January 25, 2011

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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In Rosewood, Pennsylvania four girls by the names of Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily lived. Their friend Ali had died, and they had spent years not talking to each other. They all started to get text messages from an anonymous texter by the name of “A” that was harassing and threatening them. “A” had said she was Ali, but the girls got freaked out because Ali had been dead since they were in seventh grade. While “A” continues to ruin their lives, the girls must try to protect their secrets from their parents and from Rosewood. “A” does some horrible things to them, she makes it so that Hanna, Emily, Spencer and Aria tell on themselves. She threatens them, so they do what she says. The girls try to find ways to catch “A”, and send her to jail, but so far, it hasn’t worked out in their favor. This book is preferably meant for preteen, and teenage girls.

Akwero, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns the first 5 books of the Pretty Little Liars series.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time takes place in the year 1998 in and around the town of Swindon, England.
Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15 year old boy with autism. Christopher believes that his mother is dead, he writes about his mother dying of a heart attack two year before the books events. One night Christopher finds the body of his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbor’s front lawn.

 

Isaac K., Class of 2014

 

The WHS Library owns The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in print and on audio.

January 19, 2011

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer MacMahon

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If you are someone who is looking for a book that can really take hold of your attention then you should read this book. It’s a mystery about this girl who was called the “potato girl” due to a bad reputation because her family was very poor. The girl in the story was killed at a young age. Her best friend Kate at the time had been so ashamed of being best friends with the girl just because everyone else in the school hated her. She never told the police anything that could have ever helped them find her killer. Years later strange things start happening and Kate had to return home. If you read this book you will finally figure out who the killer is, its a very interesting story and i recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery and love as book that you can visualize everything that is happening in the book.

– Sophie, Class of 2014

May 6, 2010

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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I liked the Lovely Bones because it was interesting. It kept you on the edge of your seat every time something happened. I couldn’t relate to the book. I got into the book so much that I felt like I was really in the book right next to Suzie looking down on her family like she was.

Austin W., Class of 2012

The WHS Library owns The Lovely Bones.

February 10, 2010

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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The book that I am going to write about is The Graveyard Book.

The Graveyard Book is about a killer that is trying to kill a family, but the toddler escapes.  The toddler goes to the graveyard and the people of the graveyard protect him from the killer.  His parents are ghosts now.  His guardian is between life and death.

It’s funny how that he is only allowed in the graveyard but he keeps going out.

John S., Class of 2010

The WHS Library owns The Graveyard Book. Try it on audio; Neil Gaiman reads and its amazing!

December 10, 2009

King Dork by Frank Portman

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King Dork by Frank Postman is a great read. I don’t read much but when I started reading this book I just got into it.  Also, if you like the book The Catcher In The Rye this book is talked about in the book as well. The main character is Tom aka “King Dork.” He is a high school student who discovers the book Catcher in the Rye from his dad’s room.  The book is torn apart and contains many pictures and writings.  The book and what is inside becomes a puzzle that Tom has to solve.

This book is a good book for someone who needs to be drawn into a story quickly.  The chapters are pretty short and it is an easy read.  I would recommend this book to anyone.

Guy, Class of 2011

King Dork is available in the WHS Library, as is The Catcher in the Rye. Read them both!

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

The Boxer and the Spy by Robert B. Parker

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The Boxer and the Spy centers around the death of a high school student, that is blamed on steroid use. Terry, a 15 year old that is training to become a boxer, and his girlfriend Abby, don’t believe that Jason was the type that would use steroids. Together they try to sort fact from fiction and unravel the mystery surrounding Jason’s death.

I didn’t really care for this book. This is only Robert B. Parker’s second book for young readers and it shows. It feels as if he is trying too hard to appeal for younger people.

I would recommend this book to freshmen and younger sophomores who enjoy mystery series like the Hardy Boys or the Boxcar Children.

Bobby, Class of 2010

The Boxer and the Spy is available in the WHS Library.

November 9, 2009

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

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DealBreakerDeal Breaker, the first of the Myron Bolitar series, is written by Harlan Coben the bestselling author of Tell No One.  It is a novel about Myron Bolitar, a sports agent, who ends up spending most of his time investigating.  His main client, Christian Steele, calls him one day about getting a phone call from his ex-girlfriend, who was supposedly killed the year before.  When Bolitar starts investigating he learns more and more about the night she died, and he ends up getting into more trouble than he signed up for.

Myron gets into fights with the mob; threatened by a professional football coach; and even one his clients wants him dead by the end of the book.  Myron Bolitar is not all serious.  He also has a great sense of humor, and it is that humor that usually gets him into quarrels.
This book is filled with adventure, humor, suspense, and drama.  There is always a new twist when the reader least expects it.  The book is really well written, and is perfect for teenagers and older.  The book can be considered a modernized Sherlock Holmes book for young adults, and is great for any book lover.

Dylan, Sophomore

WHS Library owns other books by Harlan Coben. Check our catalog!

Deal Breaker is available through Interlibrary Loan. Ask us how in the library.

April 30, 2008

The Clocks

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The Clocks by Agatha Christie

The Clocks
The late British author Agatha Christie has once again managed to pull off an amazing, thrilling murder mystery. In this novel, a blind woman named Miss Pebmarsh calls the Cavendish Secretarial and Typewriting Bureau and requests a lady named Sheila Webb. Sheila is told by her boss, Miss Martindale, to enter the house if Miss Pebmarsh has not yet arrived home. Sheila does as she’s told, but encounters a surprise when she enters the room: the corpse of a well-to-do man surrounded by four clocks that were set to the wrong time. When discovered by Miss Pebmarsh, Sheila runs out of the house, screaming, and straight into Sergeant Colin Lamb’s arms. Lamb calls his friend, Detective Inspector Hardcastle, to investigate the crime. The two interrogate the typists, the neighbors, and everyone in between, but they discover no clues, and no one can identify this man! Once again, Detective Hercule Poirot to solve this baffling mystery using his favorite equation: C=S, or Complex=Simple. An amazing book for mystery lovers of all types, and a must-read for those who like to solve mysteries!

Stephanie, Freshman

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