Students – look at the titles, and read the synopsis of the books we’re considering for our next selection. Please vote in the poll below for the book you’re most interested in reading. Why? Because, REAL MEN READ!
It all starts with one phone call to the New York Times: an old man trying to secure his place in American history.
What follows sends a group of college students on a treasure hunt to find the secret vault of billionaire philanthropist John D. Rockefeller. No one suspects that, while the students are desperately searching for the treasure, the CIA is following them, hoping to catch up to the students in time to keep the real secret behind Rockefeller’s treasure out of the public eye.
The captivating mystery of The Kykuit Bunker seamlessly melds the lives of these disparate characters while maintaining their distinctive personal stories. Together the stories unfold and intertwine, as do the secrets they seek answers to.
Will the burdens of history be too much for the young “detectives”? Or will they successfully uncover the secrets no one ever dreamed would be revealed?
Through an awe-inspiring mix of fact and fiction, American history, and thrilling drama, author Steven Janke transports us to a world rich with appeal—and secrets. Whether a lover of history, or a lover of modern story-telling, you will find yourself drawn into the mysteries of The Kykuit Bunker. (from BN.com)
One hundred teenage boys participate in an annual walking contest called “The Long Walk,” which is the “national sport”. Each Walker must maintain a speed of at least four miles per hour; if he drops below that speed for 30 seconds, he receives a verbal warning (which can be erased by walking for one hour without being warned). If a Walker with three warnings slows down again, he is “ticketed.” The meaning of this term is intentionally kept vague at first, but it soon becomes clear that “buying a ticket” means to be shot dead by soldiers riding in half-tracks along the roadside. Walkers may be shot immediately for certain serious violations, such as trying to leave the road or attacking the half-track. The soldiers use electronic equipment to precisely determine a Walker’s speed.
The event is run by a character known as “The Major,” who is implied to have much power, stemming from a possible military or fascist state system. The Major appears at the beginning of the Walk to encourage the boys and start them on their way, and then occasionally thereafter. While the Walkers initially greet him with awe and respect, they eventually realize their admiration is misplaced and ridicule him in later appearances. (from Wikipedia)
High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.
Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake—or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach—and himself—before he can get on with life, the stakes are especially high.
Presents a novel about high school football in a small Texas town, a place in which football has become a religion. (from BN.com)