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The Last Battle

C.S.Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the end of Narnia. As one money makes a decision that causes trouble,the Narnians that are left have to stand up to the army of Caloremen, and fight for the survival of Narnia.

What did you think: I thought that this was a great way to end the Narnia series, the adventure,the hiding out,the plans ,the war all brought shivers down my spine. My favorite part was then Shift the ape make a decision that causes all of the war to start.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers

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


The Year of Shadows

Claire Legrand

J LEGRAND

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the Year of Shadows, Olivia Stellatella experiences an eerie confrontation with four ghosts who needs her help. They can't move on to the World of Death, since their anchors are still in the World of Living. But helping them find their anchors comes with deadly costs, and before long they are not the only ghosts who seek assistance in moving on.

What did you think: I loved this book because it had multiple twists and turns that I was not expecting. It captivated me that it had a pleasant ending even though it was very mournful. My favorite part was when Olivia met the ghosts because I had a very strong urge to know what happened next,such as what the ghosts would say and if they were going to hurt her or not.

Who would you recommend it to: Any teens who enjoy books that make them surprised

- J.T. (Grade 7) from Arlington Library


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Jesse Andrews

TEEN ANDREWS

2 stars.

Describe the book: Greg Gaines is a senior in high school who has no friends. He spends his time doing homework and making terrible films with his pitifully short and vulgar colleague, not friend, Earl. Greg's final year of high school is perfectly boring until his acquaintance, Rachel, is diagnosed with Lukemia, and his mom forces him to be her friend.

What did you think: This book is often compared to The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The only similarity between the two is that they both involve teens and cancer. So if you enjoy those, you'll enjoy this. Reaching the end of this book was agony, but the ending made up for it. Greg finally stopped being such a colossal jerk and gained some humanity.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who cares what other people think.

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


Love Takes Wing

Janette Oke

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Belinda is busy with nursing and being wooed by two men; frustrated with it all she looks for a change of pace. The perfect opportunity comes when a patient asks her to come to Boston to stay on indefinitely and Belinda accepts! But as she sees new places and meets new people she continues to feel empty. Will she be able to fill that inner void?

What did you think: I really liked this book in the Love Comes Softly series. I enjoy how Belinda is very down-to-earth, sensible and has a server's heart. I also liked the lesson displayed in this story, the lesson that Belinda discovers and learns: without God in our lives we are empty and will continue to be empty until we allow Him to take control of our lives.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers who feel empty

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


The Silver Chair

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the adventures of Jill Pole and Eustace Clarence Scrubb as they are sent to Narnia were they have to use clues that Alslan gave them to save the prince held captive in the UnderLand.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book. The adventure sent shivers down my spine and I couldn't drop the book until I finished the chapter. My favorite part is when Jill and Eustace are sent to Narnia by the Power of Aslan because that is when all their adventures begin.

Who would you recommend it to: adventureous readers

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


Love's Unfolding Dream

Janette Oke

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Marty and Clark's youngest child, Belinda, is growing up and wants to become a nurse. When she and her brother, Dr. Luke, have to take off a boy's arm to save his life will he be okay? Missie's daughter, Melissa, comes to get schooling toward her teaching degree and with Amy Joe in tow, the three girls are growing up in love's unfolding dream.

What did you think: This is one of my favorite books in the Love Comes Softly series! Humorous, sweet, sometimes sad, with real-life issues, this book holds lots of important character lessons. The reader will enjoy seeing each of these three girls as they grow up in love's unfolding dream.

Who would you recommend it to: Girls who enjoy the Love Comes Softly series

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


The Heir

Kiera Cass

TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: 20 years after America Singer wins the Selection and is married to Maxon Schreave, their daughter, Eadlyn, is having her own Selection. Eadlyn resolves to keep her independence and not choose anyone. But when she starts to get to know the men who are Selected, she considers the possibility of picking one of them to be with for the rest of her life.

What did you think: Eadlyn's personality is very different from her parents', so it takes a while to get used to, but you'll soon start to love her (almost) just as much as America. I love how Eadlyn eventually embraces the idea of the Selecton and starts getting close to the Selected. My favorite part was the baseball game, because they were relaxing and having fun.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who have read The Selection series

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


The horse and his boy

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is an adventure filled exciting book that will not want you to leave the book. This story is about Shasta, a adpoted boy who was adopted by a Caloremene Fisherman. When a visitor visits the fisherman, Shasta is thrown out of the house where he meats Bree, a talking horse from Narnia and Shasta with his new talking horse Bree run away.

What did you think: I really liked how in all the books, C.S. Lewis used very unique words to describe the adventures of all the characters in the books. My favorite part was when Shasta and Bree run away because that is when the whole adventure begins.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers with a good imagination.

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


Prince Caspian

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This adventure filled book is about Prince Caspian, when he losed his crown, Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, are sent of to Narnia to get it back.

