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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon

FIC HADDON

3 stars.

Describe the book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of Christopher. It is definitely not your usual story. When Christopher finds out that his neighbor's dog is dead, he takes it upon himself to find out who did it. Through a turn of events, he finds himself in London, where he discovers that there is more to him than meets the eye.

What did you think: This book is absolutely brilliant. It is told from the first person perspective of a person with autism, yet the author himself does not have autism. The representation is close to accurate, because the writer has so much experience in working with people who have autism. I was doing research on the topic and found this book, which is beautiful.

Who would you recommend it to: Mystery lovers and curious minds.

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


A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah J. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Living in a world where faeries are both real and dangerous, Feyre knows to stay on the human side of the boundary that separates the races. But when Feyre kills a wolf, she's abducted by one of the faeries she's been taught to avoid her whole life. Soon, Feyre finds herself living in a castle in the faerie realm, where nothing is as it seems.

What did you think: This book was absolutely fabulous. I'm a huge fan of Maas's THRONE OF GLASS series, and was thrilled to hear that she was writing a new series. The writing is vivid and imaginative, and the characters are unforgettable. My favorite part was at the end, when Feyre had to complete three challenges to lift a curse that had been placed on the faeries.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy high fantasy and romance.

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


Where Trust Lies

Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

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4 stars.

Describe the book: After teaching in the West for a year, Beth is eager to relax with her family. Agreeing to accompany her mother and sisters on a cruise, Beth struggles to reconnect with her family and discover her life's future. Does it include Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart? When the unexpected happens will she find peace even where truth lies?

What did you think: I loved reading how Beth brought her struggles to God, and how she and Jarrick openly did this in their relationship. I admire how they wanted God's will done in their life and not what their own feelings wanted. Though fiction, this book is a great example of how we can bring even our smallest (and our biggest) problems to God--AND BE HEARD!

Who would you recommend it to: fans of Janette Oke's "When Calls The Heart" books

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


Secrets on 26th Street

Elizabeth McDavid Jones

J SERIES HISTORY

3 stars.

Describe the book: Susan's father has recently died and her family is struggling to pay the rent. So her mother decides to take on a boarder to get by. Mysterious things start to happen but their boarder seems so friendly. A suffrage movement is going on and when her mother disappears, Susan is nearly frantic. Little does Susan know what secrets are about to unfold.

What did you think: My favorite part was probably when Susan finds her mother and reunites her friendship with Bea, their boarder.

Who would you recommend it to: History Mystery lovers!

- T.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library


Basketball (or something like it)

Nora Raleigh Baskin

J BASKIN

3 stars.

Describe the book: this story is about Jeremy which moves from the city to the suburbs to live with his grandma. He does not really feel welcome unless he is o the basketball court. Through out the season he makes lots of good friend and help the to gain knowledge about the game.

What did you think: It was a very great book I liked the book overall I didn't really have a favorite part. I am big into basketball so it was easy for me to understand but for those who do not know a lot about basketball I think it would be hard for them to understand.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy basketball

- S.S. (Grade 7) from Lynnwood Library


Off the Page

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

TEEN PICOULT

4 stars.

Describe the book: A few months ago, Delilah managed to get a prince named Oliver, who she had fallen in love with, out of the fairytale book he was stuck in. Now, things get more complicated as school starts and the boy Oliver switched places with is having second thoughts about leaving his mother to take Oliver's place in the story.

What did you think: I liked how this book gave more closure as to what happened after Oliver got out of the book and how they tackled the inevitable problems of a fairytale prince in the modern world. I also enjoyed the little sections of the letter that were scattered throughout the novel because of how they enhanced the story with their thought provoking nature.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who has every loved a book

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


The Truth About Twinkie Pie

Kat Yeh

J YEH

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Truth About Twinkie Pie is about a girl named Galileo(GiGi),GiGi lives with her sister in a one room apartment without her mother and father because they died in a fire. Near the end GiGi finds out that her sister is actually her mother,and the reason her mom ran away from her grandma was because she was hurting GiGi.

What did you think: I feel that this book was a great book because I was always engaged and never wanted to stop reading (I don't usually like books very much and this book I loved, which surprised me. My favorite part was when GiGi found her mother and found out she was actually Delta Dawn 111 (after her mom and grandma). Altogether I loved the book.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like to cook because there are recipes.

- M.A. (Grade 6) from Snohomish Library


Self Raised

E.D.E.N. Southworth


4 stars.

Describe the book: "Self Raised" is the exciting, adventurous sequel to "Ishamel". I recommend you to read this heart-thrilling, and sometimes breath-taking tale, as Ishmael sails across the ocean to help rescue the lady he once loved, but rejected him for a rich lord! You will be exhorted as you see anew the honesty and zest for which this young man serves Christ!

What did you think: This book is exciting! In fact, I had to stop at a couple parts and calm myself down before I continued reading! I have been inspired and encouraged by reading of Ishmael's honesty and especially how he stuck to doing with what was right! My favorite part is when Ishmael realizes who is his real life partner; it also has a great ending!!

Who would you recommend it to: readers ages 15+ who love exciting stories

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

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Complicit

Stephanie Kuehn

TEEN KUEHN

4 stars.

