Library features selection of teacher recommendations


The Bear Facts Staff

Over the past few years, St. Joe’s library has gone through numerous changes. A new paint job, chalk wall, tables, and the ever-popular coffee shop are just to name a few. However, the library now is undergoing changes in its inventory thanks to Mrs. Linda King, St. Joe’s librarian. King’s latest change to the library is one that is very interesting: a section of the library dedicated to teacher book recommendations.

The library has been collecting book recommendations for the student body from the faculty and staff. Students are encouraged to stop by the library to check out the recommendations. In each book, a bookmark tells who recommended it and why.

The Bear Facts Staff, along with some correspondents, were able to check out these recommendations. Check out what they agreed, disagreed, and overall felt about the selections.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Recommended by Mrs. Blanchard

“As a fan of World War Two novels, I expected to enjoy this book, but I didn’t expect to love it quite as much as I did. Lilac Girls shed light on WW2 atrocities that I wasn’t even aware of, yet managed to do so in a way that wasn’t totally depressing.” —Bianca McCarty, senior

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Recommended by Mrs. Brock

“I was no stranger to Trevor Noah’s comedy, but Born a Crime opened my eyes to a different side of him. His sense of storytelling carries harsh themes like apartheid, abuse, and poverty in lighter tones, yet it still manages to intertwine. Born a Crime is a book that personally, I believe every person should read at least once in their life.” —Leah Clark, senior

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Timeline by Michael Crichton

Recommended by Mrs. Waldon

Timeline is a book about a group of scientists and historians finally discovering time travel and going back in time to medieval France. As you would expect, the main characters run into a series of problems and they are stuck in the time period for thirty-six hours. The book by itself does not do anything special, however, it is a fun book to read that also teaches you historical and scientific concepts that you may have never thought about. The main drawback is that the characters are not particularly interesting, however, the environment and plot developments are good enough to keep the reader engaged. If you care more about the plot than you do interesting characters you may like this book, if not then this may not be the book for you.” Nicholas Hebert, senior 

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


1984 by George Orwell

Recommended by Coach Girard

“Ironically, one of my favorite shows is Big Brother, so I have always been aware of this George Orwell classic. However, I recently read the book in my English class and thoroughly enjoyed the read. 1984 opens your eyes to the parts of society and our humanity that we take for granted. It is not until we are shown a world without qualities like individuality and privacy that we truly learn to appreciate them. 1984 served as a warning for society during its initial release, but it continues to pose questions in every generation.” Leah Clark, senior 

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


A Heart In A Body In The World by Deb Caletti

“I tend to get very wrapped up in the books that I read, and this one was no exception. Even after setting the book down and coming back to it after a while, I still felt like I was fully immersed in the story. The plot was heart-wrenching but not at all in a bad way. The story sheds light on the different reactions people have to trauma and other significant events in their lives in such a beautiful way.” Menley Clayton, senior 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Recommended by Mrs. Hall

Bud, Not Buddy was a heartwarming book about family. Bud has a realistic but funny way of depicting his life, even though the hard parts. He’s an orphan who’s running away from his group home to find his father, whom he’s never met. Bud eventually finds the man who he thinks is his father and his band. He doesn’t exactly find the specific family he’s looking for, but it’s an important lesson on finding your chosen family. I first read this book when I was in fourth grade, and it’s just as entertaining now as it was then.” Abia Walker, senior 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Recommended by Mrs. King

“This book was rather predictable, but it was a very good quick-read nonetheless. The story concept was one that I haven’t come across in my reading before, which was nice, considering a lot of books get very repetitive since they’re so similar. And on top of it all, the book was very funny, and I really enjoyed it.” Menley Clayton, senior 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


How I Became a Ghost? by Tim Tingle

Recommended by Mrs. Munoz

“This novel is a great way to educate middle school readers on the history of the Trail of Tears. Written by a Choctaw native, How I Became a Ghost does not shy away from the awful details but remains appropriate for younger readers.” —Bianca McCarty, senior

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars