Summaries by Satvika – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder: Jackson, Holly: BooksA Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson 

A Review by Satvika Suresha. 

‘When you ask people what happened to Andie Bell, they’ll tell you without hesitation: 

“She was murdered by Salil Singh.

No “allegedly”

No “might have”

No “probably”

No “most likely.”

He did it, they say. Sal killed Andie.

But I’m not so sure.” 


Seventeen-year-old Pippa ‘Pip’ Fitz-Amobi is your ideal high school student. An overachiever, workaholic, clean record, good student. So, it’s a big surprise when she decides to solve a murder that occurred 5 years ago for her senior capstone project. 

Pip starts to delve deeper into the past, uncovering the secrets and the real players behind the murders of Sal and Andie that someone wants to desperately keep hidden. And if the real murderer is out there, still alive, how far will they go to quiet Pip and let their secrets die with them? 

I originally picked up this book at the Alpha school library because of the cover. ‘Red string, white paper and an ominous title? Seems like the read for me!’ I was attracted to the title, the description and the cover art. 

Shallow, I know. 

And so, I curled up in the corner of my bed, picked up the book and started to read, with ‘Throne of Glass’ beside me as a backup in case the book ended up being a dud. But as I burned through the pages, and started to read see the mystery unfold, I was wholly, undoubtedly, 


The character arcs and design themselves are magnificent. It’s obvious that the author hasn’t used any cookie-cutter templates or created any Mary Sues-they’re all beautifully original. 

But the plot. Oh, the plot is a piece of art! Chef’s kiss! Fantastique! The plot is well-developed and interesting-lots of plot twists and scares. The mystery that is embedded into the book is cleverly made, that one could only say that is immaculate. 

Even after rereading it multiple times, I can say confidently that I cannot find any faults in this book. Everything, from the plot to the characters, to the mystery is so intricate and perfect that there cannot be any faults. 

I rate this book a 10/10 and whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone, whether it be fantasy fans, sci-fi, fans, romance fans, but especially mystery and drama fans. Actually, scratch that, any YA reader, PLEASE read this book. 

Content warning: Has mentions of sex, drugs, rape/sexual assault and other topics that may trigger trauma or panic attacks. Please read mindfully. 

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month in Canada and the theme this year is resilience. Check out the League of Canadian Poets website for more details on how to celebrate the month and virtual events that are going on. We also have a display of poetry books and verse novels on display in the library.

The website sums up this months theme with the following:

What does it mean to be resilient? We meet resilience in every corner we’ve been backed into, every hardship that we endure. Resilience is geographical, spiritual, historical. It’s the fight against climate change, the inner battle with mental health, the outcry for human rights and an end to systemic racism. Resilience is the backbone of generations of trauma, the silence at the dinner table, the bow to culture’s violin. Resilience is the courage to start each day anew. This NPM 2021, we celebrate, reflect on and respect the resilience that has made us who we are.

Attention all Writers!

The Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual youth writing contest is held in spring every year and is open to all students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia. The 2021 contest is now open and will conclude on May 31, 2021. Winners will also be published in our online newsletter, Books & Ideas, which has a readership of over 17,000. 

For more contest details visit the website here.

Black History Month Podcast Recommendations

Below are a few podcast recommendations from the School Library Journal Article: Eight Podcasts About Black Changemakers. These short and sweet episodes all highlight a different important Black figure from history. Enjoy during Black History Month, or really any other month of the year.

Encyclopedia Womannica. “Warriors: Rosa Parks”

This I Believe“Muhammad Ali: I Am Still the Greatest”

Ted Talks Daily“Using Your Voice Is a Political Choice” – A talk by poet Amanda Gorman

Book Spine Poetry

At the end of last quarter we had a grade 8 English class in the library to create book spine poetry. After searching the space for interesting book titles, they stacked the books to create a poem. This was a fun activity which allowed students to be creative and to get to know the books in the library better. Below are their creations.

Open House Video

Take a tour of Alpha’s Library Learning Commons in our newly created video for the 2021 Open House. As parents and prospective students can’t come check out the space in person, we wanted to ensure that they could see everything it has to offer from the comfort of their own homes. Enjoy!

Attention All Gamers!

Platforms, gadgets cater to gamers' increased activities during COVID-19 - Thu, July 30 2020 - The Jakarta PostDo you love video games? Would you consider yourself a gamer? Are you looking for a novel to read, either for English class, or for fun? Well, you’re in luck! Powell’s Books, an awesome bookstore in Portland Oregon, has put together a list of “read-alikes” for popular video games. Basically, they have recommended a book for you to try if you like playing a certain game. I have copied and pasted the list below, or you can checkout Powell’s original post here.

The Last of Us –>Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Beyond: Two Souls –>The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Zombies) –> World War Z by Max Brooks

Final Fantasy –> Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Mass Effect –>Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Alice: Madness Returns –>Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Halo –>Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein

Portal –> House Of Stairs by William Sleator

Mario Kart –> The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Dark Souls –>Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Life Is Strange –>We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

Stardew Valley –>How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Fable –> Young Elites by Marie Lu

Borderlands –>Velocity by Chris Wooding

Dishonored –>Airman by Eoin Colfer

The Oregon Trail –>Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Elder Scrolls series –>The Naming by Alison Croggon

Bioshock –>Dark Life by Kat Falls

Fallout –>Razorland by Ann Aguirre 

Assasin’s Creed –>The Way of Shadows Night by Brent Weeks

Dragonage –>Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Legend of Zelda –>Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Until Dawn –> Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Sonic –> Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Overwatch –> Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Uncharted –> Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

Pokemon –>Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by JK Rowling, and Newt Scamander

Mario Party –>Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Come to the Library for a Book!

A friendly reminder as pandemic fatigue continues to set in, books are a great way to pass the time and to go on adventures in our minds when we can’t physically go anywhere! Stop by the library to check out up to 5 books. If you don’t know what to read, ask Ms. Haigh the Librarian and she would be happy to give you a recommendation (or two).