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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Quentin Aka Q is neighbors with Margo basically the love of his life since they were 8 years old .Now that they are both in their last year of high school Margo is gone right after Margo and Q go on an adventure , Now it is Quentin's chance to find Margo right in time for Graduation and confess his love . Will it go as he planned ? or be a disaster

What did you think: I loved when they went Margo and Quentin went out the night before Margo's disappearance and really talked about what was happening and how Margo finally got Quentin to have fun. Also i love how Margo left little notes all around the place to let people know that she was fine even though she didnt want to be fine , I love the whole book ! <3

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers , Middle and High school students.

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


Slaughterhouse-five

Kurt Vonnegut

FIC VONNEGU

4 stars.

Describe the book: Slaughterhouse-five is a peculiar book about Billy Pilgrim, a scrawny fictional character who happens to be drafted into WWII to fight on the front lines. After being captured by the Germans Billy is taken to a prisoner of war camp located at a slaughterhouse. After surviving the war the book talks about his life. Also, he was abducted by aliens...

What did you think: I had initially thought that this book was a war story, and enjoyed this portion. It turns out, however, that is a smaller portion of the book than I had imagined, and instead the book takes on a strange approach, showing the entire life of a man who had been abducted by a weird race of aliens. So, this book is certainly strange.

Who would you recommend it to: Science-fiction lovers

- W.C. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library


Anthem

Ayn Rand

eBOOK OVERDRI

4 stars.

Describe the book: the book is based off this futuristic utopian society where they're drawn to find their destiny. a guy, draws out being a street sweeper. he is unlike the rest. he has a passion for science and discovering new things & exploring his curiosity. his curiosity ends up getting him in some big issues with their "government" so he runs away from there

What did you think: throughout the book I felt super confused but I had to really dig deep into the meaning of the text and how ayn rand puts it. my favorite parts would have to be when he describes electricity and also when escapes & finds the house of scholars with the love of his life. very interesting read & mind blowing!!

Who would you recommend it to: science fiction lovers

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


Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

TEEN ROWELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Cath is a fangirl of the very popular series Simon Snow. Simon Snow is very similar to Harry Potter. Cath likes to write fan-fiction of the two main characters Simon and Baz. It's also Caths first semester of college. She has ups and downs adjusting to college life. Also she has social anxiety without her twin sister by her side.

What did you think: This was the very first book I've read by Rainbow Rowell. This was also the first book I read this year. My favorite character had to be Levi I just love like how sweet and caring he is to his friends. I like Cath a lot I could relate to her awkwardness and anxiety. It was very interesting to learn what college is like I've never read a book tha

Who would you recommend it to: People who want to learn about college life.

- B.U. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


The Most Dangerous Game

Richard Connell

TEEN CONNELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: A sailor by the name of rainsford, falls off of his boat near the shore of a very mysterious island... He has no choice but to swim to this shore and survive. He eventually finds an old chateau with 2 very spooky men inside it. He is greeted with warmth and confort only soon to find out the mans true intentions... Either live. Or die. Survival

What did you think: I felt very excited when I read it. It was extremely fast paced and kept my attention. The plot was also very fascinating and captured my emotions. My favorite part was by far when rainsford surprised general zaroff by hiding in this chateau. Zaroff thought that he was dead and when he found him in his house it completely caught him off guard

Who would you recommend it to: All ages, action packed.

- N.L. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie

TEEN ALEXIE

3 stars.

Describe the book: Junior (Arnold) is a teenage boy living on the Spokane Indian reservation. After an encounter with a teacher he decides to switch from the school on the reservation to the white school, 22 miles away. He is shunned by the Indian people and hated by the the white people, all while dealing with his family problems and the death of people he loves.

What did you think: I loved this book. I thought it really showed how racism is still a current problem, and how someone could be hated for trying to better their lives. I loved the part with the pow wow dress, I thought it really showcased the exploitation of Native American art and culture and how people will do anything to make money, even by stealing their culture

Who would you recommend it to: anyone doubting their selves & their abilities

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


Forget Tomorrow

Pintip Dunn

TEEN DUNN

4 stars.

Describe the book: in callies world, her future is already pre-determined on her 17th birthday just like everyone else. shes destined to be a criminal and in her vision she murders her sister and just like that they take her into this"limbo" in there,logan helps her escape prison and is on the run from what she will do and the gov. who gave her that,trying 2 save sis

What did you think: i think that this was an amazing read for me. i liked how it was sort of like in the giver where you have to wait and see what you will do for the rest of your life and the type of person you will be.

Who would you recommend it to: taste of romance, fiction lovers, series

- k.f. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Stephen King

FIC KING

3 stars.

Describe the book: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon focuses on the life of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland, whose Saturday afternoon out with her mother and brother turns into an eight day nightmare when Trisha gets lost in the woods. Still dealing from the fallout of her parents' divorce, Trisha is feeling nonexistent.The book follows her adventure through the woods.

