Best Books: Heather

LFHS junior Heather enjoyed the book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, one of the 2018 Lincoln Award Nominees. Did you know there is a sequel, Crooked Kingdom?

Check out the Goodreads reviews of both:

23437156Six of Crows: ¨Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it)

 

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¨Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.¨

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Road Trip Reads

IMG_2072Spring Break is here so what have you packed to read along the way? Road trip books can make travel go even faster. Here are some more recent releases as well as classic tales you may want to take along on your trip:

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by Janet Gurtler (2016)
¨When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk… Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?¨

 

23253261The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno (2016)
¨Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear…

They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost.¨

 

Acr297196509774415983The Haters by Jesse Andrews (2016)
¨Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band. 

For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun

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Jerk, California
by Jonathan Friesen (2008)

¨Wrought with tension, romance, and hope, Jerk, California tells the story of Sam, who sets out on a cross-country quest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited Tourette’s Syndrome, along the way finding both love and acceptance.¨

 

 

 

522493Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer (2000)
¨Meet Jenna Boller, star employee at Gladstone Shoe Store in Chicago. Standing a gawky 5’11” at 16 years old, Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn’t stop Madeline Gladstone, the president of Gladstone’s Shoes 176 outlets in 37 states, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother’s company and turning a quality business into a shop-and-schlock empire. Now Jenna Boller shoe salesperson is about to become a shoe-store spy…¨

 

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¨When sixteen-year-old Brent Bishop inadvertently causes the death of a young woman, he is sent on an unusual journey of repentance, building wind toys across the land.

In his most ambitious novel to date, Newbery winner Paul Fleischman traces Brent’s healing pilgrimage from Washington State to California, Florida, and Maine, and describes the many lives set into new motion by the ingenious creations Brent leaves behind.¨

 

 

 

Best Books: Mrs. Childress

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Mrs. Childress, formerly known as Ms. B, has a favorite graphic novels series called March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell. She says, ¨It is a vivid depiction of the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of one of the Leaders, John Lewis! I love the way that the books parallel to the historical election of President Barack Obama and the mountains that were moved to allow such a monumental part of history!¨

Synopses on Goodreads:

17346698March Book One

¨March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.¨

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March Book Two

¨After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence – but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the young activists of the movement struggle with internal conflicts as well.¨

 

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¨…the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.¨

The Favorite Books of Tech Giants

Teen Tech Week 2018 starts today! There will be tech themed activities in the library during lunches all week long- including vinyl stickers, Sphero robot mazes, Makey Makey banana keyboards, retro games, and more!

So what books are at the top of a tech giant’s reading list?  Keep reading to find out a few faves from the minds behind Apple, SpaceX, and modern telecommunications.

Steve Jobs needs no introduction. In Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple Founder we get a glimpse of the inspiring books Jobs recommends.  Click on each book title for a synopsis at Goodreads.com.

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville; The Poems of Dylan Thomas; 1984 by George Orwell

 

Elon Musk recently wowed the world with his company SpaceX’s successful launch of the Falcon Heavy Rocket. In interviews with The New Yorker, CHM Revolutionaries, and at the D11 Confernce, and MIT, Musk highlights some inspiring reads from his childhood and beyond.

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Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein; Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsMerchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway ; The Moon is a Harsh Witness by Robert Heinlein

 

Dr. Erna Hoover not only holds claim to fame for being the first female to hold a software patent and revolutionizing modern telecommunications, but she  also helped pave the way for women in STEM. According to “Erna Hoover — Biography”,  World of Computer Science. 2012, Dr. Hoover was inspired by a biography of Marie Curie. Want to read all about a woman who paved the way? Check out the following biographies available in the LFHS library.

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Marie Curie: A life by Francoise Giroud; Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith; Something out of Nothing: Marie Curie and RadiumSomething out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Books: Margaret

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Margaret, LFHS class of 2021, has a favorite book called Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Margaret says,¨I love this book because the story wraps around the engaging life of Olympian Louis Zamperini and how he went from world-famous Olympic runner to tortured prisoner of war for 2 years. This story is so entrancing through the many experiences Zamperini had growing up in California, at the Olympics, on a lifeboat, and in 3 separate Japanese prisoner of war camps. His story is one that everyone should be aware of because he suffered through so much as well as risked his life during WWII, and that deserves such an honor. The book is so inspiring, it just makes me feel that no matter what troubles arise in life, I should just stick to what I believe and stay unbroken.¨

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¨On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile… Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater… His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.¨

Teen Tech Week 2018 – Create@LFHS Library

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It’s that time of year again – tech and games await you at your LFHS Library throughout lunch periods during Teen Tech Week, March 19-23. Activities will be set up exploring technology from the past, present, and future. Join us for scavenger hunts, stop-motion animation, robot races, and Oculus Rift virtual reality! There’s something for everyone, and as usual, all Scouts are welcome.

Technology and libraries go hand in hand. Your LFHS Library has Nooks to check out, downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for your convenience, a load of databases you can access from home as well as school, online citation guides, class links to help you with homework, social media to help you find the best and newest books (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, this blog) and more. Teen Tech Week celebrates all the tech we had, currently have, and will experience in the future.

 

Best Books: Seńora Lev

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Seńora Lev, a well known LFHS Spanish teacher, has many favorite books with one certain series making her A-list, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. She says, “I love this entire series. It is so creative and a dynamic read. READ THEM ALL!”

She also highly recommends A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. “Backman is a great storyteller. The book is sweet, laugh out loud funny, and poignant.”

Scythe by Neal Shusterman is another one of her best books. “This book is original, well written, and gripping. I loved it!”

Check out these Goodreads reviews:

35378411A Darker Shade of Magic Series
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

 

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A Man Called Ove
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse… So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul…

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Scythe

“...scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

 

Check the LFHS Library catalog here to see if these best books are available for check out today.