El Estoque

English teacher Jireh Tanabe enjoys

Students and teachers share their literature class favorites

Gauri Manoj and Mira Wagner August 29, 2021
From timeless classics to contemporary reads, the MVHS curriculum provides something for everyone
A graphic created with Canva featuring eight MVHS students' favorite characters

Who’s your favorite character?

Shivani Madhan May 29, 2021
Examining why fans love their favorite characters from TV shows, comics and book series
A bookshelf parallel between the library and my bedroom | Photo by Justin Kim

Ode to libraries

Justin Kim March 8, 2021
How my book-filled room has helped me reminisce about the library environment
Books that I've read throughout my childhood. Photo by Sophia Chen

Fantasy vs. Reality

Sophia Chen, Copy Editor January 8, 2021
How my romanticization of book characters led me to set unrealistic expectations
Gupta reads a large novel in an organized library. (Photo by Gupta's Father // Used with permission)

Turning pages: Changing perspectives through reading

Mira Wagner, Staff Writer October 12, 2020
Students detail their experiences with reading during quarantine along with the effects reading has on their overall perspectives
Photo courtesy of Chris Lawton, Unsplash.

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Dhruvika Randad, Staff Writer March 27, 2019

There I lay in my bed, under a thick, pink comforter, with the stack of “Geronimo Stilton” and “Garfield” comic books, obtained from my weekly visit to the library. With my stack of books, a water...

Booked up

Booked up

Claire Wen and Oishee Misra October 15, 2018

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste....

Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Michelle Wong April 17, 2017

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...

Literature teachers discuss popular fiction books

Literature teachers discuss popular fiction books

Amita Mahajan December 17, 2015

While most students picture their Literature teachers solely spending time reading classic literary fiction and revising essays, many teachers have read popular books of the 21st century. Below are three...

PHOTO CAPTION: The cover of freshman Alicia Marzolf's first novel. Abby's Secret, published in October, details the consequences of two people's mistake, and the actions they take to preserve their relationships with others. Photo used with permission of Alicia Marzolf

Freshman Alicia Marzolf self-publishes

Maya Murthy May 26, 2014

Marzolf speaks about her novels. Freshman Alicia Marzolf is many things - a student, a horseback riding enthusiast and animal lover in addition to being a self-published author. Her first book, Abby’s...

At City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, employees are passionate about preserving the paper book.

E-books negatively impact the way we absorb information

Kristin Chang January 16, 2014

E-books are convenient, but books provide for deeper reading experience. [dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]hen I walked into the store on a Saturday morning, the Stevens Creek Barnes and Noble was as deserted...

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

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...

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