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Teacher Recommendations

Mr. Waits: English Teacher


Currently in our collection:

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck– Not only does Steinbeck tell the story of Dust Bowl refugees during the 1930s, he captures the very nature of rural culture and realities of life on the road. The book questions our conceptions of what it meant to be poor in America, at a time when there was little or no social safety net, and poverty’s impact on family life. TGW reminds me of my family. I was the first to graduate from college, and still feel a connection with ancestors who lived on farms, raised their own food and worked hard. Steinbeck won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for literature.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald– An examination of the life of the very rich during the 1920s when greed was great and excess was a success. More than anything, Fitzgerald characterizes the “American Dream” in a way that hadn’t previously been seen. The wall of separation between “haves” and “have-nots” is clear throughout, and with today’s awareness of increasing wealth gaps, this is a theme that resonates with modern readers.  Then there’s the pathos of Jay Gatsby who, while being “uber-rich” himself, aspires to many of the same things as most people, most prominently love and acceptance. He is in love with Daisy, the “Golden Girl”, a common element in much of Fitzgerald’s writing, but is denied her in the end because he really “doesn’t belong.”

Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose – The story of Lewis and Clark’s expedition westward to look for a passage to the Pacific, this book caused me to set a goal of one day traveling along the same route as their Corps of Discovery.  The author’s own passion for the story was evident during an interview with Charlie Rose when he became emotional during a discussion about the apparent suicide of Meriwether Lewis years after the expedition. The men’s journals serve in great part to give depth to Ambrose’s story as they recount not only the hardships but also their observations along the way.

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut I read this in my freshman year in college and was taken by Billy Pilgrim’s (the main character) unbelievable experiences in World War II and by his apparent ability to move back and forth in time.  Its absurdities connected well with my rather inexperienced of life at the time. Some would say it was Billy’s schizophrenia which, when combined with his comical appearance, made his observations seem detached. He is an anti-hero who survives abuse by his Nazi captors, the bombing of Dresden, but despite some other cruel things that happen to him, he often ends his thoughts by saying, “so it goes.”

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway - I suppose this is on many favorites lists, but it hooked me with its expressions of Lost Generation disenchantment combined with Hemingway’s austere prose. It was easy to read but not so easy to digest as one would have to understand Hemingway himself to do that! I read it because it was a course requirement during my junior year in college. I was hooked on Hemingway from that point.

Ms. Garrison: Resource Specialist / English 9


Currently in our collection:

Judy Blume: Summer Sisters

Mary Higgins Clark: Weep No More My Lady

Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist

David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris: Naked

Other Suggestions available at the Oceanside Public Library:

Christina Schwarz: Drowning Ruth

Sue Miller: While I Was Gone

Wally Lamb: I Know This Much Is True

Donna Tartt: The Secret History

Jeffrey Archer: Kane and Abel

Ms. Nuño: School Community Advisor

Community Advisor

Currently in our collection:

The Scarlet Pimpernel  by Baroness Emma Orczy

   “Where most masked hero stories (like Spider- man) started!”

Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen

    “Overrated, perhaps. But every woman loves Mr. Darcy, whether they’ll admit to it or not.”

The Giver  by Lois Lowry

    “This book will definitely make you think about the pros and cons to a “perfect” society, and you’ll learn to appreciate your ability to feel.  Now, a decade later, it’s a movie, but make sure you read the book so you don’t miss out.”

The Summer of My German Soldier  by Bette Greene

     “Definitely worth reading if you like ‘love and war’ themes.”

Available at the Carlsbad Cole Library (downtown) :

Beauty Detox Foods  by Kimberly Snyder

     “An informational book on nutrition that will make sense.  An easy read with visuals for the budding health nut!”

Ms. Ferrel: Physical Education Teacher


Currently in our collection:

The Lovely Bones  by Alice Siebold

The Hunger Games series  by Suzanne Collins

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn

Available at the Oceanside Public Library :

The Dollhouse Murders  by Betty Ren Wright

Mr. Petersen: History Teacher

Currently in our collection:

Vanity Fair  by William Makepeace Thackeray

    “Love the twist at the end.”

Tales of Mystery and Imagination  by Edgar Allen Poe

    “Quick, short stories that keep you engaged.”

The Brother Karamazov  by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    “Crazy story of family dynamics.”


Available at the Oceanside Public Library, as well as free online from Project Gutenberg

The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexander Dumas

     “Fun, epic adventure.”

The Talisman  by Sir Walter Scott

     “Knights during the 3rd crusade—what can be better?” (Not to be confused with Stephen King’s novel of the same title)