Looking for a great read? Find out what the students and staff of Grand Haven High School are reading and what they recommend.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

In harm's way: the sinking of the U.S.Indianapolis by Doug Stanton #940.54

This is a nonfiction account of the sinking of U.S. Indianapolis by a Japanese airplanes. The ship sank in fourteen minutes sending more than 1,000 sailors into the water, four days later when they were finally found there were only 317 sailors still alive. "Left for Dead" by Pete Nelson #940.54 NEL is a companion story that tells how an 11 year old boy used the disaster of the Indianapolis as a history fair project and finally cleared the name of the skipper of the ship who had been court-martialed by the navy.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull FIC SHULL

Grace "Ace" Kincaid is a 15 year old tennis superstar, but just before she is scheduled to play the U.S. Open she breaks down. She leaves the world of tennis and superstars to become a "normal" teenager in Medicine Hat, Alaska a town of 813 people. She finds a life of quiet and love that help to restore her to enter the real world again.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye is an amazing book. The novel employs the satire of the philosophy of physical beauty, and uses a very sophisticated language. Pecola the protagonist is by far one of the most sympathetic characters that I have come across in my venture through literature; she endures racism, sexism, and even rape! The surprises, twists and turns this book utilizes make it an up-all-night journey. If you enjoy the complexity of analyzing a book to the core, "The Bluest Eye" is a brilliant read!!!
Jared Wilde

Cracking Cases: the science of solving crimes by Dr. Henry C. Lee #363.25 LEE

If you like reality crime television shows,like CSI, than you will really love this book. The famous criminalogist takes 4 real life murder cases that he has worked on and explains how they were able to catch the murderer by using the science in crime. In one cases they helped convict the murderer without finding a complete body, in the O.J. Simpson cases they proved his innocence by the analysis of blood evidence found at the scene. This would be a great book for outside reading in a Biology class or any other class that requires you to read a nonfiction book.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Killing Floor by Lee Child

This is the first in an 11 book series. Jack Reacher is an ex-military policeman who seems to find trouble wherever he goes and is always in the right position to help an innocent victim. On impulse Jack stops in Margrave, Georgia, he is eating breakfast in the local dinner when the city cops come in and arrest him for murder. His alibi holds and he is released but then the identity of the vicitim is known and the murder becomes personal for Jack.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Blue World in Green Fire by Joseph Heywood

It was pretty sweet. The book is extremely interesting and entertaining.
Adam Martin

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

It's amazing, I would imagine many teenagers can relate to the book. The main character, Charlie, is deep and loveable. The book consists of him writing letters to a mysterious "friend" that is never revealed. In the end, you feel like you are that friend.
Jennifer Idema

Ferris Bueller's Day Off by Todd Strasser

This book is very funny and very easy to understand.
Brandon Donselar

Brotherhood of the Wolf book 2/ Runelords Series by David Farland

It's a fantastic read if you like fantasy and worlds full of hidden secrets. There is a lot of fighting and war and if you like elements of magic it's great for that too.
Corey Chandler

Stoner and Spaz by Ron Koertge

It's sweet. Even for a dude to read.
Jeffrey Savina

Augusta, gone by Martha Tod Dudman #306.874 DUD

Augusta, gone is about a girl that is having problems @ home with her mother. She is rebelling, getting into drugs, staying out at night, running away from home because she doesn't like the rules her mother gives her. This book gives teenage girls another look at life and to appreciate your parents even though you are going through a hard time.
Emily Rosso

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger #796.332 BISS

This book is a great real life story that tells of the lives of high school boys who play football in Texas.

Perfect by Natasha Friend

This is a book I'm sure most teenage girls can relate to. Most girls worry about their body type and what they can do to make it disappear. This book helps you deal with those sicknesses of eating disorders and shows you this isn't uncommon.
Stephanie Browne

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This story is written in a depressing tone about trying to find meaning in life and grieving the loss of a younger sibling.
Jasmine Stader

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

If you like philosophical books about life, love, music and travel this is probably a book you should read at least once in your lifetime.
Caitlin Pires

A slow walk in sad rain by John McAfee

This book brings a new view of the true horrors in the Vietnam War. I thought it was informational and a good page turner all in one.
Michael Harsha

Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

This book is full of suspense. If you like mysteries you should read the books by Harlan Coben. "Gone for Good" is a story about an older teen by the name of Will and how he tries to find his older brother Ken. There are so many twists in this book, you think you know whats going to happen, than it changes.
Josh Renouf

Survive by Peter Deleo #363.12 DEL

Great survival book and it is a true autobiography of Peter Deleo crashing his plane in the Sierra Nevada Mts. and facing bravery to get help for he and his friends during the blizzards.
Derek Bleich

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Spliffs: a celebration of cannabis culture by Nick Jones

This book is very informational about marijuana and shows many good facts that most people wouldn't know.
Ryan Driza

Guts by Gary Paulsen #921 Paulsen

It is a very good book, very interesting and keeps you wondering.
Zach Schwander

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

It will make you think.
Miles Glendening

Neighbors at odds: U.S. policy in Latin America by Elaine Pascoe

It provides a basic guideline in the events that have taken place in Latin America since the Spanish invasion. It could help dispose of some ignorance and help with our relations and general acceptance of the people to our south.
Brendan McLaughlin

Endless River by Elizabeth Fackler

This is a good book , if you like mystery and suspense.
Michelle Nester

Demon in my view by Amelia Atwater Rhodes

This book kept you thinking until the end.
Justin Bishop

Mark Twain: Letters from Hawaii by Mark Twain

It was funny and really described the ways of the Hawaiians.
Mark Boersma

Willie Nelson and Dirty Jokes by Willie Nelson

It's funny, the book talks about Willie growing up and some of the songs he wrote and alot of dirty jokes.
Nathan Lock

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

This book is about two young girls who spend their summer out on the vineyard. They learn alot when it comes to growing up and when it comes to being life long friends.
Bethany Wolfe

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

For people who want to read the Da Vinci Code, this book gives you a little background to the main character. It's a very suspenseful reading that you can't put down.
Molly Nienhouse

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

It's one of the greatest suspenseful thrillers I've ever come across.
Sarah Riopelle