Collins Hill High School Media Center Blog

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie is a novel about a professor who has contracted an awful, debilitating disease. This disease causes the professor to slowly lose all muscle control until he is restricted in his bed and can barely talk. Because of a “Nightline” special that was produced about Morrie, Morrie’s former student, Mitch finds out about his favorite professor’s unfortunate situation. Even though it has been sixteen years since Mitch graduated, he flies to see his favorite professor. Surprisingly, even though Morrie knows he is dying a very awful and painful death, he is at peace with the fact of his fate. As they talk, Morrie finds out that Mitch has become caught up in the superficial part of life. At the end of their first visit, Morrie asks Mitch to come back. This is the beginning of their weekly Tuesday lessons. These lessons aren’t the same as the previous sociology classes that Morrie taught. These lessons are about life. All the lessons that a wise old man has learned throughout his lifetime are condensed and given to Mitch every Tuesday. Topics like family, forgiveness, greed, and of course, death are discussed. As time progresses, so does the disease. They call this book their last thesis. It’s a collection of all the things that Morrie wants his students to know, and through this book he shares his wisdom with the world.

This book can be found in the media center by looking up the call number 92 SCH. It reads like a journal, and is very personal. It is a very emotional and touching book that brought tears to my eyes multiple times. Once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down and even wished that it was longer at the end. If you are looking for a great read definitely pick up a copy of Tuesdays with Morrie!

~Jessica S., Class of ’11

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

If you are looking for a great book to read, I would highly recommend the book The Glass Castle. This is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls. Jeannette shares many stories from her rough childhood. She begins from almost the very beginning of her life by telling readers about an incident that landed her in the hospital when she was only three years old. Throughout the book, she gives us details of the many adventures her family goes on and all the hardships they face along the way. Walls’ describes her family members very vividly. She gives us many important characteristics about each of her siblings and her parents. I found myself using the information that she gives us about the characters to make a picture of them in my head. It makes you feel like you really know them. Jeannette does a spectacular job with giving so many details and really making you understand the circumstances that she was in.

I believe that this book would be enjoyed by both girls and boys and also by people who enjoy reading true stories. This book keeps your attention and never has a dull moment. You are always interested in what is going to happen next. This book also makes you feel many different emotions. While I was reading, the emotion I had most of the time was shock. When you hear the events that occur in the lives of the Walls’ family, you will understand why you would feel shocked. Another emotion that really overcame me was sadness. The Glass Castle is not a very short read, however it is most certainly worth the time to sit down and read. You can find it in the library under 92 WAL. Check it out! You won’t regret it.

~Ericka H., Class of ’11

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

Peachy-good

The new GA Peach Book Nominees are here! Take a peek at these top 20 teen books in our lovely peach state, then come check one out. We also have them on display at the circulation desk.

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April 26, 2010 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , , , | 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

Off to War by Deborah Ellis

offtowarOff to War is a very touching and moving book. It is stories of little kids whose father is fighting in the war. Kids points of view are very important because there is no better way to see  how the kids feel than to hear it directly from them. All of the stories from the kids are separated, thus providing many stories, all put together in one book. It gives great insight into the life of a child whose parent is off at war. The content in this book is very easy to read , so I would say that this book can be read by anybody.

 

This book might jerk a tear or two out of you, because it can be very touching hearing what some of these kids have to go through on a daily basis. Like I said earlier, anybody can read this book because it is very easy to read and doesn’t take long to read at all. I found myself constantly wanting to read it because it was that good! It is a very humbling book to say the least, especially when you think that you have it hard. I would certainly recommend this book to anybody.

 

Review by: Nick S.

Class of ‘09

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

Need a vacation?

assassinationvacation1We’ve got books on display to help you escape! Come check one out. We’ve also got some brand-new books on display if you are looking for something new!

~Mrs. Frilot

March 5, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment