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Woof

Spencer Quinn

J QUINN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Birdie's grandmother(granny)'s prize marlin (fish)goes missing. Birdie and her new dog Browser are on the case to figure it out. While they try, they go deeper and deeper in to unknown secrets.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book. For example, I loved it when Birdie and Browser broke in to the rival's store.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to people who love dogs.

- E.L. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library


Buzz Kill

Beth Fantaskey

TEEN FANTASK

3 stars.

Describe the book: A seventeen year old girl joins forces with her gorgeous but myserious classmate and they try to uncover who murdered their head football coach "Hollerin' Hank" Killdare--and why.

What did you think: I felt like what happened in this book could possibly happen in real life. My favorite part is when Millie tries to prove that her father didn't kill the coach and that in truth her French teacher killed him and framed her father.

Who would you recommend it to: realistic-lovers, murder-story-lovers

- G.E. (Grade 9) from Mountlake Terrace Library


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

J TWAIN

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a young boy(Tom Sawyer)and the mischievous adventures he has in his everyday life.Tom shares these adventures with his friends.Huckleberry Finn and Tom witness a murder, find a $12,000 treasure, and run away to be pirates with Joe Harper. And Becky and Tom get lost in a cave alone and get "engaged" to each other.

What did you think: I think this book is a great book because it is suspenseful, interesting, and a fun book to read.My favorite parts are when Huck and Tom are in a haunted house and the murderer almost finds them, when Tom, Huck, and Joe run away to be pirates, and when Tom and Huck find the treasure.So many things happen it is like you are reading lots of books.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle schoolers, 13 and up, adventure lovers.

- J.C. (Grade 8) from Edmonds Library


Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

FIC AUSTEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Sent to live with her prestigious aunt and uncle at Mansfield Park, Fanny Price grows up having social manners and education. Though considered simple by all but dear cousin Edmund, she has qualities of character the others lack. Pursued by a man she dislikes, gentle Fanny must stand strong and try to put aside the struggles arriving at Mansfield.

What did you think: I admired Fanny very much and considered her my favorite character. My favorite part was when she got to see William her brother and spend time with him.

Who would you recommend it to: Jane Austen lovers!

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


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

J.K. Rowling

822.92 THORNE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Harry Potter's middle child, Albus, sets off to his first year at Hogwarts, though he soon finds it wasn't everything he expected it to be, especially after he is sorted into Slytherin. His only friend is Scorpius, the son of Draco Malfoy, and he struggles with the pressure of being the son of the chosen one.

What did you think: This story was just as good as the first seven Harry Potter books. I didn't want to put it down, but I also didn't want it to be over. Honestly, I just wish that it was longer. I loved finding out what happened to everyone after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Who would you recommend it to: Harry Potter fans/everyone

- A.G. (Grade 12) from Marysville Library


Frindle

Andrew Clements

J CLEMENT

4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Nicholas (Nick)gets Mrs. Granger, the scariest teacher as teacher. She's obsessed with the dictionary and that's when Nick gets one of his famous ideas. He creates a word. Frindle. He convinces everyone to say his word instead of the word 'pen'. Mrs. Granger and Nick has war.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book and never got bored of it, when I read it over and over again. My favorite part was on page 35. That was the part where the word FRINDLE was born.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this to Andrew Clements' lovers.

- E.L. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library


Tear You Apart

Sarah Cross

TEEN CROSS

4 stars.

Describe the book: There is no way to escape her fairy-tale curse. Vivian knows one day she will be killed by he on-again off-again boy friend. Then, she meets Jasper her "snow-white" Prince Charming, but, she can't help but fall in love with Henley, her on-and-off boyfriend who is destined to hunt her down, and cut out her heart before she can break his.

What did you think: I felt like this book transported the reader in another world. My favorite part of this book was that Vivian fell for Henley, her destined killer instead of falling for Jasper, who is a stuck-up prince. This was my favorite part because she loves a person who cares about her, not a person who is just marring her just to marry someone.

Who would you recommend it to: fairy-tale lovers, high-school students

- G.E. (Grade 9) from Mountlake Terrace Library


Room

Emma Donoghue

FIC DONOGHU

4 stars.

Describe the book: Through the eyes of five year old Jack, a mother held captive and her son are rescued by the Jack's courageous feat. After escaping their shed (Room), Ma readjusts to the world's changes after being held prisoner for 7 years and Jack experiences the world for the first time.

What did you think: Beautifully written; a true work of art. Donoghue captures the mind of a 5 year old boy perfectly and illustrates the haunting story of the unbreakable bond of a mother and her son. Wonderful read!

