Best Books: Anna

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Meet Anna, LFHS class of 2019, and her favorite book Graceling by Kristin Cashore. What makes it so good? ¨It’s very adventurous, has a beautiful and relatively realistic love story, and has a perfectly complex conflict,¨ she explains.

Goodreads sums up this first book in the Graceling Realm series this way:

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¨Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug… She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.¨

Goodreads.com review

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Choose Your Own Earth Day Adventure

This past weekend was Earth Day. Hopefully you were reminded of the vast beauty and wonders that fill our Earth. What was your takeaway? Were you inspired to environmental activism? Drawn to adventure and discover more? Craving wild stories of nature gone wild?

For whatever journey you choose, a book is a great place to start. Check out recommendations for each category below.

All synopsis are excerpts from GoodReads.com, click the titles for the complete descriptions.

For the Environmentally Conscious

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Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet  – by Michael Bloomberg, Carl Pope; Call #363.738 BLO

“In these times, when it’s less and less clear if the federal government will be willing to tackle climate change, Bloomberg and Pope lay out a powerfully persuasive argument about how cities can play an outsize role in fighting and reversing the dangerous effects of a warming planet.”

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Silent Spring – by Rachel Carson; Call# 632.9 CAR

“Rarely does a single book alter the course of history, but Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did exactly that. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.”

 

For the Nature Lover

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed; Call # 921 STR

“Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

 

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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams; Call # 155.9 WIL

“From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships.”

For the Sci-Fi Thrill Seeker

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

“Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.”
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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

“What Happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism’s genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.”

 

 

Best Books: Mrs. Anagnos

Mrs.Tina AnagnosMrs. Anagnos of the LFHS Special Ed Dept. recommends the book A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles. She says, ¨In a story/novel form we learn about Russia from Pre-Bolshevik Revolution to 1960’s mostly from the aristocrats view point. It was fascinating and included intrigue and suspense.¨

29430012¨A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding… Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.¨

Check out the rest of the Goodreads.com review here.

Unusual Upcoming Reads

It’s finally warm out and there are so many new books springing up from publishers all over. Here is our list of eight highly anticipated but unusual books for 2018, some already released and some still to come:

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (Sept. 2018)

24233708The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires… April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety… all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan *Now Available*

35604686Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

Elevation by Stephen King (October 2018)

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi  *Now Available*

34728667Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good…


Sophia of Silicon Valley
 by Anna Yen *Just Released*

35230483During the heady years of the tech boom, incorrigibly frank Sophia Young lucks into a job that puts her directly in the path of Scott Kraft, the eccentric CEO of Treehouse, a studio whose animated films are transforming movies forever. Overnight, Sophia becomes an unlikely nerd whisperer… whip-smart Sophia is in the eye of the storm, sometimes floundering, sometimes nearly losing relationships and her health, but ultimately learning what it means to take charge of her own future the way the men around her do. But when engineer/inventor Andre Stark hires her to run his company’s investor relations, Sophia discovers that the big paycheck and high-status career she’s created for herself may not be worth living in the toxic environment of a boys-club gone bad.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings (June 2018)

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Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuri

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

 


Toxic by Lydia Kang (2018)

She’s an illegally created girl abandoned in deep space. He’s a boy on a death mission.

Created by her geneticist mother in secret, Hana’s grown up alone, cared for by the biological spaceship Cyclo. She’s never even left her room. When the entire crew flees overnight and Hana is abandoned, she realizes something is terribly, violently wrong with Cyclo.

Cyclo is the first of its kind to die, and Fenn is a young mercenary tasked with recording the dying process — but exposure to the toxic ship will kill him. The money for the death mission is the only way his sister will survive. And then he discovers Hana — a girl who’s never really had the chance to live. She’s hell-bent on saving Cyclo and her own life, but if Fenn and the ship don’t die, he can’t save his sister. They only have two weeks before Cyclo implodes — but two weeks isn’t nearly enough for Hana or for the life Fenn is finally wishing he could have.

Vengeful  (Sept. 2018) by V.E. Schwab, the sequel to Vicious

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Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor…Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

Click on the book titles to read more at Goodreads.com.

Best Books: Lauren

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Lauren, LFHS Class of 2021, recommends the book I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. She says, ¨I like action books and I really like suspense.¨  Read the book then consider watching the movie.

Review on Goodreads:

7747374¨Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running.¨

Check out Goodreads.com to find out more.

Once Science Fiction, Now Science Fact

Did you know that a lot of the technology of today was predicted by Sci-Fi authors of the past?

Here are some books at LFHS Library that predicted the tech of today (to read the Goodreads review, just click on the title):

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Earbuds
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Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Submarine33507


Ender’s Game
by Orson Scott Card – Indoor Skydiving
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl – Vacuum Elevators
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2001: A Space Odyssey
(1968) by Arthur C. Clarke – Video Calls and Tablets
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Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World – Genetic Conditioning
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If you’d like to see more Sci-Fi inventions, check out Technovelgy, a website listing authors and their different inventions. Did you know Iron Man’s exoskeleton suit is now being used by Ford Motor employees? Read the article about it.

Best Books: Mrs. DeBartolo

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LFHS Special Education teacher Mrs. DeBartolo´s favorite book is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  She says, ¨I recently read this book and just loved it. Eleanor is very quirky and unexpectedly hilarious. There were many times her character made me laugh out loud. She becomes friends with Raymond, an IT guy from work. Raymond’s caring, accepting nature is exactly what Eleanor needs in life, but she does not know that yet. This book was totally refreshing. Reese Witherspoon recently bought the rights to the book, so read it now before the movie is made!¨

Goodreads Synopsis:

31434883 ¨Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions… But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.¨

Read more about this book on Goodreads.com.