Describe the book: When older sister Cate is released from jail, weird things start happening to Jamie. Besides the fact that he can't remember his mother being shot right in front of him, Jamie starts blacking out & his hands go numb. He is convinced that his psychotic sister is after him, but in a way he wants her too... because she alone remember their mother.

What did you think: This book was exciting and thrilling from the start and it only got better. Complicit explores the mind of the deranged and keeps who guessing who the bad guy really is. In the spirit of not spoiling the book my favorite part will remain a mystery, but I will say the ending is shocking.

Who would you recommend it to: This book is perfect for those who love mind games

- B.D. (Grade 11) from Coupeville Library


Still Waters

Ash Parsons

TEEN PARSONS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Tough guy Jason is hired for an inside job by an all too rich kid: Michael. $50 a day & all he has to do is hang around him, an easy job at first quickly gets complicated. Needing the money to escape an abusive father Jason sticks with the threatening job, until Michael gets carried away. When Jason tries to draw the line things go out with a BANG.

What did you think: Almost all the characters are shady and questionable, which makes the book a total page turner. You can see Jason getting deeper into Michael's evil plan and even his wits can't see what Michael has up his sleeve. I love when it all comes together and you can see what Michael's true intentions are. This book has no fairly tale ending, it is real.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers who like to figure out the ending first

- B.D. (Grade 10) from Coupeville Library


Where She Went

Gayle Forman

TEEN FORMAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's be three years since Mia left Adam for Julliard and ultimately a successful career. They meet unexpectedly in New York. Even though it was quite awkward to talk again, they quickly reconnected. Despite both of the celebrities going to different places around the world, along with the fame, they try their best to make time for each other.

What did you think: I was mesmerized by this book once I got deeper into it. It's like getting to know someone new. What I found incredibly unique about the book was that it was about collage-aged kids & being in the world of fame. My favorite parts were when Mia had to tell Adam the truth & when Mia gave him back his old electric guitar, which surprised Adam.

Who would you recommend it to: Fame-captivated people and chick-flick lovers.

- M.L. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library


The Nightmare Garden

Caitlin Kittredge

TEEN KITTRED

4 stars.

Describe the book: After Aoife Grayson destroyed the engine and the gates between the iron and thorn land, she is now being tracked down by the Fae, brotherhood of Iron and Draven. Soon she starts to have dreams of a mysterious figure who is telling her to go north in search of the nightmare clock that can help her reverse time, and find her mother.

What did you think: Not my favorite part, but a part that got me very emotional, was when Crosley took a gun from the proctors, and tried to shoot Aoife for betraying him. Suprise, Dean fell, a huge wound that could probably never heal. Aoife, devestated, weeped, a dead boy, and a frozen girl, sitting in the frozen snow and ice. I even started crying myself.

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

- M.D. (Grade 8) from Mukilteo Library


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


The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer

J COLFER

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about two siblings that find themselves stuck in a fairytale land where ALL fairytales become real. While exploring this new society, the siblings decide to use "The Wishing Spell" to get back home. For the Wishing Spell to work, they must find certain things. Unfortunately, the twins aren't the only ones hunting for the queer objects.

What did you think: Chris Colfer combines humor, magic, siblinghood, imagination, and a sprinkle of fright in the first book of The Land Of Stories series. This book keeps you on your toes about the events and brings out the true meaning of fairytales. No matter how old you are, this captivating book will make you young at heart for years to come.

Who would you recommend it to: Glee fans, fairytale lovers, & any bored readers.

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


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


Some Quiet Place

Kelsey Sutton

TEEN SUTTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ever since she was ran over by a car and miraculously survived, Elizabeth Caldwell has come to know her emotions in the form of otherworldly people. She experiences no feelings, and is widely labeled a 'freak' in her hometown if Edson, Wisconsin. Recently her dreams and the Emotions have been telling her to remember, to stop this illusion. But how?

What did you think: The Emotions and Elements were expertly described, and the psychology of them was fascinating. To think that something like this could have been thought of, and written about, is amazing. I loved the subdued romance in the first half of the book and watching Rebecca blossom into such an ethereal character. Everything played its part ideally.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy romance and strong emotions

- E.O. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library


Crystal Keepers - Five Kingdoms Series

Brandon Mull

J MULL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Cole still can't believe that he is stuck in a world far away from home. He has survived the first two kingdoms of the Outskirts: Sambria and Ellower, none of that has prepared them for the advanced technology in Zeropolis. A young group of rebels called the Crystal keepers helps Cole and his friends on their mission. On the run Cole has to get home

What did you think: Once again this book in my opinion is the best in the whole series so far. Every single microscopic detail was just as good as all the big details. My favorite part was when Cole found out that Hunter was none other then his brother who also came to the Outskirts long long ago.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mysteries and adventures.

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


Gentle Ben

Walt Morey

J MOREY

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Alaskan Tundra is a lonely place, even more so after Mark Andersen's brother, Jamie dies. But Mark finds an Alaskan Bear and is given new life along with it. When Ben is threatened, only Mark's parents can save him, but will they take that step?

What did you think: I really loved this book because it shows how an animal can transform your life no matter what size they are.

Who would you recommend it to: Ones who like heart-warming stories!

- H.B. (Grade 8) from Monroe 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


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