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10 | January 25, 2018 | The lake forest leader School Bestselling authors visit Woodlands Academy on book launch day Submitted by Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart New York Times bestselling author Sasha Alsberg began the day her book, “Zenith: The Androma Saga,” was released in hard cover with a visit to her high school alma mater. The 2015 graduate spoke to students, faculty and staff at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Jan. 16. She was joined by the book’s co-author, Lindsay Cummings, at the all-girls college preparatory school in Lake Forest. Following their formal presentation, Alsberg and Cummings spent some time with Woodlands Academy seniors taking creative writing and advanced placement literature courses. “I wanted the first stop on our ‘Zenith: The Androma Saga’ book tour to be the place where it all started for me,” Alsberg said. “By teaching girls to be empowered young women, Woodlands Academy was a huge part of my life – then and now.” Among those welcoming her back was one of Alsberg’s teachers, Amy Perry. “It’s so great to once again see Sasha’s passion for reading and writing that’s led to today’s book release,” she said. “We all knew that Sasha was going to be famous in the future – not necessarily this soon. We’re so proud of her.” Cummings said she was glad to be able to see firsthand the school that she knows means so much to her best friend and coauthor. In addition to her writing, Alsberg has been known the past few years for her book reviews via Abookutopia, the wildly popular Booktube channel with more than 36 million views. During her senior year at Woodlands Academy, Alsberg’s Abookutopia following caught the attention of Teen Vogue magazine. She was one of seven book vloggers nationally profiled in a 2015 article. At that time, Alsberg had nearly 100,000 followers. And it was this site that launched during her freshman year at Woodlands, that brought the co-authors together. When Abookutopia began to gain popularity the following year, Cummings asked Alsberg to review the book she’d just written, “The Murder Complex.” When the two later met in Chicago, they bonded immediately and remain best friends while living in different states. They now have a devoted and massive following of more than 540,000 combined on their Booktube channels and social media accounts. Alsberg and Cummings had talked about writing a book together for a while. When they decided to proceed, Cummings had written five books and said she felt she might be losing her passion for writing. What started as a bestselling 60- page e-novella was transformed into a 600-page book in about six weeks by the two co-authors. “We felt there was so much more to tell,” Cummings said. “Zenith: The Androma Saga,” published by HarlequinTEEN, is the first book in the Androma Saga – a dazzling, wild ride of a serialized space opera. The novel sprang from a first installment, which the authors self-published digitally and hit No. 1 on the New York Times e-Book bestseller list upon release. Now, the full story of Androma Racella and her fearless and loyal band of female space pirates is available with this latest release. Inspired by their shared passion for all things science fiction and space fantasy, the two authors created the Mirabel Galaxy, offering homage to early “Star Wars” films with their own assortment of colorful characters, space renegades, unlikely alliances and a rickety – but beloved – spaceship. Full of action, fantastical intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance, this “dark and complex sci-fi drama” (School Library Journal) likely will satisfy the multitudes of fans who were hooked by the e-book release and enchant new readers of all ages now that it’s available in hard cover. JOIN NORTH SHORE AESTHETICS For A Night Of Glitter &Gifts! 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At the Jan. 18 Committee of the Whole meeting, Teska Associates, an Evanston-based urban planning firm, presented its latest designs to the board of trustees. The updated design included feedback from the public and some rough cost estimates. Based upon the initial rough estimate, the project is looking to cost around $1 million — possibly more. Trustees discussed the initial cost estimates and decided they needed firmer estimates and a better understanding of the Village’s budget and priorities before anything more could be decided. With the board’s blessing, Teska Associates will draw up a more detailed list of cost estimates and some more concrete plans with input from the park district. Reporting by Margaret Tazioli, Freelance Reporter. Full story at GlencoeAnchor. com. Sound Off the lake forest leader | January 25, 2018 | 11 Social snapshot Top Stories From as of Jan. 22 1. UPDATE: Murder-suicide witness hit shooter with car 2. Domestic violence hits the North Shore again 3. LFHS students develop organization to lift spirits of pediatric cancer patients 4. Chicago man arrested following Lake Forest burglary 5. Police Reports: Lake Bluff, Highland Park officers arrest two men for possession of controlled substances Become a member: Like The Lake Forest Leader: TheLakeForestLeader Follow The Lake Forest Leader: @TheLFLeader go figure 7 The Lake Bluff Park District posted this photo on Jan. 19. The Lake Bluff Park District posted this photo of preschool students enjoying an afternoon of sledding. Check out Lake Bluff Middle School “Congrats to the LBMS 8th Grade B-Ball Team! Tonight they advanced to the conference finals.” @LBMS65. On Jan. 18 Lake Bluff Middle School, tweeted about its girls basketball team advancing to the conference finals. An intriguing number from this week’s edition The Lake Forest Finance Committee discussed seven recommendations to improve its finance operations following large unapproved expenses, Page 6 From the Editor Take advantage of winter, the cold and the snow Alyssa Groh Alright lets face it, no one actually enjoys being cold. None of us look forward to the months when it is so cold outside that your face hurts. Whenever its winter I always think back to my college days. In college, I had to walk in the cold, sometimes in weather below zero, for more than 30 minutes to get from classes to my dorm or my apartment. It was never fun. Actually, it sucked and my body ached from the cold. I found ways to keep warm though. Eventually I learned how to bundle up for my long walks. The first part of that was investing in a long parka Shooting From Page 7 that covered most of my legs. I wore gloves, hats and learned the art of speed walking to get to where I was going faster. The winter months always seem to slow people down a bit. Everyone hides inside and avoids the cold at all costs. I will be the first to admit the summer is my favorite. I enjoy every waking moment I can get outside. I spend the summer months on my boat, swimming, waterskiing and doing anything and everything I can outside. But, I also enjoy the winter. I enjoy ice skating on frozen lakes or outdoor ice rinks, snowboarding and enjoying the beautiful sights of trees and houses covered in fresh snow. How lucky are we to live in an area where we have multiple seasons with distinct differences? Instead of hibernating inside and letting the winter blues take control, I encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy this season we are given. Last week as I was looking for a photo for this “Lt. Claire VanLandingham was a valuable member of an elite team of health care professionals caring for our Navy and Marine recruits at Naval Station Great Lakes. Her untimely death is tragic, and our hearts go out to her family, friends and coworkers. Our entire command mourns this shocking loss of one of our own,” said Capt. Bradford Smith, the deputy director and commanding officer at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, in an email to The Leader. She was also an officer training command student in Newport, R.I. from July 8-Aug. 11, 2017, according to Dougherty. Zike was previously employed as a naturalist at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park. He was employed there from mid-September to mid-October, said Liz Gogola, Park District of Highland Park communications and marketing director. weeks social snapshot, seen at the bottom of this page, and I came across the Lake Bluff Park Districts Facebook page. The Lake Bluff preschool took students sledding on some of the fresh snow. And it dawned on me. Have you ever seen happier kids? The smiles on their faces were contagious. When was the last time you went sledding? Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy what nature has to offer. Bundle up and take advantage of the outdoor activities the winter months bring. Grab your family and friends after a snowfall and go sledding. Enjoy the thrill of racing a friend down the hill, doesn’t matter how old you are. Who said adults can’t go sledding? If sledding doesn’t spark your interest, head out for a night of fun with outdoor ice skating at Artesian Ice Rink in Lake Bluff. Did you know crosscountry snow skiing is a hobby many do in Lake Gogola said it is unclear why he left his job in October, but did confirm he resigned voluntarily. Zike was employed by Jefferson Memorial Forest and Natural Areas in Louisville for seven years prior to coming to the North Shore area. Zike, according to his apparent Facebook page, went to Trinity High School in Louisville and then Eastern Kentucky University. To sign up for Breaking News alerts, visit LakeForestLeader. com/Plus. Forest and Lake Bluff? Last year the Lake Bluff Nordic Ski Club bought equipment to pave paths for cross-country skiing. Pick up a new hobby or revisit an old hobby by trying cross-country skiing in our community’s beautiful open lands. To enjoy the winter months and fresh snow, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. After a snowfall take the kids out and help them build a snowman or spend and entire day building a fort. Some of my fondest memories as a kid are building snow forts with my older brother. We would spend days building the snow fort of our dreams. I promise you, it will be something your children remember forever. The Lake Forest Leader Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Lake Forest Leader encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. 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