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Go ask Alice Teen Book Go ask Alice


4 stars.

Describe the book: A young teenager girl takes a turn for the worst after having LSD slipped into her drink. Follow along on this truly saddening story as she looses her home, family and maybe life as she knows it.

What did you think: I simply cannot pick a favorite part of this book because it's so good. I can't give anything away either- and with this book everything is a surprise.

Who would you recommend it to: Teenagers

- R.H. (Grade 6) from Marysville Library

Thirteen Reasons Why Teen Book Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

4 stars.

Describe the book: A young man named Clay receives a box of 13 cassette tapes from an anonymous sender. Upon opening them, he realizes they are voice recordings from a young woman, Hannah Baker, who has just committed suicide. She explains, through the tapes, her downward spiral. Clay then spends the whole night walking around town, listening to the tapes.

What did you think: The book was incredibly well written. The author told the story through both points of view simultaneously, using italics when Hannah was talking. The most emotionally significant part in this book was when Clay and his friend Tony were sitting in Tony's car, and Clay was listening to the tape talking about his part in her life- and her death.

Who would you recommend it to: People looking to emotionally connect with a book.

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

Legion Skin Deep book Legion Skin Deep

Brandon Sanderson

4 stars.

Describe the book: This is a captivating story about a man named Stephen Leeds, who has a unique psychological condition in which he can see hallucinations with very specific kinds of skills and each with a personality. This is a sequel in which Stephen gets hired by a company, I3, to find a dead body that had dangerous information implanted in its cells.

What did you think: This was a fantastic read. I found the overall story to be very intense, and it stayed interesting the entire way through. I'm going to try not to spoil anything, but my favorite part would be when the entire situation turned around for the worst, and Stephen managed to figure out the most genius and unexpected way to get out of it.

Who would you recommend it to: thriller lovers; high school students

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

If I Stay Teen Book If I Stay

Gayle Forman

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a girl whose family gets in a car crash and her family dies. It talks about before the crash how she has a boyfriend who is in a band and how the girl, Mia, plays the cello. Mia had applied to julliard and eventually gets in. During the book Mia was in a coma and her boyfriend, Adam, is desperate for her to be okay.

What did you think: I really loved this book. My favorite part was when Adam was in the hospital while Mia was in a coma and he wrote her a song, which he said he would never do.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like to cry

- K.S. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Bronx Masquerade Teen Book Bronx Masquerade

Nikki Grimes

3 stars.

Describe the book: In the book there's a kid named Tyrone Bittings who lives in the projects of Bronx New York. His school has open mikes on fridays where students get to read poetry. Poetry is a way the students can open up about the're struggles but in a metaphoric way like a mask(as a masquerade).

What did you think: While I read this book it made me feel very interested and it took more time to understand the poems in here but the background the book gave me helped a lot. This book wasn't just about poetry but how it effects the children in the books lifes.

Who would you recommend it to: poetry;High school

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

Damage Damage

A. M. Jenkins

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a high school star football player who has everything he could want, yet is depressed. The main character, Austin, lives in Texas with his pals. Austin hooks up with the most beautiful girl in town, despite his best friends disapproval. She becomes the only thing in his life that he somewhat enjoys, and everything else fades.

What did you think: I, like Austin, am a male high school teen football player. I could easily put myself in his shoes, becoming lost in the book.This book left me with an awkward/sad feeling, knowing what happened to Austin and how he felt happens to many teens everywhere. My favorite part was toward the middle of the book, where everything was going right for him

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to high school boys

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

Basher Five Two Juvenile Book Basher Five Two

Scott O'Grady

4 stars.

Describe the book: Basher Five Two is about the survival of air force Captain Scott O'Grady on hostile grounds. One day, on one of his regular peace keeping NATO flights, over the border of Bosnia and Croatia, Scott O'Grady's F-16 fighter jet is shot down. He is forced to eject and land by parachute. He must survive one week with little or water in enemy territory.

What did you think: The book is a pretty good read and quite interesting. If you know anything about NATO or O'Grady's story then this is a must read. My school library says that this book is is a 9th-12th grade reading level but i would disagree and say it is more like a 7th grade reading level. My favorite part was probably the use of for shadowing in the beginning.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend it to action loving middle schoolers.

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

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon book The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Stephen King

4 stars.

Describe the book: Trisha McFarland, a nine year old goes on a 6 mile hike with her mom and older brother Pete. When she gets tired of her mom and brother's constant arguing, she wanders off trail by herself. She then becomes lost in the woods that are filled with slaughtered animals and knocked over trees. Her only goal is to follow the river to safety.

What did you think: This book is very thrilling and frightening to read. Stephen king does a wonderful job at keeping you up at night. My favorite parts are the nights Trisha spends in the woods, they can be very terrifying. The only way she gets through the night is by listening to the Red Sox games.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes thriller of horror type books

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

I am Malala book I am Malala

Malala Yousafzi

4 stars.

Describe the book: Malaga Yousafzi is a girl who stood up for education, and was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan. This is about her life, and tells her story of why. Her entire life, she was raised to know how important education is to her. The Taliban (who shot her), wants more traditional values, doesn't agree with females being in school.

What did you think: This is amazing! It is an inspiration to stand up for your beliefs.

Who would you recommend it to: Future World Changers, Educators, Students

- K.S. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Heaven is for Real book Heaven is for Real

Todd Burpo
133.9013 BURPO

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a 4-year old boy named Colton who becomes very sick and gets cancer. During the surgery,the kid leaves his body for a few seconds, claiming he went up to heaven and met Jesus. A lot of different stuff happens to Colton in that time. Heaven is for Real shows the journey on telling the world about young Colton and his experiences.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book and found it a little different than any other book I've ever read. It told a boy's story in a really cool way and every piece dialouge moved me. I felt very attached to the main character, Colton. I really enjoyed how descriptive the author made his book. I felt like I was in the story.

Who would you recommend it to: non-fiction readers;people who are religious

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

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