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The kill order

James Dashner


4 stars.

Describe the book: Mark and his settlement in the mountains are attacked by people with darts, the darts are filled with a virus meant to immediately kill everyone, but it mutates and cause everyone to go crazy. Mark and 2 others go to find the people that did this and they come across a girl that is immune, Deedee. She and one other gets kidnapped, read for more.

What did you think: I loved it because it's part of my favorite book series. My favorite parts are Marks flashbacks

Who would you recommend it to: EVERYONE

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

Lord of the Flies

Willi Golding


1 star.

Describe the book: It's about these kids who are stuck on an island. At first and for a while everything is all good until a the leader and a hunter get into a dispute and they all split up and want to kill eachother.

What did you think: I didn't like it very much, I thought it was boring. But the action parts were very interesting especially in the last chapter.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure lovers

- J.N. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

The Odyssey


883.01 HOMER

2 stars.

Describe the book: Odysseus, lord of the island of Ithaca, has been away from his kingdom for twenty years. The first ten years were spent fighting in the Trojan War, and the next years were spent exploring and eventually returning home from the war. Penelope, remaining faithful, stalled dozens of suitors attempting to marry her.

What did you think: I felt that the book was written beautifully telling a great story along with some good action. Some of my favorite parts were the preparation of killing the suitors and Circe offers Ulysses immortality if he stays with her.

Who would you recommend it to: Greek mythology fans or mythology fans in general.

- A.M. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Slaughter House 5

Kurt Vonnegut


3 stars.

Describe the book: The author starts by introducing Billy Pilgrim, who becomes unstuck in time, causing him to live his life in different sequences. He fights in World War 2 and gets sent to a prisoner camp in Dresden, lives his life as an optometrist, and is abducted by aliens that see in the fourth dimension and put in a zoo along with a celebrity.

What did you think: I felt that this book was a good read, though probably more suited for a more adult audience, considering it has a poorly drawn pair of boobs at the end of the ninth chapter, and depicts sexual acts and nudity. Even though it has these things, it is a very comical yet serious read for those who are mature enough to handle some of its content.

Who would you recommend it to: Older, more mature teenagers

- W.K. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

The Giver

Lois Lowry


4 stars.

Describe the book: "The Giver" is a book about a dystopian society in which a system called Sameness is used. Sameness has eradicated all color, terrain, climate from the community and all memories from its population. The story follows a boy named Jonas as he is given the job of Memory Reciever, the person who stores all memories of the time before Sameness.

What did you think: My favorite part was the detail the author put into all the memories Jonas was receiving, because it made the reader feel like they had the memories too, and the emotions Jonas feels while receiving the memories are described amazingly.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone and everyone should read this.

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

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


4 stars.

Describe the book: Mr. Carraway moves next door to the mysterious Gatsby, a highly successful man driven by his dream of being reunited with his love, Dasiy, who has regrettably married the corrupt and deceptive Tom Buchanam. Conflicted with his own struggles, Carraway comes to learn the depths of love as he witnesses the climatic life of the aptly named Great Gatsby

What did you think: A literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby stands as one of the most powerful and deeply influential books I have ever read. Uniquely portraying the incorruptibility of both man's spirit and dreams, the most thrilling moment occurs within the seventh chapter, tension thick as the unpredictably violent Tom discovers Gatsby's love for Daisy.

Who would you recommend it to: A timeless classic suitable for all audiences.

- C.L. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

The Red Badge of Corage

Stephen Crane


2 stars.

Describe the book: A tall soldier named Jim Conklin spreads a rumor that the army will soon march. Henry Fleming, a recent recruit with this 304th Regiment, worries about his courage. He fears that if he were to see battle, he might flee from battle. He run through forests, with the constant sounds haunting him from a distance.

What did you think: I really like the way the book was written, it seemed like there was a presence of elegance, considering the book was written about war. My favorite part of this book has to be when Henry meets the tattered man in the forest, and aids to him, while listening to his story about him and his regiment did not flee from the battle.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy classics

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

Batman/Superman Cross World

Greg Pak


2 stars.

Describe the book: In the new 52 version of the meeting between Batman and Superman comes with many plot twist. Within the first part of this comic, Batman and Superman teleport to another dimension with alternate versions of themselves. The problem is they don't know how they got there.

What did you think: I liked the plot twist in the story but I believe the caption bubbles were difficult to understand who's talking due to the alternate versions of people. Overall I liked the new way of introducing the duo of the famous Batman and Superman.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy superheros

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

Maximum Ride School's Out- Forever

James Patterson


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about six kids who have escaped a lab giving them bird like ability's. As they are being hunted down. Max figures out who was the voice in her head, Gasman got to see his real parents and max went into battle with herself.

What did you think: After the Gasman met his real parents and got disappointed.He came to realize his real family was flying along his side all along.

Who would you recommend it to: middle school kids

- m.l. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

The wide awake princess



4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about sleeping beauty. She has a little sister. No magic can ever touch her sister so when sleeping beauty pricks her finger her sister is the only one awake. She goes on a quest to find her sisters true love. Along the way she meets a knight that works at the castle. Then this book continues in book 2 Unlocking the spell

What did you think: I loved this book the whole way through the wonderful adventure. There is romance and excitement. One of my favorite parts is when Annie sleeping Beauty's younger sister was captured and put in Rapunzel's tower and the knight rescued her!

