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Cannery Row

John Steinbeck


3 stars.

Describe the book: Cannery Row is a story taking place in the small town of Cannery Row. This book takes you through the lives of the townsfolk from Lee Chong, a stable living store owner, to Mack and the boys, nearly homeless men barely making enough to get by. Everyone goes them rough their daily routines day by day, along with a few adventures.

What did you think: I liked how the authors changed from plot to plot, there were many different perspectives on the town and people living in it. This book keeps me interested with the changes and adventures through your the book. Each character has a connection to one another.

Who would you recommend it to: People who want a fresh read.

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

Freaky Green Eyes

Joyce Carol Oates

2 stars.

Describe the book: It's about a girl who has an abusive dad who drives his wife out of the house. She's trying figure out why her mom left to the cabin. Day by day she slowly realizing about why she left. She realized the marks on her mom skin that her own father also gave her.

What did you think: My favorite part was when she released the animals on fourth of july. I love how Joyce described the fear in the animals and the relief when they were let to be free in the wild again. I felt like Franky was really weird and almost as if she has schizophrenia

Who would you recommend it to: People who like dramatic storys

- b.h. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Laurie Halse Anderson


4 stars.

Describe the book: The summer before freshman year, a party takes a toll for the worst when 911 is dialed regarding an incident between Melinda and Andy involving alcohol. Traumatized, she starts out the school year alone. It wasn't till she found out about her former friend Rachel & Andy that she decides to open up about the incident for the sake of Rachels safety.

What did you think: Personally, this book spoke to me a lot. I felt that her thoughts and feelings were portrayed well throughout the book and gave me the reality of the situation through the main characters eyes. My favorite part was definitely when she finally stood up for herself and opened up about her incident.

Who would you recommend it to: Teenage girls and highschoolers.

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

The Fault In Our Stars

john green


4 stars.

Describe the book: hazel and Augustus meet in a support group meeting where people there are suffering or have survived from cancer or terminal problems. with Augustus outgoing silly personality he attracts hazel and they go through the motions of her sickness and life but then there's a huge plot twist when Augustus gets sick again and breaks the news to hazel

What did you think: I was definetly hooked on this book and did not want to put it down. my favorite part was when

Who would you recommend it to: teens! or someone who loves anything john green

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

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen


4 stars.

Describe the book: Jane tells the story of five daughters who are looking to be married. Invited to a ball, they are pleased to hear there are suitors there and encounter Mr.Bingley, a kind gentleman, and Mr.Darcy, a man opposite of his friend, who Elizabeth soon finds despicable. Though their first meeting is not the best, time helps to know each other better.

What did you think: I really loved this book because of how it was written. Her writing style was unique and different. My favorite parts were when everyone first meets at the ball and when Elizabeth goes to stay with Charlotte, and there sees Mr.Darcy, who has a surprising confession for her. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and is one of my favorites.

Who would you recommend it to: For high school kids, someone who likes romance.

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

Lord of the Flies

William Golding


3 stars.

Describe the book: The lord of the flies is a very interesting book that takes you into the minds of early teen age boys trying to survive on a deserted island. There are some early age teens and mostly young kids some barely able to speak. This book takes place during a war. The boys take very interesting decisions to find a way to escape the island.

What did you think: I feel the book is really easy to read. This book could read by almost anyone with a good reading level. My favorite parts of the book was where as you read through the book you get to see how these boys make their decision on trying to live everyday. Also, i liked how the ending of the book goes but i would like to see the after story if there is.

Who would you recommend it to: Recommend this book to survival island lovers.

- F.V. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Anne of Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery


4 stars.

Describe the book: "It is Anne with an e", introduces herself, to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert,who decided to adopt a boy. But thru a mistake, they received a girl. They decided to keep her anyway. While things were going well at home, there was a lot of drama going on at school. Anne made a best friend, Diana Barry, but she also made an enemy, Gilbert Bylthe.

What did you think: I loved this book, because it was care-free. I could just read the book, and forget about everything that is going on in my life. My favorite part was when Anne made up her friendship, with Gilbert Blythe.

Who would you recommend it to: someone who wants a fun and carefree book.

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

As I Lay Dying

William faulkner


4 stars.

Describe the book: Imagine how you would feel if your mother died. Or perhaps your wife. What would you say about them? Well, this book is exactly that, the story of the Bundren family. They were not a rich family, rather a very poor one, always referring to food rations. As this fantastic book progresses through their treck much drama happens, especially with lafe.

What did you think: I absolutely loved this book. I was able to not only read it but enjoy it and actually anticipated reading it. My favorite part was when Lafe came into the picture, but i can't spoil that part for you. The author did an outstanding job with his word choice and painted a vivid picture throughout the entire book, never confusing me as a reader.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who wants an interesting book, 10th grade+.

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


Alex Flinn


4 stars.

