Collins Hill High School Media Center Blog

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

A second civil war has been fought in the future- and this time over abortion. Things got so heated between the pro-life and pro-choice that a reluctant compromise was made. Parents could decide to have their kids “unwound” at age 13; kids would technically still be “alive” because their parts would be used in other people – fingers, toes, heart, kidney, arm, etc.

However, kids are also aware this decision is being made as they are shipped off to Harvest Camp, so some try to escape. Connor’s being unwound because his parents can’t control him and don’t want to try anymore. Risa’s an orphan and budget cuts means only the most talented kids can live, and Lev’s ultra-religious parents raised him to be a tithe. When these three kids unexpectedly end up on the run together, quite an adventure happens! I highly recommend it. Girls and guys will like this book because it’s fast-paced, unusual, and interesting.

~Mrs. Frilot

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | Leave a comment

Right Behind You by Gail Giles

Right Behind You was an awesome book! This book is a great book for grades 9-12, and great for anyone; boys and girls would both enjoy this novel. It was a very fast reading book; I just couldn’t put it down! This book was about a very young boy who commits a very harsh crime. Kip, also known as “Wade,” is envious of his neighbor’s baseball glove and decide to shut him up by lighting him on fire. Although the mental hospital says that Kip is mentally insane, as he grows older he becomes a very bright person. He has to move from his home town in Alaska to keep from being killed himself. Let’s just say everyone held grudges against him.

On the first move Wade has it all; he makes good friends, good grades, and gets a cute girlfriend. He also becomes captain of the swim team. His friends think he has it all, but Wade knows better. The only problem is, is that he is living a lie and ends up “feeding the hungry ghost” and spilling the beans. If you’re looking for a great reading book, Right Behind You is a great choice!

~Matt R., Class of ’11

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Souljah

This book was full of drama, backstabbing, and life lessons. A girl named Winter has a perfect family, is very pretty and envied by many, and is  very wealthy. She gets everything she desires until  her dad is put in jail, her mom goes crazy and gets addicted to drugs, and her sisters are put into foster care.  Winter has nowhere to go and has to use skills that she has learned form her dad to survive and try to get her dad out of jail. However, she comes across A LOT of problems which you will have to read to find out.

~Serwaa A., Class of ’11

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee

This book is just amazing; I love this book so much! It is about a girl who has to be perfect because of her dad. It starts with her mother’s death.  First her mom left her family, because she has a girlfriend Fran, which means her mother is gay. This is about family, being a teenager, love, dealing with a gay family member, and friendship. Say the Word is very sad story, but it doesn’t have sad ending.

But I cried a lot when I reading this book because of how she wants her mom back and how people treat her, and about the relationship between Fran (mom’s girlfriend) and her. I love this book! And this is a book that everyone has to read.

~Christy C., Class of ’11

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , , | 1 Comment

Gone by Lisa McMann

Intense! I love McMann’s writing style – simple and fast-moving. I finished the trilogy of Wake, Fade, and Gone last night. McMann has written a great series and I love the main character Janie. In this final book, she’s still falling into dreams and has to choose her fate by deciding which path is the lesser of two evils. Cabe is still right beside her, and Janie’s dad makes an appearances, complicating Janie’s life even further. I won’t reveal any more – you have to read it.

Read the review of Wake and Fade here. Come check them out today!

~Mrs. Frilot

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | Leave a comment

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit” was a great book set in a fictional setting. This book is a great book for high school and a very good read for anyone that likes fantasy books. It was a very interesting book about a hobbit, or a little person, who goes off on an unexpected adventure with dwarves, wizards, and elves all along the way. The main character’s name is Bilbo and he goes through many obstacles starting out with trolls and ending with a fierce battle at the end. At the beginning of the book he has no intention of going off on adventures, but somehow the wizard convinces him to go. The wizard’s name is Gandalf and through most of the story he helps them out of sticky situations, but when the wizard leaves it is up to him to save him and his comrades from dangers with the help of a magic ring he got from an unexpected place. His companions are at first disappointed with Gandalf’s choice as the burglar for the treasure they seek. The treasure is by right of inheritance Thorin’s, the leader of the company of dwarves Bilbo is traveling with, and they seek to get it back. The biggest obstacle for them is to find a way to get rid of the dragon guarding their treasure. How it ends is up to the next reader of this great book.

~by Pat S., Class of ’11

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | Leave a comment

Animated Mrs. Frilot?!

Check out the Media Center Madness video posted on the MC Info page!

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Video | | Leave a comment

March Madness!

I’m a librarian that likes sports! As a result, I’ve combined books and sports on our latest incarnation of the bulletin board and displays in the media center. Poor Mrs. Golemme wishes I’d stop talking about it! Stop by to see the “book bracket” and vote on winners. I think I’m rooting for Hunger Games to win it all. What do you think? Come see if your favorite book made the sweet sixteen.

Also, if you’re into basketball, check the displays near the big window and comfy seats for a good book or two.

~Mrs. Frilot

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation, Event | , , , | 2 Comments

Unwind by Neal Schusterman

The novel I checked out, Unwind, was an amazing and fun story to read.  The cover of the story sends the message: “Pick me up and find out about the mysteries inside!” The cover was well done and it definitely will appeal to the eye of any mystery reader.  I had expected the story to be just a normal type of book with nothing too fancy, but was I wrong!  This story gave good first person perspectives of all three characters showing their traits, likes, dislikes, plans and personal values.  The story gave a good amount of twists, which you could never guess what may happen next.  This story also has a good use of vocabulary which is easily understandable.

This book is basically in the perspectives of three teenagers that are trying to run away from being “unwound,” which is the process of removing limb from limb of the unwanted teenagers in order to use the parts for people that may have disabled limbs.  This shows Connor, Risa and Lev’s long perilous journey across the United States from the east coast to the west.  They must try and survive until they are 18 and can legally be safe.  Yet, 18 seems so far and the road ahead is not going to be easy.

I would have to say that this book is perfect for anyone; it’s that great of a book!  Personally I would give this book a 5 star rating out of 5 because it really caught my attention of what the writer was trying to show here. I think he was trying to show how insane abortions now-a-days are and how the practice should be abandoned.  The book also made me laugh, which is good to see a book be serious and yet funny at the same time.  It also made me cry because of how the book transpired.  Were they tears of joy? Were they tears of sadness? You will have to figure out yourself!  Go check out this book!

~Sean G., Class of ’11

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

Things Left Unsaid by Stephanie Hemphill

This book was full of drama and life lessons. A girl named Sarah is in high school and is a good girl. She makes good grades, listens to her parents, and always follows the rules. Sarah wanted more in her life than just to be good and follow the rules to everything, and then she met Robin.  Robin was the kind of girl who did not care about anyone but herself. She did not have good grades, or a healthy life style, but that did not bug her at all. The more Sarah hangs out with Robin the more she acts and dresses like her. As Sarah grows more like her she moves more away from her old friends. Then one day something happens and it changes her life forever.

~Carmen G., Class of ’11

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment