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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 13 ½   by Sue Townsend

Reviewed by Mrs. Rouleau


This is a year in the life of Adrian Mole—a 13 year old boy who has to deal    with a neurotic

 dog, his parent’s separation and ZITS.  Adrian deals with these problems in a heartfelt, yet

hilarious manner.  I have read this book at least 4 times.  When life seems down, this is my

favorite book to read.  It makes me laugh! .



The Tea Rose  written by Jennifer Donnelly

              Reviewed by Miss Smith


A young girl loses her entire family to different, tragic

events, including a murder by Jack the Ripper.  Forced to

support herself and her young brother, Fiona leaves her

home of England to search for happier times in America.


It was one of the best books I have read in a long time.









Out of the Dust written by Karen Hesse

              Reviewed by Mrs.  Olexy


Out of the Dust is an account of the dust bowl of the

1930’s told from the point of a thirteen year old girl.

It is beautifully written in free verse and was awarded

both the Newberry Medal for Fiction and The Scott

O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. 


The book is a favorite because it brings a piece of

our history alive through a memorable protagonist, Jo,

and her family.  














The Things They Carried written by Tim O’Brien

            Reviewed by Mrs. McMahon



This is one of the best books I have read in years.  O’Brien’s writing style is both lyrical and gripping as he recounts his experience during the Vietnam

War.  Images and tales will stay with the reader long after the book has been closed. 


The book made me identify emotionally with the characters, even though I’ve shared non of their experiences.  Powerful writing!













The Gospel According to MARK

      Reviewed by Mr. Haugh


The gospel of the cross.  The gospel of action and pace.  It moves along

rapidly.  It asks us to identify with the apostlesi n our flawed humanity. 

It asks us to personally answer the question “who do you say that I am?”

about this person names Jesus.  It is the gospel that asks us to

acknowledge our FEARS and to allow fear to be redeemed by

the greater emotional power of LOVE.


I particularly like this book because it is the good news that

affirms that all failure, pain and suffering may be redeemed.