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Stargirl Teen Book Stargirl

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was an amazing story about a girl named Stargirl who has been home schooled her whole life. When she comes to public school nobody knows what to make of her because she's so different. The book continues on with the romance between the narrater of the story, Leo and Stargirl.

What did you think: My favorite part was the end of this book which is very complicated. It didn't end the way I wanted it to but the ending was probably better.

Who would you recommend it to: anyone who likes a story with meaning

- h.m. (Grade 7) from Freeland Library

Jerry Spinelli
Since You've Been Gone Teen Book Since You've Been Gone

4 stars.

Describe the book: Before Emily Hughes met Sloane Williams her life was bland and unextraordinary. Sloane yanked Emily out of her comfort zone and they became best friends. Then unexpectedly Sloane and her parents vanished. Sloane left something for Emily. A list. A list of crazy things that Emily would NEVER do, but what if the list leads Emily to Sloane?

What did you think: I loved this book! It was funny, and I loved watching Emily's character change throughout the book. My favortite part was when Emily took Beckett, her little brother, to the IndorXtreme and Frank got stuck on the climbing wall. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommed it!

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for a good summer read.

- M.N. (Grade 8) from Langley Library

Morgan Matson
Paper Towns Teen Book Paper Towns

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about High School Senior, Quentin Jacobsen, he has spent his whole life loving the ecentric, witty, and rebelious Margo Roth Spiegelman. Quentin has been loving Margo from afar for all of his high school years, until Margo shows up at his bedroom window in the dead of night ready to go on a all-night thrill ride of revenge.

What did you think: This book was amazing! It had me crying at times and then laughing so hard!! This was definitely one of John Green's finest! My favorite part was of course the all-nighter at the beginning of the book! This book was well written and outstandingly witty and humorous. If you are a John Green fan or even if you aren't this is a MUST READ!!

Who would you recommend it to: Middle School to High School. John Green lovers!!!

- M.N. (Grade 8) from Langley Library

John Green
Four: A Divergent Collection Teen Book Four: A Divergent Collection

4 stars.

Describe the book: His aptitude test results put him in Abnegation. But there was no way he could stay there. Not with his father. But transferring to Dauntless may not be as easy as he thinks either. Even though he has the least number of fears in Dauntless history, 4, hence the nickname, Dauntless life isn't always as easy look like it does from the outside.

What did you think: Four, aka Tobias Eaton, is one of my favorite characters of all time. I've had this book pre-ordered on Amazon for months! I'm glad Veronica Roth wrote this book, especially since she originally started writing Divergent from Tobias' point of view. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Tobias' life before Divergent takes place, and into it too.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who've read the Divergent Series

- E.L. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

Veronica Roth
Panic Teen Book Panic

4 stars.

Describe the book: Panic, is set in the town of Carp, where each year during the school year each student must give one dollar a day to contribute to the pot for who ever wins the game Panic.After graduation,the contestants have to do deadly tasks to win the 67,000 dollar prize. The story follows Heather and Dodge who each their own reasons to win. Freedom. Revenge.

What did you think: I LOVED Panic! It was thrilling and action-packed!! I cant tell you how many times I caught myself biting my nails! Heather and Dodge both ahd hard lives and I was contemplating the whole book who needed the money more.. My favorite part was the Joust! I was so scared! Panic is a must read! Especially if you loved Lauren Oliver's other books!

Who would you recommend it to: Middle School to High school aged thrill seekers!!

- M.N. (Grade 8) from Langley Library

Lauren Oliver
Taken Teen Book Taken

3 stars.

Describe the book: Taken is about a 17 year old boy named Gray, Gray lives in Claysoot. But in Claysoot on each boy's 18th birthday they get taken by the mysterious Heist. Everything changes when Blaine, Gray's older brother gets taken by the Heist and Gray finds a letter from his deceased mother making him question everything he learned to accept.

What did you think: I really enjoyed Taken, it kept me guessing and wondering the whole time what was going to happen next. My favorite part was when Gray found the letter from his mother! It was heartwrenching!

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy mystery lovers

- M.N. (Grade 8) from Langley Library

Erin Bowman
Rebel Belle CD Rebel Belle

4 stars.

Describe the book: Rebel Belle is about popular, southern belle, Harper. Everything in Harper's life is perfect, her boyfriend, her friends, her clothes, her family. Until the wounded janitor kisses her in the bathroom on homecoming night.... Now she is the protector of her lifetime long enemy, David.

What did you think: I loved this book!! It was action-packed and hilarious! My favorite part was when Harper drives David's car like a madman.. This book was one of my favorites!

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone!!!!!

- M.N. (Grade 8) from Langley Library

Rachel Hawkins
The Hunger Games Teen Book The Hunger Games

4 stars.

Describe the book: This is a gripping tale of a teenage spitfire girl, Katniss Everdeen. Each year the capital pulls a boy and a girls name from each of the 12 districts to fight to the death, the victor bathed in riches. Katniss lives a simple life until the reaping Katniss’ little sister Prim’s name gets drawn to go to the games and Katniss volunteers to go for her

What did you think: My favorite part is when Katniss sacrifices herself to go to the games so her sister can live. I also think the most touching part of the book is when Katniss befriends a 12 year old girl named Rue. Later in the book Rue gets impaled and dies Katniss pays her respects and earned the trust of other districts.

Who would you recommend it to: To readers looking for a thrilling tale.

- O.V. (Grade 6) from Freeland Library

Suzanne Collins
Between Shades of Gray Teen Book Between Shades of Gray

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the middle of the night, Lina, her mother, and her younger brother, Jonas, are stuffed into trucks by the Russian NKVD. On this perilous journey, Lina draws pictures in hopes that they reach her father, who was taken separately. Lina and her family fight for their lives with only love and their own will to survive to keep them alive.

What did you think: This book was very emotional and it really helped me believe that love can be enough to keep you alive. I could not put this book down; it was so enticing. I liked how they all tried to help and keep each other alive. Their suffering brought me to my senses that my life isn't as bad as I think.

Who would you recommend it to: middle/highschoolers who enjoy realistic fiction

- C.B. (Grade 8) from Lynnwood Library

Ruta Sepetys
The Perilous Gard Juvenile Book The Perilous Gard

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Perilous Gard is a story about a young maid that gets sent to the Perilous Gard, an old castle with many rumors. The maid, Kate finds the place most depressing and goes to look for adventure. She finds what she is looking for but also gets stuck in another world where there is magic and fairy folk. After a while she finds love and her way out.

What did you think: This book made me feel like I was their and living it all. It was a fun and most exciting adventure that never let me pause to take a break. My favorite parts were when there was a lot of tension such as when Kate got kidnapped by the Lady and was taken to the Lady's world. Another great part of the book was when Kate realized that she was in love.

Who would you recommend it to: Recommended for a person who wants an adventure.

- M.P. (Grade 6) from Freeland Library

Elizabeth Marie Pope
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