Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Story of a Girl

I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a little difficult to get into at first but it did get better as I went along. I liked the idea of the English teacher assigning the diary assignment which did seem to work for this girl. However the relationship with her kissing her best friend's boyfriend and Lee handling it so passivly I felt was unrealistic. I also had a hard time with her working with her "rapist." Her goal of wanting to get out the house was a realistic goal however she did not want to go alone. She is a very needy young lady. I had hoped there would be a breakthrough with her father when he helped her with the baby. The book just left me wondering where this young lady was headed in her life, probably she will turn out just like her mother.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

From Ms. Tomlinson:
I did read "By the Time You Read this I'll Be Dead"

I read it because I have a terrible problem accepting teen suicide...I guess its more of a bad attitude toward it and I thought reading this book may give me some insight as to why kids do it or try to. I usually feel as though its a ploy to attract attention.

It was an interesting view into a teens mind as far as what drives kids to prefer death to life. Although I felt as though the main character had been bullied excessively, I can't help but still feel as though "suicide" is a selfish and weak option and the child needed to "buck up" and deal with her problems. There was a descriptive part where she was "bullied/almost raped" in the bathroom and I still just think that the main character is not a "strong enough person" to have handled the situation appropriately.

The story has a positive ending (I think...its sort of vague) and I would recommend it as a light read for teenagers and adults alike.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Anne of Green Gables

I read this book many years ago and read it to my daughter several times. But this summer I was able to visit Green Gables (yes, it was a real place!) and so I came home and re-read the first Anne book. I enjoyed it as much this time as I did the first time I read it. Highly recommended!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Get Well Soon

This book was ok. It is about teens in a mental hospital and what goes on there. The book is the letters the main character writes to her best friend about what goes on in her life every day. I just did not really enjoy this book, some of our students might.

Gym Candy

I would give this book 4 stars. It is about a high school football player following in his father's footsteps and not wanting to disappoint him. It is easy to see how he gradually gets lured into taking steroids and the struggle of trying not to get caught. I think our students would enjoy this book.


This book is a great book for our students who hate to read. I personally did not enjoy it as it was done in cartoon fashion and very little reading. It is a true story of a boy who grew up in a dysfunctional family. He had cancer and his parents kept it from him and how he struggled to make sense of it all.

Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy

I think our students would enjoy this book. It is about an elite all girls school, where girls are trained int he art of espionage. It really gets interesting when boys come to the school temporarily. In spite of starting off a little slow I did enjoy the book.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New School Year--New Books--New Members

The Book Whisperers would like to welcome Mrs. Roberts, math teacher, and Mrs. Hasan, English teacher, to the club!!!
These are the 2 new books we will be discussing at the August meeting. So mum's the word until that meeting!!! It's a secret about these books!!! ;)
The books are in Mrs. Goff's office.
Hope you've been reading lots this summer!!! Please post comments on the blog. Thanks!!! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2009 - 2010 Favorite Book is...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. We also read the 2nd book of the trilogy, Catching Fire and are impatiently waiting for the 3rd book, Mockingjay, due out August 24, 2010. For more information see the website: http://www.mockingjay.net/
The 2nd favorites were a tie between Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

2009 - 2010 Reading Selections...

The staff members read the following books this past school and met monthly to discuss them. We liked most of them and highly recommended several to the students. We are so happy that LHS students use our reading recommendations. That's what we're all about.
The books we read were: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti, Teh boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Marked by P.C. Cast, Everlost by Neal Shusterman, Runemarks by Joanne Harris, Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher, and Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard.