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Chris Crutcher was AWESOME!!!

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Chris facilitated writing workshops in the HS and MS, and gave a very moving talk in the HS library about his work as a counselor for abused kids, and how that experience informed his writing.

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Author Visit!   Chris Crutcher is coming in November. 

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment
Stay tuned!
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Exciting News! MS Teacher Mike Currinder has published his debut novel!

September 7, 2017 Leave a comment
We have exciting news!  ASIJ MS teacher, Mike Currinder, has just published his debut YA novel, Running Full Tilt  He’s already getting great reviews. Kirkus Reviews posted: Currinder’s quiet debut explores the complexities of living with a sibling with disabilities.” From Publisher’s Weekly: “The story is both tender and unabashedly honest.”
Running Full Tilt is also on this year’s 2018 HS Sakura Book Award shortlist.   

ASIJ Authors

February 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Did you know that we have over 300 books by ASIJ authors in the HS Library? Check out the list here!


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leonard-lincolnwynd-ginger lowry-gathering    jane-kim-toppollock-modernschodt-dreamlandtoyama-geek  yamada-als


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First Edition, Signed Copy of John Steinbeck’s ‘The Long Valley’ on Display in High School Library

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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A first edition copy of John Steinbeck’s The Long Valley, is currently on display at the ASIJ High School library. The book was lent to the library by high school math teacher, Roy Tomlinson. It is a compilation of Steinbeck’s stories including The Red Pony,  and although shows some age and wear, is in incredibly good condition. Mr. Tomlinson shared with us how the book came into his possession.

“My grandmother gave me the book in 1996.  She told me her cousin, the lady addressed in the signature, was her first cousin who passed away in the late 60’s and gave her the book.  My grandmother lived in Monterey, a fixture in Steinbeck’s books, so it’s quite a treasure for me.  My grandmother kept that book for a long time, before giving it to me, knowing that “The Red Pony”, one of my favorite childhood stories, is in the book.  As a first edition, it’s amazing that I have it.  Signed?  Overwhelming.”

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Visiting Author in March: Leza Lowitz

Next week author Leza Lowitz will be spending the day at ASIJ, conducting two keynote presentations to the middle school about the March 2011 tsunami and the making of her latest book; teaching a college composition class in the HS; and participating in the High School Book Club’s discussion of Up from the Sea.  The book is a powerful novel-in-verse account about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village (Amazon).

Ms. Lowitz is not only an author, but also a yoga teacher, and owner of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Tokyo. For over two decades, she’s been bringing together the worlds of writing and spirituality, charting her quest in over seventeen books and in the New York Times online, Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, The Best Buddhist Writing 2011, The Huffington Post, The Japan Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

If you are interested in participating in the High School Book Club’s discussion of Up from the Sea, come by the IdeaXchange Thursday, March 10th at 1:00pm. The High School Library has a few copies of the book available for check out.

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Naomi Shihab Nye & Two Weeks of Poetry Activities

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

naomi-shihab-nyeDuring the week of January 25-29, ASIJ has the honor of hosting the internationally recognized and award-winning poet, Naomi Shihab Nye. Students will have the opportunity to work with Ms. Nye in both large and small groups throughout the week of her visit. An exciting tradition, that always accompanies an author’s visit, is a book signing by the author.

In preparation for Naomi Shihab Nye’s visit next week, there are a number of activities taking place this week around the High School. Enjoy!

Monday – Snow Day
Tuesday – Poetry Reading in the HS Library  (Ms. Nye’s poetry) at 11:00a
Wednesday – Poetry Invasion Reveal & Monster Poetry at Activity in the Library                                               Monster poetry is making poems out of large laminated words on a tarp                                     on the floor)
Thursday – Book Cover Poetry & Magnetic Poetry
Friday – Naomi Shihab Nye Poetry Scavenger Hunt


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