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San Juan » Creative Library » The Reading Page » Favorite Books

What's Your Favorite Book?


Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to share? An all-time favorite or perhaps a book that you've enjoyed reading recently? If so, please stop by the library and hand your suggestion to our Librarian, Mr. Carstensen or our Textbook Clerk, Carol Baker. To see some of the favorites in the San Juan community, click on a name below.

Staff
Subject
Student
Year
Mrs. Angelone Social Science Mariya Anchuk 2010
Kenneth Beale Math Olga Anchuk 2010
Mrs. Bowers ROP/Bakery, Food Service Dylan Apodaca 2007
Kathy Berkowitz Special Education Alyssa Dawn Arrowwood 2009
Mrs. Bush English/Social Science Elizabeth Boam 2007
Mr. Carstensen Library Kashalia Block 2007
Ms. Davis Math Denice Campa 2007
Karen De Foe English Oscar Cruz 2010
Pam DiFilippo Science Charles Davis 2007
Rena Haberfeld SDC English Hung Do 2007
Mara Hui Science Andrea Duff 2008
Barbara Meistas Aide & SJ Parent Jacquelyn Earley 2007
Polly Murphy-Jones Foreign Language Hannah Forbes 2010
Marisol Richmond Distance Learning--ESL Chris Fulmer 2007
Trina Seefloth Science Steven Greyeyes-Clouse 2007
Connie Spickelmier Art Carlos Grubbs 2008
Mr. Terwilliger Principal Daniel Hansen 2007
Gina Timm Science Sara Hudson 2007
Guadalupe Wark Foreign Language Renee Kelfer 2007
PJ Whitmarsh AVID/English Jillian Morales 2010
Mr. Wohlenberg AVID/Geography/PE Angelina Razumovskiy 2010
Peggy Wright Special Education Justin Reyes 2009
Juliana terMeer
Art
Alex Thompson 2010

Terra Underdown 2008
    Vera Vechtomov 2010
    John Williamson 2010

Mr. Carstensen's Favorites:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenenace, by Robert Pirzig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenenaceSynopsis
The extraordinary story of a man's quest for truth. It will change the way you think and feel about your life The cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself,' Robert M. Pirsig says. The study of the art of motorcycle maintainence is really a study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon. The book details a cross-country motorcycle trip by a man and his 11-year-old son, as well as his quest for truth. (barnesandnoble.com)



A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
, by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earg Synopsis
Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle's first full-length book in eight years addresses the collective dysfunction that characterizes the present state of humanity. According to the author of The Power of Now, our identification with the "egoic mind" imperils the future of life on our planet. But there is, Tolle insists, an alternative to this dire outcome. In A New Earth, he describes a shift that allows an intelligence far greater than the ego's to operate. (barnesandnoble.com)


Mrs. Angelone's Favorites:

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great GatsbySynopsis
The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers. But the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule. Subsequent printings introduced further departures from the author's words. This edition, based on the Cambridge critical text, restores all the language of Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Drawing on the manuscript and surviving proof of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections, this is the authorized text - The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it. (barnesandnoble.com)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

I know why the caged birds singSynopsis
As in Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, famed poet and author Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) casts a keen eye inward and bares her soul in a slim volume of personal essays. This collection is narrower in scope than Angelou's earlier book and the sense of racial pride is stronger, more compelling. But all of her opinions are deeply rooted and most are conveyed with a combination of humility, personable intelligence and wit. Like a modern-day Kahlil Gibran, Angelou offers insights on a wide range of topics-Africa, aging, self-reflection, independence and the importance of understanding both the historical truth of the African American experience and the art that truth inspired. Women are a recurrent topic, and in "A Song to Sensuality," she writes of the misconceptions the young (her younger self included) have of aging. "They Came to Stay" is a particularly inspirational piece paying homage to black women: "Precious jewels all." Even Oprah Winfrey (to whom the previous collection was dedicated) serves as subject matter and is likened to "the desperate traveler who teaches us the most profound lesson and affords us the most exquisite thrills." In her final essay, Angelou uses the story of the prodigal son to remind readers of the value of solitude: "In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God." (barnesandnoble.com)

