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Tuesdays with Morrie book Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch albom
155.937 ALBOM

4 stars.

Describe the book: A man, Morrie Schwartz, finds that he has a fatally degenerative disease. A student of his, Mitch Albom, finds that he has this disease and goes to Morrie and Morrie teaches him about life.

What did you think: I loved it. I learned a lot about life and philosophy. It made me rethink my whole way of life.

Who would you recommend it to: Autobiography lovers

- D.j. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



The Fault In Our Stars Teen Book The Fault In Our Stars

John Green
TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16-year-old teenager with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Hazel spends most of her time reading but she attends a cancer patients' support group upon her mother's request. At support group, Hazel meets Augustus Waters. Hazel and Gus quickly become friends, and despite Hazel's wishes, start to fall in love.

What did you think: This is one of my new favorite books. This book is so rich in emotion and detail it makes you feel as though you are actually there and can feel what the characters are feeling. John Green makes it easy to fall in love -or despise substantially- with the all of characters in the story, such as Hazel, Gus and Isaac. FYI, you might need some tissues

Who would you recommend it to: High school students or young adults

- L.R. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



The Darkest Minds Teen Book The Darkest Minds

Alexandra Bracken
TEEN BRACKEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the Untited States, most children and teens have been diagnosed with a disease no doctor can understand. Ruby Daly, has been put in a concetration camp and many others join her. Ruby does the unthinkable. She escapes. Ruby and her companions are on the run from a ruthless and corrupted government. But they have an advantage. Their powers.

What did you think: This book and writing style ridicuously engrossed me. The characters were interesting and had me wondering what they were going to do next. My favorite parts happened after she got out of the camp and learned how to use her powers.

Who would you recommend it to: Recommended to Young Adult lovers. 13+

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



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Teen Book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie
TEEN ALEXIE

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a Native American living on the Spokane Indian reservation. He deals with fighting and harassment while living on the reservation with his family. His math teacher (who he throws a textbook at) suggests he goes to a rich white school right outside the reservation. He goes there and eventually learns to fit in with the students.

What did you think: I this was a spectacular portrayal of how it was to be Native American in the early 90s. Even though the humor was dumb it fit with the story. Saying I had a favorite is hard to say, the whole book was great. If I had to choop one part it would be when Arnold tells the readers who he is and what he looks like.

Who would you recommend it to: High-school kids looking for a good book

- B.C. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Raft Teen Book Raft

S.A. Bodeen
TEEN BODEEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: There was once a girl named Robie who loved to travel. She went on a plane to go to her parents house and she knows the pilot. But there was another co - pilot named Max. Suddenly, everything turns downhill for Robie. The engine cuts out and Max tells Robie to put on a life vest. After that, she was pulled into a raft with Max and no water.

What did you think: It was like a sudden death thing. My favorite part was when Robie had talked to her parents about going there but didn't expect to go at last minute. She learns more survival skills and goes throughout her knowledge to find help.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes a mystery with a twist.

- S.H. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



41: a portrait of my father book 41: a portrait of my father

George W. Bush
BIO BUSH BUSH

4 stars.

Describe the book: Not since John Quincy Adams followed John Adams into the White House 190 years ago has another son followed his father into presidency until George W. Bush followed his father George H. W. Bush. In this amazing book George W. Bush takes us through the life and leadership of his father. Intimate and Illuminating, Only a president could write this...

What did you think: This was one of the best non-fiction books i've ever read! I personally am not the biggest fan of non-fiction but I truly did enjoy this heartfelt memoir. My favorite part was when George H. W. Bush wrote the letters to his friend's parents informing them that they had been killed at war it was so caring but still so sad.

Who would you recommend it to: non-fiction and president lovers for sure!

- A.S. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library



Take Me There Teen Book Take Me There

Carolee Dean
TEEN DEAN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Dylan thinks his life is going into a positive direction. It's not. He meets this girl named Jess who he thinks is very beautiful and too good for him. But Jess sees through all of that because she cares about him. Dylan came home from Juvie and started working in a mechanic shop. He then gets caught up in other trouble and is forced to flee.

What did you think: It made me feel like it was a good story. Jess was caring and right by his side even though she knows his past and what he's been through. Dylan has no idea how much Jess cares for him.

Who would you recommend it to: Young readers who are interested in romance.

- S.H. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Wrestling sturbridge Wrestling sturbridge

Rich Wallace

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a kid named Ben who is the second best 135-pound wrestler in his school and the first best 135-pound wrestler is named AL's , that's when Ben wanted to take things serious because he wanted to be state champion as badly as AL's maybe a lot more. I wonder will Ben be a state champion and how will he do it.

What did you think: I feel a little excited because Ben and his team are going up against so pretty tough teams from all over the country with students who are really strong , big , and tough , those students can really put up a good match for Ben , AL's and his team but that's why they practiced so hard.

Who would you recommend it to: This reminds me about the wresting team at totem

- t.d. (Grade 10) from Lynnwood Library


Freewill Teen Book Freewill

Chris Lynch
TEEN LYNCH

2 stars.

Describe the book: Will, a kid supposedly predetermined to become a pilot, is stuck in a wood shop class creating strange carvings and garden gnomes. This isn't his ideal location to be at, especially since he doesn't even like the class. Once mysterious suicides start occurring in the area, Will is dragged into a conflict that pushes his boundaries in life.

What did you think: The book effectively leaves you in wonderment throughout most of the plot, but unfortunately takes away from the "logical" conclusions provided by the characters and conflicts. It's very interesting to be inside of Will's head as he questions every situation, conflict, and predicament that he finds himself in.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who enjoys a somewhat suspenseful novel.

- C.W. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Silence Silence

Natasha Preston

3 stars.

Describe the book: Oakley Farrell who, since the age of five, has been silent. Nobody knows why, and Oakley won't tell. At school, she is seen as a freak and is constantly bullied. She only has one friend, Cole Benson, who excepts her for who she is, and knows her better than anybody. But when she faces someone from her past, will she talk to save her life?

What did you think: My favorite part was when Cole and Oakley are at the hotel, and Oakley wants to get a massage with Cole, but Cole doesn't want to.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like young adult books

- V.W. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


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