Environmental Art in the Library

Thanks to Ms. Josey’s 8th Grade Science Class, we’ve got a fantastic display of environmental art in the library.  Inspired by current environmental issues and created from recyclable materials, these pieces really make a statement and get you thinking about the world around us.  Come take a look and check out a book!

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Wonder: Student Book Review

wonderI highly recommend the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. This book takes the reader through laughter and tears but certainly leaves the reader thinking about their actions towards others. This interesting book is told in first person which really makes the reader feel that they are taking part in the story. “The tears were so thick in my eyes I could barely see, but I couldn’t wipe them” (Wonder 78). This book had me wanting to comfort almost all the characters as they spoke of their hardships with August. I recommend this book to anyone eleven and older. This book is great for teenagers because it helps the reader think about what they have said in the past and will say to others in the future. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a truly inspiring story and a way to brighten their day every time they read it. – Sofia Griffin, 9th Grade

The Fault in Our Stars: Student Book Review

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsThe Fault in Our Stars is a great book that both boys and girls in high school or older would enjoy. I would highly recommend this book because it is inspirational, relatable, and has a great plot. The Fault in Our Stars is a very inspirational book. It is about a girl, Hazel, who battles cancer and struggles to interact with people besides her parents. Cancer is a major problem Hazel struggles with, and causes many set backs for Hazel, but she also has the struggles of being a teenager, and it really inspires me to see how she overcomes everything life throws at her no matter how hard it is for her to get through it. Although Hazel has cancer, and she cannot breathe with out her oxygen tank and tubes in her nose, she learns to make friends, fall in love, and make her dreams come true.

The Fault in Our Stars is a very relatable book. Even though I do not have cancer, or any type of sickness, I feel like I can easily relate to Hazel. She is my age, and fights with her parents. She falls in love and gets her heart broken. She makes friends and loses friends. Hazel is a very relatable character for all of those reasons. Cancer is a bottom line, and causes many set backs for Hazel, but she also has the struggles of being a teenager. The book is written in first person, which I really liked, because you can experience the way Hazel feels, and you can easily pretend you are Hazel.

Last, The Fault in Our Stars has a great plot. The book is full of of unexpected twists, and a story changing ending you will never expect. As I read the book, I never wanted to put it down. The book was not necessarily short, but the plot was so intense that even though it had a few hundred pages, I read it quickly. – Gabby Donato, 9th Grade

Lord of the Flies: Student Book Review

lord of the fliesI read Lord of the Flies and would recommend it to a person who likes action, drama, and a short read.  In Lord of the Flies there are many action scenes and the reader wants to know what will happen next. Along with all the action found in the book, there is drama too. The characters in this book, English boys ranging in age from six to twelve, are marooned on an island and have to fend for themselves with no adult supervision. The boys initially get along but then groups develop and they begin to fight.  At times they come together to defeat their enemy, the beast. Each character has a unique personality and the reader wants to get to know each of them. This book captures your attention – you don’t know what will happen next! This book is a short read and it is addictive. You won’t be able to put it down once you have started. I think high school students would like this book because they might be able to relate to some of the characters and will be drawn in by the action and rivalry between Ralph’s followers and Jack’s followers.

I would recommend this book because it is suspenseful, unpredictable, and educational with a good life lesson. The narrator follows multiple people instead of just one. The narrator follows three different boys – Ralph, Jack and Simon.  Ralph is the main character and declared leader of the boys.  Jack is the antagonist, and becomes Ralph’s rival as the story develops.  Simon is a peaceful boy and an ally to Ralph, who realizes that “the beast” is in the boys’ imagination.  He gets killed on the island when he tries to reveal that the beast is not real.  Since the story is told from the perspective of multiple people, the reader gets to see multiple points of view and is able to see what is happening on the island.

The second reason why I would recommend this book is because it is unpredictable. The reader will want to continue reading to see what will happen next.  You will want to read the book to see what happens to each character and what happens on the island. For example, the reader is drawn in to the storyline about SamnEric (the twins) and wants to know what their fate will be when they are running away from the beast – will they make it back to the camp in time?