Mr. Beale's Favorites:

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Annotation
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. (barnesandnoble.com)




Mrs. Bowers' Favorites:

Annie's People (series), by Beverly Lewis

From the Publisher
With her signature character depth and unexpected plot twists, Lewis once again opens the door to the world of the Amish in this captivating series. The artistic daughter of the preacher, Annie Zook finds herself at a crossroads struggling to find her place in the Plain community. Her life becomes strangely intertwined with two outsiders--one a longtime pen pal, the other a forbidden love. Books in the series include The Preacher's Daughter, The Englisher, and The Brethren. (barnesandnoble.com)


Kathy Berkowitz' Favorite:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Hadden

Annotation
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. (barnesandnoble.com)





Mrs. Bush's Favorite:

The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

The Red Tent Synopsis
Few stories can evoke a time and place as vividly as Anita Diamant's compelling tale sprung from the pages of the Old Testament. The Red Tent is the story of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, and Jacob's four wives, who all served as Dinah's mother at some point in time. Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah all bring their own unique gifts and influences to bear on Dinah's life. As Diamant explores the trials and triumphs of ancient women, she brings a foreign yet beautiful world to life as seen through the emotional filter of Dinah's eyes. This lush, evocative tale transcends time and brings new life to the Old Testament, lending a feminine touch to the mighty word of God. (barnesandnoble.com)


Ms. Davis' Favorite:

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, by Richard Bach

From the Publisher
In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders...until he meets Donald Shimoda, a former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar....

In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar...that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them... and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places, like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves. (barnesandnoble.com)

"It will change the way you see things." - C. Davis

Karen De Foe 's Favorites:

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Catcher in the Rye Synopsis
Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly one of America's literary treasures. (barnesandnoble.com)






Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

Sound and the FurySynopsis
First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling," the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers, the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin and the monstrous Jason. (barnesandnoble.com)



Mrs. DiFilippo's Favorite:

Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver

Prodigal Summer Synopsis
Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate overtakes the countryside, these characters find their connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with whom they share a place. With the complexity that characterizes Barbara Kingsolver's finest work, Prodigal Summer embraces pure thematic originality and demonstrates a balance of narrative, drama, and ideas that render it an inspiring work of fiction. (barnesandnoble.com)




Rena Haberfeld's Favorites:

Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety Synopsis
Called a "magnificently crafted story...brimming with wisdom" by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage. (barnesandnoble.com)


The Blessing of a Broken Heart, by Sherri Mandel

The Blessing of a Broken Heart Synopsis
Koby Mandell was just thirteen-years-old on May 8th 2001, when he and his friend cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. The extreme cruelty of this act of terror shocked the world. How does a family cope with the loss of a child through such horror? Koby's mother Sherri has penned this absorbing, deeply painful and yet strangely beautiful account of her loss, sharing her thoughts and emotions as she moves through the first stages of mourning. Struggling to find a way to carry on, she embarks on a journey of discovery and growing faith as she endeavors to understand her pain in the context of 3,000 years of Jewish history and tradition. The Blessing of a Broken Heart is at once heartbreaking and life-affirming, shot through with immense pain and yet also with immense beauty and courage. (barnesandnoble.com)


Mara Hui's Favorites:

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things Synopsis
The God of Small Things heralds a voice so powerful andoriginal that it burns itself into the reader's memory. Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, it is the story of Rahel and her twin brother Estha, who learn that their whole world can change in a single day, that love and life can be lost in a moment. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family. Sweet and heartbreaking, ribald and profound, this is a novel to set beside those of Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (barnesandnoble.com)


To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird Synopsis
It's one of the finest books ever written. The quiet heroism of Atticus Finch and the honesty of his children Jem and Scout as they face prejudice in the American South of the 1930s still ring true. If it's been a while since you read it, read it again.




