TBT: Ms. Owens explains, “At different times in your life, the book takes on different meanings.”

Ms. Owens (on the far right) in elementary school, posing next to the "library tree."

Ms. Owens (on the far right) in elementary school, posing next to the “library tree,” where each leaf represented one book report given.

Throw Back Thursday (Library Style)

“I remember reading Charlotte’s Web with my freshman English class.  I had no idea that it meant more than just a relationship with a spider, a pig and a little girl.
When my little girl was in first grade, I reread it with her.  She probably had the same understanding as I did as a little girl, but it meant much more to me as a mother.  I think that is true of all books.  At different times in your life, the book takes on different meanings.
Still to this day, reading Charlotte’s Web with Sally is one of my favorite memories.”
~Ms. Owens, HS Math

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The_Lightning_Thief_coverRecommended by Evan C.

Have you ever wanted to breathe under water? Or be able to control water at your own will? Well, Percy Jackson soon discovers he can when he figures out he is the son of Poseidon (in Greek mythology, the God of the sea). And being a demi-god is no cake walk. In the book, you will see all the trials he faces trying to return Zeus’s master bolt. If you are a fan of Greek mythology, or kids with powers, you will love this series. Also if you enjoyed any fantasy books such as the Harry Potter series, though they are very different, you would enjoy this book as well. I give these books 5/5.

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

heroes-of-olympus-bannerRecommended by Nicholas R.

The Heroes of Olympus books by Rick Riordan will take your breath away.  This is a series about Greek Mythology in modern times and the characters face all kinds of adventure. You will see new demi-gods come into the picture and the Roman gods want in on the action too. These books remind of the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. What makes this series stands out is that there is new adventure around every corner and it feels like you are a part of it. If you like awesome adventure and a little romance, I recommend this series. My ratings for the series would be a 5.

Hunger Games Trilogy

Hunger_gamesRecommended by Teara W.

Not all trilogies are boring, and Hunger Games is an example of that. Katniss finally steps up to the plate and shows everyone what she’s really made of. I recommend this book to anyone because of the hard decisions Katniss must face, although she is only 17 years old. This trilogy shows how one person can start a revolution. Women Power!

Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

shawshankRecommended by Nikkole S.

Have you ever met a person who always stayed confident and never lost hope? In the book ShawShank Redemption by Stephen King, a man named Andy went into prison for a murder he didn’t commit. The entire time he was in the prison he had a plan to get out. He helped the warden and cell mates by doing taxes and helping them get an education. He stayed close with the people who had more power than he did. This book reminds me of the phrase “I keep my friends close and my enemies closer,” because this is exactly what he did. If you like Lifetime movies you would definitely like this book because it is full of tragedy and drama. This book will grab your attention because it is constantly throwing a curve ball. It slowly ties everything together that gives you that “Oh Yeah!” moment. I would give this book 5 stars and highly recommend that you read it.

Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby

mj the lifeRecommended by Tonio M. (winner Dominos gift card)

This is a great book to read if you really love basketball. This about the greatest player whoever played basketball. It talks about him being in the NBA and the games he played like the “Flu Game” he played with the flu and won for his team, the “Last Shot” and “The Shrug.” This book reminds me of the movie “Space Jam” in which Michael Jordan helped other people win basketball games to go to the championship. I love this book because I play basketball and he made history so reading this book motivates you to go harder in the game and to try to make it to the NBA like he did. I would only read this book if you play basketball or like Michael Jordan. I give this 4 stars and athletes should read this.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

lord of the ringsRecommended by Darrion G.

Fighting for the right thing is a great thing to do. The main conflict of the story is all about the ring of power. Everybody wants this one particular ring. There is one kid who is brave enough to protect it on a journey to destroy it. The Harry Potter books remind me of this because they also show the courage of a young man who has to constantly save the school from dark wizards. To me it shows courage and determination and that is sort of someone like me. Actually read and take in what the book is showing you about courage and bravery. This book deserves a 5 star rating.