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The Spectacular Now

Tim Tharp

TEEN THARP

3 stars.

Describe the book: The book, "The Spectacular Now" is a modern-day novel about wild party-animal Sutter. In the story, Sutter goes out of his way to to give shy discouraged Aimee the confidence to follow her dreams and stick up for herself. The overall idea of this book are the life-changing choices Sutter must make to protect the the important people in his life.

What did you think: I felt as though this was an empowering novel about learning to "embrace the weird" and how not to judge one too quickly. One of my favorite parts was when realization of future choices struck Sutter harder than expected as he began to think of the consequences of his decisions.

Who would you recommend it to: a mature audience, lovers of realistic-fiction

- A.N. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library


Eleven

Lauren Myracle

J MYRACLE

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book tells of Winnie's adventures of being an eleven year old. From new friends to new family members, Winnie's year was definitely not normal, especially when Gail moved to town.

What did you think: This book was a cute novel, and I thought it was a good read because I can relate to it. I really liked how the story took an interesting turn in the middle.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to realistic fiction lovers.

- E.S. (Grade 9) from Edmonds Library


The Thin Executioner

Darren Shan


4 stars.

Describe the book: In the town of Wadi, Jebel is son of the executioner, who is stepping down from the block, and he announced that one of his sons will take his place, but not mentioning Jebel. To avoid the humiliation, Jebel quests to get immortality, gets it, and becomes Wadi's strongest, and unkillable, Thin Executioner, who wont kill a single soul.

What did you think: I liked the whole book and it is great because of the early era style.

Who would you recommend it to: I reccomend this book to middle school students.

- W.M. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library

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Emperor Pickletine Rides The Bus

Tom Angleberger

J ANGLEBE

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Mcquarie students go on a field trip, but there is one twist.... no origami! The students go to Washington dc where they cause havok by making origami out of their paper work at the museum in dc, and when they make paper airplanes, they get thrown out to the bus to wait because they got caught. On the way back, Tommy gets kissed, and punched.

What did you think: My favorite part was when Tommy gets a kiss from Sara, then gets socked in the kisser by Harvey. This is my favorite part because it made me laugh.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this book to middle school students.

- W.M. (Grade 7) from Marysville Library


Ripper

Stefan Petrucha

TEEN PETRUCH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Carver is an orphan with an amazing talent with locks. He can pick any lock with ease, and find clues to his parents and history behind the doors. Carver's orphanage begins losing money and is going bankrupt. Carver is adopted, but into a spy organization where he solves a mystery, his dad being the old man who adopt him, aka, Jack the Ripper.

What did you think: My favorite part is when Carver uses an invention that is a staff that can shrink down into a small cylander. This is my favorite part because he approaches the man following him with the weapon in his hand, and the man laughs, then the staff expanded and the man goes quiet, as if not finding any words to say, or, frozen in fear.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to mystery/action lovers.

- W.M. (Grade 7) from Marysville Library


Princess Labelmaker to the rescue

Tom Angleberger

J ANGLEBE

3 stars.

Describe the book: The funtime, a boring cartoon meant to help students learn, rebels are back and more powerful than ever, and principal Rabbski says that she will help them, but it is unknown how she will do that. A new puppet is made, Princess Lablemaker, but from who? This new puppet is the one who told principal Rabbski, and let her read all the case files.

What did you think: I really liked the whole book because it is book six of the origami yoda book series. Not the best one, but a good one. That is why i gave it a three instead of a four.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to middle school kids.

- W.M. (Grade 7) from Marysville Library


Splintered

A.G. Howard

TEEN HOWARD

4 stars.

Describe the book: Wonderland, a place fabricated from the mind of Lewis Carroll, or so it may seem. Once Alyssa Gardner discovers the warped reality is all to real, she must pass a series of impossible tasks all while deciding whom to trust; Jeb or Morpheus. Will she fall victim to the ceaseless madness? Or can she pull through to save all of Wonderland.

What did you think: I loved the fact that with each page I flipped I delved deeper and deeper into the very layered plot. But my favorite part by far, would have to be the last sentence of the book. While I cannot reveal what it said, I can say that it left me very, very satisfied. Overall this is a truely magical book and you will be instantly drawn to its madness.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for a good, dark fairytale

- C.C. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


The Hero and the Crown

Robin McKinley

TEEN MCKINLE

3 stars.

Describe the book: Because the people of her kingdom believe her mother was a witch who put a spell on her father, the king, in order to get an heir, Aerin has never been accepted by those around her. Nonetheless, she must now rise to the occasion an discover what she is truly destined to do in order to save her kingdom.

What did you think: Overall, it was a fairly enjoyable story. However, the majority of the characters weren't quite fully developed, and by the end of the book I still felt like I knew nothing about their personality. I still found the plot very interesting and full of great adventure.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy lovers

- A.G. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library


SnakeHead, Alex Rider series

Anthony Horowitz

TEEN HOROWIT

4 stars.

Describe the book: Alex is going on another mission with the M16 and this time, it is for himself instead of the world. Alex meets his long lost godfather who knows of Alex's father and how he died. Alex becomes too interested to turn down this mission. The mission is against a terrorist group known as Snakehead, who smuggle just about everything bad into countries.

What did you think: My favorite part of this is when Alex regroups with wolf from his boot camp in the first book, Stormbreaker. This is so because I liked how they talked like old friends to eachother.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to middle school students.

- W.M. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library


Night

Elie Wiesel

940.5318 WIESEL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Eliezer Wiesel was only a teenager when he, his family, and his entire Jewish community was taken to Auschwitz. His father, mother, and sisters were all killed, most of them in the furnaces. Only Elie survived. Certain the world would forget the Holocaust, telling his story became his life's work. This small book tells his story in his own words.

What did you think: This book made me very sad. It's a tragic story from one of history's greatest tragedies. At the same time, the book possessed a certain beauty, and I had difficulty putting it down. Night was originally written in Yiddish, but one would never guess. The English translation is purely eloquent. Emotionally moving, this memoir captivated me.

Who would you recommend it to: Mature lovers of history and literature. 15+

- C.B. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library


Don't Waste Your Life

John Piper

248.4 PIPER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Giving our all to glorify God--this is how to spend our lives, author John Piper eloquently argues. Do anything else, and you waste your life. "Only one life, will soon be past/only what's done for Christ will last." This book speaks of the joy found in serving God with all our time, all our love, all our resources--giving our all for our Creator.

What did you think: Convicting, inspiring, encouraging--this deep yet accessible book is all that and more. I continually recommend it to friends, because it has helped me tremendously in keeping my life in perspective. I desire to live with an all-absorbing passion for Jesus Christ, my Savior. Never do I want to cry, "I've wasted it!" No--may I live to glorify God!

Who would you recommend it to: Christians; people desiring purpose in their lives

- C.B. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library


Sisters Grimm: Fairy Tale Detectives

Michael Buckley

J SERIES SISTERS

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the stunning adventures of two young girls as they find out about their childhood and fight to save their families lives.

What did you think: I felt that this book was a good book, I like how the author of the book used good description of the setting to really put the image of the story into the readers mind.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like adventurous books.

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


Lies and Deceptions

CHRISTINA HERGENRADER


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a girl in her junior year of high school. She somehow gets put in an advanced class for literacy with all seniors. So she decides to stay and go with it. While she is in that class something weird happens the hottest senior starts flirting with her. He eventually has her lying to her parents and her best friends just for him!!!!!

What did you think: this book was really good. It was relevant to my life with real life problems. But at the same time it taught me a lesson about lying. My favorite parts were when thay had devotions at the end of each chapter. I think all people should have a chance to read this book it was really good. but the sad thing is its not in the libraries sorry!!!!!!!!!!!

Who would you recommend it to: people who lie or who like realistic fiction.

- c.l. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library

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The secret identity of Devon Delaney

lauren barnholdt

J BARNHOL

4 stars.

