Top 4 Reasons to Read the Book First

Movies created from books can be fantastic. Seeing a beloved character or a complex and breathtaking world brought to life on the big screen can be amazing.  But let’s be honest, sometimes a movie falls short of an author’s intricately woven tale.

Here are a few reasons why I prefer to read the book first.

  1. Let Your Imagination take the Front Seat- It’s been said that reading is the cheapest way to travel. Authors take painstaking care to craft characters and landscapes with vivid detail. When you take time to let their words sculpt a vision in your mind you get to be part of creating that world.
  2.  The Beauty is in the Details- It would take too much time and be too expensive to include all the details from a novel in a movie. In a profit driven industry, directors often develop a different vision than the original author. Stories on the big screen can end up flat or lose their focus altogether.
  3. Best in a Conversation- Grabbing a bite to eat after a movie? Whether you’re trying to impress your date or enjoy a good debate with friends,  being ready to compare the onscreen version to the book can help you rock the conversation. Was a cheesy love interest made up to appease the crowd, or a supporting character’s plot left out for sake of time? Help fill in the holes of the protagonist’s motivations (why did they do that!??) with the details the movie didn’t explain.
  4. Rewarding Propositions- Movie tickets are getting pricey. If you have a parent or mentor in your life who has been encouraging you to spend more time reading, try striking a deal: if you read the book first, the movie is their treat.

Want to know which books to start reading to be ready for 2018’s big screen moments? Here are some great reads with 2018 movie adaptations in the works. Click the each title for a synopsis. All books can be found at the LFHS Library!


Black Panther

Maze Runner the Death Cure


Every Day

A Wrinkle in Time

Ready Player One

Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda

The House of Tomorrow

The Invisible Man

Where’d You Go Bernadette

The Darkest Minds



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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Author and Alum Jennifer E. Smith returns for a visit to Lake Forest HS!

While on tour for her latest novel, Windfall, popular young adult author and LFHS alumna Jennifer E. Smith visited some English classes Wednesday afternoon and was kind enough to stop by the Library as well.

Often inspired by her high school memories and continues to draw on them for her stories, this was Jennifer’s first visit back to Lake Forest High School since she was a student here from 1995-1999. If you pay attention, she says those familiar with Lake Bluff and Lake Forest will recognize different settings in some of her novels, though she never identifies the towns outright. She recalled one of her former English teachers who encouraged her to write, even keeping a binder full of the extra stories she was writing and was a huge supporter of Jennifer submitting her pieces for contests. She also had fond memories of spending time in the library (though it used to be elsewhere in the building – our current library was the cafeteria when she went here!).

You can find her signature in the Silent Study Room’s Wall of Fame, and because we couldn’t resist, check out Jennifer’s freshman and senior yearbook pics – she looks exactly the same!


Want to get your hands on some of Jennifer’s writings? Look no further than the fiction section.

Image resultThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

“Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll…”



The Comeback SeasonThe Comeback Season

Ryan should be in class, enduring another miserable day of her first year of high school, but instead she’s on the train heading to opening day. Good luck is often hard to come by at a place like Wrigley Field, but it’s on this day that she meets Nick, the new kid from school, who seems to love the Cubs nearly as much as she does. But Nick carries with him a secret that makes Ryan wonder if anyone can ever really escape their past, or believe in the promise of those reassuring words: “Wait till next year.”


Click for more information on this titleThe Geography of You and Me

“Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.”


And more…!



Check Out Some New Titles at the Lake Forest High School Library!

Check out (and check out!) some of the books we’ve just added to our collection:


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Drawdown : the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming edited by Paul Hawken

First, the good news. In 2015, 195 nations agreed at a meeting in Paris to take measures to reduce carbon emissions. In early 2016, national leaders from around the world began signing the Paris Agreement.

Now, the bad news. President Trump’s top advisors are split on whether to exit the Agreement, and 2016 clocked in as the hottest year ever on record.

