Speak Out!


Banning books silences stories. One week a year, libraries set aside a week to recognize the freedom we all have to read without censorship. The Office for Intellectual Freedom releases a yearly list of the top 10 most challenged books based on media stories and voluntary reporting.

We compared top 10 lists from the past decade with the most popular books at the LFHS library. Here’s a list of the books most challenged and loved by Scouts. Exercise your freedom to read and check one out today!

Looking for Alaska by John Green  lookingforalaska

“Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.” (continue reading at goodreads.com)



The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ” (continue reading at goodreads.com)



Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel by Jay Asher thirteenreasonswhy

“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.” (continue reading at goodreads.com)



The Kite Runner by Khaled thekiterunner

“Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.” (continue reading at goodreads.com)





So Many Books, Not Enough Time

Although we’re surrounded by books all day, the library staff doesn’t have as much time to read as we’d like. Summer break is the perfect time to catch up on all the books that made it to our “to read” list throughout the school year.

Here’s a peak at which books the LFHS Library staff read over the break and would recommend for your next reading break. 


Ms. Pausch

“I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians. So far, I’m enjoying the wide variety of characters, and a peek into a “crazy rich” slice of the world I wouldn’t normally see. I can’t wait to see the film!” (read more about this book on goodreads)






Mrs. Roman

“One of the books I read over the summer was the graphic novel Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn.  Paper Girls was billed as the movies Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds. I would liken it more to Stranger Things with a group girls meets War of the Worlds, as they both take place in the ‘80s and reference the times quite a bit. I really enjoyed the feminist aspect of a group of girls who stuck together delivering newspapers in a predominately boys job. The only drawback to this book is that it is a trade paperback and it comes in multiple volumes.” (read more about this book on goodreads)



Ms. Turek

“Though I read Warlight by Michael Ondaatje at the start of the summer, it still haunts me with its beautiful prose and portraits of two children that are somewhat abandoned by their mother and father during the second World War. The strange individuals that come into their lives are so well drawn that I feel as if they were part of my own past. I couldn’t put it down. Apparently Obama just read it and liked it too.” (read more about this book on goodreads)




Mrs. Thomas

“I read Trevor Noah’s book, “Born a Crime” this summer and loved it! It was fascinating to get his perspective on growing up in South Africa during apartheid and as it ended.  He told such a serious story with such grace, love, and humor. It has become one of my favorite books.” (read more about this book on goodreads)





Mrs. Middlebrook

At the beginning of the summer I read Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation (Book 1 of the Southern Reach Trilogy). Being a big sci-fi fan, I was pleased to find this book felt so fresh and original. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait to dig into Book #2- hopefully before next summer! (read more about this book on goodreads)