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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


Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Kathleen Krull & Kathryn Hewitt

J 910.922 KRULL

2 stars.

Describe the book: The stories of seventeen explorers are covered in this beautifully-illustrated book. From Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo to Richard E. Byrd and Sally Ride, this book covers varying eras and areas of exploration. More than a biographical collection of boring facts, this book gives the juicy details of these explorers' lives.

What did you think: Just about my favorite part was the fantastic illustrations. I also enjoyed learning about Zheng He, Ibn Battuta, and Isabella Bird, all explorers of whom I had never heard. This book is really a children's book, so I found it to be a very easy read. I still enjoyed it, however, because I learned memorable tidbits about these peoples' lives.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure-lovers, especially kids 8-12

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


Spirit Animals: Hunted

Maggie Stiefvater

J SERIES SPIRIT

4 stars.

Describe the book: Conor, Abeke, Meilen, and Rollan are just one of the lucky four kids who have summoned the Four Fallen. These great beasts give their owner extraordinary abilities. The four have hardly had time to get together as a team. But now they confront an enemy who will break any law to get the power he thinks he deserves. Can this epic team stop this.

What did you think: This book was so awesome that I literally felt like my eyes were glued to to the pages. The adventure was so elaborately described that I felt as if each detail was as clear as water. My favorite part of this amazing story is when Conor finally meets his mother after so many years.

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

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


Circles of Seven

Bryan Davis

TEEN DAVIS

1 star.

Describe the book: Billy Bannister, half human and half dragon, passes through a portal into another dimension. He is to rescue captives trapped in the Circles of Seven. He and his friend Bonnie are separated in this domain of evil. Billy eventually finds Bonnie--dead. Is there any way to bring her back to life? And why has his father seemingly turned evil?

What did you think: My favorite character was Ashley, the scientific genius. She saved Billy, Bonnie, Shiloh, and others from the New Table knights through her persistent, faithful friendship. Parts of this book were just plain weird, though. I found Namah creepy, and never could decide if Sir Patrick was trustworthy. Books 1 and 2 of this series were much better.

Who would you recommend it to: fantasy, science fiction, dragon, King Arthur fans

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


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Laura Hillenbrand

BIO ZAMPERI HILLENB

4 stars.

Describe the book: Unbroken is the amazing true story of Louis Zamperini,an Olympic athelete who ends up stranded on a raft with two other survivors for 47 days in World War II.As the raft comes apart, and the sharks begin to circle, as the waves crash around them, and later when Louis is taken to multiple POW camps everything he knows will be put to the test.

What did you think: I can honestly say that Unbroken is one of my favorite books, if not my favorite (and I have read a lot of books.) I enjoyed the way Unbroken introduced me to everyone in the book as if I knew them personally. As Louis and the survivors were on the raft it was very interesting to hear everything that they did,thought,and said to stay alive and sane

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone willing to read a great,adventurous book

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


The Giver

Lois Lowry

TEEN LOWRY

4 stars.

Describe the book: Thomas lives in a world where everything is perfect. When he becomes a 12, he is assigned the job of the Receiver, who receives memories from the Giver. As Thomas receives memories of things such as color, music, and sunshine, he begins to wonder if his world is really perfect. Will he be able to convert the world back to what it once was?

What did you think: I liked this book because it made me begin thinking questions like, "Would a perfect world really be perfect?" With lots of twists and turns, this book makes you want to read it more.

Who would you recommend it to: anyone who loves classic novels and action

- M.K. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library


The Selection

Kiera Cass

TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: America Singer wanted to marry Aspen, but she was Selected. She was Selected to meet Prince Maxon and he would decide who he wanted to marry. A handful of girls are chosen. And if America marries the Prince her whole family's caste will go to a 1. America doesn't want this, but her opinion changes when she realizes it's her dream life if she wins.

What did you think: I absolutely loved this book. It was so sweet and romantic. It's a book that has most of my favorite genres. My favorite part, I have to say it was the part when interviewers were interviewing America and she said Maxon instead of Prince Maxon, everyone was surprised, America embarrassed, and of course Maxon laughing hard at his "friend's" mistake.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this for teens who love rom-coms.

- J.S. (Grade 6) from Edmonds Library


Pivot Point

Kasie West

TEEN WEST

3 stars.

Describe the book: Addison Coleman is faced with 2 choices once Her parents divorce. Live with her mom or her dad. She doesn't know which way she should choose. Lucky for her she and everybody else in the compound has powers. Addie's power is when she's faced with a choice she can see the outcome of the choices. Future with her dad was awesome, but a loved one dies.

What did you think: I really liked this book. Kasie West did an amazing job. My favorite part was when Trevor told Addie she had to go the other way because Laila died. I loved it because Trevor was so caring saying go save Laila and leave me. It's so brave to tell the one you love to choose a different path. I wouldn't be able to do it, but I loved that Trevor could.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who love the rom. of opposites' love.

- J.S. (Grade 6) from Edmonds Library


Unlucky 13

James Patterson

FIC PATTERS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book, unlucky 13, is about how at a fast food restaurant, chuck, people have been getting exploded and dyeing and Lindsay try's to solve the case. and Cindy try's to interview the worst criminal, Mackie. Yuki and Brady went on a honey mood on a ship and pirates take over and start killing lots of people because the captain wont give him money.

What did you think: I loved this book. honestly, I don't have a favorite book, the whole thing was good :)

Who would you recommend it to: anybody who loves mystery and violence.

- M.S. (Grade 7) from Mountlake Terrace Library


Twilight

Erin Hunter

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: The clan cats have finally made their new homes, but with new homes come new boundaries. These boundaries cause the cats' newly made friendships to fall apart. With new challenges and great dangers to face, the clans will need each other more than ever if they want to survive. With these new threats, will the clans survive?

What did you think: This enticing book will pull you in, and you won't want to stop reading! The author helps you get a strong connection with each character by narrating the story through different perspectives. Each chapter is filled with surprises both exciting and sad. The book has so many cliff-hangers that you will always be wondering, "What will happen next?"

Who would you recommend it to: anyone who laves action and adventure

- M.K. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library


Four

Veronica Roth

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book retells the Divergent series from Four's point of view. Although the books have the same plotline, this book has a totally new perspective of what happened when Tris was not present.

What did you think: My favorite part was in the beginning when it explained exactly why Four changed factions. This book was a great read.

Who would you recommend it to: People who have read the Divergent series.

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


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