Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet. Very difficult to put down. I would highly recommend. it. Mr. Tucker's lesson on Hobo Language will be appreciated as it is applied throughout the novel properly.
***The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Book one of a planned Trilogy. (Several students recommended this book to me. They told me if I started it, I wouldn't stop until I read not only this book but the sequel. They were right. It is a phenomenal book. I've been recommending to all my students. If you like reality T.V., read this.)
***Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins--" Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment."
**** The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins -- The conclusion of the Hunger Games Series. Very good book. I would definitely recommend this series.
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane - "A pair of US Marshals are sent to an island-bound institution for the criminally insane to find an escaped murder."
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski -
“A riveting family saga, explores the deep and ancient alliance between humans and dogs, and the power of fate through one boy’s epic journey into the wild.” (Author from Wisconsin)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyby Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows
“January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.” (Wow!!)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
“A dazzling novel in the most nontraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course.” (Well worth the time)