January 25, 2011

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.

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.

May 5, 2010

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin was my favorite book because of several reasons. I loved how emotional the book got during the climax of the book. It portrayed the acts of slave labor and slave punishment very realistically, which I loved, in comparison to Huck Finn, which was a more comical book, but did not portray the slave escape that realistically.

Ben A., Class of 2011

The WHS Library owns Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

April 5, 2010

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In retrospect I think spending all that time reading Lord of The Flies wasn’t such a great idea. While a nice little adventures novel by itself, it explains the basics of human psyche, as a bunch of kids are split up on the island, and go off murdering one another. While one of the children Jack, uses human fear and madness to control the rest. Sounds like something outta of a bad movie.

That’s about how the novel goes, and it’ fairly mediocre in the syntax and plot. While there’s a random burst of interest in the book itself, it’s never really gonna keep you reading for prolonged periods of time, unless you have too. While I’ve had some people argue, that the book is deep in meaning, and that nouns in this book are used as metaphors, I don’t buy it, and now a days most people won’t too. (Woot, go South Park for teaching life lessons, welcome to the modern day boys and girls.) People need to stop looking for meaning in this book that’s not there, because in the end books are reviewed by what’s written not by what the reader think is written. To conclude it’s a mediocre book, with a mediocre plot, with a few mediocre subplots, with a mediocre cast, with mediocre syntax, in an amazing setting.

Dmitri R, 2012

The WHS Library owns Lord of the Flies in print, audiobook, and video.

January 19, 2010

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a great play. The main character, Willy Loman, is getting more and more stressed out by his job and his family. He is disappointed in how his son turned out as an adult. Biff, Willy’s son, tries to impress his father but with no luck.
I have read two plays by Arthur Miller (All My Sons and Death of a Salesman). I think Death of a Salesman was my favorite, because of the great characters and interesting plot. I thought it really showed how the American dream can go very wrong.

Cam, Class of 2012

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular and best plays.  It is about a power-hungry man named Macbeth that kills a well-loved king to take his title.

When Macbeth gets nervous about people finding out he begins to kill anyone who might know.  He can trust no one and best friends become enemies.  He gets too deep in, must keep killing, and he can’t turn back.

When an apparition tells Macbeth that no man born of woman can kill him, he gets boastful and believes that nothing can stop him.  He sends out to murderers to kill friends and innocent families, and when people start to think that Macbeth killed King Duncan they go to kill Macbeth. HE believes that he is unstoppable until the future that the witches and apparitions begin to unfold.

There are murders, witches, and plenty of twists in every act of the play.Macbeth was an exciting and well-written play that was written by William Shakespeare so it is obviously a great read.

Dylan, Class of 2012

December 8, 2009

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Alice in wonderland starts out with Alice sitting next to a tree not wanting to listen to her evil sister. Suddenly she sees a rabbit that appears to be saying “ I’m late, I’m late.” She gets up to follow him, But the rabbit is too fast and scurries down into a deep hole.  When she leans over to look down into the hole Alice falls into it. She falls for a very long time and then softly hits the bottom. Alice then goes in to a wonderland were anything is possible and nothing is possible. She meets many characters and goes on many  adventures. What starts out as exploring soon turns into her wanting to go home.

What I liked about this book was that it has a lot of bizarre fantasy in it. The twist and turns in the book will threw your mind through  hoops. I also enjoy the style of writing , and descriptive words Lewis Carroll’s uses.

I think that this book would be a good read for anyone from the ages of 12 to adult. Another reason someone might like this book is because of its twists and turns, the reader will never see the ending coming.

Josh M., Class of 2011

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland together with Through the Looking Glass is avaialable at the WHS Library. Read it before you see the Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

April 30, 2008

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This was a good book, I enjoyed reading it. The basic plot is following the life of an orphan boy. He is being raised by his sister and her blacksmith husband. His name is Pip he runs into a convict one day and helps him out. Pip is invited to a house to play with a girl named Estella. He falls in love. A few years pass Estella leaves to study abroad. A lawyer named Jaggers tells Pip that he has a benefactor and is to become a gentleman in London. Pip meets a man named Herbert and they become good friends. Then Pips secret benefactor is revealed. I can’t tell you anymore or else it will spoil the ending.

Troy, Freshman

April 7, 2008

Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men cover

Of Mice and Men is a story about two migrant workers in the the 1930s. Lennie is a big man who isn’t the smartest out of the two. He doesn’t know his own strength so is unable to control it. George is a short and stout man who watches over Lennie to keep him out of trouble. They work in California and are headed toward a new ranch. They meet all new characters there and run into a little trouble with the boss’s son, Curly. Curly will take on anyone that is bigger than him to prove something. So Lennie has to watch out for him. Unknown to both George and Lennie this ranch will be their last adventure together. This book is a good read for anyone. It has humor and is a great story about the experience of two best friends.

Stephanie W., Sophomore

Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is an interesting story of friendship and adventure. If were any fan of Huckleberry Finn I highly recommend this book. The two characters, George and Lennie, have to fight their way through troubles and problems to reach their dream. Their dream of a barn of just the two of them and plenty of farm animals. The only thing in their path is money. So join Lennie and George as they reach their destined dream.

Michael W., Sophomore