Barbara Meistas' Favorite:

Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Kite Runner Synopsis
"I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." So begins The Kite Runner, a poignant tale of two motherless boys growing up in Kabul, a city teetering on the brink of destruction at the dawn of the Soviet invasion. (barnesandnoble.com)


"It was a very good read. A coming of age story of an Afghan boy who migrates to the USA in the 70s at the start of the political chaos of his homeland." --B. Meistas


Polly Murphy-Jones' Favorites:

Sweetwater Creek, by Anne Rivers Siddons

Sweetwater Creek Synopsis
Protected by the sultry, natural rhythms of Sweetwater Creek, 12-year-old Emily Parmenter lives in quiet denial in the aftermath of her mother's disappearance and the death of her beloved older brother. Her tranquil incubation is snapped, however, by the arrival of Lulu Foxworth, a plantation heiress who has troubles and secrets of her own. An evocative, multi-layer Lowcountry tale. (barnesandnoble.com)



A Prayer for Owen Meaney, by John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meaney Synopsis
In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys - best friends - are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying. (barnesandnoble.com)




One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money Synopsis
Janet Evanovich makes a major debut with this witty and critically acclaimed crime novel. Meet Stephanie Plum of Trenton, New Jersey. She's a rookie bail bondswoman who has the awkward habit of leaping first and looking later when she's out snagging bail jumpers. It's not a job for the faint at heart, but it's tailor-made for Stephanie Plum. (barnesandnoble.com)


Marisol Richmond's Favorite:

One Hundred Years of Solitude , by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude Synopsis
The fecund, savage, irresistable...you have the sense of living, along with the Buendias (and the rest), in them, through them and in spite of them, and all their loves, madnesses and wars, their alliances, compromises, dreams and deaths...the characters rear up large and rippling with life against the green texture of nature itself. -Paul West - Bookworld

"It's the kind of book that has so many characters and intriguing plots but you don't want to forget them. It's a very imaginative book and helps us appreciate all the different characteristics of people's personalities." --Marisol R.


Trina Seefloth's Favorites:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Synopsis
Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger. (barnesandnoble.com)





Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

Lovely Bones Synopsis
Shockingly original and completely unforgettable, The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that's calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive -- and then some. But Susie isn't ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature. (barnesandnoble.com)

Connie Spickelmier's Favorites:

The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama

The Samurai's Garden< Synopsis
The author of Women of the Silk has created a small, moving masterpiece. This new novel centers around a young Chinese man visiting Japan and his relationship with four local residents. What then ensues is a tale that readers will find at once classical yet utterly unique. (barnesandnoble.com)



The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

The Red Tent Synopsis
Few stories can evoke a time and place as vividly as Anita Diamant's compelling tale sprung from the pages of the Old Testament. The Red Tent is the story of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, and Jacob's four wives, who all served as Dinah's mother at some point in time. Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah all bring their own unique gifts and influences to bear on Dinah's life. As Diamant explores the trials and triumphs of ancient women, she brings a foreign yet beautiful world to life as seen through the emotional filter of Dinah's eyes. This lush, evocative tale transcends time and brings new life to the Old Testament, lending a feminine touch to the mighty word of God. (barnesandnoble.com)



Mr. Terwilliger's Favorite:

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen Ambrose

Undaunted Courage The Barnes & Noble Review
Stephen Ambrose's widely acclaimed Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West is the definitive account of the most momentous pioneering effort in our nation's history - the Lewis and Clark Expedition. A distinguished historian, Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information to provide a colorful and realistic backdrop for this journey as seen through Lewis's eyes.

On an adventure spanning three years and traversing the North American continent, Lewis and his expedition confronted incredible hardships and extraordinary revelations. With the help of his partner, Captain William Clark, Lewis made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, documented unusual species of fauna and flora, and established America's claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The paperback edition of Undaunted Courage features two new chapters on Lewis's work as an ethnologist, focusing on his documentation of the Shoshone, Clatsop, and Chinook Indians tribes never before seen by white settlers.

