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Three Good Books for Students

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Students who enjoy reading various kinds of books many also take pride in the recommending books to others. According to a number of students recently surveyed, these three books are highly recommended: The Book Thief, The Lovely Bones, and Holes.

Out of these three, the students surveyed said The Book Thief was best. As of September 2009, it has been on the New York Times Children’s Best Seller list for 105 weeks.

The Book Thief is about a young Jewish girl, Liesel Meminger, who moves in with a foster family in Munich, Germany during World War II. The first person narrative invites readers to experience a story about love and war from a most unique perspective. Liesel must face great challenge, heartbreak, change and danger to survive the Nazi regime’s overbearing influence on her country. All in all, the book is a great read with powerful themes.

Do Han Kim (’10) strongly recommends this novel. “I had previously read his well-received book, The Messenger, and was excited by his writing style. The Book Thief builds upon his wonderful style combination and adds in the depth of a story that still interests. So I recommend this book.”

A second recommended book is The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. On December 6, 1973 in suburb named Norristown, Pennsylvania, Susie Salmon, the main character, take a shortcut home from school. One day, she meets her neighbor, George Harvey. He lives alone and builds doll-houses for a living. He persuades her to enter an underground den he has built, kidnaps, and kills her. After she dies, her spirit flees to her personal heaven, to watch over her family as they continue their lives and try to cope with the tragedy of Susie’s death.

“This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.” says Kaitlyn Ambrose (`11). “It’s a book that kept me thinking about the themes far after I finished the book. Once I started it, I
could not put it down. I also thought that the author showed an excellent point of view. She shows Susie, the main character, looking down at earth from heaven. I recommend this book to anyone, especially those who enjoy reading and thinking about heaven.”

The last book is Holes, by Louis Sachar. It was recently made into a very popular Disney movie.

Holes is the story of a young man, Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake after being falsely convicted of stealing a pair of a celebrity’s shoes. All campers must dig a hole five feet wide and five feet deep every day as punishment for the crimes they have committed. However, while digging the holes, Stanley comes across several treasures that he thinks may lead him to breaking his family’s curse of bad luck.

Thomas Crabtree (`11) was

fascinated by Holes. “I really en-
joyed Holes as it gives a great idea of how horrible Camp Green lake is, digging a hole a day 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide. I found this book is quite funny because Stanley’s luck just gets worse and worse. So I want to recommend this book.”

Carolyn Curran (`12) says, “Holes was exciting from start to end. It was a real page turner, and I couldn’t put it down! Although it wasn’t realistic, I enjoyed being able to escape from every day life while reading this book. It blew me away!”

These three books were selected by a number of students who are interested in reading a variety of books. The books are considered to be fascinating and enjoyable with pages that can really “reel you in!”