At Brain Power we believe in fostering both a love of reading and a social conscience in our students. That is why our book club discussions bring together great literature and pressing social concerns. At one event we might discuss environmental protection and Richard Adams’s Watership Down, at the next event we might discuss autism awareness and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. We also have exciting field trips and contests! One year our students even had the chance to meet Margaret Atwood – author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake, and many more awesome novels and books!
This year’s exciting books and events include:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (October 28 – library field trip)
The Spaghetti Detectives by Andreas Steinhöfel (December 2 – special guest)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (February 24)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (NEXT! March 31 – special guest)
(Contact the office for time/place details and to reserve a spot.)
Animal Farm (Mar. 31)
FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” When the animals at Manor Farm decide to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the human farmers, they plan to set up a utopian society guided by the principle that “all animals are equal.” But after the revolution, conflict arises between its leaders, and … Continue reading "Animal Farm (Mar. 31)"
The Secret Garden
DECEMBER 3RD, 2017
Orphaned Mary Lennox is a spoiled, selfish, and unpleasant child whose parents died of a cholera epidemic in India. Transported to a distant family estate in Britain, Mary dislikes it and the people at first – until she discovers they key to a long-abandoned secret garden hidden on the property. Along with the maid’s younger … Continue reading "The Secret Garden"
OCTOBER 30TH, 2017
Oscar is a bit odd—even his mother thinks so—but he’s also a genius … that’s why he always wears a blue helmet to protect his brain! He notices things that other kids (and even adults) miss, which makes him the perfect sleuth to solve the mystery of the kids that have been going missing in … Continue reading "Spaghetti Detectives"
AUGUST 25TH, 2017
On October 28th, Brain Power’s book club visited the wonderful Civic Centre Resource Library in Vaughan to discuss Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. We were given a guided tour of the building by one of the many helpful librarians (see pictures below), and we saw all of the amenities offered to the public free of charge! … Continue reading "Fahrenheit 451"
MARCH 30TH, 2017
On March 26th, our book club discussed some “deep thoughts” about John Steinbeck’s “The Pearl.” Steinbeck’s classic novella asks important questions about how we determine the value of anything, whether it be a pearl or a human life. It also sheds an unflattering light on the extent to which greed influences our thoughts and actions,even … Continue reading "The Pearl"