June 15, 2011

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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What would you do if your life was based around dangerously guarding someone your whole entire life with no exceptions?  “They come first.”  This is the quote Rose Hathaway lives by.  After two years on the run, Rose has progressed on watching over her friend, Lissa.  By that time, they are dragged back to their boarding school where they ran from.  It’s not your regular kind of school.  This one is all about teaching the protectors, and the ones being protected themselves.  They will go through pain physically, mentally, and emotionally.  With Strigoi on the loose, anything can happen from threats, to invasion of the school.  What if your own family betrayed you?  Uh-oh something’s going to go wrong….

Aidan R., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Vampire Academy.

May 26, 2011

Driven from Within by Michael Jordan

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This book was a pretty good book. I liked how it talked about what it takes to make it far in a pro sport. Michael Jordan was a very good athlete all around. He excelled in basketball and in baseball. Most people know him as a person with good sportsmanship and a lot of discipline. I picked this book because basketball is a pretty cool sport to know a lot about. The book also teaches you the basics and more about basketball.

– Andrew, Class of 2014

May 2, 2011

Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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Usually a diary is filled with secrets, not this one this one is filled with much more than that. Diary Of a Part-Time Indian is funny, fun, emotional and sad. All of these feelings bundled up inside of this kid that lives on an Indian reservation. His name is Arnold Spirit he’s a goofy nerd who’s only friend is Rowdy, an over tempered and abused teenager who won’t let anybody stand in his way. Arnold soon learns that there is more than living on an Indian reservation and decides to leave. I don’t want to ruin anymore to this amazing book. So if you want to know what happens to Arnold and Rowdy you are going to have to pick up this great book and begin reading it!

– Alex J., Class of 2014

The WHS library owns The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

April 26, 2011

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

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The book Tangled is a very good book. It’s told by four characters: Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen. It all starts when they all end up going to the same vacation place in the Caribbean. Jena and Skye don’t like one another, Skye’s the prettier girl, you know the one that get’s the guys and is in movies. Jena is your average girl just trying to make friends but is very shy. She meets this guy named Dakota. They fool around, get together. But the next thing you know is that Skye and Dakota are playing cards. Soon the vacation is over and they all part. Dakota ends up going to his grand-parents house in the middle of nowhere, and meets a girl with a child. He keeps things slow, they keep it PG and when he goes home he didn’t think that he would ever do this. Owen’s mom ends up sending him to this RealLife place where you meet friends. (He’s a blogger.) Next thing you know Dakota is breaking him out of there and he is on a bus to New York to meet Jena! The book keeps you wanting to read! You’ll never want to out the book down! I would probably recommend this book to teenage girl.

– Paige T., Class of 2014

The Westbrook High School Library owns Tangled.

March 8, 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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This play, written by Oscar Wilde in 1895, is a witty comedy that takes place in England. John Worthing (Jack) is a gentleman who owns a house in the country. He is the guardian of a young girl, Cecily Cardew. Jack likes to spend time in town, so he creates a fake younger brother, Ernest. “Ernest” is constantly getting into trouble, or so Jack tells everyone. He uses this excuse to go into the city, and goes by the name of Ernest Worthing when he is there. Algernon Moncrieff is “Ernest” Worthing’s good friend. He has a young cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, who Ernest wants to marry. Algernon learns of Jack’s disguise, and goes into the country to visit Cecily. Algernon pretends to be Jack’s younger brother (Ernest), and ends up falling in love with Cecily. Both Gwendolen and Cecily think they are marrying Ernest Worthing, without realizing there is no such person. The play is full of misinterpretations and irony. Witty dialog and amusing, over the top characters make this play an excellent read.

