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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Chris Grabenstein

J GRABENS

4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Kyle Keeley loves a game maker named Mr. Lemoncello.Mr Lemoncello makes millions of games.One game was escape from mr lemoncello's library.This game was simply what it was called,you escape from mr lemoncello's library.Kyle,and his friends decide they will make a team and share the prize if they win the game by escaping from the library

What did you think: I felt that this book had lots of action and I never ever got bored.I couldn't put the book down I had to get forced to.Which isn't very common for me I'm not big into books.Some of my favorite parts were when there were puzzles on then age and when Kyle and his friends worked anything out.this book made me feel eager at any moment.I loved the book

Who would you recommend it to: Llike action and enjoy being eager to read more.

- M.A. (Grade 6) from Snohomish Library


Rebels of the lamp

Michael M.B Galvin and Peter Speakman

J GALVIN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about the adventures of Parker Quarry as he is sent away to New Hampire to clear up his bad behavior. While he is in New Hamptire, he finds a lamp that opens reveling a genie. First, Parker thinks that the Genie is the best thing ever but when more genies get released its up to Parker, and his friends to stop the genies.

What did you think: I really liked this book, the adventure was just breathtaking as the story of Parker came to life. My favorite part was when Parker opens the lamp reveling the genie who gave Parker what ever he wanted because that is when he truly starts having some fun.

Who would you recommend it to: Kids with big imaginations.

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


Dangerous Neighbors

Beth Kephart

TEEN KEPHART

2 stars.

Describe the book: After her beloved twin sister Anna dies, Katherine is crushed. Katherine is convinced that Anna's death is her fault, but at the same time she thinks that Bennet the baker boy is to blame. This is the story of how Katherine overcomes her sisters death, and restarts her new life.

What did you think: This book was okay. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, which was definitely the genre of this book. The story was good, but it was a little bit hard to get into. My favorite part was when Katherine was recalling memories with her sister.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like historical fiction.

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


Paper towns

John Greene

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Paper towns is a story that follows the journey of a teenage boy as he looks for the clues his neighbor, and childhood friend, left before disappearing.

What did you think: Overall, my favorite part was watching Quentin grow out of his comfort and do things he would not usually do for love.

Who would you recommend it to: Highscoolers, romance lovers, and fiction lovers

- S.R. (Grade 10) from Freeland Library


The Matchmakers

Janette Oke

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: A widowed Cynthia, mother of two young boys, is feeling a need for a change. She works most of the time and is grateful for her widowed father taking care of her sons, yet she feels that he is almost too much in their lives. Pushed along by her best friend, they set out on a matchmaking party to get her dad married -but for An unpredictable twist..

What did you think: Like many of Janette Oke's warming stories, this one was quite touching. My favorite part was the ending-though different than I had expected it was perfect! I also loved the times when she was with her best friend, and the two although opposite's were the perfect picture of a warming friendship!

Who would you recommend it to: If you like Janette Oke's books, you'll like this!

- T.E. (Grade 9) from Mill Creek Library


Cassie was here

Caroline Hickey

J HICKEY

3 stars.

Describe the book: Brie just moved because of her moms job, her brother is mad at her for breaking his arm, and her imaginary friend from 1st grade. But then a girl moved in with her grandma. Now finally she has a friend until she sees Cassie kissing her brother. Now Cassie doesn't know what to do.

What did you think: It makes you feel bad for family's that have to move often because of there parents work.

Who would you recommend it to: Relictic fiction lovers

- S.S. (Grade 7) from Lynnwood Library


The False Prince

Jennifer A. Nielsen

TEEN NIELSEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: With Carthya on the brink of civil war and the royal family dead, a nobleman, Conner, devises a scheme to unite his country by placing an impostor on the throne. He gathers candidates from various orphanages including an audacious boy named Sage and trains them to mimic the King's long lost son until a secret is revealed that will blow you away!

