OGHS Reader Recs Faculty Favorites

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

Ms. Colley says: "I absolutely love reading Boy's Life because it makes me both laugh and cry. Traveling along with Cory as he experiences a year of changes in the turbulent 1960s, I am able to view those historical events through the eyes of a child as he becomes a man. I am presented the opportunity to capture once again some of those golden moments of being a child. I am reminded that while life is never easy, there are always going to be those people who will support us to the end, and sometimes those supporters are NOT the ones we would expect. The tapestry of our lives is interwoven through our shared experiences and our individual experiences. BUT, oh, the beauty of that tapestry is unimaginable." [available for check out in the OGHS library]

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Mrs. Gardner's says: “First, this book is a classic. Second, who doesn't love Scout? Third, there is so much southern history embedded in this fantastic story.” [available for check out in the OGHS library]

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Mrs. Burchfield says, “This book is a biography of a true American hero, Louis Zamperini. It is an inspirational story of perseverance and survival.” [e-book available for check out from the Jefferson County Digital Library

Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume

Mrs. Powers says, “Judy Blume's novel, , was the first book I remember falling in love with as a reader. I was so interested in the character and the issues Margaret was facing because I was dealing with some of those very same issues as a 4th grader. Many years later when I was working on my graduate degree, I took a Young Adult Fiction class during which I had to read this book again. I was amazed at everything that I missed the first time I read it. I was reminded of the importance of re-reading a good book. Much like watching a good movie again, re-reading the same great book is like peeling an onion...there are many layers of understand and meaning. You just have to be willing to peel them back. I also learned that sometimes this will make you cry, just like peeling an onion does." [available for check out in the OGHS library]

The Holy Bible

Ms. Colley says: “The Bible is my source of strength in life. God's word comforts me when I am sad, guides me when I am lost or confused, and celebrates with me when I am happy. Regardless of the circumstances, I gain strength from reading God's word. The Bible is also my guidebook for living. God's words are there to direct me in every situation I encounter in life. I know that if I am following His word, everything will work out for the good in my life.” [available for check out in the OGHS library]

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Mr. Pope says, “Some of my favorite books to read are the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown. These books are full of suspense, mystery, history and conspiracies. If you have any interest in secret societies like the Masons or the Illuminati, then you will love the Dan Brown books. My personal favorite is The Lost Symbol. This book is set in Washington, D.C. The sites and artifacts in the story are real and you can go see these things in Washington, D.C. or you can simply look up pictures and information online. I spent many times reading with Wikipedia open on my computer. [available for check out in the OGHS library]

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Mr. Murphy says, “The novel I consistently cite as my favorite novel is A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. It is a stirring portrait of life in armed conflict of a lieutenant in the Italian Army during WWI and the nurse that tends to him when he is wounded. It's a brilliant novel that, although it does not feature American troops, I believe everyone should give it a chance to better understand the sacrifices of those in uniform. [available for check out in the OGHS library]

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Ms. Ledbetter says: "I love the Harry Potter book series. They are fun and interesting to read. It is a series that is relatable and full of mystery and complexity." [available for check out in the OGHS library]

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