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.

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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.¨

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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.¨

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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)

 

22299763Crooked Kingdom:
¨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.¨

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.¨

 

29436571March Book Three

¨…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.¨

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.¨

8664353Goodreads.com Review:

¨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.¨

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.

 

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