Congratulations to LHS Library's 2018 Haiku Contest Winners!
Thanks to all of the haiku contributors! They are wonderful, lovely--lively, sweet, funny, emotionally-charged, calming. Here are this year's winners:
I had no choice but...
To pluck off all my petals;
To leave all those dreams.
even though the moon
has given way to the sun
stars are in your eyes
- Amanda Zhu
I think about how
you and I, two small beings
are big together
- Amanda Zhu
In this compelling story, Tim Flannery explains the history of our climate in a simple, concise method that anyone can understand. He explains both natural processes and human impact, which is significantly altering the former. The book ends by discussing successful communities that have curbed their carbon footprint - and how they can be a model for all of us. [ 91 more words ]
In April, 1936, millionaire and founder of the Ellingham Academy, Albert Ellingham, received a riddle. A threat, signed "Truly Devious". No one took it seriously at the time, because if there was anything Ellingham appreciated and nurtured, it was a love a good game. The Ellingham Academy just so happened to be a special free school for the gifted and talented, one where students were encouraged to use their brains. [ 151 more words ]
The book is set in a time when TV dominates society, and books are seen as irrelevant and are burned to ashes by the firemen. Guy Montag is one of the firemen, but during one book burning, he ends up taking a book. Reading it ends up changing Montag's life. He becomes a fugitive that the government wants to track down after attempting to infiltrate the fire station with the help of a man he meets because of his interest books. [ 66 more words ]
When Nick Dunne's wife goes missing, it's up to him and the police to go on a strange and long journey, following misleading clues and twisted story lines and uncovering dark secrets to find out what happened- but as suspicion against Nick builds up, can he prove he's not a killer? Is he a killer? I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for an intricate and well planned mystery/thriller that will leave them shaken and thinking about the book weeks later because of the insane plot twists with every page. [ 30 more words ]
The novel begins in a very Tale-Of-Two-Cities-esque manner, as this book is set during the French Revolution, and the writing feels similar. It also dances around the ideas of conforming to societal norms prevalent during the Reign of Terror, in a very Tolstoy-way. Soon, however, the story concentrates on the strained relationship between a man and a woman, and the increasing interest in France and England regarding an anonymous and controversial man, known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, who dresses in a mask and saves French Aristocrats from the guillotine. [ 279 more words ]
A girl, Karou, is an artist who draws imaginary creatures. The imaginary creatures that she draws are real but she pretends they are fake because she knew no one would believe her. Karou lives with one of the creatures who asks her to get teeth, human or animal, not knowing what they were for. As she slowly discovers out why, she meets a boy named Akiva who is an angel who hunts down her kind, chimera. [ 109 more words ]
I really enjoyed Landline by Rainbow Rowell! The story is about an established married couple that faces some troubles in their relationship. The wife, Georgie, is super busy with work and decides not to go with her family to Omaha for Christmas. Unexpectedly, her husband, Neal, leaves with their children without her, and Georgie spends Christmas by herself in Los Angeles. [ 199 more words ]
Surrounding the mystery of the shooting of the last Romanovs, this book delves into the personal and political background of the Czar Nicholas II's family's murder in 1918, and beyond. Written almost like a diary with daily entries of important events, Fleming follows the daily life of the Russian royal family, their activities, interests, personalities, and problems, using multiple sources including people who actually worked for them. [ 190 more words ]
Written by a bestseller journalist who embarks on a trip around the world, this book explores different viewpoints countries have on education. Centered around three American exchange students to Finland, South Korea and Poland, some of the highest performing nations on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, Ripley follows these students and does some research of her own to understand why these rising (or risen) countries have been so successful in comparison to the United States. [ 157 more words ]
The winners of the 2016 Haiku contest are Robert Yang, Tiffany Tzeng, and John Lu. Congratulations!!!! Great job to all who participated. Here are the winning poems:
Eyes are watering
I should not have dared to smell
Lynbrook's mushroom trees...
space is silent, save
for a symphony of stars,
a dreamer's ballet
Moving as the wind pleases
Lighthearted and free