Thankfully, editor Paul Hawken and a coalition of more than two hundred scientists, researchers, fellows, writers, economists, financial analysts, architects, companies, agencies, NGOs, activists, and other experts have formed Project Drawdown to gather one hundred of the most viable ways to “draw down” carbon from the atmosphere.

The result of their research is Drawdown, an immensely readable volume of solutions to climate change written for laypeople but informed by the world’s top experts in the field – the first book of its kind. I spoke with Hawken about the origins of Project Drawdown, the influence he hopes Drawdown has on readers, and the ways in which readers can get further involved in the work that Project Drawdown is doing. […]

From a Yale Climate Connections interview with Paul Hawkin



                             MARS ONE by Jonathan Maberry

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry

Science Fiction

It ain’t easy to get to Mars.

It is the year 2026, and Tristan’s family has been chosen for the (real-life proposed) Mars One program, a one-way mission to establish a colony on Mars. In order to raise the necessary funds, good-looking white boy Tristan Hart has become an all-American teen heartthrob as the star of the reality show Tristan and Izzy, which chronicles his impending lifelong separation from his childhood sweetheart. Having made millions from the show, Tristan donates a portion of the funds to the Mars One mission and sets some money in trust for Izzy and his best friend, both of whom will be left behind. Lurking in the backdrop of the media charade, a terrorist group known as the Neo-Luddites has launched bombing attacks to thwart the Mars mission. Tensions are further exacerbated when it is discovered that a competitor may have already launched a secret mission to Mars. Tristan capably narrates, the believable teen blending his sorrow at leaving his friends with the kind of excitement readers will expect from a space adventure. Maberry mixes sci-fi details with romance and satire of modern media, his Mars One mission hosting a diverse set of characters that will have readers wishing they could join up.

Maberry wins with his on-the-spot dialogue, and his characters grace the page with ease.

From the Kirkus Review



Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1)

Given to the Sea by Mandy McGinnis


Multiple perspectives reveal the story of several people—and a kingdom—in turmoil.

Khosa is the Given, destined to sacrifice herself to the sea for the sake of her kingdom. Her village attacked, she escapes Pietra leader Witt and his hordes for the royal city so she can do her duty. There, she meets Vincent, third in line to the throne, as well as his adopted Indiri siblings, Donil and Dara. Both Vincent and Donil fall for fragile Khosa, but it’s Donil who captures her affections—the only person whose touch doesn’t repel her. Meanwhile, fierce Dara has feelings for Vincent but knows a speckled-skinned Indiri can never sit the throne with him—and, as one of two of the last of her race, she is obsessed with finding another Indiri male. But this book isn’t just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire. […]

This well-paced, thoughtful story will have readers eager for the sequel.

From the Kirkus Review

                             WAKING IN TIME by Angie Stanton

Waking in Time by Angie Stanton

Science Fiction

She’s going back in time; he’s going forward; they meet in 1961.

Still raw from her grandmother’s death, 18-year-old Abbi takes comfort in the fact that she is starting her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. It’s the perfect place, one where the white narrator can make a fresh start and stay close to the memory of Grandma, who once walked the very same halls. But in her wildest dreams, Abbi never could have imagined just how close the two would be. For reasons she is desperate to understand, Abbi finds herself traveling backward through time, with each new stop providing clues to a mysterious family secret. To add to the intrigue, Abbi discovers she’s not the only time traveler. Will, a handsome white farm boy from 1927, is on his own journey forward through time, and Abbi gradually realizes that Will is not only linked to her family’s past, but also holds the key to her heart—past, present, and future.

From the Kirkus Review


Prez Vol. 1: Corndog in Chief by Mark Russell

Graphic novel

Meet Beth Ross, the first teenaged President of the United States. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards, and tacos are delivered by drone, our only hope is this nineteen-year-old Twitter sensation. But the real question isn’t whether she’s ready for politics—it’s whether politics is ready for her.

