Best Books: Mrs. Cindy Dell


Introducing Cindy Dell of the Special Education Department and her favorite book, Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. She thought Lucky Boy was an “amazing story of perseverance, struggle, and devotion.”

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“A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy. Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant…But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life…”

“Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents’ chagrin. A mostly contented chef… the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya’s mid-thirties. When she can’t get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya’s care…”

Find out more about Lucky Boy on Goodreads here.

Coffee Lovers Recommend…

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The temperatures in Chicagoland have taken a dip in recent weeks, and when that happens what better way to pass the time than with a hot beverage and a good book? Check out what some Scouts are reading while sipping coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and add to our list by sharing some noteworthy titles with us on our Starbooks Instagram post! If you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a coffee gift card – make sure you get your titles in before we draw the winners on Friday! (Open to LFHS staff and students only.)

For Those in the Mood for Fantastical Reads:

Megan C. suggests the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley.

Andy Z. recommends Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Daniel M. has two for you to consider: Maze Runner by James Dashner and Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Chris S. recommends The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Or Maybe More Mysterious Tales…

Carla Z. suggests The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

Carmel H. recommends a newer book to the LFHS collection, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

Cooper S’s entry is The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.

Jossellyn J. recommends One was Lost by Natalie D. Richards.




Best Books: Chris


Introducing LFHS senior Chris and his best read, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He says,”I think the South during this time was interesting and I like Atticus.”

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“Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal…”

Read more about this book on Goodreads here.

Feast on a Good Book



Feasting on books sounds easy, but finding good books to gobble up often requires knowing where to look and who to ask. Here’s a handful of suggestions to help you find the worthwhile reads:

  • Ask your friends, those around you, or the friendly folks in the library for a satisfying story – you may find your favorite book this way. If you’re a little on the shy side, you can take a look at our blog here, especially at our weekly Best Books feature with suggestions from students and staff.
  • An easy way to look up books in the library is utilizing our catalog – this can be accessed anywhere online, plus our three iPads stationed around the room are set to the catalog all the time for easy searching. Did you know you can also keep a log of books you want to read in Destiny Quest? You can create a free account with your school email address.
  • Websites like Goodreads are great for keeping track of what you’ve read and what you want to read, and bonus! It’s free with an easy-to-use mobile app! Take a look at our LFHS Library Goodreads page and become our friend to be notified whenever we get new titles in. We’ve broken down our entire fiction collection books into different categories and genres, and we have select nonfiction there as well. The more books you read and rate, the more suggestions the website will give you for what to pick up next.
  • There’s a whole book blogging community online, created by readers of all ages. For example, The Book Monsters blog has acted as a judge for several prestigious award committees. Video reviews more your style? Just search for “booktube” on your next YouTube search.

You can discover appetizing books anywhere, but finding the right one for you can sometimes take a little effort. Once you have found a savory story you’d like to share, be sure to enter our Starbooks coffee raffle in the library or on Instagram. Winners will be selected Dec. 1st. (Entries limited to LFHS students and staff, please!)



Best Books: Mrs. Rayome

Mrs. Auste RayomeMeet Mrs. Rayome of the Special Education Department whose best book is The Power of One by Bryce Courtney. She says, “It is a powerful story about finding the strength to survive and to succeed.”

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“No stranger to the injustice of racial hatred, five-year-old Peekay learns the hard way the first secret of survival and self-preservation – the power of one. An encounter with amateur boxer Hoppie Groenewald inspires in Peekay a fiery ambition…” 

To find out more about this book on Goodreads, click here!

Starbooks Cafe: Read a Latte


So many books, so little time! How can you make time to read all those good books? Juggling school, activities, and hobbies make life a little complicated, so figuring out how to “read a latte” takes some ingenuity.

Here are some tips from the pros:

Books on Your Phone? Yes!

LFHS Librarian Ms. Fumarolo explains, “I love the Overdrive and Nook apps – both are free! – so I can also get to my purchased or checked out e-books and audiobooks on my phone. I find I actually remember some books better when I listen to them. All I need are my phone and earbuds, and I’m good to go.”

Sound like something you want to try? Download the free OverDrive App from an app store, log in just like you’d sign into any school computer, and you’re set!

Discover Interesting Reading Places

Mrs. Nielsen, Library Assistant, explains, “I use a good book to tempt me to the gym, since the first half hour on the exercise bike helps me read the books I wouldn’t have time for normally. In warmer weather, I have “hammock time” to keep me reading my favorites – real books where I turn the page and enjoy each precious moment.”

