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Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn, is a story about the meaning of life-- but it’s not. It’s a philosophy book-- but it’s not. It’s about a talking gorilla who has a student-- but it’s not. Ishmael is a journey. It is indescribable. It absolutely must be read because it cannot be summarized. Ishmael is a telling of the past and the development of selfish culture, and a teaching of the future and what must be done. With every chapter, a new way of thinking is uncovered within each “Aha!” moment. Ishmael will open minds and change lives. It will show you how to love this earth, and unveil the entire culture of deceit that we live beneath. It will change the very core of the way you think. If you possess a love for nature, this will tell you why. It will give you evidence. If you don’t, Ishmael will guilt you, virtuously, into doing do.
-Olivia McKee

The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson.
The novel The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson is a humorous and informational novel about the lives of lobstermen and their catch along the Northern East Coast. Throughout the book, it explains the daily lives of the lobstermen - how they met their wives in Little Cranberry, the community feuds, etc. as well as the lives and discoveries of the of the lobster’s researchers. Although a description of lobsters seems mundane, the author includes small details, personifying the crustaceans, so the material is intriguing. Explanations of the lobster’s molt cycles and habitat searches are written about so compassionately that the reader cannot hel but to be interested. The characters in the human portion of the The Secret Life of Lobsters are very relate-able and likable, adding to the novel’s overall quality. The lobsterman’s wife, Barb Fernald, is hardworking and tough, commanding respect throughout the community and novel. The researchers and fishermen toe an obvious line, between ecological preservation in theory and reality, serving as a interesting and educational sub-plotline. The friendly competition on the island of Little Cranberry creates a comfortable tone, which succeeds in including the readers in their community. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I suggest anyone could and ought to read it as well. Also, Carson’s book doesn’t attempt to guilt the reader into not eating lobster, which is a definite pro.

- Jordan Berger


Title: Hoot
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Genre: realistic fiction novel
Summary: The story takes place in Coconut Cove, Florida where Roy, the new kid, has moved. There he sees a strange running boy and a tough blond who becomes his two friends Beatrice and “Mullet fingers”. Roy joins them in trying to stop construction of a pancake house. The construction of the pancake house will destroy a colony of burrowing owls that live there. The owls are on the endangered list which Chuck Muckle, top executive from the pancake house, has no concern of. The three friends embark on crazy plans and plots to save the owls.
Reaction: I actually watched the movie before I read the book. I personally loved both the movie and the book. Though it has a lot to do with the environment and endangered species the major theme of the story is the budding friendship between three people. It also has to do with a new kid trying to maneuver his way through high school. There are very humorous parts in the book. By the time I had finished around half way through
-Alice Lee