Book Recommendations from our Staff!

Book Recommendations from our Staff!
Tricia Fraser

Four of our wonderful staff have reviewed some great books recently. See what they have to say!

Some of these books are new to our library this year; some are classics. There's historical fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, realistic fiction, and sci-fi. Here's what our staff think about them...

Mr. Ben Doerksen

Concrete From the Ground Up by Larissa Theule. 

"Concrete From the Ground Up is not a hard read. The first half is foundation history, mostly the Roman period, after which the recipe for concrete was lost. The historical story of its modern reinvention glues the two halves together. The last half, as a top coat, showcases some of the amazing buildings around the world that are built from concrete. The book is a wonderful mix of intriguing details, broad history, and enjoyable pictures, making Concrete a solid read."

World War II by Simon Adams.

"Highly informative, sometimes shocking, definitely eye-opening! This eyewitness book is organized by topics on every page and describes the WWII experience through pictures and facts. I recommend keeping a map beside you to connect the many place names with their real location and start a list of topics you'll want to research more."


Miss Jessica Jenkins

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill. 
"I loved the Ogress and the Orphans. It had a really fun narrative voice and some great characters. The book's message was about what makes an action or a person good or bad, and I loved that it didn't give just a simple answer but made you think more deeply. I highly recommend this book!"
Maximillian Fly by Angie Sage
"I really enjoyed Maximillian Fly by Angie Sage. The main character is part human and part cockroach, which is really unique. He is trying to prove to the reader that he is a good person/cockroach, which ends up getting him in trouble. This was a really fun book even though it is set in a dystopian world."

Mrs. Kate Smith

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

"It's a warm hug of a book - comforting in any season. There's so much beauty in sisterhood, and this book really shows how love exists as a constant thread within all the big and small moments of these characters' lives. They'll make you laugh; they'll make you cry, and it's hard not to love each character by the end!"

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

"If you've never read Frankenstein before, you might be surprised how beautifully eloquent the monster is and how raw and honest and human its emotions are. All it wants is to be loved and known by someone (or something) just like it. It's not your typical spooky Halloween monster story you might imagine it is, but something much more real and relatable!"

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

"If you only read one celebrity memoir, this should be it. Trevor Noah tells a visceral account of what it was like in South Africa during apartheid as a half-black, half-white child and the way people of different races treated each other during that particular time and place in history. It's such a fascinating read!"


Miss Rachel Winger

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams.

"It was a poignant story about a young girl learning to love who she is made to be while overcoming adversity. Her home life is tumultuous, which adds to her struggle of feeling accepted and loved. Genesis Begins Again is a great story for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or a desire to be accepted. I would highly recommend this book."


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Let me know if you've read a great book and would like to write a review for the Weekly! 

Mrs. Tricia Fraser


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