An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Carly Pansulla, Upper School librarian

Curious what the Lakeside Upper School community is reading these days? Circulation statistics are one way the librarians track the interests and needs of Lakeside’s students, faculty, and staff, and they can offer a fascinating snapshot of what the community is seeking out in a given period. This past quarter, fantasy novels, graphic novels, and a manga series topped the list, which are all representative of longer-standing trends for our readers.

The following books were the highest circulated in Pigott Memorial Library during the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.

“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

A Netflix adaptation of this and another series by Bardugo was recently cast, and all of Bardugo’s titles circulate well in Pigott Memorial Library. “Six of Crows” was also an Upper School Faculty-Staff Book Club title last year.

Publisher’s description

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

“Dragon Keeper” by Robin Hobb

Hobb is a New York Times bestselling fantasy author, based in the Pacific Northwest, with over 25 years’ worth of titles to choose from.

From the publisher

With “Dragon Keeper,” Robin Hobb, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling “master fantasist” (Baltimore Sun), begins a breathtaking new series about the resurgence of dragons in a world that both needs and fears them—the world Hobb’s readers most recently visited in her immensely popular “Tawny Man” trilogy. Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, “Dragon Keeper” is yet another magnificent adventure from the author of “The Soldier Son” and “The Farseer Trilogies,” confirming the Contra Costa Times of California’s assessment of Hobb as “one of the most important writers in 21st century fantasy.”


“Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World” by Pénélope Bagieu

A vibrant collection of brief, comic-style histories of dozens of amazing and diverse women throughout history.

Publisher’s description

Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of “Brazen:” their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.

With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world-famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

“One-Punch Man” Volumes 1 & 2 by Yusuke Murata

Publisher’s description

A manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?

“Pumpkinheads” by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Publisher’s Description

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?