Did you know that people who read fiction are smarter, more empathetic and have a greater grasp of current events than those who don’t read?
Also, people who read science fiction avidly tend to read at a higher vocabulary and more closely?
Whether you already love science fiction or don’t really pick it for your pleasure reading, you should consider “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Christoff as an opportunity to try something different. Here is the premise:
Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
One of the things that really attracts readers to this particular book is the format. If you like to have the text broken up and the various style elements used throughout the story, then this is the book for you. Added bonus: It is a series and the third book has just hit the bookstore. No long waits to find out what happens to your favorite characters! :)
Stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy and check out “Illuminae” and improve your reading and mind!
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Small towns are complicated. No town proves that more completely than "Beartown". Fredrik Backman's 2016 novel is set in a small Swedish town that is on the decline. Industry and top jobs don't exist in Beartown, but what does is hockey! Every year the town puts all it's hopes in it's Junior Hockey League.
The book explores what it means to be part of the team, a community and an outsider. You might think at first glance that it is just another sports or hockey book, but once you get past that, you realize this is really about having courage in the face of the majority and standing up for what is right and decent.
Admittedly, it took a bit for this book to hook me, but once it did, I was complete lost in the story, on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen to the characters and community that Backman has so painstakingly created.
Whether you love sports or are indifferent, won't matter once you get into this book, do don't judge by the cover. This is a great story with memorable setting and character and a timely message!
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I got the idea for killing Simon while watching Dateline. I'd been thinking about it for awhile, obviously. That's not the kind of thing you pluck out of thin air. But the "how" of getting away with it always stopped me. I don't kid myself that I'm a criminal mastermind. And, I'm much too good looking for prison.... Let's face it; everyone at Bayview High School hated Simon. I was just the only one with enough guts to do something about it. You're welcome.
Someone has murdered Simon in a detention room with 4 other people in it. One of them knows the truth. One of them committed murder. The problem is, they were all there together and not one of them saw a thing.
Entertainment Weekly describes this New York Times Bestseller as "Pretty Little Liars" meets "The Breakfast Club". If your looking for a good realistic fiction, mystery, with a splash of romance thrown in, don't hesitate to check out "One of Us is Lying" on the #URtheChange display in the CITGO Innovation Academy. Along with the book, you will find information on Bullying Prevention and STOMP it Out Bullying Campaign in honor of October being National Bullying Awareness Month.
#IndianNationReads #GoLemont #URtheChange
This week #URtheChange Challenge Book is “All We Have Left” by author Wendy Mills.
It has been years since Jesse’s brother was killed on 9/11/01 in the Towers on that fateful day. Ever since, her family has been filled with anger and hate. When Jesse makes a terrible decision, she is forced to confront her anger and the past that has caused her family so much pain.
Jesse’s story is interwoven with flashbacks that tell the story of Alia, a proud Muslim girl who finds herself in the Towers on 9/11/01 trapped with a boy who would change everything.
Their stories are compelling and unforgettable! Just like many of the stories of that day
If you would like to read “All We Have Left”, please visit the #URtheChange display in the CITGO Innovation Center and pick up a copy. If you would like to participate in the Challenge, take a moment to ask a family member or someone close to you who lived through that day what they were doing and where they were when they heard the planes had hit. Take a moment to put your thoughts down in the comments section below.
Seeing the past through the eyes of those who were living it is a way we can change the future!
So this year, like every year, librarians and high school students from across the state have picked a list of 20 books that most people agree are the best of the best in Young Adult and Adult Crossover books! This years list is full of thought and laughter provoking topics, so please make sure that you take a look at these amazing books. Several of them were already on the summer reading list for LHS.
Let me tell you why that is really GREAT news for all of our students.
Every year, students and teachers get a chance to vote for their favorite of the Reader's Choice books. This year, LHS will be voting along with all the other high schools in the state. Awards like the Illinois Reader's Choice Award have an impact on how long a book might stay in print and that means that your vote has an impact on what students might be reading in LHS library 20 or 30 years from now!
So, here is how you vote!
1. Read at least 3 Reader's Choice Books from the list attached between any time in the past and January 15.
2. Starting January 16th, stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy to take a short Q and A about the books you have read and then cast your vote.
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
NOW HERE IS THE BEST PART!!!!!
If you vote, you get to participate in our first every ICE CREAM TRUCK Social! Delivered straight to the CITGO Innovation Academy by a special guest Ice Cream Professional! Snow Cones, Chocolate Eclair Bars, Strawberry Shortcake Bar, Astro Pops, Push Ups.... so many choices!
Yep....you heard right!
So, take advantage of the fact that the reading over the summer has done some of the work for you and kick back for an frosty treat in March!
Here is the LIST, but you can also meet the books in person on the CITGO Innovation Academy display. Each week a different title will be featured along with a social awareness display that you can participate in!
So read, help others, vote for your favorite and eat ice cream!