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American Sniper

Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice, and Scott McEwen


4 stars.

Describe the book: American Sniper is the Autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. history.

What did you think: I love the book, although it is at many parts a tad serious. my favorite parts were the whole book at a majority.

Who would you recommend it to: military lovers

- G.H. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


Laurie Halse Anderson


3 stars.

Describe the book: this book is about a girl who is dealing with anorexia nervosa named lia and about lias best friend who died from bulimic

What did you think: i feel that is was very upsetting and depressing. i didn't really have favorite parts because the book was to sad talking about how they both didn't eat and wanted to be super skinny to feel confident

Who would you recommend it to: people who feel insecure

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

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


4 stars.

Describe the book: This classic is an autobiography from the perspective of a horse who was very loved and had a tender life style in the beginning of his life. Since then Beauty has been moved around from owner to owner being some owners were more abusive than others. This is the tale of a horse who discovers himself and his "family" along the way, where he belongs.

What did you think: One of the most powerful parts of this book to me was when Smith had gotten drunk and rode Black Beauty very hardly and using a whip then crashing when Beauty had lost a shoe. Killing Smith. I felt it was almost justice and heartbreaking at the same time. This book had a lot of powerful meanings hidden within the text.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for a good read or animal lovers

- H.J. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


Edward Bloor


3 stars.

Describe the book: Tangerine is about a boy named Paul Fisher that moves to Tangerine, Florida, from Houston. He is obsessed with zombies as he remembers something from his old house that explains why he has thick glasses. His brother Erik is a huge jerk and his parents don't care about Paul as much as they do to Erik. Paul later forgets zombies and turns to soccer.

What did you think: My favorite part was when Erik had accidentally killed his friend due to the fact that his friend confronted him.

Who would you recommend it to: This book would be for people who like fiction

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


Brian Jaques


4 stars.

Describe the book: This is a tale of one clumsy mouse becoming a warrior and saving his home from evil. Mathias, the main character, lives a calm and peaceful life along with the others in Redwall Abbey, until the evil Cluny the Scourge and his horde show up. Mathias goes on a journey to recover the fabled sword of Martin the Warrior, the historic warrior of Redwall.

What did you think: I thought the book was great. I enjoyed Mathias' character and his story. I thought Cluny, though stereotypical, was a good villain. The defense of the Abbey was probably my favourite part, although the death of Asmodeus and the recovery of the Sword of Martin was also good. I was sad when someone died and happy when they finally defeated Cluny.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy lovers

- P.D. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


Sara Shepard


4 stars.

Describe the book: Wanted is the last book of the series. Four girls are being stalked by a mysterious 'A' after their friend Ali disappears. The books write about the girls lives in greater detail. In this book, the girls meet Courtney (Ali's twin sister no one knew about.) Things get sketchy after her arrival. All your questions will be answered in this book.

What did you think: Every part of this book was intriguing. The author does a great job making her readers think that someone is guilty when they are really not. This takes your mind off of something else that may have happened. I love how each character is connected and has something to do with the mystery. I love the plot twist and cliffhanger at the end.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like the show Pretty Little Liars

- T.F. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

A kiss in time

Alex Flinn


3 stars.

Describe the book: Wheb talia is trapped with a curse of if she touches a spindle she will fall into an eternal sleep until true love's kiss awakes her, while she has been asleep for 300 years a boy named jack stuck in a tour gruop hopes to find a beach he instead finds talia and cannot resist but kissing her when she awakens shes confused by what happened to her.

What did you think: I felt i wasnt going to like it because Talia seem really spoiled at the beggining and thaught it wasnt gonna be romantic because of that attitude she had and her way of thinking but she changed throughout the book

Who would you recommend it to: Romantic lovers

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

The notebook

nicholas sparks


4 stars.

Describe the book: Mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie find each other in love in 1940s in South Carolina. Allies parents do not approve of Noah. Noah goes off to serve in WW2, that seems to be the end of their love affair. Noah comes back before Allies new man and hers marriage, to find that their romance is anything but over.

What did you think: I love this book, it's so adorable and romantic

Who would you recommend it to: high school kids who love romance

- N.H. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Witch Hunter

Virginia Boecker


4 stars.

Describe the book: In The Witch Hunter, a young girls parents die in a plague. She then grow´s up in a kitchen with her best friend who´s parents were also taken by the plague. Shortly after a mysterious man reaches out to them after witches have been outcast by the 13th tablet. They begin their training as witch hunters, and from there the story only gets better.

What did you think: This book made me ride a roller coaster of emotions...I loved it! One of my favorite parts was towards the end where she has to choose between her best friend and everything she knows and a mysterious wizard she met while trying to find and kill the leader of the witches uprise.No spoilers! But! You will love the book if you love emotional stories.

