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Cryer’s Cross – Book Review by Matt Virgoe


Thank you to Matt Virgoe for this guest book review:

The story of Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann is a chilling one. It follows a girl named Kendall and her many experiences of terror and bonechilling fear. This novel is definitely filled with horror elements throughout the whole story. Even the most subtle things set the mood for the scares that come next. The writing style was pretty typical for the genre, but the uniquely twisted story is what makes this book a must read. I highly recommend this book and the haunting story it tells.

Facebook Privacy Settings

Facebook’s privacy settings are very complicated.  This video from Consumer Reports walks you through some of the settings to make sure your information is shared only with those that you want.


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What I’m Reading

5th waveAfter the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it”s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth”s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie”s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. (

Aliens!!  Not usually a concept I’m into, but this book makes this scary apocalyptic world seem possible.  The story unfolds slowly at first while the author sets up the end of the world scenario.  Cassie is on her own trying to rescue her little brother and depending on the mysterious Evan Walker for her survival.  He is not all that he seems and she realizes she may have to go things alone despite the growing attraction between the two.

Meanwhile Sammy, Cassie’s5-year old little brother, is at boot camp learning to fire an M16.  He is Private Nugget and is in Zombie’s squad.  This camp is the destination Cassie is heading toward and where she hopes to reunite with her brother.

The suspense builds towards the end of the book because it is so hard to figure out who the bad guys are and who the good guys are.  Who will survive the alien invasion?  A great start to a new series and I’m willing to bet this gets made into a movie that is as big as The Hunger Games.

4.5  Stars out of 5

Author Visit on May 2nd

We have 5 amazing Canadian authors coming to visit SCI’s library on Thursday, May 2  in Period 1 and Period 2.  Interested in attending?  See Ms. Moritz or Ms. Jeffrey to sign up.

This visit is being hosted in conjunction with the Curiosity House Book Store in Creemore.  Thank you to Jennifer Hubbs for making such an incredible opportunity available to the students of SCI.

Authors coming:  Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe, Adrienne Kress, Maueen McGowan and Cheryl Rainfield.

Citing Sources

It is extremely important to cite your sources of information. MLA format is used at Stayner Collegiate unless otherwise indicated by your teacher.  The Purdue Owl, has an excellent online resource guide for citing information and they have given us permission to post their link on our site.

The site  is an online citation creator.  If you have a web address (URL) you can copy and paste it into the site and it will automatically generate a reference for you.

Tip:  referencing web sites

Referencing web sites is sometimes confusing because authors are not always stated.  If authors are unknown, or it is a site like Wikipedia where there are many authors, “include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name)” (Russell, et al).

How to create a Google Docs Survey

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Dewey Decimal Rap

Check out the YouTube video of the Dewey Decimal Rap. Hilarious and informative.

Beyond Google Images

It is important to give credit to creators of original work, including photographs. This site automatically stamps the creator’s name on the photo.