Forgot to Read Your Summer Reading Books?
Columbia Heights Educational Campus reading assignment will be due the first week of school. Do not procrastinate. Remember CHEC students, reading your book will be 10 percent of your first advisory grade.
Come in to Mt. Pleasant Library, where the majority of the titles are now available. Here are some titles currently available at the Mt. Pleasant Library:
|The Old Man and the Sea|
by Ernest Hemingway
This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head (or hand-to-fin) with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favorite motifs of physical and moral challenge.
|Number 47, a 14-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom. Written by Walter Mosley.|
|In The House of Spirits, one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the 20th century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. |
Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy.
|Melba Beals, one of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, tells an incredible story of faith, family love, friendships, and strong personal commitment. |
Drawing from the diaries she kept, the author easily puts readers in her saddle oxfords as she struggles against those people in both the white and black communities who would have segregation continue. Her prose does not play on the sympathy of readers; it simply tells it like it happened.
|In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government. |
Alvarez breathes life into these historical figures--known as "las mariposas," or "the butterflies," in the underground -- as she imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror as their dissidence is uncovered.
Alvarez's controlled writing perfectly captures the mounting tension as "the butterflies" near their horrific end.