Mrs. Mobile, Instructional Resource Manager/Testing Coordinator shares, “I spend most of my free time sitting at the ball field watching my daughter play softball…The 10 minutes more at the end of a practice, the 45 minutes between games on Saturdays or even the 2 minutes between the last out and my daughter walking up to the plate. It’s become a challenge to see just how much I can read in a short time, but it has also become a fun experience…”

Mrs. Thomas of the Art Dept. explains that as an avid runner “long training runs can be over an hour on the trail. I have found that audiobooks really help me zone out and settle into my run for the day.

E-books, Podcasts, and Audiobooks, Oh My!

Mrs. Grigg of the EdTech Studio says,Life with two little boys at home can be a bit hectic and squeezing in time to read books I enjoy isn’t easy. I have found audiobooks to be a great way to get some reading in while also taking care of life stuff that needs to get done (dishes, laundry, etc.).”

Not so sure reading is your thing?” Mr. Holmer, fellow EdTech, suggests giving podcasts a try. “I HIGHLY recommend [them], especially if reading ‘isn’t your thing.’ With a 40 minute drive each day, it makes the drive more…exciting. Being able to access the book on the go, anywhere, anytime matches my lifestyle and works for me. When it comes to paperback, it has never been my thing, so audiobooks work best.

Grab a Book-2-Go

Library Assistant Mrs. Middlebrook says, “With two elementary aged daughters I have very little time to indulge in leisurely reading… Reading for 15 minutes before bed allows me to unwind and, very slowly, chip away at a book. If I am traveling or waiting for appointments I make sure to have a book with me to help pass the time, instead of zoning out on my phone.

Ms. Turek of both the Library and Wellness Departments shares her tip: “I also try to keep a book in my bag for anytime I have to wait: while I get an oil change, before an appointment, on the train…”

Make Reading a Priority – Squeeze It In

LFHS Librarian Assistant Mrs. Roman says, “I squeeze in reading while cooking dinner for my family, also during the commute to school, I often listen to an audiobooks to make the drive a little more interesting.”

“I have a nine-month old baby at home, so free time is something of a luxury right now. Happily, now that my daughter is developing more of a routine, I can count on time in the evening to settle in with a good book. Usually this happens at about 8 pm when Isla goes to sleep, and I can sneak in about fifty pages or so before I’m zonked out myself…” says EdTech Mr. Juliano.

Nooks rock!

Ms. Fumarolo says, “As much as I love good old fashioned paper books, I’m a big fan of my e-reader. My Nook is small enough to fit in most of my bags, so no matter where I am, I always have something to read with me.”

Did you know the LFHS Library has Nooks available for check out with over 100 titles already on them to pick from? We can even download an OverDrive e-book onto a Nook for you to check out.


Best Books: Rina

RinaRina, LFHS Class of  2021, shared the best book, True Blue by David Baldacci. If you haven’t read anything by David Baldacci yet, you’re missing out!

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“Mason “Mace” Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything: her badge, her career, her freedom–and spent two years in prison. Now she’s back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform…Then Roy Kingman enters her life.”

” …Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets. Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn . . .

If you’re interested in reading more at, click here.

No Shave November

Guess What- No Shave NovemberWith No Shave November under way, and Halloween already a memory, here’s a list of five titles about characters in some “hairy” situations.

  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (Thriller)

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind. Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair…”  Goodreads Review

  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Adventure)

Goodreads synopsis: “20821111Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.”

  • Mars One by Jonathan Maberry (Sci-Fi)

29340727“Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry…” Read more GR review here.



  • A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski (Nonfiction)


From Goodreads: “In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. Their memoir, A Speck in the Sea intertwines Aldridge’s wrenching first-person account with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him.As desperate hours tick by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the US Coast Guard in three states mobilize in an unprecedented search effort that culminates in a rare and exhilarating success…”

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Contemporary)


“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed…With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends…Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated.” Synopsis

Best Books: Mr. Scott

Mr. Austin ScottMr. Scott of the English Department says his best book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, “…is the most visceral, straight-to-the-heart compilation of war stories you will find anywhere. It covers all themes, including hope, forgiveness, friendship, and redemption while bleeding virtues of humanity throughout its content.”

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“They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only
beginning to absorb…”

Discover more about this book on Goodreads by clicking here.