Two Can Keep a Secret

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.  The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

I enjoy a good psychological thriller so this book fit the bill.  This book has a number of twists and turns which keep the reader guessing as to who done it.  There are a few under stories going on as well but they fit well with the main mystery. I highly recommend this book to all readers.

So Close to the Finish Line

The Learning Commons is soooo close to being completely finished.  There are some small finishing items to be completed and then the addition of furniture.  I’ve taken to mapping furniture out on the floor to see how it fits…..

I can’t deny I have had some very interesting looks thrown my way.  Not everyone is embracing my “imaginary” furniture but rest assured “real” furniture has been ordered and soon there will be a very comfortable seating area to be enjoyed by everyone.

Moving In

When we left in June the Learning Commons was still just a big construction site, but August 19 brought moving day.  Attached are a couple of pictures of my new desk as well as a picture of the construction zone that I moved into.  All the books have been moved and shelved, not necessarily in order, but they are here.  Construction is still not quite finished but we are getting there and it will be beautiful when it is all done.

Modernization Update

Today is the last day of the 2018-19 school year so I thought I would post one last picture of the Learning Commons modernization process.  Things are coming along slowly but we can see the end and it is going to look awesome.  So hopefully all will be completed when I come back at the end of August.

June 2019

HIT List 2018-19 Finale

The final prize draws were held on Wednesday, June 5.  All participating students were awarded Big Mac and Taco Time coupons.  Draws were made for Pita Pit coupons, Tim Horton’s $5 Gift Cards, $25 Mall Gift Cards, Cineplex 2 for 1, Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium, Mavericks tickets, Boston Pizza $5 Gift Cards, Burger King $10 Gift Card and Hooplas entry passes.  The Grand Prizes were a Kindle e-reader won by Caitlin Watson and a Chromebook won by Max Sept.  We would like to thank all of our sponsors this year – Medicine Hat Tigers Hockey Club Ltd., Burger King, Pancotto Enterprises Ltd. (McDonald’s), Pita Pit, Booster Juice, Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium, Boston Pizza, EIWM Holdings (Tim Horton’s), EBHS Chess Club, Mavericks Baseball Club and Hooplas Family Entertainment Center.  Congratulations to all the participants.  Grade 10 and 11 students stay tuned for HIT List 2019-2020 with more great books to read and more great prizes to be won.

Allegedly

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.  Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

This is a fantastic book about a young girl who allegedly commits a crime. We follow her tumultuous life in a group home and learn of the struggles she had as a child. The characters are so well developed that you can’t help but be drawn in and root for Mary.  But at the end you really have to wonder, did she…..

New Reads at the Lodge

 

Poe: Stories and Poems

a graphic novel adaptation – Gareth Hinds

 

What They Don’t Know

– Nicole Maggi

 

The Girl in the Locked Room

– Mary Downing Hahn

 

 

 

Now is Everything

– Amy Giles

 

The Trail

– Meika Hashimoto

 

The Skin I’m In

– Sharon G. Flake

 

 

 

Missing Pieces

– Carly Anne West

 

Waking Nightmare

– Carly Anne West

 

Wait Till Helen Comes

– Mary Down Hahn

Long Way Down

A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer. A tool for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

This is an easy, quick read as it is written in verse.  Will is on his way to get his brother’s killer but is battling with his conscience as he rides down in the elevator. It is a good story showing how many things can be connected.  And the ending is left up in the air, did he do it?

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.