Describe the book: A guy named Kyle Kingsburry is going to be thaighta lesson by a witch named Kendra who transforms him into a beast, she gives him two years to find true love. When a man is caught stealing he trades his daughter for kyle to let him leave. Lindy gets home and starts to getting "Adrian" by the inside and not the outside but Kyle only has one year lef

What did you think: My favorite part of the book was been able to experience all the details rather than the movie. One of my favorite parts was the transformation of Kyle how Kendra had given him 2 years to find true love also when Linda met "Adrian" for the firs time and how they each got to know each other.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to romance readers.

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

Perks of being a wallflower

Stephen chbosky


4 stars.

Describe the book: Charlie is an average boy in school. We'll sort of average. It's not exactly popular, but he's more socially awkward. I guess you could call him a wallflower. That was, until two teens became his mentors. Throughout the story Charlie addresses what is going on in his life in a letter format. He talks about his daily life challenges and events.

What did you think: I love this book. It's one of those books that you don't want to put down. I feel teens can really connect to this book on a personal level.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like quotes

- B.O. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck


3 stars.

Describe the book: The Grapes of Wrath is a book that shows the struggle of a middle class family after having their land taken away by the bank. They head to California in hopes of getting good jobs and pay. They arrive only to find low unpredictable wages and brutal living conditions. As more devastating events and deaths happen, the family

Why should everyone read this book? I loved how Steinbeck was able to portray so many emotions so accurately. Steinbeck beautifully shows us each characters humor, pain and agony allowing the reader to really get a feel of their situation. Steinbeck also introduces profound ideas about the economy at the time which forces you to think in order to understand.

Who would you recommend it to: Any classic lover with patience for details.

- A.H. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

The Time Machine

H.G. Wells


4 stars.

Describe the book: The Time Traveler recounts his adventures and discoveries after visiting the year 802701. He meets a new, evolved race of humans (Eloi) that are so advanced that brains AND brawn are no longer necessary. Before returning, he finds carnivorous, sinister creatures named Morlocks. The narrator then visits the Time Traveler before the scientist vanishe

What did you think: The Time Machine was very analytical about the human race. I found it interesting how the Elois were evolved, but in a sense de-evolved in a comparison to the humans that existed in his or our time. Also, I enjoyed the end when the Time Traveler visited so far into the future where life was scarce and the sun was waning, showing we are not infinite

Who would you recommend it to: science-fiction/time travel lovers

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

The Fellowship of the Ring

J.R.R Tolkien


4 stars.

Describe the book: The first chapter of the book is about Bilbo's "eleventy one" birthday party. Bilbo decides to go on an "permanent holiday" and leaves hobbiton by using the magic ring. Fast forward a few chapters to the very end of the book, frodo decided it best to split the fellowship, and they all go their separate ways.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the part when Gandalf fought the balrog. He was very brave to stand before the giant beast, which is basically a demon on fire. In the battle, both fall into an abyss and we're never seen again (UNTIL LATER BOOKS)

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy adventure books!

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

Lone Survivor

Marcus Luttrell

958.1047 LUTTREL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Lone Survivor is A non-fiction book about a four man team of navy SEALS. It began as a simple recon/kill mission tasked with locating an al-qaeda leader, after an incident with a few goat herders it is decided to abandon the mission. These SEALS are then pursued down a mountain by hundreds of al-qaeda operatives. Read the book to find out more.

What did you think: I loved this book it was fantastically composed and very colorfully written and the descriptions make you think you were there. My favorite parts of the book were all of it there were no lulls in the action and no loss of intrest.

Who would you recommend it to: non-fiction lovers, military enthusiasts

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

Animal Farm

George Orwell


2 stars.

Describe the book: 'Animal Farm' is a great satire that embodies the events that occurred during the Russian revolution. It includes characters that clearly resemble some of those involved in the Russian revolution. This all being done through the strategic use of specific farm animals. The use of farm animals that through over their owners and begin a revolution.

What did you think: I believed that this book was very well written and I can see how many people would probably enjoy such a book, but I felt as if it was very dry and was not very engaging. The book had many memorable moments but did not meet up with my expectations. The book was impressing and I am glade I read it. I just probably wouldn't read it again.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy a very well written satire

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

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


3 stars.

Describe the book: "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about young and poor Jay Gatsby who falls in love with rich and popular Daisy Fay. Though kept apart initially, he tries to win her back years later after becoming a tremendously wealthy and well-known man. However, many complications that threaten to keep them apart arise.

Why should everyone read this book? This book was an easy, fast-paced read that I had no problem finishing. The difficulty for me was connecting to the characters on a personal level. Though they were likable enough at times, I struggled with them because their actions were either morally wrong or simply unkind. The book ended much too fast, I felt like it needed a longer resolution.

Who would you recommend it to: to anyone who likes books with a twist at the end

- Y.O. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Great Divorce

C.S Lewis

236.2 LEWIS

3 stars.

Describe the book: In this book Lewis (The Author) combats the notion that "everyone will be saved in the end." The book is based around this "bus ride" from Hell to Heaven . The Narrator of the book is offered a chance to stay in heaven upon arrival, but declines like many of the other "bus riders" so they may remain in hell

Why should everyone read this book? The book was a different read for me. Due to having a different religious background the books concept was extremely hard to grasp, but after reading through it and doing some research I extremely enjoyed the way in which the author makes it seem that not all people are "saved" nor want to be saved.

