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A Little Something Different Teen Book A Little Something Different

3 stars.

Describe the book: Everyone surrounding Gabe and Lea around their college can tell they've got something special between them, but the two themselves can't seem to acknowledge it. Despite the coincidences between food orders and appearing places at the same time, they're just too shy to break the ice. Everyone around them is focused on their story in their own words.

What did you think: It was cute, and the idea of having it told from everyone else's perspective rather than Gabe and Lea's was definitely a creative and interesting idea, but because of it, I felt more interested in the side characters than them. Their miscommunication dragged out so long. My favorites were the squirrel and bench narrations, which made me laugh.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, college, relationships, friendships

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Sandy Hall
Let's Get Lost Teen Book Let's Get Lost

4 stars.

Describe the book: Leila is traveling across the country to Alaska to see the Northern Lights; on her way, she meets four teenagers. Hudson is a car mechanic whose convinced himself to become a doctor. Bree is a runaway since her parents died. Elliot wants his best friend to fall in love with him. Sonia feels like she'll never love after her boyfriend died.

What did you think: When I was originally reading the summary of this book, I thought it was going to be something else entirely, and was pleasantly surprised at how it was written; this is the most original road trip book I've read, where you don't read anything the main character thinks until the end. I was surprised for her reasons to travel to the Northern Lights.

Who would you recommend it to: gr8+, road trip, relationships, friendships

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Adi Alsaid
The Art of Wishing Teen Book The Art of Wishing

4 stars.

Describe the book: Margo's most important goal is landing the lead role in the school production of Sweeney Todd. When the role goes to Vicky, who speaks in monotone, she wonders what went wrong. After a few awkward interactions with Vicky, Margo finds a ring in the school bathroom, which summons Oliver, a genie. Margo must make three wishes before Oliver must run.

What did you think: I'm really not one for more fantasy/paranormal books, but it was actually the description of the sequel that got me interested, so I thought I'd give this two part series a try. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It was a mystery as Oliver's reasons he had to leave began to unfold, and there were some twists that took me off guard.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, paranormal, magical realism, relationships

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Lindsay Ribar
Chasing Brooklyn Teen Book Chasing Brooklyn

3 stars.

Describe the book: Told in verse between two viewpoints; Brooklyn is still torn up about her boyfriend, Lucca, dying one year ago, as is Lucca's brother, Nico. When their classmate Gabe dies the very next New Years, he begins to haunt Brooklyn's dreams, while Nico is haunted both in dreams and reality by Lucca, who keeps telling him he needs to "help Brooklyn".

What did you think: It was a really fast read and only took a couple of hours because of how it was written, but I feel like there were a lot of things left unexplained. I don't get how the hauntings between Lucca and Gabe were happening in reality without explanation of it. Brooklyn's family situation was left in the dark, too, despite it being mentioned a lot.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, death, relationships, friendships, ghosts

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Lisa Schroeder
The Fourth Wish Teen Book The Fourth Wish

4 stars.

Describe the book: Taking off directly where the first book (The Art of Wishing) ends, Margo has become a genie from making her fourth wish to save Oliver. With these new powers, she must learn how her new found magic works. She begins to learn how to shapeshift to whatever forms she'd like, and navigate the Between, and of course, the gamble of granting wishes.

What did you think: I loved this book even more than the sequel; I was driven to the end quickly because I really wasn't sure what she was going to end up deciding with herself; accept her genie life, or keep attempting to live as human with much difficulty? One of my favorite parts was when she shifts into an altered Enrique Iglesias for her friend, Naomi.

Who would you recommend it to: gr8+, magical realism, relationships, lgbtq

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Lindsay Ribar
Take a Bow Teen Book Take a Bow

3 stars.

Describe the book: Four teenagers are navigating their senior year at their prestigious high school for creative and performing arts. Emme is a talented songwriter, but always lets Sophie use her songs to preform with... despite that Sophie is using her. Carter is a former child star. Ethan is a musical genius that must learn to control himself.

What did you think: My favorite characters were Emme and Carter. However, the most interesting point of view to read for me was Sophie; it showed how manipulative she truly was, but before you get to her chapters, you can't tell if she's truly innocent or not. Ethan didn't do much except annoy me.. his unfortunate acts weren't even worth pitying him for.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, high school, relationships, friendship

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Elizabeth Eulberg
Landline book Landline

3 stars.

Describe the book: Georgie and Neal are both married and they have two young daughters. But when they plan to go to Omaha to visit Neal's mom on Christmas, Georgie can't go because she has a chance of writing her own show. She doesn't expect Neal to leave without her, but he does. Can Georgie fix their relationship, even with her magic yellow landline to guide her?

What did you think: This book is really great! Although, i thought it was very confusing to keep track of because it kept going back and forth from present to past. The concept of the magic yellow landline was hard to understand, too. My favorite part was when Seth tells Georgie that he loves her :) And also when Georgie comes to surprise Neal on Christmas in Omaha.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, middle school kids.

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

Rainbow Rowell
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Juvenile Book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

4 stars.

Describe the book: This mystery is about Claudia who feels mistreated at home and runs away with her brother to the amazing Metropolitan museum. Their adventures start once they are settled in and they find themselves trying to solve a mystery relating to a statue. This takes them to Mrs. Frankweiler. Can she help them?

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book and I kept trying to solve the mystery along with te children. My favorite part was when the secret was revealed. I learnt about many artists that I'd never heard about. I loved the fact that they ran away to such an amazing place.

Who would you recommend it to: Late elementary school and early middle school.

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

Elaine Lobl Konigsburg
Unremembered Teen Book Unremembered

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Sera wakes up in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by the remains of an awful plane crash, she doesn't remember anything. She doesn't know her name, how old she is, she what she looks like, and there are a million other things that she doesn't know. With the help of a strange boy who seems to know her she pieces together her past.

What did you think: This book was really special for my because I won the copy that I own from a writing contest that I did. The story was engaging, and the writing was beautiful--especially when describing all the new things that Sera experienced that we all take for granted (like grilled cheese sandwiches). This book was really great, and I loved reading it

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of sci-fi, true love, memory loss themes.

- V.E. (Grade 10) from Edmonds Library

Jessica Brody
Because of Winn-Dixie Juvenile Book Because of Winn-Dixie

3 stars.

Describe the book: This award winner is about a girl called Opal who moves to a town where she befriends a dog causing havoc in a local shop. Although the dog is not hers she claims it as hers. Their relationship allows her to make more friends and we see her confidence build. These new friends become very important in helping her find answers to important questions.

What did you think: This was a good quick read. I liked the part where Opal is trying to find out about her mother but this did not go much further. I would have liked to know more. Instead the story drifts away from the mother to the friends. Even so I still enjoyed it.

Who would you recommend it to: Elementary and lower middle school kids.

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

Kate DiCamillo
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