To Look a Nazi in the Eye

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana attended the trial. She realized that by witnessing history she gained the knowledge and legitimacy to be able to stand in the footsteps of the survivors.

I enjoyed this book, but unfortunately not as much as I thought I would.  I expected more from it. The historical aspect is very interesting and it is impressive how Jordana was able to get herself to Germany for the trials.  Jordana is a terrific young person who will make things happen in her life.

 

The Marrow Thieves

In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing “factories.”

Going into this book I wasn’t really sure about it and now that I’ve read it I’m still not that sure.  Not that it is a bad book, it’s okay I was just a bit disappointed by the ending, I was expecting more.  The book depicts an interesting take on the future and how twisted society can become even when you would think that we would learn from our past mistakes.

New Books in the Lodge

Infiltrate by Judith GravesImage result for maple leaf

Escalate by Sigmund Image result for maple leaf

Learning Seventeen by Brooke CarterImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

 

Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward

Girl Stolen by April Henry

The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry

 

 

 

 

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

The Body in the Wood by April Henry

Blood Will Tell by April Henry

 

 

 

 

The Swap by Megan Shull

Keeper by Kim Chance

Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

 

 

 

 

How They Choked by Georgia Bragg

 

Modernization update

As I had mentioned in my last post it has come time for the Learning Commons to be renovated.  This means that the last couple of weeks were spent packing up and moving all the books.  It actually went faster than I had anticipated and everything is more accessible that I had originally expected it to be.  I’ve already attached some pictures of what the space looked like before and I am now attaching pictures of the space once all the books were moved, the newly built space I have moved into along with the Work Experience Office, a picture of the books/magazines which are housed down the hall and finally a couple of pictures of the very empty space that was the Learning Commons and is now a major construction site.  The new space in which I am presently working out of is fondly being called The Lodge due to its rustic appearance.  It is exciting times here at EBHS and I can’t wait to show everyone the final product.

The empty space after moving all the books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The newly constructed Lodge.

The exposed beams of The Lodge.

Exposed wiring in The Lodge.

My work corner within The Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction books, magazines and misc.

Non-fiction books

More fiction, non-fiction, magazines and misc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction

Construction

Pizza Party

The first round of HIT List draws was made at a pizza party on Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the HIT List winners. The big winners were Sierra Gold with a 2 for 1 Cineplex pass, a Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium pass and a Medicine Hat Tigers team signed hockey stick and Wesley Ewert won the Kobo e-reader. We would like to THANK the following sponsors for their generosity in supporting the HIT List:
EBHS Chess Club
Medicine Hat Tigers Hockey Club Ltd.
EIWM Holdings (Tim Hortons)
Booster Juice
Burger King
Pancotto Enterprises Ltd. (McDonald’s)
Pita Pit
Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium
Boston Pizza

Heavy Freight

Fifteen-year-old Maxwell Stone has been surviving and thriving in the tough part of East Vancouver by being smart and fast. But when a drug deal goes wrong, Max suddenly finds himself on the run from both the bad guys and the cops. Desperate to escape, Max impulsively decides to hop on a moving freight train. His first attempt to climb aboard fails, but at the last second a hand reaches down and pulls him in. Joseph has been riding the rails for years, and his tales inspire Max to take a journey to the last place he ever expected to go.

I looked forward to reading this book as it is written by Sigmund Brouwer and he doesn’t disappoint.  There is great action right from the start with awesome characters. A great story with important messages contained.  I highly recommend everyone read this book.

Chasing King’s Killer

In his meteoric, thirteen-year rise to fame, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a mass movement for Civil Rights — with his relentless peaceful, non-violent protests, public demonstrations, and eloquent speeches. But as violent threats cast a dark shadow over Dr. King’s life, Swanson hones in on James Earl Ray, a bizarre, racist, prison escapee who tragically ends King’s life.  Swanson transports readers back to one of the most shocking, sad, and terrifying events in American history. With an introduction by Congressman John Lewis, and over 80 photographs, captions, bibliography, various source notes, and index included.

A great book for history lovers.  Although I already knew about Martin Luther King it was a very interesting read to learn in-depth facts about him and James Earl Ray.  It was fascinating to read the details of Ray’s plan (but unfortunately one never actually learns the motive behind it) and how he eluded capture.  The book is filled with images of photographs and documents which many will find enjoyable.

Just in time for Christmas — new books in the Learning Commons

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

 

The Mask by Eric HowlingImage result for maple leaf

 

Shoot the Moon by Kate Watson

 

 

 

 

In the Buff by Vicki GrantImage result for maple leaf

 

The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

 

 

Wildfire by Deb LougheadImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

Sea of Shadows by Kelley ArmstrongImage result for maple leaf

 

Empire of Night by Kelley ArmstrongImage result for maple leaf

 

Forest of Ruin by Kelley ArmstrongImage result for maple leaf

 

Children of Blood and Bone

They killed my mother.  They took our magic.  They tried to bury us.  Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

This book didn’t appeal to me because of the title and also because it was a fantasy but once I started reading I was completely drawn in.  It is a great book with lots of action right from page one. It is told from the perspective of the four main characters so you get to know each of them well.  Although the book is a fantasy it’s main theme if very much a fact of life – how many are discriminated against and the losses they endure.