Student Book Recommendation: Thrones of Glass, The Alchemist, Bel Canto

By Bella L. ‘18

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass is an intense and gripping novel about an eighteen year old girl named Celaena Sardothein, who just happens to be the best assassin in Adarlan. Follow her as she fights for her freedom in the competition to become the King’s champion, finds ancient mysteries, and learns things no mortal should be allowed to know.

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FollowedByThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is the mysterious story of a young shepherd who crosses lands in search of his personal legend. Along his way he discovers ancient kings, bandits, love, alchemists, and wars. Will he give up on his treasure, or fight through his misfortunes and discover his dream.

TheAlchemistBel Canto by Ann Patchett tells the story of a group of elite partygoers from all over the world who are taken hostage by terrorists during a birthday party. Despite language barriers, this misfortune brings everyone in the house together, the workers, partygoers, diplomats, terrorists, wealthy, and poor together in a way that couldn’t have occurred otherwise.

BelCantoAbout the Book Festival

The event is coming to the Walter Jones Library on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1. Started more than thirty years ago as a fall event in lower school, the Book Festival is now an all-school event for both students and parents. This year, the Parents’ Association has worked with the English department and the school librarians to merge the long-standing tradition of the book fair with the Moses Brown Poetry Initiative. Throughout the spring, upper school students have worked with both middle and lower school students to read, explore, and write poetry as a discipline that asks us to observe, decode, analyze and, ultimately, to think differently about the world around us. These months of cross-divisional work will culminate in a reading by Mark Doty, the New York Times bestselling author of nine books of poetry, and winner of the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. This reading will be held in Alumni Hall on May 1 at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. RSVP:

The book fair will be open in Walter Jones from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Thursday, April 30, and from 11:00am to 6:30pm on Friday, May 1. Books will be provided by Providence bookseller Books on the Square. There will be faculty-recommended titles for parents and students in all three divisions, as well as journals designed by Proceeds from the Book Festival will benefit the Walter Jones Library.

Full schedule:

April 30

Book Fair
Walter Jones Library, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day
School-wide, led by third grade

May 1

Book Fair
Walter Jones Library, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Visiting Author/Illustrator – Tad Hills
Nursery & Pre-Primary: Pre-Primary Classroom, 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Kindergarten & First: Kindergarten Classroom, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Second: Second-grade Classroom, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Visiting Author/Illustrator – Lucinda Landon
Third: Laura Hunt’s Classroom, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Fourth & Fifth: Carolyn Garth’s Classroom, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Culmination of Cross Divisional Poetry Initiative
All-day, All Divisions
A Path of Light and Poetry
Walter Jones Library to Alumni Hall, 6:30 – 7 p.m.
Visiting Poet – Mark Doty
Alumni Hall, 7 – 8 p.m.


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