What did you think: This was a captivating book that kept me on the edge of my seat. The whole book was so good that I don't even have a favorite part. This book is definitely a must-read.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who want an adventurous and intriguing read.

- M.F. (Grade 8) from Oak Harbor Library


Love Finds A Home

Janette Oke

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Belinda has continued her private nursing in Boston but she doesn't feel like she belongs in the city. When she returns home for a visit she is shocked to discover that she doesn't feel "belonging" in her hometown either! As changes occur, big decisions send Belinda into a tailspin of what to do with her life. Will she ever find a home?

What did you think: I really thought this was a good ending to the Love Comes Softly series. It has depth and real life decisions that everyone faces. My favorite part is when Drew unexpectedly shows up; it was really intriguing to see how they both thought they knew what the other was thinking when they really didn't, and then to see it all turn out great!

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of Janette Oke

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


Kavik the Wolf Dog

Walt Morey


3 stars.

Describe the book: Mr. Hunter buys Kavik, the lead sled dog that won the North American, and has him flown to Copper City immediately. A tragic plane crash nearly destroys Kavik and he is found by Andy, a lonely boy who loves dogs. Andy is able to save the dog and Mr. Hunter wants him back, but Kavik has other ideas of where he wants to lives.

What did you think: We read this book outloud as a family and it was really intriguing for all of us. I really enjoyed the poetic and creative descriptions Walt Morey used to make this story so exciting and real. My favorite part is when Kavik got his courage back and fought the town gang of dogs.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers who enjoy dog stories

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library

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Twelve Extraordinary Women

John MacArthur

220.9208 MACARTH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Twelve women from the Bible, all extraordinary for their admirable faith in God, are profiled in this easy-to-read yet engaging book. Eve; Sarah; Rahab; Ruth; Hannah; Mary; Anna; the Samaritan woman; Martha and Mary; Mary Magdalene; and Lydia each have a chapter in which the author paints a picture of her using what we know from the Bible.

What did you think: I thought John MacArthur did an excellent job in writing this book. It is easy to read, yet I learned a great deal. The story of Rahab, in particular, was revealed to me in a new way. My favorite chapters were those on Eve, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, and the unnamed Samaritan woman.

Who would you recommend it to: people who like short bios of Bible characters

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


The Last Battle

C.S.Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the end of Narnia. As one money makes a decision that causes trouble,the Narnians that are left have to stand up to the army of Caloremen, and fight for the survival of Narnia.

What did you think: I thought that this was a great way to end the Narnia series, the adventure,the hiding out,the plans ,the war all brought shivers down my spine. My favorite part was then Shift the ape make a decision that causes all of the war to start.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


The Year of Shadows

Claire Legrand

J LEGRAND

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the Year of Shadows, Olivia Stellatella experiences an eerie confrontation with four ghosts who needs her help. They can't move on to the World of Death, since their anchors are still in the World of Living. But helping them find their anchors comes with deadly costs, and before long they are not the only ghosts who seek assistance in moving on.

What did you think: I loved this book because it had multiple twists and turns that I was not expecting. It captivated me that it had a pleasant ending even though it was very mournful. My favorite part was when Olivia met the ghosts because I had a very strong urge to know what happened next,such as what the ghosts would say and if they were going to hurt her or not.

Who would you recommend it to: Any teens who enjoy books that make them surprised

- J.T. (Grade 7) from Arlington Library


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Jesse Andrews

TEEN ANDREWS

2 stars.

Describe the book: Greg Gaines is a senior in high school who has no friends. He spends his time doing homework and making terrible films with his pitifully short and vulgar colleague, not friend, Earl. Greg's final year of high school is perfectly boring until his acquaintance, Rachel, is diagnosed with Lukemia, and his mom forces him to be her friend.

What did you think: This book is often compared to The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The only similarity between the two is that they both involve teens and cancer. So if you enjoy those, you'll enjoy this. Reaching the end of this book was agony, but the ending made up for it. Greg finally stopped being such a colossal jerk and gained some humanity.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who cares what other people think.

