December 15, 2010

Allen Iverson: Fear No One by John N. Smallwood

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I loved the way this book was set up and the way the author wrote it. He told Iverson’s life story in a great way.

Iverson’s natural athletic talent (he began his high school athletic career as a star quarterback and led his high school to the state football championship his junior year) and his determination allowed him to excel in basketball and be recruited for a basketball scholarship by Georgetown University. His decision to skip his junior and senior years at Georgetown, motivated by his sister’s seizures, becoming a father, and questions of eligibility and questionable gift giving was a difficult one that propelled Iverson into the wild, professional world of the NBA.

This would be a great book for grades 8-12 readers. This book would be good to read in small group situations, reading portions of the book together and discussing issues. Students could identify Iverson’s personal and professional struggles.

– Andrew, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns this book.

December 8, 2010

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Posted in book review tagged , , at 12:49 pm by blueblazeslib

Have you ever read a book that made your blood run cold? Have you ever felt like you could feel the pain the character feels, physically or mentally? Have you ever screamed for more? Revolution will do that to you. It’s an amazing book that weaves the stories of two girls of two different centuries together. Andi Alpers lives in present day Brooklyn while Alexandrine Paradis lived in France during the French Revolution. After the loss of her brother, and her father leaving, Andi is suffering. She’s about to be kicked out of one of the best schools when her father intervenes. The only way for Andi to be able to stay in the school is if she writes her senior thesis and writes it well. Her father, leaving for a trip to France, forces her to go with him to Paris, so he can make sure she does the thesis. In Paris, Andi finds the diary of Alexandrine. At first, the diary is nothing, but as she begins to read it, Andi becomes obsessed with knowing what happens, and you will also. If youread this book, you won’t regret anything but reaching the end.

– Julianne, Class of 2014

Julianne read this book as part of our ARC review program. When we receive advanced copies of books, we give them to students to review for our blog and for purchase consideration. Based on Julianne’s review, we will be purchasing Revolution next year.

December 2, 2010

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:46 pm by blueblazeslib

This is a great book. I loved it. This book will capture you from page 1. I thought this book to be a page turner. The plot really grasped me. The plot is: kids, that range in age from 6-17, were taken at birth from their parents and were infused with Avian (bird) DNA. This enabled them to have retractable wings. They all have secret hidden powers/abilities waiting to be unleashed. Years after escaping from an institute, Wolf-Human Hybrids are sent off to find them and kill them. These Wolf-Human Hybrids are called Erasers. When their home is threatened what will they do? They set off to find out about themselves. Can these Avian-Human Hybrids overcome drastic obstacles and find out who they really are, while being hunted and tracked everywhere they go? Will they figure out how to unite even more than before? Will they figure out their powers when they are most needed? Read the book to find out. I will tell you it is a quick, quick read. Don’t let the size of the novel scare you. So visit the library today and check out a copy. You’ll be glad you did!

Najee, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns several books in the Maximum Ride series.