What did you think: I enjoyed the book, it was really confusing upon first read, but as I re-read it I began to develop a better understanding of the book itself and the underlying themes. My favorite part of the book is the introduction because the author tries a different approach to introducing the book by starting from the end rather than the beginning

Who would you recommend it to: Sci-fi lovers, adventure books

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


Anthem

Ayn Rand

FIC RAND

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book takes place in the future, in a "utopian" society. A guy designated as a street sweeper loves science and the discovery of things, though, so he find some old world technology and shows it to the "House of Scholars". After getting punished, he runs away with the love of his life cause she feels how he does. Then the live happily ever after

What did you think: The book was pretty good, I love science fiction so the style of this book. Ayn Rand uses a good vocabulary without her words being too unreasonably hard. I liked the part where they went into the forest and lived off the land together.

Who would you recommend it to: Science fiction lovers, lovers of Utopian books

- J.C. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library


Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Quentin (Q) has spent most of his childhood and high school life admiring his neighbor Margo Roth Speigelman from his bedroom window. Then one night she decides to climb into his life via that bedroom window and take him on an adventure. As the adventure continues he realizes he wasn't the girl he thought she was, and he's more intrigued than ever.

What did you think: I love love loved it. The raw emotion each page held and the unforgettable words from the characters made the book even better.

Who would you recommend it to: anyone who loves adventure

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


Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

TEEN ROWELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: An absolutely beautiful story. there's a new girl at school named Eleanor,every hates her and thinks shes weird and it's like everyone's out to get her...and then there's the boy named Park. Park is a relatively well liked person at school who got stuck sitting next to her on his bus. As time goes on, they begin to become close friends.

What did you think: This book is an emotional roller coaster. Eleanor has a tough life and has to put up with so much with no escape due to the harassment both by her evil step-dad and her whole school save about 3 people. This book does a great job of familiarizing you with the characters and building a great love for them and their futures. Its just an amazing book.

Who would you recommend it to: Lovers of romance and comedy

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


Rivethead

Ben Hamper


2 stars.

Describe the book: Ben is a kid and going to watch his dad work in the assembly line,it's all his dad does so he never wants to work their. His whole life he had a future a head of him, but he messed it all up because he doesn't care about school and he ends up begging for a job at the assembly line. Throughout the whole book he fights the monotony of the job the end

What did you think: The first 100 pages were just boring and it was talking about him not wanting to work at the factory and messing up his life. Then it gets somewhat interesting when he starts working there because he does some funny things to past time with his co-workers, like he was pretending that his job was an Olympic sport and was racing to get the gold metal

Who would you recommend it to: Nobody

- J.N. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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How to steal a Dog

Barbara o'connor

J OCONNOR

2 stars.

Describe the book: A girl named Georgina, learns how hard life is, after her dad left and they loose there house, and Live in a car. With her mom working two jobs, she wanted to help. SO she steals a Dog, hoping to get reward money, to help. But she ends up liking the dog, and the owner, and realizes family is more important than having money.

What did you think: I thought it was a good book, way to easy for my reading level, but still a nice read. I enjoyed the part where she planned to help her mom, and then in the end her relationship with the dog, and her family growing love.

Who would you recommend it to: Animals-Lovers. Middle schoolers

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


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

FIC DICKENS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser who avoids sentiment and thinks only of money. The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (Yet to Come) visit Scrooge, reminding him to sympathize with others and to appreciate those around him. Scrooge changes his ways and wakes up with joy and love in his heart on Christmas morning.

What did you think: I’m really glad I read this book. There are some contrasts from the movie and the book, and I like being able to compare the two. For example, in the book, Scrooge immediately sobs when he sees his younger self and realizes some of his faults, but in other versions, it shows more resistance. I enjoyed being able to dive deeper into a classic story.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who grew up knowing A Christmas Carol

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


The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

FIC HEMINGW

3 stars.

Describe the book: An elderly fisherman has the battle of his lifetime, when the fish that he has caught on the hook can't be pulled in.So the old man waits, and waits, and waits. Finally on the third day the old man kills the fish with the harpoon.But when sailing him back home, the fish leaves a trail of blood, that some sharks follow.This book will have you hooked.

What did you think: This was an okay book. I felt that it was a bit too long for the story. But otherwise it was good. One of my favorite parts was at the beginning of the book, when the boy and the old man have the discussions about baseball, coffee, bait, etc. It just showed that they have a life too, outside of their fishing career. It is a great read.

Who would you recommend it to: To those that love adventure and maximal details.

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


Gods and Heroes

R. E. Francillon


3 stars.

Describe the book: The book Gods and Heroes written by R.E. Francillon tells the stories of why things are in our world in the Greek perspective. Beginning with the children of the Earth and the Sky, then closing out with the Apple of Discord leading into the Trojan War. Every story is jam-packed with adventure. Themes of love, hardships, betrayal or all rolled in.

What did you think: Even though I am not a huge mythology fan myself, I found every story to be intriguing. There was always a feeling of suspense in each story because the plot had the characters go unnecessary ways to find a solution, like the most known, Hercules. Hercules had to undergo several trials to repent. Overall, I enjoyed the myth to presentday connection

Who would you recommend it to: Latin students, those into Greek mythology

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

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Wild

Cheryl Strayed

917.9 STRAYED

3 stars.

