ACHS Staff Book & Author Picks
Madame Kelly Stenzhorn – French teacher
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is an evocative portrayal of both France and Germany in the grips of the Second World War. We see the humanity of the characters, and we appreciate the suffering of the average German in the face of Nazi control. The French country side comes to life, and we leave the book both uplifted and saddened.
Sue Clay – Nurse
I have been reading The Shack by William P. Young.
I think it is very thought provoking. Can't wait to see the movie!
Ms. Adrienne Stenholm – English teacher
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
This is a wonderful mystery! It uses flashbacks and foreshadowing well to allow the reader to slowly come to the ultimate conclusion.
Ms. Bethany Tyndall – Math teacher
I'm currently re-reading the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce. It is a story about 4 children who have magic with everyday objects (weaving, smithing, plants, and weather) and learn how to control it and work together. I liked the series because it is a fun set of stories that covers both natural phenomena (earthquakes, pirates, forest fires, and illness) and the importance of little things, such as friendship, caring for each other, control and helpfulness. Plus, there is magic woven into everything, which always makes stories fun!
I also recently finished the Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan. This series picks up at the end of the Percy Jackson series, although you can read it by itself. Each stories deals with the Greek and Roman myths as told in modern times. The main characters are the demigod children of the Greek and Roman gods, and each adventure deals with the characters learning more about themselves and their powers, as well as becoming great friends and defeating a great evil (the earth goddess Gaea). An excellent series, and a wonderful continuation to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!
Ms. Kara Belew – Social Studies teacher
How Good People Make Tough Choices by Rushworth M. Kidder
It talks about all sorts of ethical dilemmas and helps you think through them. Most insightful was that there are "right" vs. "right" dilemmas where both solutions are beneficial but someone will still be harmed.
Mr. Greg Hewitt – Math teacher
I enjoyed Outliers : The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. I believe it is important to massage data to get to the truth rather than just taking statistical results as fact without further deep analysis. This author does a nice job of relating the importance of digging deeper and using statistical results to support events that are relevant to us today. While some of Malcolm Gladwell's findings have been disputed, it is still a fun read.
Mrs. Nicole Kallenbach – Social Studies teacher
I read Memory Man by David Baldacci over break. Baldacci has several series and this one is intriguing. Memory Man tells of a detective that has a disorder that allows him to remember every detail of his life. It has a bit of psychology and a lot of suspense!!