From Chelsea, Teen Book Reviewer
author: McMann, Lisa
Things should be great for Janie, the main character of Gone, by Lisa McMann. She has graduated from high school and is spending her summer with Cabel, the guy she’s totally in love with. Despite the thought, she thinks she is a total train wreck and that she doesn’t deserve him. She starts to think there’s only one way to give Cabel the life he deserves, by disappearing even though it might kill them both. But deep down inside, there is more to worry about. Janie starts panicking about how she’s going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people’s dreams is really starting to take its toll on her life. However, things get even more complicated when she meets a fellow stranger. Her future takes an unexpected twist that requires many life or death decisions from Janie, all when time is running out. I highly recommend this book because it’s a real page-turner and you wouldn’t dare to put it down. I also strongly recommend reading the first two books in the Wake trilogy, because this is the final book in the Wake trilogy.

The Twilight Series

From Jenn
The Twilight Series
Wow….it has been a long time since I have been that hooked on a book, let alone a set of books.  Get lost in a made up world.  Great read for adults and teenagers.  Def something to read with your kids, talk about and discuss…have fun with it!!!!

Gangs and School Violence

From John J. O’Boyle III
author: Hernandez, Leodoro
Gangs and School Violence
The book attempts to alert society about the real presence of gangs and school violence that exists in today’s society. The book touches upon gang culture; teacher education about gangs as a preventive measure; role of the parents regarding prevention of gang affiliation; gang language/graffiti/tattoos and music used by gangs. A comparison of the differences between gangs of the past and the “new” or “modern” gangs is also discussed. The main theme throughout the book, in so many words, “if society is not part of the solution then it is definitely part of the problem!” The book was very informative, easy to understand and one that I would refer to in the future.

Lone Survivor

From Dennis Murphy
author: Luttrell, Marcus
Lone Survivor
A true story of a Navy Seal team and their battle in the mountains of Afghanistan.  This book details the events that eventually lead to the largest loss of life in Navy Seal history.  Marcus Luttrell tells us of the courage and shares with us his first hand insight into the lives of those lost.  This book is tough to put down and really leaves the reader with a true sense of pride and patritism.  God bless our troops.

Growing Up

From Helen
author: Baker, Russell
Growing Up
This is an autobiography of the two time Pulitzer Prize winning author, Russel Baker.  Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down.  It is a warm, likable and funny account of growing up in America during the Depression years and World War II.  Very well written, the book immediately pulls you in and takes you through his life experiences, both tragic and comic; a very enjoyable, informative, quick read.

Song of the Exile

From Susan Hirschmann
author: Davenport, Kiana
Song of the Exile
This novel of compelling stories of members of a Hawaiian family takes place through the turbulent years of WWII up until statehood in 1959, and sweeps across Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  Kiana is a native Hawaiian author who has thoroughly researched the geography and history of the events of the era to provide a rich landscape for her novel that includes the sexual enslavement of women during WWII by the Japanese military.  I really enjoyed the book, and wondered why it wasn’t given more press. (copyright 1999).
Gloria Steinem weighed in with the following comment: “reveals the emotional truths hidden beneath the WWII euphemism ‘comfort women’. A half century later, this important and powerful novel gives these women a way out of the  perpetual exile of the forgotten”.

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

From Robert Citrano
author: Levin, Mark R.
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
I found this book to be inspirational in that it reinforces the basic principles that our great country were founded upon; less government influence and less encroachment on our civil liberties. It reinforces the fear proclaimed by President Gerald Ford in the 1970’s that “a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” Being a conservative, this book is a reminder why our great country is the envy of the rest of the world, and why we should stand proud with patriotism.