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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


Marissa Meyer


4 stars.

Describe the book: Cinder is a cyborg, with a mysterious past, who lives with a family much like Cinderella's. She lives in the period of the blue fever, similar to the black plague. She thinks of herself as a mechanic, as well as a useless cyborg. But her worth is much more than that when her life is intertwined with Prince Kai and the Lunar people

What did you think: Cinder was a very different read for me. Although it was difficult to understand in the beginning, I was soon sucked into this book that I couldn't even put it down until 3AM! I liked how Marissa ended each chapter into a cliff-hanger! The characters were very well-built and detailed. Lastly, many parts left me emotional and begging for more!

Who would you recommend it to: Science-fiction lovers, people who love Cinderella

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

Where the Truth Lies

Jessica Warman


3 stars.

Describe the book: Soon after mysterious Del Sugar shows up at Emily's parent's boarding school, they start dating, despite what everyone says. But then unlike before, things aren't so fine anymore. Her friends disown her and her parents dodge all her questions. Just when things can't be worse, secrets start emerging, revealing things never meant to be found out.

What did you think: From the first page, something about this book put a creepy aura around it. It was like nothing couldn't actually happen, but it almost seemed fantasy. My favorite parts were when Emily and Renee started to really connect, and it was important enough to Emily to pretty much end her friendship with her best friend, Stephanie, of almost five years.

Who would you recommend it to: creepy realistic fiction loving teens

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library

The Truth About Forever

Sarah Dessen


4 stars.

Describe the book: Since Macy's dad died, she lost what was left of her relationship with her mom. And when she was finally finding happiness (not being miserable at the library for her perfect boyfriend who had recently put her on hold) working for a catering company, her mother grounds her, banning her from seeing her friends, and disconnecting her from her life.

What did you think: I full-out adore everything about this book. But my very favorite parts were Wes and Macy's game of Truth, and Macy's realization of how sad her life had been before she met everyone she did by joining Wish. I also loved how

Who would you recommend it to: teens who enjoy true to life romance stories

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


Amanda Hockoing


4 stars.

Describe the book: While Gemma ran away her sister Harper tries to find her and get her home.Gemma tries to make friends with the fellow sirens but she discovers more evil in them then she thought they would have. This book and fireworks and mystery and feuding between the people who took Gemma and the people trying to find them.

What did you think: I felt that this book is great for people who love adventure and not knowing whats going to happen next.My favorite part was when Harper made the driver stop when they passed a house that actually had Gemma in it and their sisterly bond helped everyone find Gemma and bring her home.

Who would you recommend it to: Greek mythology lovers,middle and high school kids

- E.T. (Grade 7) from Oak Harbor Library


Stephenie Meyer


4 stars.

Describe the book: Bella and Edward have been reunited, but their relationship has been threaten to be torn apart again with an evil vampire Victoria still seeking her revenge when Edward killed her beloved James. She was also force to choose between her love Edward or friend Jake as the battle of vampires, werewolves continue. Will she want to be mortal or immortal?

What did you think: I feel like this series is a great book to read. It gets you pump up because of the choices and actions they are about to make, it also draws you in by picturing it in your mind and each word they say. Can't wait to read the next one!! My favorite parts is when Edward saved Bella from Victoria, and how the Cullen's were battling with Victoria too.

Who would you recommend it to: Mature 13+ and vampire literature lovers.

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

New Moon

Stephenie Meyer


4 stars.

Describe the book: After the recovery from a vampire attack of evil James. Bella was still in love with Edward so on the day of her 18th birthday friends of Edwards, Alice decides to throw her a party, all ends well when Bella accidently cuts her fingers, got attack, Edward decides to leave her, then enters Jacob a werewolf. but more importantly who will she choose?

What did you think: I feel this story is a great series to read because it shows me a vision of what's going on in the story and helped me complete the book by how interesting it is because every page you go on it gets better, better, and you can't keep your eyes off the book. My favorite parts are when Bella saved Edward from going to the sun, how they got together.

Who would you recommend it to: Young adult, mature 13+, and drips of action lover

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Lew Wallace


4 stars.

Describe the book: One fateful day Judah Ben-Hur accidentally injured a Roman officer. Forced to become a rower in a Roman ship, he vowed to one day return to Jerusalem to rescue his sister and mother. Revenge became his reason for living. Then he heard of the Nazarite Jesus, who preached forgiveness of one's enemies. Will Judah realize that love, not revenge, heals?

What did you think: This book is long (500+ pages) and sometimes difficult to follow. However, I thought it was one of the best storylines I have ever heard. This book combines sorrow, joy, death, pain, passion, and hope into one fascinating plot. One of my favorite characters was Esther; least favorite, Iras. I also loved Judah's mother for her utter selflessness.

Who would you recommend it to: fans of long, elaborate historical novels

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

The Girl Who Never Was

Syler Dorset


4 stars.

Describe the book: Selkie is a normal girl, or so she thinks. She lives with her aunts in Boston and has two friends; Kelsey and Ben. One day she goes to a local fair and sees a book from 300 years ago with her aunts names in them! That's just where her adventure starts, though...

What did you think: I loved this book! It was the perfect mixture of adventure, romance, and mystery, with a hint of comedy. My favorite character is Ben. He gets better as you read on.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love fantasy should read this book.

- H.M. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library

The City of Ember

Jeanne Duprau


3 stars.

Describe the book: For generations, scientists built a self-sufficient underground city for a few people in order to preserve the human race for 200 years, but the instructions were lost, the lights that illuminate the city were failing so it is up two teenagers Lina Mayfleet, Doon Harrow to unlock the mystery of the city's problem, escape before all lights go out.

What did you think: I feel like this story is a interesting book to read, I kind of felted sad for Lina because her only family's left were her little sister, granny. I kind of have a sense that the families of Ember have to suffer from great loss and lights. My favorite parts are when the two teens had a adventure to unlock the riddles, escape the city in their will.

Who would you recommend it to: For teens who like adventure seeking novels, books

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Anthony Horowitz


4 stars.

Describe the book: Alex rider is a normal 14-year-old school boy with a normal life, until his uncle Ian Rider dies. Alex life changes forever, as he discovers that his uncle was a super MI6 agent who was shot on the way back. Forcibly Alex recruited into M16, his mission is to find out what's going on with the computer storm breaker, stop Sayle, save peoples lives.

What did you think: I feel like this is a interesting book with cool jam packed actions along the way. I also felted like I was in the book and being that teenage spy who saves billions of peoples lives. My favorite parts was when Alex outsmarted them and figure that when his uncle died it wasn't an accident, because there were bullets on the windshields but shots.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoys teens action and adventures.

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

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