Best Books: Mr. Del Fava

A new book grabbed the attention of Mr. Del Fava of the English Department, Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir by Steve Rushin. He says, “It brought back so many memories of my childhood as the author and I grew up in the same era.”

32940868Here’s the review:

“It’s a story of the 1970s. Of a road trip in a wood-paneled station wagon, with the kids in the way-back, singing along to the Steve Miller Band. Brothers waking up early on Saturday mornings for five consecutive hours of cartoons and advertising jingles that they’ll be humming all day. A father-one of 3M’s greatest and last eight-track-salesman fathers-traveling across the country on the brand-new Boeing 747, providing for his family but wanting nothing more than to get home…”

Read more about this book on Goodreads right here.


Library Happenings

The LFHS library is open for extended hours during finals, so feel free to stay until 6 pm on Tues. Jan. 17 and Wed. Jan. 18.

The library’s guestimation jar – Kickstart Your Smarts: Smarties/Dum Dum Candy Challenge – will launch during finals week. Take your best guess without going over, of course. Winners announced in February.

Students & staff – stop by the library during a Wednesday lunch period sometime and give your brain a well-needed break. Since October, the popular Brain Breaks included – if you missed them – DIY Taco Cord Keepers, Sugar Skull Papercrafts, Friendship Bracelets, and Plant a Pizza. Eighteen pots of seeds were planted during Plant a Pizza and students took home a Pizza 4-Pack, pictured below. 

Jake's Pizza 4-pack

Jake’s basil just sprouted

Upcoming lunch hour Brain Breaks:

1/10 New Year’s Tea – celebrating National Tea Month, make and taste different teas
*No Brain Break during finals week
1/24 Learn to Write Your John Hancock – dip pen calligraphy (Hancock’s birthday 1/23)
1/31 TBA
2/7 Well Lit! Tealight Creations
2/14 BookTasting – chocolate books to give to someone sweet on Valentine’s Day
2/21 NYT 7 Minute Workout

Best Books: Margot

Margot, Class of 2021, has seven books she considers her best reads, including Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Here’s her take on them:

Lily and the Octopus by Stephen Rowley: “It was a really moving story that I thoroughly enjoyed for its emotional value and strong statement on the fragility of life.”

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: “This book (or maybe The Help) is probably my favorite–it makes you think about an issue that is very prominent today, and addresses multiple facets of the issue, which is racism and police brutality.”

Ruta Sepetys’ novels Salt to the Sea, Out of the Easy, and Between Shades of Gray: “I really love historical fiction, and these three are excellent historical fiction novels that one can relate to the characters.”

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: “This is an excellent memoir that makes you think about the vulnerability of life, and how one life affects others. This book made me cry.”

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: “Highly acclaimed for good reason, this is another excellent historical fiction story that is enjoyable to read and hard to put down. The multiple points of view keep the story moving, and it relays information, even though it’s through a fictional outlet.”

Click on the book titles to learn more about Margot’s fav books on

Dreaming of Warmer Weather?

Vacations to warmer climates haunt our dreams during winter. Yet we can always travel somewhere through a book. Enjoy these “hot” titles for a mini stay-cation during the cold weather.

25489094The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

“…The High Mountains of Portugal—part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable—offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century—and through the human soul…”

Check out the Goodreads’ review here.



Message in a Bottle
by Nicholas Sparks

Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, picks it up during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist… Challenged by the mystery,…Theresa begins a search that takes her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation. “


Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins, is a collection of toasty reads by a dozen authors you know.

From Goodreads: “Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses…”



22718736Sweet by Emmy Laybourne is about an out-of-the-ordinary cruise. “Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly wrong...”






Best Books: Mrs. Rogna

Mrs. Cindy Rogna

Mrs. Rogna of the Educational Services department enjoyed the book A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. She said, “the characters became important to me as they grew over time, and the ending was perfection.”

Here’s the review from Goodreads:

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 outside the hotel’s doors.

Best Books: Ms. MacBlane

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LFHS Social Studies teacher Ms. MacBlane has a favorite book, The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, part of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. “My son recommended the series and so I read all five of the books between spring break and the start of the school year. This was the fourth book of the series but my favorite. The books are all action packed from start the finish. I love how the Greek mythology is woven in and how Rick Riordan creates an alternate world existing right inside our own. I thought the Battle of the Labyrinth had the most twists and turns of all of the books and, to me, was the most suspenseful. But I recommend starting at the beginning and reading all of them!”

2120932Here’s the synopsis:

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders…

Find out more about this book, right here.

Best Books: Mr. Burks

Tim Burks17The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School… and Totally Ruling the World, by Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien, is Mr. Burks’ best read. Mr. Burks is part of the Student Services Department. Check out the synopsis from


19016081“What if the only reason you aren’t doing well in school is that you’ve been lied to about your own brain? For centuries, students worldwide have been tricked into making school more difficult, more stressful, and less successful than it needs to be. In reality, you already have the ability to make anything that you do in school easy. From writing essays to mastering any math concept to acing even your most difficult final exam, The Straight-A Conspiracy takes you through the simple, stress-free ways to conquer any class in school…”

Click here to read more about this book on Goodreads.