The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Student writers use a variety of methods for planning their novels, from braindumping on sticky notes to simply storing ideas in their minds.

An open book

Abha Dash and Lillian Wang December 6, 2023
Student authors share the writing process behind their novels
Digital book formats have been made prevalent by the digital age.

Rewiring reading

Jami Lim and Lillian Wang November 1, 2023

Growing up during the advent of the digital age in the 90s, English teacher Jessica Kaufman considers herself to have had an upbringing sheltered from internet usage. While people shifted away from physical...

Monta Vista librarys fiction section contains a large number of romance novels, including Love Time Infinity.

The romance renaissance

Amberly Sun and Aletheia Ju October 30, 2023

Senior Prerana Dilip curls up on the couch, her head buried in a brightly colored book. As she flips the pages, a smile flits across her face as she becomes entranced by a heart-warming interaction between...

Cupertino library visitors sit outside at the patio.

Beyond the books

Samika Bhatkar and Arshiya Sen October 27, 2023

Originally founded in 1912 by Librarian Fanny Jollyman, the Cupertino Library has grown into one of the most popular hubs of the city, with visitors and residents checking out books, visiting its “Coffee...

Man on the street: What’s your favorite book?

Man on the street: What’s your favorite book?

Taryn Lam and Trisha Sannappanavar November 14, 2022
MVHS students share their favorite book recommendations
As a kid, I loved books. However, the farther I got into high school, the more I lost my passion for reading.

Picking up the pages

Tvisha Gupta November 13, 2022

The words of the book on my lap spiraled around me as I read through the slow city scene detailed in the pages in front of me. The characters laughed, cheered and chattered excitedly as they clung to each...

Anjali Jariwala wrote Why We Eat With Our Hands as a gift to her daughter, Nyla.

“Why We Eat with Our Hands” by Anjali Jariwala is a necessary addition to all childrens’ bookshelves

Abha Dash, Taryn Lam, and Aashna Patel November 5, 2022
Exploring the message behind Monica Jariwala’s sister’s new book
This story contains discussions of rape and sexual abuse in fiction. Graphic by Aditya Shukla| El Estoque

Consent in fiction

Aditya Shukla September 19, 2022
Students break down their experiences with sexual violence in media
Picture Us in the Light takes place at MVHS, following the life of protagonist Danny Cheng. Graphic | Sonia Verma

Picture us here

Shivani Verma March 19, 2022
Behind Kelly Loy Gilbert’s “Picture Us in the Light,” the novel that takes place at MVHS
If you can just look up

If you can just look up

April Wang March 18, 2022

To me of six years ago, trudging your way through fourth grade: Hi. Hello. Perhaps this letter is a little unnecessary considering you’ll figure this out anyhow. But maybe someday people will develop...

Photo courtesy of 
Olga Tutunaru

#BookTok: The rising literary community for teens

Aashna Patel, staff writer September 18, 2021

Last year sophomore Aya Abdelrahman found book related content on TikTok as she was trying to select books for her summer reading. After seeing a video of a content creator reviewing books , including...

English teacher Jireh Tanabe enjoys Night by Elie Wiesel because of its lessons of empathy.

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
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