It was a close one at this year’s Battle of the Books (BOB) competition at St. John’s Episcopal School in Orange! BOB teams from all around Orange County went head to head in a Jeopardy-style competition on Tuesday, March 19, scouring their brains to come up with the answers to questions like these: In which book do children fly around on huge bats? In which book are characters tense because of missiles in Cuba pointed at America? In which book does a meteor fall from the sky, through a roof …Read the full story »
If you are Cassandra Clare’s biggest fan, now’s your chance to have an up-close-and-personal meeting with the New York Times bestselling author of urban fantasy novels.
Clare will appear in Mission Viejo on Friday, March 22 to discuss the highly anticipated final book in her steampunk fantasy trilogy, “Clockwork Princess.” The program starts at 6 p.m. in the Mission Viejo City Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. Tickets for this exciting event are $21.50 and include a hardcover copy of “Clockwork Princess” that will be signed by Clare.
If you want the chance …
On Wednesday, January 30, Lower School students will celebrate Literacy Day. The afternoon will be filled with wonderful and exciting events that celebrate books and reading. Students will rotate through different venues with their SMES buddies. Activities include book bingo, Middle School storytellers, buddy reading, and a presentation by David Schwartz, author of How Much is a Million? (among others). Students will also participate in the creation of our “Reading makes anything possible” quilt.
If your student would like to order books to be signed by David Schwartz, go to www.smes.org/main/library/David_Schwartz_book_order_form.pdf.Read the full story »
I love this time of year because everybody is publishing their “best of the year” book lists! For several years, the SMES community has shared their favorite reads of the year, here on the library blog. So whether it be an old book that you just discovered or a newly published book, if you loved it, share it here!!
To get the list started, here are some of my favorite reads of the year.
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (SMES ’97) is a delightfully smart debut novel that was not just . . .