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2005 Summer Reading Selections

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

An excellent fantasy novel that follows the adventures of a little hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Do not be turned away because of the amount of pages! If you love dragons, wizards, and goblins you will love this book! A great adventure story and the novel leads into The Lord of the Rings!

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." READ MORE!

The Hobitt: Click on Amazon to read Chapter One and read the reviews about this book.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Oprah Book Club 1997 Review:

In a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, a young black man is about to go to the electric chair for murder. A white shopkeeper had died during a robbery gone bad; though the young man on trial had not been armed and had not pulled the trigger, in that time and place, there could be no doubt of the verdict or the penalty.

"I was not there, yet I was there. No, I did not go to the trial, I did not hear the verdict, because I knew all the time what it would be..." So begins Grant Wiggins, the narrator of Ernest J. Gaines's powerful exploration of race, injustice, and resistance, A Lesson Before Dying.

A Lesson Before Dying: Read a review or Chapter One of this novel.

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

A happy, loving family whose world is rocked by the birth of their fifth child, Ben. Does it take a village to raise a child? You be the judge.

The Fifth Child: Click here for an Amazon Review and the first Chapter of the novel.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Camelot! Merlin! King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table! Need I say more! Again do not let length be a deterrent or prevent you from chosing this novel.

The Once and Future King: Read Chapter One and a review on this mythical novel of King Arthur!