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!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
JANUARY 18TH, 2016
Discussing Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with musical accompaniment! Brain Power’s Book Club had a great time reading Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Written in 1831, Hugo’s classic tale of the hunchbacked Quasimodo, the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, and the villainous Archdeacon Frolio still had the power to keep us on the edge of our seats! In keeping with the theme, we enjoyed some French pastries and the musical accompaniment of a wandering accordionist. Click to Enlarge Images
Meeting Margaret Atwood
NOVEMBER 19TH, 2015
Brain Power students attended Canada’s superstar writer Margaret Atwood’s simulcast at the Toronto Reference Library. Margaret Atwood is the author of many novels, including “The Edible Woman” (1969), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1985), “Cat’s Eye” (1988), “Alias Grace” (1996), “The Blind Assassin” (2000), and “Oryx and Crake” (2003).
One lucky student was the winner of Brain Power’s Margaret Atwood Essay Contest, and as a result, got to attend a VIP event, as well.
Brain Power meets Margaret Atwood!
NOVEMBER 18TH, 2015
Reading “Watership Down” with one of our special guests! Brain Power’s Book Club had a fun and thought-provoking evening discussing Richard Adams’s “Watership Down.” We followed the adventures of Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig, Silver, and the other rabbits as they attempt to make their new home in Watership Down. Ecology and environmentalism were the themes of the day, and we were joined by some very special guests: real live bunnies! Click to Enlarge Images
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the...
OCTOBER 18TH, 2015
Brain Power’s book club read Mark Haddon’s Whitbread Award winning “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” A story about a 15-year-old boy who sees the world in a way that differentiates him from most people, it is also a fascinating mystery novel, and a lesson in empathy and “seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.” We had a fascinating discussion about this novel, considering how people who see the world differently (e.g. people with autism) deal with...