions Ms. Nielsen talked about her background, spoke of her three novels, and took questions from an interested audience.  The attentive students laughed throughout the presentation as Ms. Nielsen made references ranging from her work writing for and acting in the classic Canadian teen drama Degrassi Junior High to the tale of how two Toronto librarians tried on different occasions to get her book Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom into the hands of George Clooney himself at his home in Lake Como, Italy!  The students were even treated to a reading from Ms. Nielsen’s yet to be released next novel!!  Ms. Nielsen answered student questions on numerous topics.  She told the audiences how she gets through writer’s block (by continuing to write), laid out her favourite part of the writing process (“having written”, i.e., finishing the first draft), gave book recommendations (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Fault in Our Starts – among others), and revealed her favourite author when she was young (Judy Blume).

Students are encouraged to pick up a copy of Susin Nielsen’s work from our library.  Our collection includes:
Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, and The Reluctant Diary of Henry K. Larsen.

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Spring Events in the Library


All of April is Poetry Month – submit your poems and check out the Poetry Wall in the library all this month. Also, keep an eye on the school bulletin for contests!

Thursday, April 3rd – overdue notices will be distributed during period 1. Spring off to a good start by returning those overdues!

Wednesday, April 9th @ lunch – Vikings TalkThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

April 22nd – 25th is Literacy Week! Stay tuned for upcoming events such as a Scavenger Hunt, Movie Days, a Spelling Bee, and more. There will be prizes!!!

Tuesday, April 22nd during periods 8 & 7 – Susin Nielsin, author of Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney, Please Marry my Mother, and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, will be visiting to discuss her work as an author. Interested in joining us? Come down to the library for an in-school field trip form.

Wednesday, April 23rd @ lunch – Vikings Talk The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wednesday, April 30th @ lunch – Vikings Talk Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Library overdue notices will be distributed during period 1.

Thursday, May 1st – Monday, May 26th – Vikings Read Online Voting! Vote for the one book you feel all Burnaby North Vikings should read!! First 100 voters will receive a prize.

Wednesday, May 28th @ lunch – Join us when we announce the winner for Vikings Read 2014.! There will be cake and door prizes, too!

Tuesday, June 3rd – All library resources due.

Thursday, June 5th – overdue notices will be distributed during period 1. All resources must be returned.


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Vikings Talk – The Hound of the Baskervilles

Do you love this show?!?! How about reading the book?

The Hound of the Baskervilles is frequently regarded as one of  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest Shelock Holmes stories. What’s not to enjoy? The story focuses on a supernatural hound that haunts the Baskerville family. Read the book or the graphic novel as Holmes and his trusted friend John Watson uncover the mystery.

Join us for Vikings Talk when we discuss both the novel and graphic novel on April 23rd in the Library at lunch. See you then!

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Vikings Talk – Art of Racing in the Rain

What if man’s best friend had thoughts just like you and me? What if he read social cues, understood people and television, and sympathized the way we do? Enzo does! Enzo, owned by race car driver Denny, is always loyal to his down-on-his-luck owner. Check out Enzo’s story in Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. Check out the trailer below:

Join us for Vikings Talk at lunch this Wednesday, March 9th in the magazine section when we discuss this book. Bring your lunch and join the discussion!

Need to catch up on your Vikings Read titles? Come down to the library and pick one or all of the books up now! Voting begins May 1st.

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