Who would you recommend it to: lovers of fantasy, and gut wrenching stories.

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

Dark Witch

Nora Roberts


4 stars.

Describe the book: A young girl just packs everything and moves to Ireland to go visit her cousins and learn about her family's ancestry. When she gets there she´s in for the shock of a lifetime. Not only does she have so much in common with all of them... She learns she is to defeat an evil warlock who has cursed and haunted her family ancestors for centuries.

What did you think: This book was way beyond a 4 star! I wish I could have given it ten stars! If you love Romance, Ireland and great characters with eye catching personalities. Then this book is definitely for you! My favorite part of the book is the very beginning. Where she gets a job at a horse stable doing what she loves...And all of a sudden she meets a guy.

Who would you recommend it to: romance, fantasy and animal lovers

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

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand

Hiromu Arakawa


3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is a very interesting book about the Elric Brothers, two alchemist who live in an alternate medieval history where alchemy is one of the most practiced sciences, alchemist are military majors, and where anything of equal size and mass can be transmuted. They come across a small mining town past its glory days and try to help the town.

What did you think: I liked it a lot cause i am a fan of the manga and the anime series and found this bool really easy to read. I feel though if you are not a fan of the anime, than you won't be as interested in it as most fans would be. My favorite part was every time any of the battles happened with transmutation.

Who would you recommend it to: Those interested in Anime, light novels, and scifi

- H.R. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Throne of Glass

Sarah j. Maas


4 stars.

Describe the book: Celaena Sardothien One of the greatest assassin known, all fear her, has been locked in a death camp forever now. freedom is a step away when the prince takes her to compete in a competition to serve as the vicious kings champion. But to do so she must compete with 20 others fighting for there freedom. She also must hide her identity, and hold back

What did you think: I love how during the competition of bows and arrow shooting Celaena was sick of holding back and not being allowed to do her best and allowing others to be better then her. So she made sure to hit the targets exactly where she wanted, never dead center, but close. However when it came to the one target no one could hit she hit dead center.

Who would you recommend it to: for people who like action, assassins,and romance

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

Riley's Secret

Christina Smith

3 stars.

Describe the book: Megan(17) rich girl who has bad friend and parents that don't even notice her, receives 200 hours of community service for doing something that she didn't do. Nate(18) the man in charge at Riley's house (were the community service is) hates Megan because he thinks she belongs in jail. However their relationship soon changes when he learns the truth

What did you think: when Megan Continuously finds a wolf in her back yard, and then starts talking to the wolf. However she choose to complain about her kind of/possible boyfriend and how he is really confusing, though without her knowledge the wolf just so happens to be her boyfriend which is a werewolf and she's sitting there complaining about him, to him.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy fiction,romance,and an easy read.

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


Split Second

Kasie West


1 star.

Describe the book: Addie and Laila are best friends and Paranormals.The worlds of the Normals and Paranormals are separated.The Paranorms are aloud to visit the Norms only if they never tell them about their powers.If they do then their memories are erased.How can Addie and Laila know what is real and what is a lie? Their memories hold the key.

What did you think: I think that this book had an intricate and excellent plot and world, but I do not feel that it was executedas well as it could been. I also thought that the main characters, Laila and Addie, were bland, I did not find them interesting in teh slightest. Overall I think this book had so much potential, but it did not meet my hopes and expectations.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy reading about teens with powers.

- M.N. (Grade 9) from Langley Library

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee


2 stars.

Describe the book: The story is about a girl and boy facing the challenges of civil rights in there small town.

What did you think: I liked it but i didn't like it as much as i thought i would from the reviews id been given of the book and as many times i had been told to read it. I suppose its just not my type of book.

Who would you recommend it to: people who love literature, reading lovers

- G.N. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe


2 stars.

Describe the book: Okonkwo is a respected warrior of the Umuofia clan who hates showing any weakness. He wants nothing more than to protect his village and become the strongest there is. After an accidental murder, he is exiled for seven years, and during that time Christians come and begin to take over. Will Ukonkwo be able to save his village from the Christians?

What did you think: I thought this book was alright. I really found it interesting how Okonkwo found his father so "weak" that he tried to be the complete opposite from him and block out any emotions. I really liked when you could see his emotions show through and find out that he's not as tough as he thinks he is, only to cover up his emotions by making up excuses.

Who would you recommend it to: historical-fiction lovers

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


Gordon Korman


3 stars.

Describe the book: Its a about a dog that went crazy at a dog show. Now the dog is being accused of wrecking the show,then Griffin found out about this and now he got curious and now wants to figure out what the real problem was.