Drawing from Lewis's private journal, Ambrose follows the explorer's footsteps from hisyouth and close relationship with Thomas Jefferson through his ventures into vast, wild, and breathtaking lands to his ultimate depression, despair, and suicide. With Ambrose's meticulous research and luminous prose, Undaunted Courage provides a broad social overview of the young American republic and keen psychological insight into an exceptional individual.

"A wonderful history of an epic journey which helped create the UNited States." -D. Terwilliger


Gina Timm 's Favorites:

The Belgariad (Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, & Enchanter's End game) by David Eddings

The Belgariad Synopsis
The author of Pawn of Prophecy, the novel that launched the Belgarid series, presents a magnificent epic of fate and magic, of danger and a prophecy that must come true. Set among strange lands and people, it tells the story of the young Garion, a farm boy, and the part he is destined to play in a 7000 years war of men, kings and gods. (barnesandnoble.com)



Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of                           the West Synopsis
An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Wicked just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature. (barnesandnoble.com)




The Bourne Identity Series (three books), by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity Synopsis
Robert Ludlum's most famous character comes to life in this exciting program performed by Darren McGavin.

He is a man with an unknown past and an uncertain future. A man dragged from the sea riddled with bullets, his face altered by plastic surgery--a man bearing the dubious identity of Jason Bourne.

Now he is running for his life, the target of professional assassins, at the center of a maddeneing, deadly puzzle. Who is Jason Bourne? To answer that question, he must find the secret buried deep in his own past. And the only one who can help him is a beautiful woman who once would do anything to escape him. (barnesandnoble.com)


Guadalupe Wark's Favorite:

Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty, by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Hewitt

Power of Focus Synopsis
Whether they are corporate professionals, budding entrepreneurs, or own a home business, most people are looking to achieve more in less time, while earning enough money to live comfortably. This book reveals the proven techniques thousands of people have used to attain all of the money they wanted while living healthy, happy and balanced lives. The Power of Focus is a practical, no-nonsense guide that shows readers how to reach their business, personal and financial goals without getting burned out in the process. (barnesandnoble.com)


P.J. Whitmarsh's Favorite:

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible Synopsis
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds to Scripture -- is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa. The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. (barnesandnoble.com)


Mr. Wohlenberg's Favorite:

The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

The Life of Pi Synopsis
An impassioned defense of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure à la "Kon-Tiki," and a hilarious shaggy-dog story starring a four-hundred-and-fifty-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker: this audacious novel manages to be all of these as it tells the improbable survivor's tale of Pi Patel, a young Indian fellow named for a swimming pool (his full first name is Piscine) who endures seven months in a lifeboat with only a hungry, outsized feline for company. This breezily aphoristic, unapologetically twee saga of man and cat is a convincing hands-on, how-to guide for dealing with what Pi calls, with typically understated brio, "major lifeboat pests." (From The New Yorker on barnesandnoble.com)


Peggy Wright's Favorite:

Icy Sparks, by Gwyn Hymen Rubio

Sweetwater CreekSynopsis
Eastern Kentucky, 1956. Life is hard and sweet for ten-year-old Icy Sparks. Try as she might, her secrets - those croaks, jerks, and spasms - keep slipping out. Her teachers think she's willful, her friends call her "the Frog Child." Exiled from the schoolroom, she spends time in a children's asylum, where she learns about being different and teaches her doctors even more. Yet it is not until Icy returns home that she truly begins to flower, through her friendship with the eccentric and obese Miss Emily. Under Miss Emily's tutelage, Icy takes her first steps back into the world, including her first hilarious and heartbreaking misadventures with romance. (barnesandnoble.com)

"Icy Sparks is about a girl who has Tourette’s syndrome. The story begins when she is a young girl and does not know what is causing the symptoms she is experiencing. Once she is diagnosed she begins the job of accepting the symptoms and finally dealing with the syndrome. There is a good story to go along with this theme." --P. Wright


Mariya Anchuk's Favorite:

About Face, by Fern Michaels

About FaceFrom the Publisher
When Dr. Blake Hunter discovers Casey Edwards wandering along a Sweetwater, Georgia road, she's a woman without a past, her memory stripped of the terrifying events that shattered her innocence a decade ago. The scrap of paper she clutches in her hand bears the address to Swan House, the magnificent mansion where Casey's mother lives with her mysteriously ailing husband. But "home" turns out to be anything but a safe haven...