– Molly D., Class of 2014

January 25, 2011

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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In Rosewood, Pennsylvania four girls by the names of Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily lived. Their friend Ali had died, and they had spent years not talking to each other. They all started to get text messages from an anonymous texter by the name of “A” that was harassing and threatening them. “A” had said she was Ali, but the girls got freaked out because Ali had been dead since they were in seventh grade. While “A” continues to ruin their lives, the girls must try to protect their secrets from their parents and from Rosewood. “A” does some horrible things to them, she makes it so that Hanna, Emily, Spencer and Aria tell on themselves. She threatens them, so they do what she says. The girls try to find ways to catch “A”, and send her to jail, but so far, it hasn’t worked out in their favor. This book is preferably meant for preteen, and teenage girls.

Akwero, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns the first 5 books of the Pretty Little Liars series.

The Clique: Best Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison

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The Clique is a book based on a rich snobby 7th grade girl named Massie Block. She is the most popular, flawless, and fierce girl attending Octavian Day School along with her three best friends Dylan, Alicia and Kristen by her side. When Massie’s social status gets threatened by Becca Wilder, she decides to throw a boy/girl Halloween costume party that’s going to not only outdo Becca’s, but make it so no one ever questions her social status ever again. Massie’s house guest Claire uses every chance she gets to get close to the infamous Massie Block, desperate to spark a friendship between them. Boy problems, suspension, bets, parties, horrid school uniforms, contests, and utter humiliation is only a brief summary of this amazing book. The Clique series is one of my favorites and I recommend it to anyone, especially girls with similar middle school drama.

Cyvoria, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns several Clique books, including Best Friends for Never.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time takes place in the year 1998 in and around the town of Swindon, England.
Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15 year old boy with autism. Christopher believes that his mother is dead, he writes about his mother dying of a heart attack two year before the books events. One night Christopher finds the body of his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbor’s front lawn.

 

Isaac K., Class of 2014

 

The WHS Library owns The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in print and on audio.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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American classic about a young man coming of age? Shoot yeah it is, this is a harrowing tale of a boy surviving his years as a student and a young adult. After being kicked out of almost every private school on the east coast, Holden Caulfield (main character) embarks on a journey home before vacation starts, as not to  disturb his parents and meet up with a few old gals. Along the way he makes some discoveries, drinks a little and smokes a ton. Who is the famous writer known as D.B, how bout Allie and Pheobe? Read this moving book to find out what its like to be a teenager in the late 1940’s and early 50’s and answer all your questions. Doesn’t sound like your kind of book, well too bad there are many reasons in this award-winning novel for everyone to be fond of it.

I found this book a great pick because it was an easy read, lengthy at times. It had a deeper meaning than first thought inside the plot, that was simple to grasp, for me, myself and I.

Matt S., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns The Catcher in the Rye.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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The Notebook takes place in a nursing home. An elderly man is telling a story to an elderly women who had Alzheimer’s. Where he starts off in the story is in a small town called Seabrook, South Carolina. Noah Calhoun had gone to a carnival, which there he met Allie Hamilton.They went out on a date, and since then they were inseparable. But one problem is that Allie comes from a rich family, and is leaving to go to school after the summer. Where Noah comes from an non wealthy family, and works at a lumber mill. One night Noah had taken Allie to an abandoned house, and promised her he would fix the house where they can live together. Allie’s parents are not too impressed with her choice, and forces her not to see him anymore. When Allie moved with her family to go to school, Noah went off to war. Allie had met Lon while he was harmed in battle, and she was his nurse. Later on when Lon’s fractures healed, he asked Allie out on a date. Soon after he asked her to marry her.

While this was all happening Noah was rebuilding the house, and got his picture taken for and article in the paper. Allie saw the article, and decided to visit him. Their love grew stronger than ever after spending a few days with each other, just like when they were teenagers. Allie was torn with the decision of choosing her teen love, Noah, or her fiance, Lon. She gave Lon her word to marry him, but her love for Noah is still there after the summer they spent together. Who will it be? Who is the elderly man and women? You have to read to find it out.

Christina, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns The Notebook.

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