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone that can read well

- A.C. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library

The Accident Season

Moïra Fowley-Doyle


4 stars.

Describe the book: It happens every October. Knives are banished to long-forgotten cupboards, tables corners are padded with foam, anything possibly dangerous is packed up and put away. Why? Because of the accident season. Some years it's relatively minor, and they walk away with bruises and scrapes. On the worst years, someone dies. This year is one of the bad ones.

What did you think: This book was so incredibly addicting. It's written in a unique, compelling style that draws you in and doesn't let go until the books end. The characters feel so wonderfully real. When the book is over, you can't help but miss them. This book also somehow manages to be dark and lighthearted at the same time, and you can't put it down until it ends

Who would you recommend it to: Lovers of urban fantasy.

- A.M. (Grade 11) from Langley Library

Eight Cousins

Louisa May Alcott


3 stars.

Describe the book: Rose Campbell has just lost her father, and so now she goes to live with her guardian Uncle Alec. Timid, small, Rose is overwhelmed at first by all her Uncle's ways and her seven boy cousins-as well as her many aunts all of different opinions! But Rose grows to be fond of her many aunts and cousins and soon wins the heart's of them all!

What did you think: It is a very cute story of how Rose was an example to her cousins and I liked how that all turned out!

Who would you recommend it to: Girls who like Louisa May Alcott's books!

- T.E. (Grade 9) from Mill Creek Library

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

David Wroblewski


1 star.

Describe the book: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is about a mute boy, and his extremely smart dogs. when tragedy strikes the boys quiet life he finds himself flung into a world of mysticism and danger which eventually leads to his flight into the woods. In the woods he learns to survive and what it means to be an adult.

What did you think: The story borrows very heavily from classic Shakespearean literature such as Hamlet, Ophelia, and Macbeth. The novel was not badly written, but it tended to drag with to much detail pertaining to the dogs habits.

Who would you recommend it to: Dog lovers/Shakespear lovers looking for a twist

- M.H. (Grade 12) from Edmonds Library

Beautiful Girlhood

Revised and Expanded by Karen Andreola

TEEN 248.833 HALE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Revised and expanded by Karen Andreola, "Beautiful Girlhood" illustrates the blooming of young girls and the fears and concerns they have about the future. This book advises how to obtain character qualities, respectfulness, and how to use these and other skills for the glorifying of Christ and how to draw closer to Him and His Word.

What did you think: This book is one of my all-time favorites! Inspiring, helpful, insightful and so much more wait on these pages for young girls and older girls alike! I was very much encouraged by just reading a chapter a day, and inspired to take one step at a time towards building my relationship with God, my family, and friends to the edifying of Christ.

Who would you recommend it to: All girls, young and old alike!

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

High Hurdles

Lauraine Snelling


4 stars.

Describe the book: High Hurdles is about 14-year old DJ's journey as she trains to achieve her goal to compete in the Olympics as a jumper. The very first story presents her problem of how she doesn't have a horse, but God provides one for her. From story #3 to 10, DJ learns to cope with her 2 little 5-year old twin stepbrothers and their father Robert. A great book!

What did you think: I think it's a great story of faith and family. As DJ goes through life with her brothers and parents, she learns that it takes effort from everyone to make a family work. She also found out that even the rudest people can change, it just takes patience and encouragement on the other person's part. My favorite part is the Epilogue in the 2nd book.

Who would you recommend it to: Horse-lovers, Teen Christians, & middle schoolers.

- A.H. (Grade 8) from Camano Island Library

Popular: a memoir: vintage wisdom for a modern geek

Maya Van Wagenen


4 stars.

Describe the book: When Maya finds a copy of Betty Cornell's Teenage Popularity Guide in her dad's office, she wonders if advice from the 1950s on how to become popular could help her today. So Maya embarks on an experiment that could help or hurt. Can Vaseline, girdles, and pearls help her to become popular, or will she discover a deeper meaning of the word?

What did you think: This book was amazing. Maya Van Wagenen kept it so interesting, that I kept forgetting it was a nonfiction book, and was thinking of it as a novel. I admire her bravery to be able to go from the shy person she was to a kind person who talks to and loves everyone, even the people who weren't so nice to her.

Who would you recommend it to: Teenagers who need a little self-confidence

- C.B. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms

Chris Colfer


4 stars.

Describe the book: In this fourth installment of the Land of Stories series, Alex and Conner Bailey are in search of the Masked Man. He has a plan to use a stolen potion to travel into other stories and make an army of literary villains to help him overthrow the fairy council and the fairy tale monarchs. Alex and Conner have to stop him before it's too late.

What did you think: Even though this is a bit of a younger series, Chris Colfer never fails to write stories that captivate me. This book was no different. The story line was amazing, and I loved seeing even more stories come to life. My favorite part was the romance between Alex and Arthur, as it brought out a different side of Alex's character.

