Best Books: Mrs. Derdiger


Meet Mrs. Derdiger from the Special Education department and her best book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. She says, “Larson weaves together the story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and H.H. Holmes (one of America’s first serial killers) so perfectly that the reader is simultaneously mesmerized by the history of the stunning architecture of Chicago and horrified by the darkly detailed construction of Holmes’ house of horrors.”

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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium… What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

To read more about this book on Goodreads, click here.


Best Books: Vivian


Meet Vivian, LFHS Class of 2020, and her best book, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. She says, “I love this book because it’s about summer love and it’s a book that I can laugh to all the time… I’ve re-read it because it’s so good.”

5821978.jpg (314×475)Synopsis on Goodreads:

“Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.  Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad… But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.”

Check out Goodreads to find out more about this book – click here.

Best Books: Mr. Finley

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Introducing Mr. Finley of the English department and his best book, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Moon. “This is a charming, thoughtful, very original teen love story.” He highly recommends it, and it is, interestingly enough, the Library’s Varsity Reading Club pick this month, Tues. 10/17 at 7:30 am or Wed. 10/18 at 6:30 pm.

Synopsis on Goodreads:

“Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that…”

“Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts… I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica…”

To find out more about The Sun is Also a Star on Goodreads, click here.



More New Scouts: Mrs. Middlebrook & Mrs. Nielsen

The team here at the Lake Forest High School Library continues to expand as two more assistants have joined us this year! Meet Mrs. Middlebrook and Mrs. Nielsen.

IMG_1880Mrs. Middlebrook received her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Post Baccalaureate in K- 12 Art Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Originally from Texas, she enjoys the snowy, Chicago winters and traveling south with her husband and two young daughters. In her free time she practices modern calligraphy, teaches hand lettering classes, and loves learning to cook various ethnic cuisines. When she is not researching recipes or calligraphy styles, Mrs. Middlebrook likes to read science fiction and fantasy, preferably with a cup of coffee in hand.

IMG_1878Mrs. Nielsen is a new member of the Lake Forest library crew. She holds a B.A. from Trinity International University and has been involved with libraries (even when camping all summer) for a long time. As a Sci Fi/Fantasy reader, Mrs. N. has written her first ever novel, By Land or Sea, and is busy editing and expanding it to over 70,000 words. Outside of reading and writing, she loves hanging out with her family, earth-ing it in her organic garden, and playing jazz trombone in a couple area big bands.

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

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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