Flowers for Algernon


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Tammie Pruette

Flowers for Algernon

Author: Daniel Keyes

It gives us a better understanding of the struggles that some people in society face.

Michael Henderson

Deception Point

Dan Brown

It is an intelligent fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and not allow you to put it down.
Michael Henderson

Director of Bands

Chase High School

Jim Sosebee

Authors- Jeffery Deaver, Steve Martini
Book- Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood - by Jeffery Marx

Bleachers by John Grisham.

Timothy E. Torvinen-CHS Assistant Principal

Dick Craft

My favorite book is When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold Kusher. He is also my favorite author. He has written seven books and I have read four of them.

Greg Lovelace

Any of his books - Favorite is A Fine and Pleasant Misery.

Patrick McManus

Patrick McManus wrote the "Exit Laughing" section of Outdoor Life for many years. As this title implies, each short story involved the outdoors and was always funny. McManus began to put the short stories together in book form and these were great sellers. Most stories were set in a simpler time in Blight, Idaho. Colorful characters such as Rancid Crabtree, Retch Sweeney, and Crazy Eddie Muldoon made each book enjoyable. There is a story to go along with about all of life's situations. If you do not believe me, ask my wife. She has heard me bring them up too many times to count. I highly recommend this author for young men interested in the outdoors. Even if reading a book is not your idea of a good time, McManus will make it time well spent.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

This thriller "revived" the famous detective that Doyle had killed off in an earlier work.

He explained that it was a previously unpublished work. It takes the reader from

"period London" of the 1890's to the gloomy moors of Devonshire and an encounter

with a strange beast of legend.
Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson, originally published serially as "The Sea Cook"

tells of young Jim Hawkins, who comes into possession of the treasure map of the pirate

Captain Flint, and, with the help of two adults, a doctor and a squire, sets off in search of

buried treasure. He encounters the colorful one-legged pirate Long John Silver and a man

marooned on an island, Ben Gunn.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I read this in the 8th grade after hearing a student do a book report on it a couple of years earlier. It tells of a professor, his servant, and a harpooner who go searching for a "sea monster" only to discover it is a submarine boat, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. That character proved so popular Verne resurrected him again in a later work, The Mysterious Island. Verne's work was amazingly ahead of its time.
Ludy Wilkie

I really enjoyed the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, but I also like Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis.

I really get into a good love story, whether it's between two stubborn people, or God and his stubborn followers:-)
Lauren Wortman
Susie Henson

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

Angels and Demons is a fast-paced book. The entire book only covers about a twenty-four hour time period. Dan Brown has spent countless hours of personal research into the Vatican and the Catholic Church in order to weave a story centered around the choosing of a new Pope. Historically accurate, Brown presents a side of the Catholic Church that few people are acquainted with.
Susie Henson

English Teacher

Assistant Athletic Director
I've had many, but these two are at the top of my list:
Iacocca by Lee Iacocca
Mayor by Ed Koch ( Former Mayor of NYC )
Jack Greco
Mine would be the Twilight Saga books by Stephenie Meyer
Jennifer Armstrong
Financial Secretary

Chase High School

My all time favorite book is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
I am a history buff and enjoy just about anything written by John Jakes. His books seem to make history come alive. Some of my favorites are: Charleston, Savannah, On Secret Service and North & South.
I also like Sharyn McCrumb. She is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. Some of her best sellars are: She Walks These Hills, The Rosewood Casket, The Ballad of Frankie Silver and Ghost Riders. These were all really good and are based on the history and folklore of Appalachia.
Susan Todd

Science Teacher

Cross Country Coach

Chase High School

Cheryl Watson

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

This book is especially appealing to me because I first read it while

pregnant with my first daughter. I really enjoyed it because of the

way that love of family is emphasized. It is a story about a family

of girls, which I have. I even named my two daughters Meg and

Beth. Of course, Beth still complains because her namesake

suffered an early death. She saw the movie when she was a

child and changed her name to "Amy" as a result.

Cheryl V. Watson, NBCT

EC Teacher/Dept. Chair

Chase High School

Kim Dunn – Social Studies

The Shack by William Paul Young
I loved this book!! It put God in a whole new perspective for me. It made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me sick in my stomach and played on every fear that I have as a parent. But, it also gave me hope and helped me understand the importance of my faith in God. He is always there, always working, and always in control!!

Amy Bright – English

Most recent favorite book: Eli the Good by Silas House

This is a book about a little boy whose father was a Vietnam veteran. It is set in the year that I was born, 1976. I enjoyed it so much because I could empathize with the main character in multiple ways, including his love of trees, bike riding, music, and his wonderment about his dad's experiences in the war. In addition, Silas House has such a way with imagery that I was compelled to drink up his story like a cozy cup of hot tea.

My favorite books are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. They are, in order, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Tolkien tells a good adventure story and develops many interesting characters. But what sets him apart from most authors, is the effective way he deals with enduring themes such as the classic struggle between good and evil. This is the mark of all great literature. Through fiction, you are better able to determine truth. These books are fun to read and they just might give you interesting insights.

If you just want a good fun series of books to read, I recommend The Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester. The setting of these books is during the period of the great sailing ships of the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries. It is the story of an English seaman named Horatio Hornblower and his rise from the position of midshipman to that of admiral in the British navy. It is a great adventure story with thrills and chills from beginning to end. The first book in the series is entitled Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.

Grady Franklin

McNair Foundation Coordinator

Chase District

Turkey Woods by Doug Camp
Don King

Chase HIgh School

Athletic Director

Tina Kraus

The Shack

Wm. Paul Young

I was loaned this book to read on the beach. Unsure about its contents, I kept putting it down to pick up a light read- something mind numbing. When I finally picked it back up, I was unable to put it down. I spent two nights crying while reading this book. To say the least it had a profound effect upon my life. I turned pages down in order to return to them from time to time. It is a must read for those who believe! It may make you take a hard look at yourself!

Favorite Book:

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Meredith Royster

Social Studies

Chase High School

Kristy Holland

1. Breaking Free by Beth Moore

This was important to me because it deals with breaking free from issues that people struggle with.

2. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

I couldn't put this book down. It made you think about the Trinity in a new way.

3. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I read this book in the 7th grade and I still remember details from it. I loved the images and the descriptions of things from the Great Depression.

4. Any book by Kathy Peel or Emile Barnes

They write about home organization and this really interests me. I love organizing things and getting great tips.

5. Big Picture Scrapbooking and Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian

Both deal with the why behind scrapbooking and how to make it fit your lifestyle.

I read mainly nonfiction books. I love learning about new things but I also love to get lost in a good fiction story too. Hope this helps.
Kristy S. Holland

Social Studies Teacher

Ashley Garland - English

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This novel is one of the most important books I have ever read. I was able to see Celie’s life through her eyes, and experience the love and heartache that she faces. Celie almost loses everything dear to her, including herself, but her incredible strength perseveres through her pain. She finally learns that she is important and she has a purpose in life. The Color Purple is a story about keeping faith in God and yourself through trials and tribulations. It made me stop and admire the love that God shows us, even in the simple things, like the color purple in a field.

Elisa Flynn

One book that I really enjoyed reading was the Biography of Melba Patillo Beals entitled Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High. It is one of the best books for younger students to get a feel for what happened to the students at Central High in 1957. It would be great to use in a history or English class. I also recommend it when students need a book for Sociology.


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