A near-fatal hit-and-run; neighbors who won't look her in the eye; a sinister man whispering with her mother behind closed doors...each disturbing experience makes Casey more determined to untangle the web of secrets that threaten her future. But someone wants Casey out of the way before she remembers too much. It will take the strength she's always had -- and the love she's just found -- to save her life.... (barnesandnoble.com)

"It's a mystery book that makes you wonder what will happen next. I couldn't keep away from it. It was one of my favorite books." --M. Anchuk


Olga Anchuk's Favorite:

The Christmas Basket , by Debbie Macomber

The Christmas BasketLibrary Journal
Home for the first time in years for her sister's holiday wedding, Noelle McDowell is forced to face Thom Sutton, the man who jilted her when they were both teenagers. Complicating matters is the longstanding feud between their mothers, which, although it will likely seem silly and shallow to most readers, is actually at the root of Noelle and Thom's problems. Fans will likely demand this light, little Christmas hardcover romance by one of the genre's favorites, especially if they enjoy sweet, contemporary romances of the Americana variety. Macomber (Between Friends) lives in Port Orchard, WA. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. (barnesandnoble.com)

"It's a book of warmth and laughter also emotional truth."--O. Anchuk


Dylan Apodaca's Favorite:

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

Eragon Synopsis
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.... (barnesandnoble.com)

"Really good story line."--D. Apodaca


Alyssa Dawn Arrowwood's Favorite:

Dragon Ball Z , by Akira Toriyama

Dragon Ball From the Publisher
Printed in the original Japanese right-to-left format, here is the first volume adventure in this runaway hit series. Goku discovers that his Saiyan enemy Raditz is really his brother! When Goku tries to rescue his son, Gohan, from Raditz, the adventure turns fatal. (barnesandnoble.com)


"The book of Dragon Ball Z is very cool to read and to watch on TV." --A. Arrowwood


Elizabeth Boam's Favorite:

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, by Holly Black

Tithe From the Publisher
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms, a struggle that could very well mean her death. (barnesandnoble.com)

"An amazing book, captivating, a modern faerie tale to be enjoyed for generations to come."--E. Boam


Kashalia Block's Favorite:

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Acheba

Things Fall apart Synopsis
The 1958 novel chronicles the life of Okonkwo, the leader of an Igbo (Ibo) community, from the events leading up to his banishment from the community for accidentally killing a clansman, through the seven years of his exile, to his return. Addresses the problem of the intrusion in the 1890s of white missionaries and colonial government into tribal Igbo society, and describes the simultaneous disintegration of its protagonist Okonkwo and of his village. The novel was praised for its intelligent and realistic treatment of tribal beliefs and of psychological disintegration coincident with social unraveling. Things Fall Apart helped create the Nigerian literary renaissance of the 1960s. (barnesandnoble.com)


Denice Campa's Favorite:

Sailor Moon Stars #2, by Naoko Takeuchi

Sailor Moon Review
"I like this book. It is about a teenager girl and her friends in Junior High school. This is so awesome and cool and is the best ever." --D. Campa


Oscar Cruz' Favorite:

Jackie Robinson: Young Sports Trailblazer, by Herb Dunn

Jacloe Robinson Annotation
A biography emphasizing the childhood of the baseball legend who became the first African American to play Major League baseball. (barnesandnoble.com)

"I recommend this book because it's a really good story about a baseball player. It's a true story about Jackie Robinson overcoming racial discrimination." --O. Cruz


Charles Davis' Favorite:

The Transall Saga, by Gary Paulsen

The Transall Saga Synopsis
Mark's solo camping trip in the desert turns into a thrilling and terrifying odyssey when a mysterious beam of light transports him to another time on what appears to be another planet.
As Mark searches for a pathway back to his own time on earth, he must make a new life in a new world. His encounters with primitive tribes bring the joy of human bonds, but violence and war as well--and, finally, a contest in which he discovers his own startling powers. (barnesandnoble.com)


Hung Do's Favorite:

A Cambodian Odyssey , by Haing Ngor

Annotation
A penetrating first-hand story of a country's descent into slavery, squalor and brutality under Cambodia's communist Khmer Rouge regime. (barnesandnoble.com)

"A good book about Dr. Ngor's life and his experience during the massacre of Pol Pot's regime." --H. Do


Andrea Duff's Favorite:

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

Synopsis
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.... (barnesandnoble.com)

"It is a great book for all the fantasy lovers." --A. Duff


Jacquelyn Earley's Favorite:

Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

Synopsis
One summer day, Opal goes into a supermarket and comes out with a scraggly dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, her preacher father finally tells her ten things about her absentee mother, and Opal makes lots of unusual friends in her quirky Florida town. And because of Winn-Dixie, Opal grows to learn that friendship — and forgiveness — can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm. Now available in a delightful tie-in edition, here is the original Newbery Honor-winning book that inspired the major motion picture. (barnesandnoble.com)


Hannah Forbes' Favorite:

Pavilion of Women , by Pearl S. Buck

Pavilion of WomenFrom the Publisher
From the author of The Good Earth comes the story of Madame Wu, a woman whose surprising decision to retire from married life and select a concubine for her husband upsets her extended household. "A searching, adult study of women written with high seriousness and sympathy." - The New York Times Book Review (barnesandnoble.com)

"One of the best books I have ever read. It was beautifully written." --H. Forbes


Chris Fulmer's Favorite:

Harry Potter (all six books), by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

Synopsis
Follow Harry from his first days at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, through his many adventures with Hermione and Ron, to his confrontations with rival Draco Malfoy and the dreaded Professor Snape. From a dangerous descent into the Chamber of Secrets to the Triwizard Tournament to the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, each adventure is more riveting and exhilarating than its predecessor, and now all six books are available together for the first time in an elegant paperback boxed set. (barnesandnoble.com)

--"These books are amazing! These are the only books I can read all the way through without stopping." --C. Fulmer


Steven Greyeyes-Clouse's Favorite: 

Untamed (Phantom Stallion series), by Terri Farley

Untamed (Phantom Stallion series) Synopsis
Samantha discovers a plot to wipe out the wild horses near her family's ranch, but she can't convince anyone else that the Phantom's herd needs help.

When her insistence that the mustangs are in danger pits her against her family, her classmates, and the local sheriff, her only friend left is the Phantom Stallion. Can he help her solve the mustang mystery before her dad sends her out of harms way, back to San Francisco? (barnesandnoble.com)


Carlos Grubb's Favorite: 

Maniac McGee, by Jerry Spinelli

Maniac Synopsis
Orphaned as an infant, Jerry Magee is reared by his feuding aunt and uncle until he runs away at age eight. He finds his way to Two Mills, Pa., where the legend of ``Maniac' Magee begins after he scores major upsets against Brian Denehy, the star high school football player, and Little League tough guy, John McNab. In racially divided Two Mills, the Beales, a black family, take Maniac in, but despite his local fame, community pressure forces him out and he returns to living at the zoo. Park groundskeeper Grayson next cares for the boy, but the old man dies and Maniac moves into the squalid home of the McNabs, who are convinced a race war is imminent. After a showdown with his nemesis, Mars Bar, Maniac bridges the gap between the two sides of town and finally finds a home. Full of snappy street-talk cadences, this off-the-wall yarn will give readers of all colors plenty of food for thought. --Publishers Weekly

"The best book ever." --C. Grubbs


Ms. terMeer's Favorite:


To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird Synopsis
It's one of the finest books ever written. The quiet heroism of Atticus Finch and the honesty of his children Jem and Scout as they face prejudice in the American South of the 1930s still ring true. If it's been a while since you read it, read it again.












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