From the DC Comics review


                             SNOW WHITE by Matt Phelan

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Graphic adaptation

Imagined through a 1920s lens, “Snow White” unfolds as a graphic novel.

Samantha White, nicknamed Snow, loses her mother at a young age. Her father, a shrewd and wealthy businessman, remarries a blunt-bobbed and ruthless actress known as the “Queen of the Follies.” In their large New York City apartment, the ticker tape whirrs stock updates and reminders of their fortune without cease. This, however, gets to Snow’s stepmother, and she starts to see insidious messages—just like the ones her fairy-tale counterpart received from her enchanted mirror—that ignite a deadly and consuming jealousy. She engages a man to kill Snow, who is ultimately saved by a gang of seven orphaned boys. Her stepmother finally exacts her revenge—with a syringe and an apple—until Detective Prince saves the day. Phelan masterfully shifts a tale heavily reliant on magic and fantasy into a realistic and historical setting without compromising plausibility. Creating sweeping and dreamy watercolors that play with emotion and color, Phelan is an exquisite visual storyteller, and he lets expressive, wordless sequences carry a large portion of his interpretation. With a keen historical slant, a bit of action and intrigue, high visual interest, and the fairy-tale leaning, this will awe a wide readership.


From the Kirkus Review




Lake Forest Students Inspire with their own TEDx Talks

All day Friday in the library, Lake Forest students got the opportunity to get up on a TEDx Talk stage to share experiences, stories and passions to inspire a captivated audience. The independently organized event was organized by the talented Educational Technologists, Mrs. Grigg, Mr. Holmer and Mr. Juliano.
Students, staff and families were treated to speeches and performances with subjects ranging from the importance of raising chickens -complete with real chicks to pet!- to stories of coping with personal challenges, to the connections between tap dance, math and music. Guest speakers from the community shared their research and experience with talks about inter-generational differences and how to end global poverty. Live bands and singer-songwriters also graced the stage to entertain and share original songs.
A testament to the talent and hard work of both staff and students here at Lake Forest, the TEDx Talks were an inspiration to  all involved.

Author Shane Burcaw visits LFHS!

We had an AMAZING time listening to @shaneburcaw today! Thank you again so much for coming to LFHS! #libraries #librariesofinstagram #lamn #authors #authorvisit

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Emmy award winning author of Laughing at my Nightmare Shane Burcaw came to share his experiences with Lake Forest students. His message of remaining positive in the face of challenges resonated as he shared his experiences living with spinal muscular atrophy. His disease is gradually taking away his strength, his voice and his ability to breathe. In spite of his daily challenges, he showed through humorous anecdotes from his life how he changed his outlook by laughing and remaining positive. From a young age he has not allowed his circumstances to stop him… like the time he tried to use his wheelchair and a very long rope to lift his brother pulley-style to a basketball hoop to make a slam dunk.

Mr. Burcaw also shared research about how choice can positively affect one’s emotions. Examples from his experiences illustrated the ways intentional activities- behavioral, cognitive and goal-oriented- can reframe one’s outlook. A mortifyingly embarrassing middle-school moment transforms into a lesson about asking for help: “Asking for help doesn’t make you any less of a person. It helps you reach your fullest potential.” Coming from Mr. Burcaw with his own extraordinary story of overcoming difficulty, with humor, our Lake Forest students got the real deal. His message and presence left the audience inspired, uplifted, reflective: “Despite all challenges I face, my life is … beautiful.”

New to the library…

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Welcome to Ms. Turek!

Ms. Turek is happy to be a part of the Lake Forest team!
Her background is in library science, as well as French and ballet, both of which she has had the opportunity to study abroad for five years, and later teach. She returned to Chicago to complete an MA in literature from the University of Chicago. Her favorite books are Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Tolstoy and Dr. Zhivago by Pasternak. She enjoys hiking and spending time with family. She looks forward to getting to know and working with the students at Lake Forest High School.