Every Summer Has a Story

What story has defined your summer? Climbing mountains? Exploring an urban jungle? Maybe a new job complete with colorful characters? There’s something about this time of year that sets it apart from the rest – the days are longer, and with those hours come endless opportunities.

There are plenty of stories to behold in the pages of books as well. In case you’re still looking for some summer reading, here are some seasonally appropriate recommendations before we come back to school.

Ernest Hemingway’s That Dangerous Summer

184808In this vivid account, Hemingway captures the exhausting pace and pressure of the season, the camaraderie and pride of the matadors, and the mortal drama as in fight after fight the rival matadors try to outdo each other with ever more daring performances. At the same time Hemingway offers an often complex and deeply personal self-portrait that reveals much about one of the twentieth century’s preeminent writers.

 
Richard Cox’s The Boys of Summer

28695774In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life.

Four years later, Todd awakens to a world that looks the same but feels different in a way he can’t quite grasp. For Todd, it’s a struggle to separate fact from fiction as he battles lingering hallucinations from his long sleep.

The new friends Todd makes in 1983 are fascinated with his experience and become mesmerized by his strange relationship with the world. Together the five boys come of age during a dark, fiery summer where they find first love, betrayal, and a secret so terrible they agree to never speak of it again.

Sarah Dessen’s That Summer

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For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture…

 
Sue Halpern’s new release Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

35068755For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems.

But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny—literally—assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation… As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.

Stephanie Perkins’ Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

“Maybe it’s the long, la25063781zy 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… Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.”

Brian Sloan’s A Tale of Two Summers

109147A ten-year best friendship is put to the test when Chuck and Hal spend their first summer apart falling for two questionable mates: a sexy Saudi songstress and a smokin’ hot French punk. As Chuck heads off to summer theater camp and Hal stays in their hometown, learning how to drive, they keep in touch via blogging, reporting to each other about their suddenly separate lives and often ridiculous romantic entanglements. As both their relationships take some unexpected turns, Hal and Chuck struggle to come to terms with their growing differences…

Jen Malone’s Wanderlost

26244548Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

Jim Lynch’s The Highest Tide

94673One moonlit night… Miles O’Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon shadowed by people curious as to whether this speed-reading, Rachel Carson obsessed teenager is just an observant boy or an unlikely prophet. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him.

 

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Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer

18465566Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

 

Michel Rabagliati’s Paul Has a Summer Job

806101“Paul Has a Summer Job continues the story of Paul, a Quebecois teenager in the 1970s, as he experiences the first conflicts of responsibility with his desire to be free. Paul is outraged that he is forced to stop his high school art training. But he’s been asked to put art aside because his other grades are so terribly low. Defiant, he quits school and anticipates a summer of leisure. But instead Paul follows the path of so many Quebecois teenagers: he lands a job as a counselor at one of the many summer camps in the mountains outside the city. There he finds himself guiding a motley band of kids, misfits and troublemakers, much like himself.

Check out Goodreads.com to find more good books!

 

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Oh the Places You’ll Go (Through Books)

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Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri once wrote, “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” Whether you find yourself in planes, trains, or automobiles traveling to experience new places and cultures or you’re sticking close to home this summer, books always make good companions. Even though the LFHS Library is closed for the summer, our audiobook and ebook collection is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just click on the link for Overdrive on the LFHS Library page to download books all summer long, whether to your phone, tablet, or e-reader. Need the app? Click here for the free iTunes app or here for Amazon’s free download.

Be sure to take advantage of all that the public libraries have to offer as well.  Lake Bluff Library and Lake Forest Library have print and digital collections that are constantly being updated, and both have summer reading programs for people of all ages. Who doesn’t love to win prizes for reading?

May your summer be full of adventures, both in print and in real life!

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.

It Takes Two

Sometimes a story only has one creator, but there’s that old saying that two heads are better than one. The list of authors who write together is interesting and surprising. Check out a few of these writing pairs and the books they’ve written together. 

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance. In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps.

Rather read a series that’s already completed? Check out their Starbound Trilogy  – book #1 is These Broken Stars.

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started…”

Gemina is the second in this series, and book #3, Obsidio, just came out!

