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Monday, May 2, 2011

May Staff Book/DVD Suggestions

Jan Mocenaer, Village School, 17th century
Posted by: Staff

The school year is about to end and we've been thinking of our younger days.  For most of us, high school holds the strongest memories and we've compiled a list of books and movies that allow us to relive our teenage years.

Dani G.: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  This book shows the beauty in the unusual and challenges the reader to look beyond the high school label and closer to the individual.

Deanne H.: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  Ashley goes to POW camp in Rock Island, IL; this was a big deal at Rock Island Senior High School!  Unfortunately, this is not mentioned in the movie.

Karen K.:  Carrie by Stephen King.  Stephen King  gets in touch with his feminine side as only he can.  Carrie is not just your typical teenage girl trying to fit in, but she does suffer from some typical insecurities.  Bullies beware!

Adam P.:  How I Paid for College by Marc Acito.  Humorous events ensue when 17 year old Edwards sees his dreams of attending Julliard quashed when his father refuses to pay tuition.

Courtney S.: The Breakfast Club (DVD, 1985).  Five high schoolers, all of different stereotypes, meet in detention where they realize they have more in common than they think.

Karen K.Soylent Green (DVD, 1973).  Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, a murder, futuristic view and surprise at the end.  Loved it then (70's) and love it now! 

Carrie H.:  Dawn of the Dead (DVD, 1974).  Watching this creepy movie at Miner's Theater in Collinsville (a must do) then being scared, leaving early, and running home in the dark by a cemetery to be more scared.

 Alana T.: Pretty in Pink (DVD, 1986).  I went to high school in the 80's during the heyday of high school themed movies, but the only one I saw, or at least remember, is this one.  Perhaps it was the red hair...

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