The final reason why I would recommend this book is because the story provides a good life lesson. It shows that without parents, adult supervision, or a strict form of rules or government, there can’t be an orderly society – they deteriorate into living like savages.  The book has many British kids stranded on a deserted island and they start out trying to form a peaceful, fun, and enjoyable environment but later fail. The kids become antagonistic and kill two of the children and almost kill a third. The story shows that young people cannot organize their own society or community without parents to guide them and enforce some rules.

I would recommend this book especially to people who like action, short reads, and drama. This book is full of drama and meaning, and will capture the reader into wanting to read more and analyze the actions of these young boys on a deserted island. – Connor Bayless, 9th Grade

I Hunt Killers: Student Book Review

i hunt killersIf you enjoy thrilling, and intense books then “I Hunt Killers” is most definitely for you. Honestly this is probably the best book that I have read. Barry Lyga does a really good job of keeping you on the edge of you’re seat in this book. The very first page of the book starts off with a bang! A boy named Jasper (Jazz) walks into a crime scene there is yellow police tape around the perimeter and there were cops, state-troopers, and a crime-scene tech. That’s only the FIRST page of the book now imagine how intense and good the book actually is. Would I recommend this book though? Of course I would recommend this book with no second thought about it, in fact I already recommended it to my mother. I would recommend this book because it has such a good plot to it and the way every thing is setup, its like this book was just put together with perfection! Another reason why I would recommend this book is because like I said earlier he keeps you wanting more. I guarantee as soon as you open up this book and read the first few pages it will hurt you to even let go of the book. Even though I already read it I still have the urge to just pick it up and start reading it. The last reason I would recommend this book is for the simple fact that it is an amazing book. If you were to read it I promise you it would become one of you’re favorite books instantly. Even if you are not into scary, or thrilling books you just can not deny the simple fact that this book is amazing. This book definitely would earn 5 stars from me if I were a critic. Simply Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   – Ty Thornton, 9th Grade

Seal Team Six: Student Book Review

seal team sixThe type of person who would enjoy Seal Team Six is the type of person who enjoys action, but understands that everything in the book actually happened. This autobiographical novel should be read by someone mature, as it is about actual killing in an actual war. However, the book has some light parts, for example: “Each morning at the Delta range, we started out doing a cold-bore shot from 200 yards on a clay pigeon, a small target made of pitch and pulverized limestone rock in the size and shape of an inverted saucer, taped on a white silhouette target. For Country and me, it was an easy shot. When the bullet struck, the clay pigeon sprayed into dust. Everybody who missed had to buy a case of beer. The FBI and Secret-Service snipers bought a case of beer almost every day” (Wasdin 174). On the other hand, the book also has some serious parts like: ” ‘Down,’ I said in Arabic. The crew member spoke Arabic. ‘No.’ I looked in his eyes. He seemed confused, not like he was being hostile for the sake of being hostile. Thinking it was a simple miscommunication, I lowered my MP-5 submachine gun a little. He lunged at me with his fire extinguisher. Damn. I sidestepped just as the fire extinguisher glanced of the side of my head. Back then, we weren’t wearing assault helmets. If I hadn’t sidestepped, the blow would’ve caught me straight in the face. Wow. He almost killed me with a fire extinguisher. How would that look? Try to be nice and get taken out with a fire extinguisher. I was furious. I caught him sideways and buried the muzzle of my MP-5 under his right ear, pushed him back, then gave him a butt stroke for good measure.” (Wasdin 128-129). I liked both the light and the serious parts of the book. This book was the perfect mix of both. I also enjoyed how the book showed some of what it is like to be in the military and in SEALs. It opened up my eyes to how terrible and violent war can be. I now respect what it means to serve in the military much more after reading this book. Seal Team Six is one of the best books I have ever read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action, or anyone who wants to learn what its like to be in the military. – Kailash Fox, 9th Grade

Perks of Being a Wallflower: Student Book Review

perksThe book Perks of being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky really helped me understand how in high school some kids don’t fit in. The main character, Charlie, writes letters about his life to a student. The book shows that even through hardships, you can make friends with people that feel the same as you. Charlie is depressed throughout the novel because his Aunt dies and his best friend shot himself. Charlie makes friends with Sam and Patrick, both seniors. In this book, Charlie and his friends face the many highs and lows of high school. – Alexandra Rabbitt, 9th Grade