Teacher's Features

Coach Brown's Pick

Couch Brown Feature
Service:  A Navy Seal at War
by Marcus Luttrell with James D. Hornfischer

A great book that answers several questions that Luttrell left in his book Lone Survivor.  Luttrell also recounts various stories about his missions in Ramadi from 2006 to 2008 in graphic detail.  The book describes fierce urban warfare and Navy SEALS are right in the thick of it.  A great book that brings the reader into the daily life struggles of a soldier at war.

Mrs. Gift's Pick

Mrs. Gift Feature
All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Nevin

Two high school seniors meet while contemplating suicide at the top of the school's bell tower.  While atop the tower, the school's most popular girl is befriended by the school's outcast.

Mr. McIntyre's Picks

Mr. McIntyre's Pick
Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring
by JRR Tolkien

Frodo Baggins, a young hobbit, sets out on a perilous journey with a band of warriors from different kingdoms to the Cracks of Doom to destroy the Dark Lord's Ring of Power.

Mr. McIntyre's Pick
The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers
by JRR Tolkien

Frodo and his servant Samwise continue their quest to destroy the Ring of Power in the Mountain of Fire.

Mr. McIntyre's Pick
The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King
by JRR Toulkien

Sam and Frodo must make their way deep into Mordor to destroy the Ring of Power in the fires of Mount Doom.

Mr. McIntyre's Words:  ​I first read it when I was in Junior High School and I have read it 15 times since then.  No matter how many times I read it, the story never fails to fully captivate me with its natural imagery, heroism and loss. Toulkien has crated a world with its own history that feels like it contains a bit of us all.  Read this one first and then go on to Tolkiens' other works, such as  The Hobbit and the Silmanillion.  Pure imagination!

Mrs. Newman's Picks

Mrs Newman's Feature
The Disappearing Spoon
by Sam Kean

The author creates an adventure through the periodic table by linking every element to its place in either human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and/or to the scientists that discovered them.

Mrs. Newman's Feature
Don't Eat this Book:  Fast Food and the Supersizing of America
by Morgan Spurlock

Mr. Spurlock is the producer, director and guinea pig of the Academy Award nominated "Super Size Me."  In this book, he makes a case, by citing specific examples of the link between the advent of fast-food and the obesity crisis in this nation. He also reminds us that most nutrients recommend not eating fast food more than once a month.

Mrs. Reynold's Pick

Mrs. Reynold's Feature
Between Shades of Gray
by Ruth Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray is an incredible story of hardship and survival during World War II.  Lina, at the  age of 15, is taken from her home during the middle of the night along with her mother and younger brother, by the Soviet secret police.  Given only twenty minutes to pack, she takes her most precious belongings, a tablet of paper and a case of pens and pencils.  The family is transported like cattle, stuffed into dirty train cars.  They are forced to work on farms and are ill prepared to survive the harsh conditions north of the Arctic Circle.  Lina uses her artistic talent to send messages to her father and to record the horrific treatment at the hands of the Russians.

Reynold's Feature
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

During the winter of 1945, thousands of refugees make their way to the coast of Germany, to gain passage aboard the Wilhelm and other ships.  Four teenagers set out to the coast, each with their own secrets.  The story is told through the eyes of these four teenagers as they make their way to freedom, enduring heartbreak and harsh conditions.  Given time, they find a way to work together.  This work of fiction includes a very real and little know event from that time period. 

Mrs. Robert's Pick

Mrs. Robert's Feature
The Nazi Hunters
by Neal Bascomb

​A brief description of Adolf Eichmann's role in the destruction of Jews by the Nazis in the 1940's and his escape at the end of the war is given.   After obtaining information indicating that Eichmann might be living in Argentina, a country that was sympathetic to the Nazis and would protect them from justice, a group of Jewish secret spies carefully band patiently launch a plan for the capture of Eichmann which can eventually bring him to justice.