What did you think: It made me feel great to read the final book in the series. However my favorite parts in the story was when Griffin was spending half the story checking over and over and securing his evidence.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this towards middle schoolers.

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

The Body

Stephen King


4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Ray Brower disappears and is presumed dead, so his three friends lie to their parents and say their camping out when they go out looking for him. During their journey, they are faced with the hard reality that the small town they live in does not have much to offer for the future of some.

What did you think: I thought it was really sad of course, but I'd say my favorite part was when they stuck up for themselves against the bullies that arrived at the scene where they found their friends body. And one of the boys, Chris, despite his abusive and dysfunctional family, he still manages to be successful.

Who would you recommend it to: people who enjoy thrillers

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



Ayn Rand


4 stars.

Describe the book: A Utopian society, ruled by an unrelenting hand. Everyone is equal, and individualism is a sin. This is the world Equality 7-2521 lives in. Individualism is a sin, and individual thought is a foreign concept. Equality 7-2521 isn't like the others. He's too tall and too smart for his own good. Equality 7-2521 struggles to find liberty in life.

What did you think: I loved it, and Ayn Rand is a good philosopher. I like the message it sends. No matter what happens to you or to people around you, never forget who you are. You are an individual, and you can voice your thoughts and actions. It kind of empowers the introvert to act. It inspired me and broadened my perspective on life. Be grateful for everything.

Who would you recommend it to: Philosophers, people who are open minded, teens

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

Maze Runner

james dashner


3 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Thomas wakes up in an elevator with no memory but his Name. Once he gets to the top he finds a bunch of boys waiting for him. He finds out that they all have no memory of previous lives and they are all trapped in a maze together. But the next day, for the first time, a girl shows up to the maze. Thomas helps everyone escape the maze

What did you think: I felt that this was an amazing story but a very easy read. I would recommend this more to a middle schooled for the lexile range but I believe the story is good for anyone 13 and up. The story is very fast paced and is interesting the whole way through. Definitely a must for dystopia fans.

Who would you recommend it to: middle schooners and fans of Scifi / dystopia

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

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien


4 stars.

Describe the book: I quiet and peaceful hobbit named Bilbo Baggins is ripped from his calm life when an old family friend named Gandalf requests him to join in an adventure with 13 dwarves to reclaim their home which was taken by a dragon and regain honor for their families, this adventure puts Bilbo through multiple life and death situations that changed his life.

What did you think: This book is absolutely amazing! I've read it multiple times and love and appreciate it more each time. Tolkien has an amazing way of painting pictures of this story in your mind and pulling you into the world of Middle Earth.

Who would you recommend it to: Lovers of mythological fantasy

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

The Story of the Romans

H. A. Guerber

3 stars.

Describe the book: The book itself is an entire retelling of Roman history, including both fact and fiction. The book starts at the founding of Rome from Romulus, twin of Remus, to the end of the Roman empire under a ruler bearing the same name.

What did you think: The Story of the Romans is a fantastic and incredibly knowledge-packed book. I enjoyed reading it because it had crystal clear descriptions of just how clever and brutal the leaders and important figures of Rome could be. The stories got lengthy and repetitive at times, but every story was engaging and attention-gripping and well-worth the read.

Who would you recommend it to: This book is for any history-lover.

- S.A. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

The boy in the striped pajamas

John Boyne


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a young boy named Bruno and how he befriended a boy in a concentration camp.Bruno and his new friend Shmuel venture off to find Shmuel's dad and they accidentally ended up looking for him in a death camp

What did you think: My favorite part of the movie was when Bruno befriended Shmuel because it shows that appearance didn't matter to him

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this book to anyone who likes drama.

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

Animal Farm

George Orwell


4 stars.

Describe the book: "Animal farm" begins with the rebellion of the farm animals against the humans who run the Manor Farm. After the rebellion, the pigs take over leadership and communism begins to set in through the farm. As the book goes on, the pigs begin to take advantage of their power and life for the other animals becomes gruesome as the farm conditions worsen.

What did you think: I actually really liked the book. I was skeptical at first when I heard what it was about, but it was captivating. I didn't have a specific favorite part, but I liked how every time one of the animals would go to check the commandments, there would be things added that made the pigs actions okay. Also, how they didn't question it but accepted it.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love fables and dystopian societies.

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


David Wright


3 stars.

Describe the book: Beowolf is about a Scandinavian warrior who was called upon by the Danes to save them from the hideous creature Grendal. Beaowolf slays the beast and then goes to it's layer to collect his prize.

What did you think: This was a very interesting read, I enjoyed the way the author was able to translate it and keep the reader captivated.

Who would you recommend it to: Lovers of medieval folk-lore/ fantasy

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

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