Welcome, Mrs. Thomas!

This semester, the LFHS Library is so lucky to have Mrs. Thomas from the Art Department around! Enjoy her bio below, and be sure to say hello when she’s in here 2nd, 3rd, and 6th periods.


Mrs. Thomas received her Bachelor of Art in Art and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University.  She received her Master of Art in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, creating pottery, learning more about photography, and, of course, reading.  Mrs. Thomas will read just about anything, but her favorites right now are, Backman’s A Man Called Ove, Fey’s Bossypants, and Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.




Faculty Favorite: Mr. Mae


Mr. Mae says, “I’m an avid reader, I read about a book a month, more during the summer, and prefer biographies and histories in general, but detective mysteries and romantic historical fiction also top my list.” Two of his favorites include the literary classic Don Quixote by Cervantes and The Loch, by Steve Alten.


Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray – he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants – Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.

With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote generally has been recognized as the first modern novel. The book has had enormous influence on a host of writers, from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, and Faulkner, who reread it once a year, “just as some people read the Bible.”

Next up, Mr. Mae’s other favorite read: The Loch, by Steve Alten.


This book ticks off all the boxes if you’re a fan of horror, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers and mysteries. Author Alten has a huge fan base and a slew of books that have been high on the New York Times best-seller list. When he’s not writing he’s working on increasing literacy by partnering with high schools around the world.

Want to know more about The Loch? Read the synopsis from Goodreads below…

Incorporating the latest research and new evidence, that leads to real answers concerning the Loch Ness monster’s identity, bestselling author Steve Alten weaves a tale of horror about the most publicized and controversial creature ever imagined.

And thank you, Mr. Mae, for your contribution to our blog!


Looking for a Good Summer Read?

Check out Barnes and Nobles Top 40 YA (Young Adult) summer list…

40 YA Books You Need On Your Summer Reading List

Summer YA preview

Summer isn’t just about Choco Tacos and weird tanlines, it’s about racing through summer releases like it’s your job, and business is good. Here are 40 June through August YA books I can’t wait to get my hands on, or have already inhaled like so many Choco Tacos. Get them out of this internet list and into your hands:


June YA preview

Devoted, by Jennifer Mathieu
Why we’re excited: Both protected and restricted by her family’s extreme adherence to their fundamentalist Texas church, home-schooled Rachel finds herself questioning the costs of devotion. She starts defying the rules she lives by first subtly and then outright, until she finds herself facing a terrifying crossroads between giving in entirely or finding herself in exile.
Pair with: Deep thought and sweet tea

The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker
Why we’re excited: This supernatural series starter set in an alt England centers on a witch hunter named Elizabeth, who faces death from a magic-fearing inquisitor when discovered in possession of herbs. When a wizard saves her from execution and asks her to be his ally, she’s plunged into a fascinating netherworld of dark enchantments.
Pair with: A rewatch of The Craft

Proof of Forever, by Lexa Hillyer
Why we’re excited: Hillyer’s a poet and cofounder of the Paper Lantern lit fiction incubator, and this is her YA debut. Four friends who’ve drifted apart are zapped by some strange magic back in time to their last year at summer camp, and must fix (or relive) old mistakes without derailing the future.
Pair with: An evening spent lol’ing at old yearbooks”

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Faculty Favorite: Mr. Lowry


Horror. Fantasy. Science Fiction. These are a few of Mr. Lowry’s favorite genres that are all wrapped up in his favorite read: At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. “Lovecraft served as the inspiration for such writers as Stephen King and Clive Barker, both considered masters of horror in the late 20th century,” says Mr. Lowry. “Lovecraft is known for seeping his stories in the genre of  ‘cosmic horror,’ and his work also incorporates aspects of science-fiction as well. I highly recommend anything written by him, but At the Mountains of Madness is my favorite,” he adds.


Check out the link above if you want to learn more about At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft, and his other works. And thanks, Mr. Lowry, for your contribution to our blog!

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish vision, H.P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries –and their encounter with an untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization–is a milestone of macabre literature.

