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Sonya Sones

A Short Bio:

Sonya wasn’t always a writer.  She first gained her B.A. in film and photography, going on to teach at Harvard University.  Deciding that the academic life wasn’t quite for her, she moved to Hollywood where she worked as a film editor for many years after an unsuccessful stint as a personal assistant to a famous movie director.   Wanting to spend more time with family, and less time in a studio, Sonya began a small home business out of hand-painted baby shirts which admittedly have very cute dragons and rabbits on them.

Sonya’s first book came about after she enrolled in a poetry class at UCLA.  Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy would prove to be Sonya’s breaking out bestseller that has now made her a favourite among young readers.

The reason for this?

In addition to having a huge amount of humour in her writing, her books are written entirely in poem.  And not the poetry of Shakespeare either.  But funny, connected poetry that will make a book less intimidating when there is only about 50 words per page instead of 200 words per page.  She writes about events that everyone can relate to.  Teenage love, heartbreak and family squabbles.  There are also deeper messages within the stories that will make you stop and think… what if this was my story?

Sonya @ SGSS

We recently bought What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know for the boys.  Told from the point of view of Robin, a fifteen year old “loser” who finally has his dream girl fall for him… only for things to begin falling apart.  Is getting what you want actually worse than not getting it?  That’s the question that Robin must ask himself as his life as his high-school’s “Murphy” comes to mean less for him than his life at Harvard’s and the people that make up those two worlds begin to collide.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I found that Sonya’s poetry is incredibly easy to read, and the poems can be read as a single page, or continuous.  Each poem is given a name in relation to its place in the story, allowing for continuous flow.

Definitely will be reading more!



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Not Ned Flanders’ Fields

The 11th day, of the 11th month, at the 11th hour… Remembrance Day is tomorrow.  To me, Remembrance Day is important.  It is not just a day to remember wars of the past, but also of the present; not just to remember the soldiers, but also the civilians affected.  Remembrance Day is not just about remembering people and events.  It is also about learning what makes us human through the examples of kindness, empathy, hate and indifference that those people taught us.

Needless to say, I’m a teensy bit passionate about Remembrance Day… and I may rant.

Throughout the years of going to community services I’ve noticed a dwindling number of people my age and younger who are attending.  I can count on my hand the number of people I know who can recite In Flanders Fields from memory.  And while helping a student on an essay dealing with women in the war efforts (he thought women were recruited as soldiers during both World Wars), I realized that the students just don’t care.  Perhaps this is because they haven’t had the experience of great-grandfathers telling them stories about the front, or sat through an assembly where war veterans made the history come to life. I don’t know. Perhaps it isn’t their fault at all, but our society’s fault for not keeping traditions.  I mean, I can remember when assemblies for Remembrance Day became an announcement over the PA system in school asking us for a minute of silence.

Which is why I felt it was important to talk about a special poem that I feel is second only to the Canadian Anthem.

In Flanders Fields was written by Major John McCrae, a surgeon attached to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, on May 3, 1915.  After the battle of Ypres, McCrae, wearied by the death that surrounded him, sat for 20 minutes and wrote the fifteen lines that would be taught to children for the next 95 years.



For those of you who live in the lower mainland, here is a link to a directory that will tell you where services are being held and at what time.

For the St.George’s community, please see the school website to find out when the ceremony will begin.

And if you see cadets out in force, asking you if you would like a poppy…thank them for their dedication and show the world that you will remember.


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