Jay Asher & Caroline Mackler

10959277The Future of Us

“It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet.”


John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski

33160596A Speck in the Sea

“In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below…As desperate hours tick by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the US Coast Guard in three states mobilize in an unprecedented search effort that culminates in a rare and exhilarating success.”

 

 

John Green & David Levithan

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It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.”

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, the companion story, was written by David.


Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

7741325Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

“Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?”

One story not enough? Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is their sequel.


Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

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According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring…And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.”

Click on the book titles to read more at Goodreads.

The Favorite Books of Tech Giants

Teen Tech Week 2018 starts today! There will be tech themed activities in the library during lunches all week long- including vinyl stickers, Sphero robot mazes, Makey Makey banana keyboards, retro games, and more!

So what books are at the top of a tech giant’s reading list?  Keep reading to find out a few faves from the minds behind Apple, SpaceX, and modern telecommunications.

Steve Jobs needs no introduction. In Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple Founder we get a glimpse of the inspiring books Jobs recommends.  Click on each book title for a synopsis at Goodreads.com.

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville; The Poems of Dylan Thomas; 1984 by George Orwell

 

Elon Musk recently wowed the world with his company SpaceX’s successful launch of the Falcon Heavy Rocket. In interviews with The New Yorker, CHM Revolutionaries, and at the D11 Confernce, and MIT, Musk highlights some inspiring reads from his childhood and beyond.

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Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein; Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsMerchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway ; The Moon is a Harsh Witness by Robert Heinlein

 

Dr. Erna Hoover not only holds claim to fame for being the first female to hold a software patent and revolutionizing modern telecommunications, but she  also helped pave the way for women in STEM. According to “Erna Hoover — Biography”,  World of Computer Science. 2012, Dr. Hoover was inspired by a biography of Marie Curie. Want to read all about a woman who paved the way? Check out the following biographies available in the LFHS library.

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Marie Curie: A life by Francoise Giroud; Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith; Something out of Nothing: Marie Curie and RadiumSomething out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Old Abe

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Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and the $5 bill are not the only ways Illinois celebrates the extraordinary life of Abe. For the young adult readers of the Land of Lincoln, there’s the Abraham Lincoln Reading Award, sponsored by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE).

The 2018-2019 list should be made public in the upcoming weeks, but for now, the LFHS Library has a display of this year’s “Abe list” titles located under the stairs. Check out a few descriptions here, and feel free to check out our copies to read and explore! 

22295304Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
¨Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.¨ Goodreads review

 

 

22910900The Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness
¨What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.¨Goodreads synopsis

 

24187925These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
¨Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets.¨ From Goodreads.com

19351043Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
¨Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past…¨ Goodreads review

 

27774758An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
¨Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free…when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.¨
From Goodreads.com

New Books to Ring in the New Year

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Tis the season to be reading! Are you in the mood for something seasonal? Here are a handful of young adult stories you might want to check out as 2018 approaches:

 

 

33843251A humorous, twisted retelling of A Chrismas Carol, Cynthia Hand’s The Afterlife of Holly Chase is the newest seasonal story in our collection. Meet Holly Chase, a spoiled and rotten girl who is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas, just like Scrooge. Only unlike Ebeneezer, she doesn’t learn her lesson and is now doomed spend her afterlife as the new Ghost of Christmas Past.

16081588In Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, each author writes a story taking place in the same small Southern town hit with a freak blizzard on Christmas Eve. Some characters overlap, but each story stands on its own. With heartwarming moments, Waffle House hijinks, and a teacup pig, there’s a little something for everyone.


20309175A popular read is New York Times bestseller 
My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. A great feature of this short story collection is that not only does it have amazing authors contributing to it covering a wide variety of genres and topics, but it also showcases Hannukah, Kwanza, and other celebrations people partake in at this time of year.

 

Books Jay AsherFrom the same author as Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher looks at life through a new lens What Light. In this story, a family has two lives as they grow Christmas trees in one town and then sell them during the holiday season in another. As she gets older, teenage Sierra feels torn between her two identities in two different towns, until one Christmas when she meets Caleb and her worlds combine.