What did you think: I really liked this book, the adventure was so intense that you would not want to put the book down. My favorite part was when Peter, Susan, Edmunds, and Lucy are riding of a train in the "normal world" to their new school and they are whisked of to Narnia by the power of Aslan the Great Lion to help Prince Caspian get his crown back.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers.

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


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the adventures of King Caspian and Edmund, Lucy and their cousin Eustace as they travel the Narnian seas to find the Seven friends of his father who were lost at sea.

What did you think: I really liked the adventure in this book, the way that The Author describes the weather around them or what is going of on the Dawn Treader is astounding. My favorite part is when Eustace, Lucy and Edmund are whisked of onto the Dawn Treader by a painting in a room in their house.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers

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


Triumph over Midian

A.L.O.E. (A Lady of England)


2 stars.

Describe the book: Left by her dying father with a mysterious charge regarding her older half-brother, orphaned Isa finds her new lot in life sorely trying. When Lottie, the maid, discovers Gaspar's secret, he sends her away. Will Lottie's reputation be cleared? Will Gaspar confess his secret to Isa? Will she learn to forgive, thus defeating the Midianites within?

What did you think: Short lectures on the Israelites' triumph over Midian are interspersed throughout the story--thus the unique title. The tale's plot is heavily entwined with the characters' responses to these lectures. I found the story engaging and enjoyable. My favorite characters were Isa, for her growth in character; and Lottie, for her unfailing truthfulness.

Who would you recommend it to: lovers of character-building historical fiction

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

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The Maze Runner

James Dashner

TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about a boy named Thomas and how he is stuck with all these other boys that woke up and didn't know where they were, and are stuck there. After a while a girl shows up, the only girl in the Glade. Thomas starts to find a way to get out of the Glade. They escape the Glade and end up in a place even worse than before.

What did you think: I really enjoyed reading this book because, it kept me wanting to read it. It also was really exciting, to read. There wasn't really a boring part in the book, it always had something that made you want to find out what would happen next.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy action, or adventure books.

- L.C. (Grade 7) from Lynnwood Library


No Talking

Andrew Clements

J CLEMENT

3 stars.

Describe the book: The 5th graders at Laketon Elementary are the loudest that the school has ever seen. When they take on a challenge to see who can talk less, boys or girls, things get interesting.

What did you think: This was a very easy read, but it was a pretty good story.

Who would you recommend it to: Early middle school kids

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


The Magician's Nephew

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about two friends Digory, and Polly who have the adventure of a life time as they are sent of to the land of Narnia by a green magic ring and what they find their causes trouble for the whole land of Narnia.

What did you think: I really liked how C.S. Lewis used "older" language to really draw the reader into the story. My favorite part was when Polly touches the green ring and is whisked of to Narnia because that is when the who adventure unfolds.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it for adventurous readers.

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


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the adventure of four children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they find a magic Wardrobe while they are living with a professor and as they step into it, they step into the forever winter land of Narnia which is cursed by the White Witch and its up the the four kids to stop her.

What did you think: This book was a very fun read with really unique words used to describe the adventures that the kids have in Narnia. MY favorite part was when after Lucy and Edmunds step into the Wardrobe and see Narnia, they convince their other friends Peter, and Susan to step in too because that was when the whole adventure began.

Who would you recommend it to: adventurous reader

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


Boomtown

Nowen N. Particular

J PARTICU

4 stars.

Describe the book: Did you know that once a pastor unwittingly stepped into the danger of the boomtown church? There he is nearly killed 6 times, ranging from a flying barber's chair to a slushcycle competition. During one pastor's stay, a mystery develops as huge dirt mounds appear and things go missing. Will they uncover the crook and survive to see it?

What did you think: If you like exploding chickens, wacky inventors, and really bad puns, you'll love BOOMTOWN. This hilarious tale will definitely get you to laugh your socks off. (there MIGHT be explosives involved.) PLEASE Read this book and uncover barber/butchers, friendly people, and lots of laughs! I love this book because it keeps me on my toes and explodes!;-)

Who would you recommend it to: Read this book if you love action-packed laughs!

- L.D. (Grade 7) from Arlington Library


Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions, (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Kathleen Krull & Kathryn Hewitt

J 509.22 KRULL

1 star.

Describe the book: Zhang Heng, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Edwin Hubble, Jane Goodall, and fifteen other scientists are profiled in this entertaining book. This book primarily focuses on juicy information about these scientists' personal lives. For example, geneticist Barbara McClintock so hated publicity that she took to wearing a Goucho Marx disguise in public.

What did you think: I had never heard of some of the scientists in this book, including Ibn Sina and Chien-Shiung Wu. I am glad I learned about these fascinating people, but on the whole I didn't love this book. I would have preferred a book about these scientists' discoveries, not their often-troubled personal lives.

Who would you recommend it to: kids & teens looking for an unique book on science

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


Pollyanna Grows Up

Eleanor H. Porter

J PORTER

4 stars.

Describe the book: After the tragic death of her uncle Dr. Chilton, Pollyanna and her aunt return to a home with debts and gloom. Friends from Boston come to board for the summer and happy times as well as difficult ones pass. Pollyanna is able to continue her "glad game" even through the gloom, yet will her aunt be able to prevent a happiness she can only dream of?

