Summer Reading Book Reviews 2012

Ghost Soldiers: the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission by Hampton Sides
Submitted by Fran Atkinson DeGregoria at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Sunday, June 17, 2012

The true story of the soldiers who were in the Phillipines when it fell in 1941 as well as the soldiers who came in and rescued the prisoners of war in 1945 is told in a gripping fashion with the two time periods intermingled. From General King who is forced to surrender as the troops can no longer survive, to "High Pockets" aka Claire Phillips, to the daring rescue by Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain Prince, the soldiers' stories are told. The book is well researched and provides an inner view into what these men and women endured as well as how the Filipino guerrillas were essential to the rescue.

The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
Submitted by Linda Farrenkopf at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Sunday, June 17, 2012

What a strange book, but in an enjoyable way. The story really has no beginning and no definitive conclusion, so lots of questions are left unanswered. Don't read this if you like things all tied up in a neat package at the end . If you are fond of eccentrics, you will like these characters.

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
Submitted by Rebecca Martel at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Saturday, June 16, 2012

First of all I love James Patterson books. I bought this for my son and then decided to read it myself. The moment I started to read I was hooked. It is a story of a girl and her brother who are normal kids. Then one night all of that was changed when they were taken from their home and accused of being a witch and wizard. They were unaware of their powers until they are taken and their parents are mistreated. The siblings start a journey of escaping from a cruel jail, trying to find their parents, helping other children and not being caught by the person who is trying to change all of society his way and destroy them!

Test by Test
Submitted by Halle at the Bluffton Branch Library on