The Envelope, Please!

osc-banner_statuetteWouldn’t it be great if there were Book Oscars – one big awards show for authors and their works that millions of people tuned into? Instead, there are so many state and other book awards, some with the most interesting titles: Danziger Awards for Hilarious Children’s Books, the Sasquatch Awards, Young Hoosier, and Flume to name a few.

We at the LFHS Library have been getting some incredible books this school year, and have narrowed our selections down to those that are worthy of winning golden statues.

And the nominees are…

For Best Visual Effects:
Ms. Marvel – writer, G. Willow Wilson ; artist, Adrian Alphona (Hugo Award Winner)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Abraham Lincoln Award Finalist)

Black Panther – writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates ; pencils/layouts, Chris Sprouse

For Best Director/Author:
Frederik Bachman (Goodreads Choice Award Winner)

Jason Reynolds (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, National Book Award Finalist, Newberry and Printz Award Honoree, Walter Dean Meyers Winner, and Kirkus Award Winner)

Amie Kaufman (Aurealis Awards Winner)

For Lead Actor:
Simon from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (William C. Morris Award Winner)

Cormoran Strike from The Cuckoo´s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Amazon Best Books Nominee)

Rufus and Mateo from They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Young Adult Speculative Fiction Finalist)

For Leading Lady:
Natasha from The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (National Book Award Finalist)

Star from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ( Goodreads Choice Awards – YA Winner)

Julia from I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, Chicago author (National Book Award Finalist)

For Best Documentary:
Chasing King´s Killer by James Swanson

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Michelle Burford and Diane Guerrero

All of these nominees are available in the LFHS Library.  You´re the readers, you decide the winners!

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

Intro to Comics

So you want to start reading comics? It’s a huge genre, and with graphic novels getting short listed for more and more of the prestigious awards in this country, it’s not a surprise that they’re becoming more respected. Books like Maus have been on high school reading lists for years.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for you to look into!

NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

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. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

LOCKE & KEY by Joe Hill

locke and key seriesLocke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…

MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

IN REAL LIFE by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

V FOR VENDETTA by Alan Moore

“Remember, remember the fifth of November…”

A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, V for Vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendettabrings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance.

ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER by Frank Miller

The talents responsible for some of Batman’s greatest tales team up for the first time to bring readers Batman and Robin like they’ve never seen before, in this reinvention of these classic characters.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. But during this Recurrence, someone is murdering the gods early. Remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this subversive drama

Top Ten Books of October

Can you believe it’s already November? The semester’s halfway over! The leaves have fallen off the trees and winter is on its way. Which means it’s time to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea!

You were voracious readers this October, but here are your favorite books:

10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

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. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

9. Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre. Continue reading