Hello and welcome to My Booklist! The following are books that have been read and reviewed by Camp Hill students. All are new literature as opposed to Teen Fiction or Pop Fiction. Many of these books can be found in the CHHS library or the Global Scholars' Library (room 223). They are also readily available through the Cumberland Co. Library System or for purchase at local and online bookshops.
Best-Sellers Book Club
Atonementby Ian McEwen Year Published: AverageNY Times Best-seller recently made into a movie. Set prior to, during and after WWII. This book does contain some intimate scenes in poetic(not vulgar) language and therefore probably is not a good choice for middle school readers. THIS IS THE BEST ONE YET! M. K. SLOW, HAD TROUBLE "GETTING INTO IT" S. K.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Bel Cantoby Ann Patchett Year Published: AverageA group of terrorists hold a group of wealthy industrialists captive. Explore the cause and effect of poverty in third world countries, the vulnerabilities of us all and the differences that really don't exist. The epilogue is a poor finish for a good read.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Marley and meby No Author Text Year Published: AverageFor anyone that has ever owned a dog... especially a lab! this is a MUST READ.
People of the Bookby Geraldine Brooks Year Published: AverageInteresting tour of the history of European Jews from the Sephardic Jews of the Convivencia to present day. Fiction based strongly on truth!
Shadow of the wind / Sombra del vientoby Carlos Ruiz Zafon Year Published: ChallengingAn intricate weaving of lives and stories set in Civil War and Post Civil War Barcelona.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Timeby Mark Haddon Year Published: AverageAn intriguing story told from the point of view of an autistic youth.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Hunger Gamesby Suzanne Collins Year Published: Easy ReadingTrilogy of fast-paced future world.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Memory Keeper's Daughterby Kim Edwards Year Published: AverageLies that effect a lifetime for the family of a baby born with Downe Syndrome. Also shows the avancements in human rights for the mentally challenged.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Other Boleyn Girlby Phillipa Gregory Year Published: AverageAn interesting look at politics and position in 1500's England. Two sisters rival and love eachother while acting in the family's best interest.
The Pillars of the Earthby Ken Follette Year Published: ChallengingWe are reading this book for our April club meeting! *Upon review, this book is intended for mature readers. There are scenes of the extreme violence that was common in medieval times. Sections regarding the Church and Cathedral construction are accurate and well written. The storyline, however, seems a bit "romance novel-esc". Follette obviously has little sense of what a woman feels and/or psychologically experiences in the scenes that he depicts!
The Resistanceby Anita Shreve Year Published: AverageA story of the Nazi Resistance in Belgium. Good, honest ending!
The Story of Edgar Sawtelleby David Wroblewski Year Published: ChallengingA wonderful American example of magical realism. Also one of "Oprah's Picks".
Year of Wondersby Geraldine Brooks Year Published: AverageBased on the true history of an English village that survives the Plague. Vivid characterization of the lifestyle and landscapes of medieval times.
English Grammar for Students of Spanishby Emily Spinelli Year Published: Easy ReadingA detailed review of of English grammar and how it relates to Spanish grammar.
historical, class related
Constant Princessby Philipa Gregory Year Published: AverageThe life of Henry the VIII's wife Katherine of Aragon... A.K.A. Catalina de Aragón, daughter of Fernando e Isabel!
Inés of my Soulby Isabel Allende Year Published: Easy ReadingBeginning in Spain and ending with the establishment of the new city, Santiago which later becomes Chile's Capitol, this story follows the brave and brutal men and woman that face natives and nature to create a Utopian society. Also recommended: Daughter of Fortune and its sequel Portrait in Sepia, both by Isabel Allende.
Shadow of the Windby Carlos Ruiz Zafon Year Published: ChallengingPost-War Barcelona 1945. Part Mystery, part romance, part political commentary of the post-war era in Spain.
The News From Paraguayby Lily Tuck Year Published: AverageNational Book Award Winner. See the "Conquista española" from the vantage of the Spaniards in control. The elegance, hardships and isolation provide a "snap shot of the murkiest of moral and political realms".