Best Books: Sarah and Kate

LFHS Class of 2020 members Sarah and Kate recommend their favorite books. Sarah’s is Power Play by Danielle Steel. “It has an interesting plot and you never know what the main character is going to do,” she says.

Kate’s best book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. She says, “I like how it combines historical fiction, romance, and everyday stories.”

Goodreads Reviews:

18104697Fiona Carson has proven herself as CEO of a multibillion-dollar high-tech company – a successful woman in a man’s world. Devoted single mother, world-class strategist, and tough negotiator, Fiona has to keep a delicate balance every day.

Meanwhile, Marshall Weston basks in the fruits of his achievements… smooth, shrewd and irreproachable, Marshall’s power only enhances his charisma – but he harbors secrets that could destroy his life at any moment. Both must face their own demons, and the lives they lead come at a high price. But just how high a price are they willing to pay?

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Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger…Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way…Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job… In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women — mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends — view one another.

Best Books: Marilyn

LFHS sophomore Marilyn has a favorite book called Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, book #2 in the David Lubar series Sleeping Freshman Never Lie.

Check out the Goodreads review below:

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¨An honest and funny follow-up to the popular Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, award-winning author David Lubar pens a tale that perfectly captures the ridiculous, tumultuous, and sometimes heartbreaking truths about high school

Read more at Goodreads.com.

 

Best Books: Elliott

The best book of Elliott, LFHS Class of 2019, is The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. He explains,¨The book explores relationships formed and broken in a setting during World War 2, taking place in Malaysia. The narrator’s voice matures throughout the story, as he witnesses the loss of loved ones to Japanese invasion and violent diplomacy.¨

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Goodreads Synopsis:

¨Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.¨

Interested? Check out more here.

 

Best Books: Julia

image1Julia, LFHS Class of 2021, has a favorite mystery called The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude. ¨It has a great mixture of romance, mystery, murder, and thriller. Not only that but it’s very descriptive and makes you feel the same emotions the main character goes through,¨ she says.

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Goodreads Review:
¨Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night. Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries… The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.¨

Best Books: Sophia

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LFHS freshman Sophia has a favorite read called Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. She says, ¨It kept me interested and combined love and adventure in the perfect ratio!!!!!!! MUST READ! Best book I’ve ever read.¨

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Goodread Synopsis:

¨Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.¨ Read more here.

Best Books: Anna

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Meet Anna, LFHS class of 2019, and her favorite book Graceling by Kristin Cashore. What makes it so good? ¨It’s very adventurous, has a beautiful and relatively realistic love story, and has a perfectly complex conflict,¨ she explains.

Goodreads sums up this first book in the Graceling Realm series this way:

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¨Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug… She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.¨

Goodreads.com review

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.

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.¨

Read more about this book on Goodreads.com.

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)

 

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¨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.¨