Faculty Favorite: Mr. Ruda

What’s Mr. Ruda’s favorite book? Biplane by Richard Bach. This former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and New York Times best-selling author’s writing has been described as “life-changing,” “inspiring,” and capable of “making you want to fly planes.”   


“I like this book because Ray Bradbury wrote the intro,” says Mr. Ruda. “I like it because, once, in 1987, I bought it and gave it to my dad with a nice inscription from me: I suggested he quit work, purchase a biplane, and fly. I like it because it reminds the readers to stay conscious and present in a world driven by unconscious choices. I like it because it proves that time machines do exist,” he adds.

Want to find out more about Biplane? Check out the synopsis from Goodreads.com below:

“Finding Ourselves is Like Flying An Ancient Biplane Coast To Coast: There Are Storms Ahead, But Oonce We’ve Started, It’s Too Late To turn Back.” To discover that time is not a straight line aimed toward infinity, Richard Bach undertook a magnificent journey. “Biplane” is the story of that solo flight into the American skies — a flight that became a personal quest to discover everything that lies beyond the ordinary.

Thanks, Mr. Ruda, for contributing to our blog!

Author and Alum Jennifer E. Smith returns for a visit to Lake Forest HS!

While on tour for her latest novel, Windfall, popular young adult author and LFHS alumna Jennifer E. Smith visited some English classes Wednesday afternoon and was kind enough to stop by the Library as well.

Often inspired by her high school memories and continues to draw on them for her stories, this was Jennifer’s first visit back to Lake Forest High School since she was a student here from 1995-1999. If you pay attention, she says those familiar with Lake Bluff and Lake Forest will recognize different settings in some of her novels, though she never identifies the towns outright. She recalled one of her former English teachers who encouraged her to write, even keeping a binder full of the extra stories she was writing and was a huge supporter of Jennifer submitting her pieces for contests. She also had fond memories of spending time in the library (though it used to be elsewhere in the building – our current library was the cafeteria when she went here!).

You can find her signature in the Silent Study Room’s Wall of Fame, and because we couldn’t resist, check out Jennifer’s freshman and senior yearbook pics – she looks exactly the same!


Want to get your hands on some of Jennifer’s writings? Look no further than the fiction section.

Image resultThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

“Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll…”



The Comeback SeasonThe Comeback Season

Ryan should be in class, enduring another miserable day of her first year of high school, but instead she’s on the train heading to opening day. Good luck is often hard to come by at a place like Wrigley Field, but it’s on this day that she meets Nick, the new kid from school, who seems to love the Cubs nearly as much as she does. But Nick carries with him a secret that makes Ryan wonder if anyone can ever really escape their past, or believe in the promise of those reassuring words: “Wait till next year.”


Click for more information on this titleThe Geography of You and Me

“Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.”


And more…!



Faculty Favorite: Mr. Sweet


Mr. Sweet’s favorite author once wrote an entire book in 10 days and is the one of the top-earning authors of all time. Who is this literary powerhouse? None other than the prolific “king” of horror, Stephen King. And what’s Mr. Sweet’s favorite book? Different Seasons, a novella King wrote early in his career, which later became the basis for three different major motion pictures.

“Steven King is an amazing story teller, although this book (a 4-novel interconnected series) is not on his horror genre it is still a nice sci-fi,” says Mr. Sweet.screenshot-2017-02-13-at-8-49-08-am

Want to learn more about Different Seasons? Read the synopsis here from Goodreads.com:

A “hypnotic” (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas from Stephen King bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters.
“The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make Stephen King the consummate storyteller that he is,” hailed the Houston Chronicle about Different Seasons.

This gripping collection begins with “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” in which an unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge—the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award-nominee The Shawshank Redemption. Next is “Apt Pupil,” the inspiration for the film of the same name about top high school student Todd Bowden and his obsession with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. In “The Body,” four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. This novella became the movie Stand By Me. Finally, a disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death in “The Breathing Method.”

Thanks, Mr. Sweet, for contributing to our blog!