Describe the book: this was about a girl who told a some lies that she thought were harmless.But it was he xact oppisite, for the summer devon aka devi went to her grans house for the summer where she told her new friend lexi a bunch of lies about how at home she was super popular and was dating this guy jared. But when lexi comes to her school everything go's wrong!

What did you think: this book was really good. it had me at he edge of my seat the whole time. My favorite part was when she heard some one call out devi and she realized that it had to be lexi,she had told lexi over the summer that everybody calls her devi when really everyone just called her devon. it was funny because she thought she was hearing things at first!!!!

Who would you recommend it to: would reccomend to middle school kids i enjoyed it

- c.l. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library


Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

TEEN COLLINS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the trilogy series to the hunger games. In this thrilling book about the rebellion against Panem and the 12 districts, after district 12 was destroyed, Katniss and Peeta were called back to fight in the arena once again for the quarter quell.... but then Peeta is captured and taken to Panem and Katniss is the Mockingjay.......

What did you think: My favorite parts about this book were when the writer Suzanne, left you in complete suspense making you beg for more. One of the parts in this book was when Katniss and Peeta were separated in the arena and Katniss had woken up to find Gale with her talking to Hamich about Peeta and the rebellion. Which had lead to Katniss and the mockingjay.

Who would you recommend it to: Thrill seekers , and romance lover's ;)

- T.L. (Grade 7) from Oak Harbor Library


Atlantia

Ally Condie

TEEN CONDIE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Atlantia is a beautifully written story of a mysterious underwater city, the importance of family, and a splash of Greek mythology.

What did you think: I loved this book! Ally Condie is my favorite author! She is amazing! I loved the fantasy of the underground city and seeing our world though new eyes. If you liked Matched, Ally Condie's other book, You'll love this one!

Who would you recommend it to: Y.A. lovers and fantasy fans will enjoy this book!

- h.p. (Grade 7) from Arlington Library


Almost Home

Wendy Lawton


3 stars.

Describe the book: This is the story of Mary Chilton, one of the 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower on that memorable and historic journey to America--the New World. Mary has always longed for a true home, a place she will feel safe and loved. As trials and tragedies, then finally joy come to Mary, she realizes that her true home is within Jesus Christ, her Savior.

What did you think: Seeing how difficult and hard her life was as a Christian persecuted for her faith, I have been inspired and encouraged by this one girl's discovery of finding her true home--her Heavenly Father, for He is the only One in which we can have safety, peace, and true joy. I encourage you to join Mary as she seeks her spiritual home!

Who would you recommend it to: girls twelve and older

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


The Extreme Life of the Sea

Stephan R. Palumbi and Anthony R. Pulumbi

591.77 PALUMBI

2 stars.

Describe the book: Ultimately a description of super cool organisms in the ocean, this book gives examples of species that live in the hottest and coldest areas, as well as the oldest species that are still around today! Paired with interesting pictures, you can experience these awesome ecosystems firsthand and learn the behaviors & adaptations necessary for life.

What did you think: I thought this book was really interesting if you are into marine biology. I definitely learned a lot and learned about new species that I didn't know even existed! I loved reading about the fastest organisms in the ocean because I love speed and wish I could experience that!

Who would you recommend it to: people who enjoy marine biology and oceanography

- K.O. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library


The Secret Warning

Franklin W. Dixon

J SERIES HARDY B

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Secret Warning is about Frank and his brother, Joe on their seventeenth case regarding a missing, pure gold pharaoh bust and a legend that tells of the ghost of Whalebone Island. Frank and Joe first are told by their dad that the bust is missing. Then, they are told to find the secret to the "ghost" of Jolly Roger. Both cases are akin, somehow.

What did you think: I felt great when and after I read it. One of my favorite parts were when Tivoli, a Great Dane, attempts to help the Hardy Boys beat up a robber, bu he gets clonked on the head. I also liked the part when a squid exploded after touching an underwater explosive.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend to anyone that loves a mystery novel.

