The Books We Read

Top: Volunteer, Andrew Hyrcza teaches The Hobbit to Rheto (U.S. 12th grade) students; Volunteer, Tommy Cody advises the LCS Book Club; Senkyèm (U.S. 8th grade) students read books of their choice during a library study period. Bottom: Katryèm (U.S. 9th grade) student, Dukenly reads Roald Dahl’s Matilda; Twazyèm (U.S. 10th grade) student reads about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Heroes of America; Rheto student, Edouard reads The Hobbit; Senkyèm student, Wathsherly reads Visa.

I will turn 50 in December. As part of my preparation for this date, I made a series of goals; one for each of 3 years leading up to the actual hill-topping. This year's goal is to read or re-read 50 classics before my birthday.

Travel, nights in hotels and the poor quality of TV in those rooms have given me the opportunity to get a good start. So, with books on my mind, I thought you may be interested in knowing what our students are reading in their various classes.

Senkyèm (U.S. 8th grade): The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Katryèm (U.S. 9th grade): Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Twazyèm (U.S. 10th grade): The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Segond (U.S. 11th grade): Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
Rheto (U.S. 12th grade): The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Here are some three-sentence book reviews from our avid readers on their favorite books.

Matilda by Roald Dahl: Matilda is about a five year old girl who is very lonely but lives another life with her teacher, Miss Honey. Matilda's parents were dishonest people and had to run away from the police. I like how she makes a better life for herself. –Dukenly Charles, Katryèm (U.S. 9th grade).

Heroes of America: Martin Luther King Junior by Herb Boyd: I think that the book is very interesting because Martin Luther King is my favorite orator. He talked about justice, racism and freedom. Martin Luther King loved his country but hated racism and tried to stop it; he was an extraordinary Christian man. --Edwine Estinfil, Twazyèm (U.S. 10th grade) student.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: It is a wonderful book about good and evil. The story is about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who goes on an adventure with a Wizard and 13 dwarves. They meet many obstacles and strange creatures like goblins and Smaug the dragon along the way; I admire their courage. -- Eduardo Massena, Rheto (U.S. 12th grade) student.

Visa by Emilie Frantz: I like this book because it is an educational book with a lot of life advice. I like to read because in a book I can find a lot of new vocabulary words and good lessons for my future. -- Wathsherly Deschamps, Senkyèm (U.S. 8th grade) student.



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