Book recommendations – Mr. Holbrook

Recommended by Mr. Holbrook

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

“Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head.” You’ve just got to love a story that starts this way. Carl Hiaasen’s brand-new YA story Chomp is about a boy who, along with his animal-wrangler father, gets tangled up with a delusional reality TV star in a wild Everglades adventure. I cast my vote for Hiassen as the funniest excellent writer working today (as opposed to the most excellent funny writer working today). If you’ve read his YA novel Hoot, the story of three middle schoolers who take on corrupt Florida land developers, you know what I mean. If you’re already hooked on this prose master and want to try one of his novels for adult readers, check out Tourist Season or Double Whammy.

And for something completely different…

King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led The World To War by Catrine Clay

This amazing book might as well be a novel. That George, Willy and Nicky, through the quirks of their intimate family relationships, should bring the civilized world to the brink of the most destructive conflict it had ever experienced and then not be able to stop it is a story nothing short of first-rate fiction. “They saw themselves as royal colleagues, a trade union of kings, standing shoulder to shoulder against the rise of socialism, republicanism, and revolution, and in 1914, on the eve of war, they controlled the destiny of Europe and the fates of millions of their subjects.” Extensively researched and beautifully told, this is a natural read for those studying World War I in history class or for those who simply enjoy a fantastic story that just happens to be true. For example, consider that Willy, the German Kaiser, began his quest to make Germany’s navy superior to England’s (which England could never allow) because when they were lads he lost a sailboat race to his cousin George, the future king of England. You can’t make this stuff up!

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