- E.C. (Grade 10) from Sultan Library


Love Takes Wing

Janette Oke

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Belinda is busy with nursing and being wooed by two men; frustrated with it all she looks for a change of pace. The perfect opportunity comes when a patient asks her to come to Boston to stay on indefinitely and Belinda accepts! But as she sees new places and meets new people she continues to feel empty. Will she be able to fill that inner void?

What did you think: I really liked this book in the Love Comes Softly series. I enjoy how Belinda is very down-to-earth, sensible and has a server's heart. I also liked the lesson displayed in this story, the lesson that Belinda discovers and learns: without God in our lives we are empty and will continue to be empty until we allow Him to take control of our lives.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers who feel empty

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


The Silver Chair

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the adventures of Jill Pole and Eustace Clarence Scrubb as they are sent to Narnia were they have to use clues that Alslan gave them to save the prince held captive in the UnderLand.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book. The adventure sent shivers down my spine and I couldn't drop the book until I finished the chapter. My favorite part is when Jill and Eustace are sent to Narnia by the Power of Aslan because that is when all their adventures begin.

Who would you recommend it to: adventureous readers

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


Love's Unfolding Dream

Janette Oke

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Marty and Clark's youngest child, Belinda, is growing up and wants to become a nurse. When she and her brother, Dr. Luke, have to take off a boy's arm to save his life will he be okay? Missie's daughter, Melissa, comes to get schooling toward her teaching degree and with Amy Joe in tow, the three girls are growing up in love's unfolding dream.

What did you think: This is one of my favorite books in the Love Comes Softly series! Humorous, sweet, sometimes sad, with real-life issues, this book holds lots of important character lessons. The reader will enjoy seeing each of these three girls as they grow up in love's unfolding dream.

Who would you recommend it to: Girls who enjoy the Love Comes Softly series

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


The Heir

Kiera Cass

TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: 20 years after America Singer wins the Selection and is married to Maxon Schreave, their daughter, Eadlyn, is having her own Selection. Eadlyn resolves to keep her independence and not choose anyone. But when she starts to get to know the men who are Selected, she considers the possibility of picking one of them to be with for the rest of her life.

What did you think: Eadlyn's personality is very different from her parents', so it takes a while to get used to, but you'll soon start to love her (almost) just as much as America. I love how Eadlyn eventually embraces the idea of the Selecton and starts getting close to the Selected. My favorite part was the baseball game, because they were relaxing and having fun.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who have read The Selection series

- C.B. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library


The horse and his boy

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is an adventure filled exciting book that will not want you to leave the book. This story is about Shasta, a adpoted boy who was adopted by a Caloremene Fisherman. When a visitor visits the fisherman, Shasta is thrown out of the house where he meats Bree, a talking horse from Narnia and Shasta with his new talking horse Bree run away.

What did you think: I really liked how in all the books, C.S. Lewis used very unique words to describe the adventures of all the characters in the books. My favorite part was when Shasta and Bree run away because that is when the whole adventure begins.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers with a good imagination.

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


Prince Caspian

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This adventure filled book is about Prince Caspian, when he losed his crown, Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, are sent of to Narnia to get it back.

What did you think: I really liked this book, the adventure was so intense that you would not want to put the book down. My favorite part was when Peter, Susan, Edmunds, and Lucy are riding of a train in the "normal world" to their new school and they are whisked of to Narnia by the power of Aslan the Great Lion to help Prince Caspian get his crown back.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers.

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

C.S. Lewis

J LEWIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the adventures of King Caspian and Edmund, Lucy and their cousin Eustace as they travel the Narnian seas to find the Seven friends of his father who were lost at sea.

What did you think: I really liked the adventure in this book, the way that The Author describes the weather around them or what is going of on the Dawn Treader is astounding. My favorite part is when Eustace, Lucy and Edmund are whisked of onto the Dawn Treader by a painting in a room in their house.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous readers

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library


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


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