Who would you recommend it to: fairy tale lovers

- C.B. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee


4 stars.

Describe the book: Jem and Scout Finch are young kids enjoying their summer. But when their role model father, Atticus, takes on a case defending a black man against a white man, they start learning a little bit about how justice isn't always served where it should be.

What did you think: This book was an assignment in my English class, but I ended up reading it by myself and enjoying it greatly. This book teaches great moral lessons, and it is definitely one of my new favorite books. My favorite part was the court case, because it was interesting to hear how Atticus very carefully delivered all the evidence to the jury.

Who would you recommend it to: everyone should read this book

- C.B. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

The Secret At Pheasant Cottage

Patricia st. John


4 stars.

Describe the book: Lucy lives with her grandparents at Pheasant Cottage and life seems great until she learns that they are keeping secrets from her. She knows that her mother died when she was a baby but what about her father? Determined to find more about her parents, Lucy does some daring things and finds out more as the years go by, yet she has a big decision...

What did you think: My favorite parts were when Lucy loved her father despite his shortcomings and was so dedicated to him, and when her grandparents forgave her father!

Who would you recommend it to: Junior High kids

- T.E. (Grade 9) from Mill Creek Library

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee


4 stars.

Describe the book: Jean Louise Finch, now a young woman, travels back to Maycomb County to visit her father. But Maycomb isn't the same as it was when she was little. There are new buildings, her brother isn't there, and she discovers something shocking, something that may change everything that she ever thought about Atticus Finch.

What did you think: This book was a great sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. The ideals in this book are even more relevant than in the last book. My favorite part was seeing Jean Louise finally have to accept the fact that her uncle isn't always right, her father is only human, and most of all, that she is an adult woman who can make her own decisions.

Who would you recommend it to: everyone needs to read this book

- C.B. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

The Conspiracy of Us

Maggie Hall


3 stars.

Describe the book: When Jack, the boy Avery West is crushing on, turns out to be spying on her and takes her to Paris to see her dad for the first time, Avery doesn't think about the possible consequences. Soon she learns that her newfound family is part of a secret society called the Circle of the Twelve. She is connected to their mandate, and her life is in danger.

What did you think: This was an awesome book. It was a little slow in the beginning, but the end was thrilling and action-packed. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. It was cool to see how their relationships had been intertwined without them even knowing. I loved the romance between Jack and Avery because it is a forbidden love which makes it very exciting.

Who would you recommend it to: teens; mystery and romance lovers

- C.B. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher


3 stars.

Describe the book: It's been two weeks since Hannah's death, and Clay still isn't over it. He never really knew her, but that doesn't stop it from getting to him. He never understood why she committed suicide, and he's always had a nagging thought at the back of his mind that he could have found a way to help if she'd given him a chance. Then, he gets the first tape.

What did you think: First off, this book's narrative was really unique. As Clay listened to the tapes, it carried him back in time to before Hannah's death, while still keeping grasp on his version of the here and now. I loved this book because it is an illustration of how much impact a simple act of good or ill can have on a person's life.

Who would you recommend it to: High school kids in search of themselves.

- E.C. (Grade 10) from Sultan Library

The Storyteller

Jodi Picoult


4 stars.

Describe the book: Sage is a baker. She works at night and sleeps during the day. Even though she is won't talk to most people, when she meets Josef, an old man, they quickly become friends. Then everything changes when Josef makes a confession: he was a Nazi during World War II. This has Sage questioning if actions nearly seventy years ago can make a person bad.

What did you think: This novel was brilliant in the way that it makes the reader think and question the world around them. While reading this book you question morals, if evil is inherent, and if people can truly change, just as Sage does. In addition, both the story of the Holocaust is told not only from the view of a survivor, but also from that of a Nazi.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like history

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

Keeping safe the stars

Sheila o' Connor


3 stars.

Describe the book: They try keep the stars safe. Well what they mean is they are trying to keep the siblings safe and leting them be incarg of the stars. They are ill in the hospital and trying stay well but they are really ill they are helping the stars stay safe. I kinda liked the book but the begging and the end of the book was so weird. Middle of the book is good

What did you think: I felt sad that they were ill and happy that they were keeping the stars safe and not leting the stars get lost or hurt. My favorite part of this book is when they said we are keeping these stars safe so they will not get lost. I kinda liked the booked when it was in the middle of the book. At the begging of the book I did not like it was so weird.

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

- K.H. (Grade 6) from Library on Wheels

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte


4 stars.

Describe the book: Set in the mid 1800s, Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl who is trying to find a place to call home. When Jane moves to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess under the care of a mysterious master called Mr. Rochester, she is pulled into a mystery of the mad woman who lives upstairs.

What did you think: I adore this book. One of the greatest I've ever read, and that's saying something. Jane has so much to say about life, pain, and love; unrequited and otherwise. The character is young, but she is wise beyond her years. The story is enthralling. Charolette Bronte did her sisters proud.

Who would you recommend it to: P.S. Mr. Brian Schnell - Thank you for everything.

- E.C. (Grade 10) from Sultan Library

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