- B.C. (Grade 6) from Arlington Library


Fallen in Love

Lauren Kate

TEEN KATE

4 stars.

Describe the book: This novella is a moment in time where Shelby and Miles go into the past to a Valentine's Day in medival England & cause important changes to occur for Luce, Daniel, Arriane, and Roland. A perfect pause between Passion & Rapture, it ultimately helps the reader feel connected to the four enigmatic characters & see them differently before the ending.

What did you think: I LOVED this novella so much. During the series the angels were so secretive, but this allowed me to actually connect with them. I also loved seeing Luce and Daniel in a past life where you can really evaluate the progression of their relationship without the input of present-day Luce or Daniel.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, teen readers, and fantasy lovers

- K.O. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library


Wake

Amanda Hocking

TEEN HOCKING

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a girl named Gemma her sister harper and the boy next door AKA harpers best friend. In the quiet town Capri there are three mysterious girls that no one knows who they are. soon They trick Gemma in to being not so mythical deadly creature of the sea. This book has some challenges that might never be resolved. Or will they?

What did you think: My favorite part of this book is when the boat boy Daniel smooth talks harper and she doesn't know it yet but she has a secret crush on him. I also like how the sisterly bond between two teenage sisters are so strong. but heir mother doesn't live with them because when they were little she got in a car accident and harper thinks its her fault.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy, romance, Geek,myth people

- E.T. (Grade 6) from Oak Harbor Library


To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

FIC LEE

4 stars.

Describe the book: The innocent, Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. His only hope of avoiding the death penalty is Atticus, a strong lawyer who supports Tom Robinson, despite the Jim Crow's law. The story is told through Scout's eyes, who is Atticus' daughter, as she learns to "never kill a mockingbird", even when people do

What did you think: This story was very inspiring and compassionate. It helped my understanding of black people back in those times. My favorite part in the book was Mayella's yelling at the court, telling the men to listen to her for once. I think Mayella was living pretty miserably and no one came to help her when her dad "raped" her.

Who would you recommend it to: history-lovers, high school kids

- H.S. (Grade 9) from Edmonds Library


Where Courage Calls

Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Elizabeth Thatcher is embarking on a new adventure to the wilds of the North to teach in a lowly mining town. But there are challenges and trials she must face. When two young Mounties become interested in her and dark secrets lurk in every corner will Beth have the physical and spiritual strength to see this through? This is where courage calls.

What did you think: This book is very good and insightful. It presents the story of a young woman who is often in circumstances she cannot forge through on her own. I loved reading how Beth turned to God in these difficult times and allowed Him to see her through for His glory and not her own.

Who would you recommend it to: teenage girls who enjoy Janette Oke books!

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


Golden Filly Series

Lauraine Snelling

J SNELLIN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Golden Filly is the amazing story of 16 year old Tricia Evanston, a future jockey with God by her side. Through her life, Trish learns to trust Jesus in pursuing her goal of being a famous jockey and winning the Triple Crown. When multiple disasters strike, she learns to have faith, pray, and let God do the rest. A great story of faith and family!!

What did you think: I loved this book. It helped me think about life through a new perspective. Its helped me grow in my walk with God, and now I know more about horse racing and winning the Triple Crown than I ever did!!! I'm not going to say my favorite part, because it would give away the ending. This book teaches that even when things are hard, neveer give up!!

Who would you recommend it to: 7th graders+, horse lovers, and wanna-be jockeys

- A.H. (Grade 7) from Camano Island Library (Interim)


George Washington: An Illustrated Biography

David A. Adler

J BIO WASHING ADLER

3 stars.

Describe the book: This books describes the life of George Washington, from childhood, to life in the Continental army, and eventually during his presidency.

What did you think: The author did a great job in showing the life time of George Washington and how he acted during his life. My favorite parts were his references about Providence and his references to his religious beliefs.

Who would you recommend it to: History lovers, president researchers

- C.B. (Grade 12) from Arlington Library


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