Archive for November, 2012

 Bruiser is not your typical story of the loser boy getting the normal girl. He is different. Brewster is the one kid in school who got voted “The Most Likely to get the Death Penalty”, so he is clearly not your typical happy teenage boy. He also has a secret, discovered when he begins to date Brontë. She and her brother, Tennyson, both discover that Brewster (nicknamed Bruiser) can take things away. There is a reason he always stays away from people, there is a reason he tries not to care too much. Because when he does care, he can take away their pain.

This is a story about how many people can affect one person. . . and also how that one person can affect many people.

Reviewed by Lexie K. ’15



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On the eve of World War II the United States Navy introduces its newest, most up-to-date, sophisticated submarine. The crew has been assembled. The majority of  tests have been done and the Squalus has passed with flying colors. Minor problems have been fixed and all is ready for its first ever deep sea dive in the Northern Atlantic. However, when the sub begins its descent to 200 feet, the main intake valve sticks open and the submarine floods and sinks to the ocean floor with all hands on board. One man, one submariner, has prepared all  his Navy career for this exact moment. He is Charles “Swede” Momsen, a man who previously stood by watching as two subs sank and rescue was impossible, watching as their entire crews perished. Now Momsen is ready. The Terrible Hours is the story of his ingenuity, drive and determination to rescue the Squalus’ crew at all cost. Maas describes the harrowing hours of the crew in the sunken sub, their families waiting with prayer and hope, and the rescue team fighting rough seas, broken cables and time. This nail-biter isn’t to be missed.


Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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This is a must-read for runners and non-runners regardless of age.  It is a study of faith and determination.  The is story of Jessica, a sixteen-year-old runner, who loses a leg in a tragic accident and begins a journey of frustration, loss, unexpected friendship, enlightenment, hope, and service.   Readers are reminded to recognize people for their strengths and not overlook them because of their disabilities.  Jessica lets go of “what could have been” and triumphs in “what will be” as she reaches out to help another who has profoundly inspired her to never give up and to run a race against the odds proclaiming at the finish line, “This race has made me believe that there’s nothing I can’t do.  This is my new starting line.”


Reviewed by Mrs. Michaels
PE Department Chair

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