Who would you recommend it to: People who really enjoy digging into their books.

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




4 stars.

Describe the book: A great mead-hall named Heorot was built by King Hrothgar. The noise generated at Heorot angers a demon named Grendel. Beowulf hears of this and sails to Denmark to slay the beast along with it's mother. Afterwards, he returns home. Beowulf soon becomes king back home and rules for 50 years before he later must kill a dragon, leading to his demise.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book because it was full of action and kept me interested in the story. My favorite parts were all the places in the story that were greatly different from the movie.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy.

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

The Outsiders

S.E Hinton


4 stars.

Describe the book: The main character is Ponyboy Curtis who lives with his two brothers. Ponyboy and his friends are labeled as the "greasers" because they are poor, while the wealthy are labeled "Socs."These two groups are important to understand because of their differences. Pony's adventure and self development starts when violence leads to a Socs death.

What did you think: I love this book because it is written in Ponyboy's perspective so we get to know more about himself and his friends.I like each member of the greasers because they all have their differences but at the end of the day, they truly care for one another. My favorite part is when Johnny tells Pony to "stay golden."

Who would you recommend it to: Recommend this to everyone

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

The Boy Who Couldn't Die

William Sleator


3 stars.

Describe the book: It's about a boy who goes to a psychic to make him invulnerable to pain or death, then meets a girl who tells him the truth about what he's gotten into and sets out to gain his life back.

What did you think: it was a good book and kept you immersed in it and what would happen next. My favorite part was when sabine told him about what was actually happening and finding out truths.

Who would you recommend it to: people who love mysteries and creepy books.

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


Suzanne Colins


4 stars.

Describe the book: District 12 is gone. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. But, Gale has escaped. District 13 is real, and full of rebel leaders. And the girl on fire, Katniss Everdeen, has survived. District 13 needs her to become the Mockingjay and lead the rebellion. Will Katniss be able to set aside her anger and distrust and become the Mockingjay?

What did you think: This book was amazing. Colins gives her fans the final installment of the Hunger Games Saga. Seen through the mind of Katniss Everdeen, you'll be able to feel and react the way she does as the book unfolds. The internal conflict of Katniss' self-doubt in her ability to become the Mockingjay will keep readers guessing at what happens next.

Who would you recommend it to: Those who read the first two books of the saga.

- I.B. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




2 stars.

Describe the book: Beowulf goes to visit Hrothgar who is being harassed by a demon thing known as Grendel. Grendel is killing people in Hrothgars kingdom, so Beowulf kills it. Beowulf then battles the mother of Grendel and slays her. Beowulf returns to Geatland and becomes King, and after many years battles a dragon, killing both of them.

What did you think: Despite the fact that this book is very old and cool, it was not very entertaining. The ancient language got very old after just a few chapters, because it was mildly challenging to interpret what was going on. Overall the story-line is good though. My favorite part is when Beowulf rips Grendels arm off.

Who would you recommend it to: Scholars looking for a difficult read

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

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green and David Levithan


4 stars.

Describe the book: What would you do if you stumbled upon someone late one night? But it wasn't just "a someone", it was a someone with your exact name, even a similar story. Would you talk to them, become their friend? or would you walk away? This is exactly the question both Will Grayson and Will Grayson are faced with one night.

What did you think: I thought it was wonderfully written with suspenseful moments as well as comedic moments, although nothing beat the emotion felt when reading each boys story. So different, yet the same. John and David did an amazing job of writing raw emotions and giving you the ability to feel what each Will was feeling at the time.

Who would you recommend it to: anyone who loves to connect with the characters

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

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley


2 stars.

Describe the book: In this world, there are no such things as families, grief, liberty or religion. These kinds of things are disgusted by people in society. Children are created and raised in factories. People take drugs to become happy and everyone sleeps with everyone else. But what would happen if someone were to think and act differently than everyone else?

What did you think: To be honest, I didn't really like this book. This book gives you a vision of a world where no one has any individuality and the society is pretty messed up. I didn't really have a favorite part in the book, but I liked how dark this world was described in the novel. Even though this book isn't really my favorite, it was still an okay book to read.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers who prefer Utopian setting books.

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


Marie Lu


3 stars.

Describe the book: It starts with Fugitives Day and June heading to Las Vegas to meet with patriots. To there surprise the Elector Primo. Dies and in return for there help, patriots task day and June with killing the new elector. June goes under cover, and finds that the elector is not actually a bad guy. Also that Razor, head of patriots, in working for the republic

What did you think: This book defiantly got your emotions going, with Day and Junes relationship going like a roller coaster. Their is absoulty many suprises that you didn't see coming. One of my favorite parts is when Day and June enter The Colonies how they are in awstuck of how beuitful the lights are. I also enjoy how the girl that hated them Kaede, helped them.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves Adventure, Action, and lovestorys

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

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