Lally’s Literati – New Stock

From Mr. Lally:

Lally’s Literati, the BHS Book Buying program, recently picked up a whole bundle of books to be given away to our participants. The problem this year is that we don’t have too many students signed up! You do not have to be in my classes to sign up, all you have to do is visit THIS PAGE and add your requests to the shopping list. New members will get first crack at some of our overstock, which as of today includes:

The Hunger Games
Pretty Little Liars (The first three books)
Into Thin Air (non-fiction title from the author of Into the Wild)
The Help
Sherlock Holmes
The Blindside

If on a winter’s night a traveler…
Twilight (trilogy)
Brave New World
The Iliad

and titles by
Kurt Vonnegut
Nicholas Sparks
Agatha Christie
Charles Dickens
Jodi Picoult
Ernest Hemingway
Jane Austen
Jack Kerouac

If you wish to request any of these specific titles or authors, be sure to add them to your request list. If we have any duplicate requests, with two or more people requesting the same book, I’ll select one at random. (Existing Literati members, feel free to put in your requests for these authors & titles too. If nobody else asks, the title is yours!)

Happy Kurt Vonnegut Day

The people over at BookRiot have put together “Kurt Vonnegut Day” – a celebration of one of the most unusual American authors of all time. BHS students may recognize his short story “Harrison Bergeron” or his novel “Slaughterhouse Five”. If you are a fan, head on over to their page and check it out – there are even a few giveaways, including an Out Of Print “Slaughterhouse Five” shirt.


Delayed Opening Bell Schedule

BHS – Delayed Opening Bell Schedule

Period 1  9:30 – 10:05 (Announcements 10:01-10:05)

Period 2 10:08 – 10:39

Period 3 10:42 – 11:13

Period 5 11:16 – 11:47    L1 11:16 – 11:42

               11:45 – 12:16    L2 11:50 – 12:16

Period 4 12:19 – 12:50

Period 6 12:53 –   1:24

Period 7  1:27 –   2:00 (Announcements 1:58-2:00)

Lally’s Literati Makes Massive Purchase

If you are interested in reading, and you would like to get some books for free, join Lally’s Literati. There has never been a better time – because of the massive book sale at the Burlington Public Library this weekend, the Literati shelves are stacked with books waiting to go out to eager readers, ABSOLUTELY FREE. All you have to do is indicate what type of fiction, or what specific authors/titles you want, and you could get a book custom-picked for you FOR FREE! If you are interested, sign up now at THIS SITE (also located under the “Resources” tab in our header menu) – and do it before all of our overstock is gone.

Also, thank you for your visits to this site, as we’ve just recently surpassed 30,000 visits since this page went live less than a year ago. Thanks!

Publication Date Nears for Ms. Sullivan’s Debut Novel

Ms. Sullivan, a member of the BHS Foreign Language Department, today released the cover art for her debut novel, slated for publication in June of 2013:

A note from the author:

GOLDEN BOY tells the story of Habo, an albino boy growing up in Tanzania, who discovers that being seen as priceless is much more dangerous than being seen as worthless.


If so, please go check out the cover reveal at where you can enter to win an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)!

For ongoing updates on my publication process, you can head on over to my author blog:

Thanks so much!!


The English Department wishes to congratulate Ms. Sullivan on her impressive achievement!

Collab Short Story Contest ends TODAY

If you are interested in submitting a story to the Collab short story competition, you have to submit your story to the box outside the Collab room or email your story to Mr. Lally by midnight tonight, Monday, October 22nd. There are no restrictions on topic or number of submissions.

The top entry will win a $25 iTunes gift card
Runner up will earn a $10 Dunkin Donuts card

Good luck!

Winners in the Collab Poetry contest earned the following prizes:
Billy Restivo (1st place) = $25 True North gift card
Samantha Healey (Runner-up) = Free edition of 2013 Collab ($10 value)
Kylie Scott (2nd Runner-up) = Free beverage at True North

See Mr. Lally for your prizes!

And for more information about Collab, visit their website HERE

Poetry Out Loud has Updated their List

In preparation for the 2013 Poetry Out Loud competition, Poetry Out Loud has updated their list of eligible poems, and we have updated our list of the nationality of the eligible poets, for the sake of our American Lit and our British & World Lit students, who must consider the poet’s nationality when making their selection. See our list HERE

Or visit the Poetry Out Loud home page HERE to get started!

Hillary Mantel wins Booker Prize for “Bring Up the Bodies”

The announcement came down today that Hillary Mantel was awarded the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to her novel Wolf Hall, which also won the award in 2009. The repeat victory makes her only the third two-time winner of the esteemed prize, given annually to the best novel written by an author who hails from the UK, or any of the former British colonies (not including the United States). Only Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee have won the award twice, and with Bring Up the Bodies, Mantel became the first author to win with a book that is also a sequel.

Both of Mantel’s books are a historical fiction retelling of the rise of Thomas Cromwell during the reign of Henry VIII, and have been praised not only for helping bring the historical novel back into prominence, but also for being some of the finest examples of the genre ever written.

Among notable winners of this prize in the past are Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Julain Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, which are both core novels in our Contemporary Literature class. Further notable winners include William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, for his novel, Rites of Passage, Thomas Keneally, whose Schindler’s Ark was turned into a powerful movie directed by Stephen Spielberg, and Salman Rushdie, whose 1981 novel Midnight’s Children was recently awarded the “Best of the Booker” prize for being the greatest novel to ever win the award.