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SNO-ISLE SPECIAL: Book Reviews By Local Teens


I kill the Mockingbird Juvenile Book I kill the Mockingbird

4 stars.

Describe the book: In a town where the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" is labeled as "boring" and "not worth it", three normal teenagers decide to do something about it. They make "To Kill A Mockingbird" a forbidden fruit so that people would get excited to read it, but the internet had other plans. It turns into a world-wide epidemic. A Mockingbird Manifesto begins!

What did you think: I thought I liked "To Kill A Mockingbird", but this book really wraps this book and shoves it into a different perspective! An AWESOME book, and sooo funny. For example: Santa Claus with an Axe, a ukulele concert, a cure for cancer; need I continue? So put back your books(and read this one) or Boo Radley will get you!!!

Who would you recommend it to: Mid to High school kids,real life,and book lovers!

- S.P. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library



Paul Acampora
J ACAMPOR
A Voice in the Wind book A Voice in the Wind

4 stars.

Describe the book: Julia, a spoiled Roman young woman; Marcus, her promiscius older brother; Hadassah, a Jewish slave girl--this book entertwines their lives into a truly engaging novel. When Marcus falls in love with Hadassah, how will she respond? And when Julia finds that her faithful but enigmatical slave is actually a Christian, will she spare Hadassah's life?

What did you think: This book is a powerful work of historical fiction, but it also struck me as an allegory of modern society. So many of the evils that destroyed the Roman empire are also destroying Western society. I loved gentle Hadassah and her selfless devotion to her tempermental mistress. FYI--this novel is very realistic, and contains quite a bit of innuendo.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for an interesting, uplifting novel

- C.B. (Grade 11) from Lake Stevens Library



Francine Rivers
FIC RIVERS
Fahrenheit 451 book Fahrenheit 451

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book takes place in the not so distant future when society is controlled by technology and entertainment.Fireman start fires and burn books. One fireman rebels from this-Guy Montag-and keeps some books. In turn, he is pursued and flees from the city right after it is bombed from an enemy country. He joins a homeless group who appreciate books.

What did you think: Many say this book is a classic and for so many reasons it is. This books explores many themes such as: Knowledge against ignorance, technology and it's control on people, and censorship. Bradbury predicts an all too realistic future from his time period and our time period. My favorite part were the parts when he has to flee from the authorities.

Who would you recommend it to: I'd recommend it to dystopian and sci fi lovers.

- I.M. (Grade 10) from Mountlake Terrace Library



Ray Bradbury
FIC BRADBUR
Fateful Teen Book Fateful

2 stars.

Describe the book: It's about werewolves on the Titanic. Literally. It is the typical love story between human and supernatural. Werewolf:" you can't love me, I'm a monster. Please, stay away!!" Girl:"no. I have only known you a day but I already love you to much" Werewolf:" I give in. I promise I will love you forever even though I barely know you!! "

What did you think: I think the idea was creative, but the story was cliche.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes sappy werewolf stories.

- K.B. (Grade 12) from Marysville Library



Claudia Gray
TEEN GRAY
The Selection Teen Book The Selection

4 stars.

Describe the book: America Summers has been chosen to be in a contest to compete for the prince's affections. She moves into the palace leaving behind the love of her life, her family, and her level 5 caste and becomes a level 3. She stays because her family needs the money but she and the prince become good friends. Maybe even more...

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book because I love romance and the princess and prince type stories. My favorite part is when she and the prince first meet.

Who would you recommend it to: fiction lovers, people who like bachelorette (tv)

- M.T. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library



Kiera Cass
TEEN CASS
The Elite Teen Book The Elite

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book continues the story of a girl named America whose chosen to compete in a contest for the prince's heart. Their relationship blossoms but she's torn between her old love and her new one. Also she and the remaining 5 girls must create a project they will work on if they become princess. America choses to remove the caste system.

What did you think: I thought the book was GREAT! I loved the Halloween ball and the friendship America and Marlee.

Who would you recommend it to: if you like love triangles, danger, & competions

- M.T. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library



Kiera Cass
TEEN CASS
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
TEEN SPINELL
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
TEEN 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
TEEN 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
TEEN ROTH
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