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.

January 24, 2011

Sold by Patricia McCormick

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Sold, by Paticia McCormick is a book about a girl named Lakshimi that is thirteen, she lives with her poor family in a village in Nepal. One day all her family’s crops were washed away, which forced her to get a job to support her family. Her stepdad introduced her to a guy that brings her all the way to India. What Lakshimi didn’t know was, her family sold her into prostitution. She is forced to stay there until her family’s debt is payed off. This book is very sad and it really makes you think about all the other people out in the world and what they have to go through everyday. This book makes you very thankful for what you have.

Denise, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Sold.

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

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The book That Summer is about a fifteen year-old girl named Haven. He father has an affair with the ” Weather pet” as the family would call her. Which they end up getting married. Seems that almost everyday Haven is complaining about how she is six feet tall and is still growing! She is just so confused where she fit in anywhere. Before her family life fell apart, Haven had a crush on her sister’s boyfriend, Sumner. Now Sumner is back in her life and charming her, not her sister. Soon in her sister is getting married to a man the haven hates. She just keeps wishing everything was back to normal.
I would say that this book is teen girls. There are many connections that could be made throughout this story. I really enjoyed it myself.

Paige, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns That Summer.

January 20, 2011

Heat by Michael Lupica

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Heat is a book about a twelve year old boy named Michael from Cuba.  His dream it to pitch in the Little League World Series.  Michael can throw 80 miles per hour.  When he is questioned for his birth certificate he has no way to come up with it.  His mother died from cancer at a young age and his father died from a heart attack. Whenever his coach asked where his dad it Michael lies and says hes taking care of his uncle in Florida.  Michael and his brother Carlos are living in an apartment trying to keep their secret save until Carlos is 18.  If child services finds out that they are living alone they could be sent back to Cuba.  When an opposing coach makes a petition to get Michael kicked out of the league, he has nothing to show that he is really twelve.  Michael’s idol is the New York Yankees pitcher El Grande. El Grande  has a daughter who has been watching Michaels baseball games.  Michael experiences his first real crush on her.  Once El Grande hears about Michael and his situation he gets in contact with people back in Cuba to find his birth certificate. Michael’s team ends up making it to the championship game and he finally gets to see Yankees Stadium.

Ryan G., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Heat in audio.

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

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My brother Sam is Dead is about a boy (Sam) who comes from college in 1775 and announces to his family that he’s joining the Rebels to fight against the British. When his dad finds out the that he joined the rebels he was furious because his father was on the British’s side.
Sam’s brother Tim has no say in the argument because he claims that he’s a Quaker (a person who doesn’t believe in violent). The main character in this story is Sam and Tim.
If you are looking for a book that has drama, violence, and sadness this is the right book for you.

Abdi, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns My Brother Sam is Dead on audio.

January 13, 2011

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place in New York City, 1942. Jay and Arty are being forced to stay with their cold, unforgiving grandmother after their mother dies. Eddie, their father, is in debt and needs a job, so he goes south to sell scrap metal for the war. For the boys, this means 10 long, difficult months with Grandma, who immigrated to America from Germany. Her cruelty and indifference has damaged her own children. The boys’ father has no self esteem, his brother Louie is a thief, their sister Bella has the mind of a child and Gertrude has a speech issue. Grandma, who’s foot was crushed when she was a child, has a heart of iron. She has been hurt many times in life, and avoids more pain by hardening her heart against the world. Jay and Arty must learn to survive without their parents in a house devoid of love. This is an excellent play, with a mix of both joy and sadness.

Molly, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Lost in Yonkers.

January 7, 2011

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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Kristina is the child every parent wants , good behavior , good grades , and shes pretty. Shes a high school junior. Over the summer Kristina decides she wants to see her father who lives in Mexico. While she’s there, Kristina meets a boy. He gives her a strange feeling that’s no boy has ever made her feel before. His names Adam. They click fast and get more serious with each other. Adam has a wild crazy , daring , and funny side. Kristina doesn’t. So she changes her name to Bree as well as her personality. So Adam only knows her as Bree the exotic girl that he’s been looking for. Adam introduces crank to Bree, not Kristina who would not ever even think about Crank. But being the dare devil Bree has always been, she does it. Before they knew it summers over and Kristina is heading back to Nevada, carrying with her Bree and the addiction to Crank. Wonder what extremes they’ll bring her. This is a book you shouldn’t miss out on.

Brianna, Class of 2014

Crank is a very popular book at WHS. We have it in print and on audio. You can also read another review here.

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

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Lock & Key is about a young teenage girl named Ruby. Ruby’s mom was always on the move or with a new guy, but one day her mom went to work and didn’t come back. Ruby was left alone for weeks before the landlords came to check on how they were settling in. Now Ruby is forced to live with her sister Cora, whom she hasn’t seen since she left for college.
This book is mainly about trying to find yourself in a new way. I would recommend this book to anyone who is having a hard time in their life, and this book will help you see that it’ll all be okay in the end.

Kaitlynne, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Lock & Key.

The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm

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Turning sixteen is always an exciting event, but what if you have just lost a member of your family as you turn sixteen?  For Rose Walker, this is reality, along with her three younger sisters and mother.  This book, or shall I say series, tells you the stories of Rose, Daisy, Laurel and Lily’s sixteenth birthday, having all a similar wish: Happiness for the family.  What is interesting about this series is how the parts are separated; Each part being a few years away from the next.  Each sister is very different though.  The oldest, Rose, is your average teenage girl, having a love for the preforming arts, such as singing and acting.  Daisy, the second oldest, is the sporty one of the family.  Laurel, the second youngest, is the animal lover.  Lily, being the youngest of the four, is the creative one, sort of having an “out there” fashion sense.  Each of them has a different story.  Recommended MOSTLY for girls (unless some of you guys like “drama-ish themes) you will always be wondering what happens next…

Aidan, Class of 2014

January 6, 2011

Sea Legs by Alex Shearer

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Two eleven year old twins Stanley, and Eric stowaway on a boat with their father… without him knowing. They are supposed to be with their granddad and gran. They think that father knows all about it but really he is the only one who doesn’t. They stowaway on the cruise because they miss him too much when he takes his yearly cruise trip for his job. Their “mum” left all of them long ago so she has no idea they are on the boat either. The twins are forced to stay in a storage cabin, and few workers know about the stowaways. The few workers who now of the stowaway twins help them out. For the first two weeks on the boat the twins have a lot of fun eating free food, making friends, talking to old woman, also spying on their dad serving people. Eric the younger twin by five minutes, being a lair, told people his dad was the captain. Making unnecessary difficulties staying on the “down low”. They have a nice time until pirates come aboard and make everyone take everything out of their cabins and leave it in a bag outside of their doors. When the pirates think it feels light, they search the rooms for extra money or jewels. But then Stanley and Eric save the day by making the pirates get off the ship and giving all the jewels and money back to the owners. I would recommend it to people who have time to read, because it is a long book, and took me almost since the beginning of the school year.

Marty M., Class of 2014

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