What did you think: I really enjoyed the humor in this book and was always glad when faithful Jimmy Bean would give a helping hand! My favorite part was when Pollyanna kept up her "glad game" even when it got difficult!

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who need a Pollyanna outlook!

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


Spirit Animals: Blood Ties

Garth Nix,Sean Williams

J SERIES SPIRIT

4 stars.

Describe the book: Conor, Abeke, Meilen, and Rollan have a very special gift, a spirit animal which gives them great powers. But the infamous rebels know as the Conquerors have invaded the continent of Zhong. Pretty Soon they will take over all of Erdas. Meilen has left her team in order to save her home. But the other three have problems of their own to handle.

What did you think: I felt like this book was one of the most action-packed adventures ever. I just simply love that every single detail of this extraordinary adventure was so elaborately thought out. My guess is that the authors both put a lot of time and effort into making the plot. My favorite part of the book was when the Greencloaks and the Conquerors fought.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love action, adventures and fantasy.

- A.D. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library


White Orchids

Grace Livingston Hill


2 stars.

Describe the book: A car crash, an accidental meeting...it seems that Camilla and Jeff were meant for each other but they discover they are not of eachother's worlds and unless one of them changes they cannot have a future together. While Camilla strives to go on with life, Jeff searches for answers and the peace so evident in Camilla's life. Will he find it?

What did you think: This book is not on my favorite's list, but it's a good story and I enjoyed seeing Jeff's thirst for something that really matters, the Someone Who could change his life and bring him and Camilla together. I also liked how Camilla didn't mope over her circumstances, hard as they were, but sought to serve others and bring them to Christ.

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of Grace Livingston Hill books

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

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Chasing Vermeer

Blue Balliett

J BALLIET

4 stars.

Describe the book: Three mysterious letters make their way to three different people. An enigmatic puzzle book emerges, to be discovered by two kids, one Petra Andalee, an aspiring writer, and the other Calder Pillay, who sees puzzles and patterns in everything. They embark on a quest to discover the secrets of Vermeer-and when a coincidence is not a coincidence.

What did you think: An exciting and intriguing adventure, full of puzzles that inspire you to take a new look at the world. Petra and Calder are just like the kids next door, and so help us see that even ordinary people can do awesome things.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mysteries, codes, and puzzles.

- T.H. (Grade 10) from Edmonds Library


Riding the Pony Express

Deborah Kent

J SERIES SADDLES

4 stars.

Describe the book: An orphaned Lexie sets out on the Pony Express trail with her horse Cougar to find her brother Callum. Once falsely accused for stealing, Callum had run away and Lexie is not sure where to find him. With the help of a Pony express rider friend of Callum's, and her beloved Cougar, Lexie outsmarts dangers and proves that her brother is innocent!

What did you think: My favorite part was when Lexie outsmarted the horse thieves and proved that Callum was innocent!

Who would you recommend it to: Teens and kids who love horse adventures!

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


My Friend Flicka

Mary O'Hara

J OHARA

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ten-year-old Ken is constantly in trouble. To his surprise, his father grants his wish of a colt. Ken chooses Flicka, who injures herself and wastes away all summer. His father orders her shot. The night before her death, Ken sneaks to the pasture and finds Flicka in the creek. He sits with her all night and catches fever himself. Will he survive?

What did you think: Sad, yet beautiful--that is how I would describe this book. Ken loses his innocent boyhood, but he comes to face the difficulties of life. The author, Mary O'Hara, has a gift for telling an incredible story in a realistic way--Ken and Flicka come so alive. The emotional ending, in particular, made me teary. The last page is my favorite!

Who would you recommend it to: people who like "The Yearling"; horse lovers

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


Ladybird

Grace Livingston Hill


2 stars.

Describe the book: Fraley MacPherson has lived all her life in the mountains and they are her friends. But the men that also live on her mountains are not friends; so when her mother dies, Fraley heads to New York and hopefully safety. But the city is very different from what Fraley knows and she must rely on her Heavenly Father for protection and guidance.

What did you think: This book is not one of my favorites in the Grace Livingston Hill series. There's nothing wrong with the story, but it doesn't seem to have much point or clarity in where the storyline is going. I do admire how Fraley stood up for what was right and wouldn't let herself be pushed into temptation.

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of Grace Livingston Hill books

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

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Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

J STEVENS

1 star.

Describe the book: A mysterious man with a slash on his cheek comes to stay at the hotel Jim's family owns. Curious of this unusual stranger, Jim is in for a big surprise as enemy pirates of this stranger come to uncover something in the stranger's possession. When Jim discovers a treasure map, he and his friends are sent on an adventure they'll never forget!

What did you think: I wasn't all that impressed with this story. My brothers really enjoyed the pirate theme with the treasure hunt, so I would recommend it for boys, but not so much for girls.

Who would you recommend it to: Boy readers who enjoy pirate/treasure stories

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


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