January 7, 2011

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

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In this story a group of half human-half bird kids are trying to save the world and not trying to get killed by Itex, A company with labs that create creatures and created them. To save the world they have to stop Itex. Itex has made Erasers to capture the kids in the past but now they have made robot versions of the Erasers the kids call “flyboys”. Itex also has a plan to destroy at least half the population of the world. Itex thinks that it will be a better world if all the people that aren’t good enough are gone. The group of half human-half bird kids get split in two with the group of boys explore around America and the rest of the group head across the ocean to Europe. The smaller kids want to have fun and explore wherever they go but Max, the leader of the group wants to stop Itex as soon as possible. In Europe they ask for help from the group of boys in America but get captured by Itex after sending the message. While locked in a dungeon, the group hopes the group of boys comes to help them escape and stop Itex. This book is a very interesting book to read.

Hansel, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns the Maximum Ride series.

January 20, 2010

Forever by Judy Blume

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The novel Forever by Judy Blume, is about a young girl Katherine who you could say is mostly a good, virgin girl in high school. She has never had a real boyfriend before until she meets Michael at a New years eve party. They quickly begin seeing each other and their relationship grows extremely close and as time goes on he wants more then Katherine is ready for. Even though she wants to make Michael happy they wait a little longer until they take their relationship to the next level. When they finally do they grow closer then ever before Katherine shares everything with her best friend Erica throughout the book. Katherine’s parents grow worried that her relationship with Michael is too serious for their age and wants her to be focusing her academics and not only her boyfriend. They decide to sent her anyway to a camp for the summer that Katherine would have gladly gone to if she wasn’t madly in love with Michael, he also leaves for the summer to work. They plan to stay together and be loyal even while they are both gone for so long but that may not be the case as the summer goes on even though they have planned to be together “forever”. Along with other tragedies with Michael’s best friend eventually committing suicide. This is a great book, personally one of my favorites! I believe this book is mostly targeted towards teenage girls going through high school because it shows you a lot of struggles that girls go through with their families, dealing with parents and relationships with boys and girls. There is never really a dull moment throughout the book so I never wanted to stop reading it!

Samantha, Class of 2012.

Forever is available in the WHS Library.

December 10, 2009

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Wintergirls is about two girls, one is anorexic (Lia) and the other is bulimic (Cassie).  The two girls have a competition as to who can be the skinniest.  Cassie is found dead in a nearby motel. Even after her friend’s death  Lia still wants to be skinnier. Lia was down to 89 pounds and tries to hide it from all of her family members by wearing many layers of clothes.  Lia only has 200 calories a day; even less sometimes. The book reveals how she eventually gets help for her disorder.

I liked this book a lot because it really feels like a true story . You want to keep reading it to find out what happens next. I would recommend this book to a lot of people because it is almost like a murder mystery.  I think the author is great.  She also has written many other books of this type such as Speak and Twisted.

Vanessa, Class of 2011

Wintergirls, and many more Laurie Halse Anderson books are available in the WHS Library

December 8, 2009

Inside Out by Terry Trueman

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This book is about Zach a teenager who has schizophrenia.  He is caught up in a robbery gone wrong at  a local coffee shop.  During the robbery he, along with others,  is held hostage.  What takes place is hostage negotiations between the robbers and the police.  During this time Zach is mostly scared about the voices in his head which have grown stronger throughout the event. This is due to the fact that he has yet to receive his medication.

The book helped me to learn more about schizophrenia.  Also, I learned about his time in a mental institution because he was suicidal. It helped me understand some of the struggles people with mental illness go through. The author really does a good job writing what Zach is experiencing.

Alex, Class of 2011

Inside Out is available at the WHS Library.

December 7, 2009

Street Pharm by Allison Van Diepen

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The book street pharm was about a 17 year old New York City boy who inherited his father’s drug dealing business. He loves making easy money. However a problem arises when another dealer tries to take over his turf. Many things happened including school trouble, getting shot, and his girlfriend leaving him. You will have to read the book to know the rest.

