El Estoque

Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Michelle Wong

April 17, 2017


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT, Print, Print entertainment

Co-written by Ananya Bhat Catcher in the Rye British Literature teacher Randy Holaday "My sister and my dad really liked it so I had really high expectations for the book, and it just wasn’t for me. It was too modern and too, frankly, stupid. I couldn’t see the connections between it and my own experiences. And I...

Book club: food services manager Debbie Herrera uses books to teach life lessons

Book club: food services manager Debbie Herrera uses books to teach life lessons

Sebastian Zhang

January 15, 2016


Filed under Book Club, Books, ENTERTAINMENT

When food services manager Debbie Herrera lived in Merced, there was little to do, so her daughter spent much of her time reading books. As a result, Herrera found that books were powerful in teaching her daughter life lessons and frequently found books for her while also reading them herself. ...

Book club: Biology teacher Supriya Moore offers book recommendations for students

Book club: Biology teacher Supriya Moore offers book recommendations for students

Shriya Deshpande

November 27, 2015


Filed under Book Club, Books, ENTERTAINMENT, Uncategorized

The following books, both featured on the New York Times’ bestsellers list, show the variety of perspectives that authors can provide on almost any topic. With Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” and Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” biology teach...

Book club: History teacher Margaret Platt offers her take on favorite novels

Book club: History teacher Margaret Platt offers her take on favorite novels

Neha Patchipala

September 24, 2015


Filed under Book Club, Books, ENTERTAINMENT

The 180 days that make up our school year may seem like an eternity to MVHS students, but for some teachers, more days are what they need to cover certain aspects of the subject that they teach. History teacher Margaret Platt shares some of the novels that she wishes she had time to cover in class. Learn...

Book Club: Contemporary Literature teacher recommends prized novels

Book Club: Contemporary Literature teacher recommends prized novels

Hannan Waliullah

September 10, 2015


Filed under Book Club, Books, ENTERTAINMENT

With all the chemistry worksheets, literature essays and AP US History DBQ’s, it’s hard to find the time to sit down in your favorite corner, cuddle up in your treasured fuzzy-pink blanket and stick your nose in a book you know will be hard to put down. And when we finally do have the time, we’re...

“The Orphan Queen” falls short on execution despite creativity and potential

“The Orphan Queen” falls short on execution despite creativity and potential

Caitlyn Tjong

April 10, 2015


Filed under Books, Editor's Picks, ENTERTAINMENT, Main slider

She was there when the war began. It was on a night 10 years before that they stole everything she held dear and beloved as she watched atop a ledge in the cold, cold night, a small, scared child wrapped in the winds, and sobbing, wishing the old stories of the kings and queens who were kind and just...

Book: ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ is a work of art

Book: ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ is a work of art

Forest Liao

April 21, 2013


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT

Mohsin Hamid utilizes straightforward yet evocative language to paint the picture of a developing Asia. Read More »...

BOOK : “A Canticle for Leibowitz” explores fragility of the modern world

BOOK : “A Canticle for Leibowitz” explores fragility of the modern world

Bryan Wang

October 23, 2012


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT

“A Canticle for Leibowitz,” by Walter M. Miller (published 1959), was heavily influenced by the Cold War and Miller’s own World War 2 experiences. Living in a society reeling from conflict and in constant fear of nuclear annihilation, Miller channels its chaos into “Canticle,” where a full...

BOOK: ‘The Fault in our Stars’ too smart for its own good

BOOK: ‘The Fault in our Stars’ too smart for its own good

Forest Liao

January 28, 2012


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT

The stars may have faults, but they sure are pretty. Critically acclaimed YA author John Green, the author of the Michael L. Printz Award-winning novel Looking for Alaska, has recently published another best-selling book, The Fault in our Stars. Stars is the account of the whirlwind romance betwe...

La Pluma’s first Coffee House a success

La Pluma’s first Coffee House a success

Daniel Tan

January 25, 2012


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT

For five dollars, you could have stepped into MVHS’s first-ever Coffee House, hosted by student literary magazine La Pluma. You would have seen the bagels and cakes, generously donated by Noah’s Bakery and Sweet Passion’s Bakery, respectively, laid out on a long table pushed against a side wall. You...

Book: ‘The Future of Us’ makes for a quick, one-time read

Book: ‘The Future of Us’ makes for a quick, one-time read

Stephanie Chang

December 4, 2011


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT

The future is yours to take. Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things), two of the most renowned authors in Young Adult literature, team up o write the novel, “The Future of Us.” Set in 1996, the story follows two high school students, Emma and Josh, ...