May 5, 2010

A Child Called it by Dave Pelzer

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I like the book A Child Called It because it showed how some people have to live their lives on a day to day basis.. the little boy David gets abused by his mother and and he still does all he can for her. She burns him and she beats him which shows that some people around the world have to live through this from day to day. i think this book demonstrates that people should  appreciate the life that they have because other people have it worse.

Aquawn A., Class of 2011

WHS Library owns A Child Called It and its sequels.

December 10, 2009

Alexander Dolgun’s Story, by Alexander Dolgun with Patrick Watson

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During a walk one day in Moscow, New York City born twenty-two year old employee of the American Embassy in Moscow, Alexander Dolgun, was kidnapped and taken to the Lubyanka prison. This was the headquarters of the MGB, a Russian secret police organization. Initially, at first he thought he had a great story to tell having seen the inside of such a famous place. He knew he hadn’t committed a crime and was unafraid, even a little bit excited. But it wasn’t long before he was imprisoned, interrogated, tortured, and sentenced under the Soviet Criminal Code for: espionage, political terrorism, anti-Soviet propaganda.¬† He was imprisoned in a forced labor camp. The book tells the tail of his imprisonment.

I really liked this book because it was a true story and it was a very interested read. This book truly emphasizes what a true believer is, which really pulled me into it.

Dimtri, Class of 2010

Alexander Dolgun’s Story is available through inter-library loan.

April 30, 2008

The Long Walk

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The Long Walk By Slavomir Rawicz

The Long WalkA young Polish officer named Slavomir Rawicz is captured and taken prisoner by Russians invading Poland. He is sentenced to life in prison for espianaus and brought to labor camp called Yakutsk hundreds of miles away. Slav becomes friends with a couple of his fellow prisoners and then they escape from the camp and trek into the Siberian wasteland in the middle of winter. Their goal is to reach India where they hope to find a way to freedom and safety which is thousands of miles away. They have to go through some of the most remote and inhospitable land on earth; through Siberia and Mongolia then onto the Gobi Desert through the Himalayas and part of China and then to India. All records of these events have been destroyed by the Russian government. If you like adventure and non-fiction books you should read this book.

Jarrick, Freshman

A Million Little Pieces

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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Frey and Oprah
A Million Little Pieces is a story about James Frey’s six week rehab experience. When he was twenty three he woke up on a plane and found that his four front teeth were knocked out, he had a hole in his cheek, and his nose was broken. He didn’t know where he was headed or what had happened before then. James Frey was an alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three. His family checked him into a rehab center after the plane landed. He soon found out that he could either quit his addictions or died before he reached age twenty four. Along the way James meets many different people, though he decides not to make friends. He had to have caps put in for teeth, filled cavities, and have root canals all while he was given nothing to numb the pain. He clings to a Babar book, it comforts him. All James wants to do is go get drunk and fill himself with anything. Rehab is a long and hard road.Despite the controversy with Oprah, James Frey did an amazing job writing this story. Though all of it may not be true, a lot is. What a compelling story it is.

Maura, Freshman