November 29, 2010

Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Written in 1945, Animal Farm is a satire about a farm controlled by animals. They have chased Mr. Jones, the cruel (and usually drunk) farmer, off the farm, and are now running their own affairs. The animals create a system of thought called Animalism, which basically says that anything with four legs is good, and anything with two legs is bad. The pigs, who are the smartest, run the farm. For a time, things go wonderfully. The animals have enough to eat, no one is whipped or killed, and the harvest is successful. However, revolutions are often corrupted by their leaders, as is the case in Animal Farm. This book is an excellent portrayal of how a rebellion can oftentimes make a bad situation worse. In Animal Farm, the animals want better living conditions. However, their leaders, the pigs, end up becoming more and more like humans. This is a classic story of a dystopian society.

Molly D., Class of 2014

WHS owns Animal Farm in print, audio, and video.

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November 18, 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a story of how the two lives of teenage boys who happen to have the same name intertwine when they meet in a place that neither of them would normally go. I recently reread it, and realized that I had forgot how much I loved it. The two authors, John Green and David Levithan, work together fantastically, creating to incredibly different but somehow similar boys. What I think is just so great is that this book isn’t just about romantic relationships, the majority of it is friendships; the power of them, and the love that we feel for our closest friends, how that is a love and sense of loyalty that overpowers just about everything. Another thing that was great is the enormous sense of humor that both authors use in this book, they mesh together so well. I recommend this to pretty much anybody, but especially teenagers, because teenagers really could relate better than any other age group.

Alison, Class of 2011

The WHS Library owns Will Grayson, Will Grayson in print and audio.