Describe the book: After the death of her mother, at age 22 a young woman has decided to do the most extreme that no one has ever done before. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail. One of the most hardest hiking trails of all. After the struggles this woman has gone through, she went off to find herself. As in self discovery. All alone in the forest and trails ,to let it go.

What did you think: I felt like I was the main Character itself. I fought through the struggles and found my own self. Just as the main character did. The feeling of losing loved ones and begging for mercy just felt all so real. My favorite part was when there was a fox that led her to find herself. The fox resembled her life and the path she should follow.

Who would you recommend it to: Recommend for people who fight through hardships

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


South by Southeast

Anthony horowitz

J HOROWIT

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the Diamond brother detectives, Nick and Tim, who finds themselves struggling for money. One day a client comes to them for help to stop an assassin, Charon. After declining the case their client is assassinated by Charon and Nick and Tim get dragged into the case by the M16. The brothers are forced to investigate now.

What did you think: The book was good but sometimes there wasn't enough action. You could tell the author put some scenes in just to make time. Those scenes did not have much significance. My favorite part was the plot twist at the end. Charlotte, girl Tim was in love with, invited Tim to the love tunnel. When Tim goes Nick realizes that Charlotte is Charon.

Who would you recommend it to: people who like mystery and action

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


The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

FIC FITZGER

3 stars.

Describe the book: New York salesman, Nick Carraway, tries to discover the truth behind his neighbor; the mysterious, wealthy, Jay Gatsby. Nick and Gatsby become friends, and some of Gatsby's past is revealed. Nick helps reunite him with a past lover named Daisy. Even though they make a connection, Daisy is already married to Tom Buchanan who is suspicious of Gatsby.

What did you think: I appreciated that the book was written from Nick's "1922" perspective. I also enjoyed Gatsby's mysterious, fantasy-like character, because he kept me interested throughout the whole book. I love how Gatsby maintains his love for Daisy. It was heartbreaking how the book ended, but it showed that materialistic items don't always bring you happiness.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like intriguing men & forbidden romance

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


Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë

FIC BRONTE

4 stars.

Describe the book: An orphaned girl,Jane Eyre,is homed with her hateful aunt, who decides Jane is too much of a burden.Her aunt sends her to a boarding school,where she spends eight years. Wanting more of life, she seeks a new job. Becoming a governess at Thornfield. Jane builds a complex relationship with her boss, but he's hiding a dark secret that can ruin everything

What did you think: Jane Eyre is a beautifully written novel with poetic rhythms and compelling imagery words that allow you to go on Jane's journey with her, not just read a book. Each character is written with so much detail that they seem like a real person, and every feeling is felt by the reader. This is a story about reaching self fulfillment in life.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love Gothic classic romance books

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


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling

J ROWLING

4 stars.

Describe the book: Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts even though a house elf tells him something dangerous will happen this year. He misses the train, flies a car, and runs into a tree. Then, muggle borns start getting attacked and he's accused of doing it. The monster if from the chamber, but what is the monster, and who is controlling this beast?

What did you think: I absolutely love this book, the mystery is absolutely amazing. My favorite part was when Harry and Ron discover the note in Hermione's hand. I also really loved when Lockhart was hit with his own spell, and when the boys were chased by spiders.

Who would you recommend it to: Harry Potter lovers, people into magic, all ages.

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


Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green and David Levithan

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Two people named Will Grayson end up meeting. One Will is asexual & doesn't believe that he doesn't need to be in a relationship, the other Will is gay & longs to be loved so the gay Will talks to the other Will's friend on the internet & falls in love and at the end they both end up happy with the way their life turned out.

What did you think: I really liked this book. It was a good read. I had lots of favourite parts, this is an all around good book.

Who would you recommend it to: Young adults because its not meant for young kids.

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


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

FIC DICKENS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Throughout this book a grumpy old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, is not excited about Christmas but when he is visited by phantoms his perspective changes. He gets to look at the past,present, and future and this causes him to want to change.He promises to honor Christmas and to be a better person, this affects not only his life but others as well.

What did you think: I really liked this book. There was a lot of underlying messages. When Dickens wrote this story he made sure to put a lot of life lessons in it. What I got from it is, how do your past and present actions shape your future? Are they going to take you far? If not what can you do to change that and get where you want to be. It makes you want to think

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves classics and a good story.

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


The mysterious howling

Maryrose Wood

J WOOD

2 stars.

Describe the book: It was about a young girl who becomes a nanny to two feral children and she has to face the struggles that come with the job.

What did you think: I thought that it had a more childish way of writing, but it was still entertaining. Quick read.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle schoolers, girls, baby sitters

- R.J. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


The Maze Runner

James Danshner

TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Thomas wakes up in an elevator and find himself in a giant maze with around 50 other teenage boys. The next day a girl shows up in a coma and she is the last one ever. Thomas, Minho and Alby are the first ones to ever survive in the maze. The girl wakes up and they are forced to leave.

What did you think: This is my favorite book ever, I love the part when they solve the maze with the maps.

Who would you recommend it to: every single person in the entire world

- c.e. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


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