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Divergent Teen Book Divergent

4 stars.

Describe the book: In this world, the society is split into these five factions. Beatrice, one of the main characters, and her brother are about to be taking the aptitude test to see which faction they most likely fit into. All of a sudden, Beatrice's test was inconclusive, which she has some factions that she can possibly be. She chooses the Dauntless.

What did you think: I thought this book was interesting, intriguing, and unique. Seeing this world was fascinating. There was unexpected love that surprised me. Looking at the perspective of Beatrice, aka Tris, was a ride imagining the view of the Dauntless, also known as the brave. My favorite parts would have to be the romantic moments between Four and Tris.

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

- S.L. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library



Veronica Roth
TEEN ROTH
Wanderlove Teen Book Wanderlove

3 stars.

Describe the book: Bria wants to travel, to get away from the emptiness she's been feeling. signs up for Global Vagabonds, expecting an exciting trip to Guatemala, just to learn it was a tight run, typical touring group. She later meets Rowan and his sister Starling, backpackers, and ditches the touring group to travel and see the world the way she imagined.

What did you think: One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the illustrations, meant to be seen as Bria's sketches. They were also done by the author! It also made it better to picture the characters; which isn't often hard, but it helps sometimes! But I have to admit, Rowan's character bugged me.. I preferred Starling much more, though she was in the book less

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, traveling, Guatemala, sketches, relationship

- A.K. (Grade 11) from Mill Creek Library



Kirsten Hubbard
TEEN HUBBARD
We beat the street : how a friendship pact led to success Teen Book We beat the street : how a friendship pact led to success


Davis, Sampson.
TEEN 610.922 DAVIS
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? book Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

4 stars.

Describe the book: This award winner is about a young girl whose eccentric Seattle mother suddenly disappears and she then goes on a mission to find her using emails, journals and other documents for clues. We learn about her relationships with all the people around her and we also find out that her mom is no ordinary mom but a lady full of interesting surprises.

What did you think: This book is hilarious. It is one of the funniest I have read and I really enjoyed it. I love that it is based around the area I am growing up in! It is an unusual story and really kept surprising me with its plot. My favorite part was finding out what happened to Bernadette. An excellent book where you keep wondering whether the mom will be found.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who enjoy funny books with a great plot.

- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library



Maria Semple
FIC SEMPLE
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Teen Book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

4 stars.

Describe the book: After the horrific death of his grandfather, Jacob journeys to a remote island of the coast of Wales to understand his past. After walking throughout the haunted hallways of an orphanage that was run by Miss. Peregrine Jacob learns the terrible truth about her peculiar children and learns that they may even be alive, as impossible as it seems.

What did you think: I literally devoured this book with my eyes! It has been so long since I have seen such rich writing. It was a perfect mix of a haunting reality and a charming fantasy. I enjoyed the real vintage photography that tied into the story. It added the perfect touch to the tale. I also love the plot. Every page is a new mystery that enticed me for more.

Who would you recommend it to: mystery lovers, horror fanatics

- K.O. (Grade 11) from Lake Stevens Library



Ransom Riggs
TEEN RIGGS
The 39 Steps book The 39 Steps

4 stars.

Describe the book: This mystery is about Richard whose boring life suddenly changes when he is a suspect in a murder. He flees to Scotland with a notebook that may hold the key to the murder and future crimes. Can Richard decode the notebook, stop future disasters and prove his innocence? Spies, intrigue, disguises and the threat of war make this story so exciting

What did you think: This is an excellent story which is so fast paced that I was gripped throughout. Sometimes the language does feel difficult to read as it was written a while ago but this didn't bother me so much. I loved the part where suddenly Richard's neighbor is killed and he has to flee. This bit starts the excitement and from then you are gripped!

Who would you recommend it to: Middle/high school kids who enjoy mystery/spy work

- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library



John Buchan
FIC BUCHAN
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

4 stars.

Describe the book: This mystery is about a logical autistic boy whose ordered world is turned upside down when he investigates the murder of a dog. He narrates his adventures which lead to surprising discoveries about the people who surround him. He's very clever but finds social situations difficult and through his eyes we see how he copes.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book and thought that the way we are made to see everything through the eyes of an autistic boy was great. This is also a very funny book and I loved the chapters numbered as prime numbers. You feel like you can hear Christopher telling you his story.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle schoolers who enjoy humor in books.

- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library



Mark Haddon
FIC HADDON
Shift Teen Book Shift

3 stars.

Describe the book: Christopher Collins is suspected for his missing friend, Ward. Even the FBI comes and ask interrogating questions to Chris. He knows that the last time he's seen his friend was at the bike ride they had. He remembers his friend telling him that he'd go to his uncle's house and didn't follow him back home. Turns out, Ward didn't even have an uncle.

What did you think: I like how this book is mysterious and foreshadowing events in chapters that I simply couldn't put this book down until i was done. But i wished the ending was clearer than i was expecting it to be.

Who would you recommend it to: mystery lovers

- G.K. (Grade 9) from Mukilteo Library



Jennifer Bradbury
TEEN BRADBUR
Willow Teen Book Willow

3 stars.

Describe the book: Seven months ago, the night her parents were drunk with Willow driving, she loses control of the car and kills both of her parents. She blames herself and cuts her wrist, legs, and wherever else she can feel the pain in. Until she meets Guy, who threatens to tell her only brother David. He helps Willow realize there's more than pain in the world.

What did you think: I love how Guy helps Willow know there's more than cutting herself. He helps realize that anybody could be in her situation but they would have different effects depending on the person. As Guy helps, Willow and Guy fall in love with each other and Willow starts talking with her brother little by little the forbidden night that kept them apart.

Who would you recommend it to: middle school kids

- G.K. (Grade 9) from Mukilteo Library



Julia Hoban
TEEN HOBAN
Airborn Teen Book Airborn

4 stars.

Describe the book: Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the air ship, the Aurora. He feels like he needs to stay airborn to be connected to his dad who died in a tragic accident on the Aurora and worked there previously. But when Matt meets Kate, who is a guest on the ship,she tells him how her grandfather saw beautiful creatures in the sky and she wants to learn about them.

What did you think: This is now one of my favorite books because of how its a perfect blend between historical fiction and fantasy. I loved when they got shipwrecked on the island where the creatures which they named cloud cats lived and when the ship got hijacked by pirates and they were trying to get rid of them which reminded me a little bit of Die Hard.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend it to anyone who loves adventures!

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



Kenneth Oppel
TEEN OPPEL
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