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    Great Reads

    “Gray Mountain” and “Defending Jacob”

    Defending Jacob William Landay

    For those of you interested in great storytelling, solving a mystery and the criminal justice system, consider reading either or both of the following books:  Defending Jacob by William Landay, and Gray Mountain by John Grisham. Both books are fiction but stem from small town …

    Theodore Boone: The Accused


    Theodore Boone: the Accused, by John Grisham (Dutton, 2012) In this third story in the Theodore Boone series, Theo finds himself assigned to cover a murder trial for his class. However, events unfold that lead him to become a suspect in the robbery of a …



    “Bookmarked” edited by Ann Camacho (Free Spirit Publishing, 2012) By the time you’re in your junior or senior year in high school, you have probably read a book that impressed you. Or at least a sentence or idea stayed with you long after finishing the …

    My Body Belongs to Me

    by Jill Starishevsky

    “My body Belongs to Me” by Jill Starishevsky (Safety Star Media, 2007) Have you heard the saying that “Brevity is the soul of wit” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet? There are many examples of the value of brevity in history and literature. Consider the First Amendment at just 45 words or …

    The Hunger Games


    “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, 2008). Judge Tom was reading a book about the Supreme Court when he gave in to the hype about “The Hunger Games.” Hearing that the book should be read before seeing the movie, he did just that. The …

    The Help

    The Help

    “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett (Penquin Books, 2002) Have you ever thought about what life was like in the deep South during the civil rights era of the 1960s? “The Help” will give you a taste of daily living for black maids working in white …

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