I really like the book because it’s about drug dealing which is a big problem especially in a big city. I also like it because it kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

This book would be a good book for anyone who is interested in learning about how inner city kids have to deal with the many problems caused by drugs in a big city.

Amah, Class of 2010

Street Pharm is available in the WHS Library.

November 9, 2009

Anthem by Ayn Rand

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AnthemAnthem, written by Ayn Rand, is an exemplary work of fiction with a clear message about the necessity of individualism. the plot centers around a lone individual living within a near hive-mind society. In this society, every physical or mental difference is frowned upon, everyone is expected to be  of the same intelligence, and grow at the same rate. even the use of the pronoun “I” is forbidden on pain of death. eventually, the individual, (who is unnamed until the end) breaks away from the collective, and renames himself Prometheus. I found the book to be brilliant in terms of writing style and philosophy, the harsh depictions of the collective versus the optimism in Prometheus is a magnificent display of Man Vs. Society as well as a great way to depict a first person point of view. Rand is able to depict prometheus as both a brilliant maverick, who’s advancing faster than the entire society, as well as a lost child, who is unable to grasp why his society does not want to move forward with him. as complex as the book is, it is not a difficult read, so I recommend It for 9th graders and up.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Marty, 10th grade

We own Anthem! Check the catalog to see if it is available.

November 5, 2009

Love You, Hate You, Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

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lyhymyAmy thinks she murdered her best friend.

So does everyone around her, except her parents and councilor. She has a major drinking problem and was forced to go to a “crazy house” after the accident. No one understand Amy, she feels like she is alone in the world and only alcohol is the solution, it makes everything better, it has the power to make her forget everything that has happened around her.

She hates her parents because their so in love with each other, which is absolutely not normal and it makes her almost invisible around them. Amy hates her shrink, although she makes Amy realize that its not her fault, people make choices and some of them are not always good.

Love You, Hate You, Miss You is about dealing with the past. Walking around school, people staring, whispering and thinking murderer, Amy feels like dying and never coming back to school again. Maybe some people and make her feel like she can still go on and not blame everything on herself for the rest of her life.

Age Recommendation: grades 10+
Release Date: 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4 stars

Daria, Sophomore

Love You, Hate You, Miss You is in the WHS Library, along with several other Elizabeth Scott books.

April 30, 2008

The It Girl

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The It Girl created by Cecily Von Ziegesar

It Girl
A sophomore names Jenny Humphrey gets sent to boarding school because she got kicked out of her private school in New York. She isn’t one of the rich kids at boarding school and so she has to try her best to fit in. Also she changes herself from the timid old Jenny to the new daring outgoing Jenny. At boarding school she gets roomed with two cool junior girls and does everything she can to become cool and popular. She steals one of the girls boyfriends and at a pep rally she amazes everyone by doing a totally embarassing cheer that the girls set up to be a prank on her but she over did them. The two girls used to be best friends with a girl that used to go to Waverly, the boarding school but she got kicked out. A little ways into this school year she comes back and does not like Jenny. This girl names Tinsley is beautiful and very mean, she gets what she wants and rules everyone. Since Jenny stole Callie’s boyfriend, one of her roommates, Tinsley and Callie plan to get Jenny kicked out of this school too.

Emily, Freshman

Private

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Private by Kate Brian

Private
Reed Brennan is a 15 year old sophomore who does not want to attend her boring high school, Cronton High like last year. She leaves her pill poping mom with her Dad who she loves more than anyone, to attend Easton Acadamy, a private and rich bording school (She is on full scholarship). Reed has always kept to herself but when she arrives at Easton she realizes this will all change. Wanting to be in the top social class, the Billing Girls who are the most brilliant and beautiful girls on campus,to her so called nice senior boyfriend, Thomas. Reed soon finds out that being with the rich and famous can lead to dangerous encounters, and even the beautiful Billing Girls and not to mention Thomas have secrets of their own.

McKenzie, Freshman

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

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