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone 13+

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


The truth about forever

Sarah dessen

TEEN DESSEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Macy's boyfriend is at brain camp while she works at the library for the summer. At her job, the workers do not get along with Macy and Jason breaks up with her. Macy works at a catering job with Wes and she falls for him, then she quits the library job. While, her mother is grieving over her father's death and her sister repairs the beach house.

What did you think: I feel that it was a realistic book how nothing goes as planned, but I do not like how she has to choose between Jason and Wes. When Wes is clearly the one for her. My favorite part was when Wes asked Macy the final question in truth "what would you do, if you could do anything?" Then she said "this" and kissed him.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, YA readers, contemporary lovers

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


Stolen

Lucy Christopher

TEEN CHRISTO

3 stars.

Describe the book: Gemma is 16 years old and she was drugged and kidnapped by Ty from an airport. She was taken to an Australian desert and forced to stay with him. He has been watching her for years and wanted her. He tells her that he loves her and she slowly falls in love with him too because he saves her in the wild. A snake bites her and she returns home.

What did you think: I feel that the two characters were quite romantic because they helped each other when they were wounded. But it was messed up how he had to kidnap her and force her to live with him. My favorite part was when she was returned home after the hospital because that's were she was supposed to be. Plus she misses her parents and her old city life.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, thriller lovers, mystery lovers

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


The Unexpected Everything

Morgan Matson

TEEN MATSON

4 stars.

Describe the book: This books is about a girla who is dealing with sudden changes happening in her life. While DeLong with them she learts how to accommodate and change for the bethere, whether it is better for her or the ones around her.

What did you think: I loved the BOOK! My favorite part was when Andie meets Clark at the beginning and how they react to one another, the are different yet the match each other perfectly.

Who would you recommend it to: This is definitely for romancesale fanatics!

- M.C. (Grade 10) from Monroe Library


Tears of a tiger

Sharon M. Draper

TEEN DRAPER

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Gerald was 3 he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous,and tragedy strikes. Years later his Aunt Queen died his drug-using mother gets custody of him,so he lives with her and her child-molesting husband, who molests his half-sister, Angel.In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing fire defending Angel again.

What did you think: i felt like this book teaches kids and teens to stand up against wrong and to fight with fists only when needed. My favorite part weas when Jordan Sparks went to jail , he could no longer hurt Geraldf or Angel, but later he came back when Gerald was a teenagter in high school and Angel was 13 and dancing.

Who would you recommend it to: high-school teens, realistic-fiction lovers

- G.E. (Grade 6) from Mountlake Terrace Library


Darkness before dawn

Sharon M. Draper

TEEN DRAPER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Keisha Montgomery , a senior attending Hazel wood High school, is recovering from the recent suicide of her ex, she meets the attractive Jonathan Hathaway, the son of the school's principal. She is excited and enticed someone treats her like a woman and not a child for once. She is swept of her feet and misses all the signs that he's bad news.

What did you think: I believe that this book teaches us to be careful of the people whom we have feelings for. It also teaches us to be cautions and to listen to the people who care deeply for us. My favorite part was when Keisha goes back to school after 2 weeks have gone by since she was almost raped by Jonathan. It is my favorite because she shows him wrong.

Who would you recommend it to: high-school students, realistic-fiction lovers

- G.E. (Grade 9) from Mountlake Terrace Library


Riders

Rossi, Veronica

TEEN ROSSI

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the four horsemen, war, death, famine, and conquest. They had to die in order to be reborn, read the life of war how he died, fell in love, got a flaming hores, saved the world, just your average everyday life. ;)

What did you think: My favorite part of the book was when they named their horses of the apocalypse, I will not spoil it for you but it has something to do with their personality!!

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book middle/high school kids

- K.G. (Grade 6) from Marysville Library


Welcome To The Dark House

laurie stolarz

TEEN STOLARZ

3 stars.

Describe the book: seven kids who love horror are given the chance to meet their favorite horror movie director, and take a three day trip to the dark house. Half way through their trip they all start to notice things that are not normal, and people are disappearing. will they ever meet the director or will they loose their selves along the way.

What did you think: im not usually one to watch or read horror but after reading this im might change that. this book will keep on edge and wanting more. the best part is watching the kids forming friendships over the time there at the dark house, and watching them end when they meet the "director."

Who would you recommend it to: i would recommend this book to horror lovers

- c.d. (Grade 10) from Sultan Library


magnus chase and the gods of asgard

rick riordan

TEEN RIORDAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: a young boy living on the streets after his mothers death, finds out hes a son of a norse god. now on his sixteenth birthday he dies, and is set on the run from monsters to find the sword of summer, his fathers sword, to stop an apocalypse

What did you think: this book is just an example of rick riordans talent and it make you wonder what it would be like to live in a world of the gods.

Who would you recommend it to: i would recommend this to mythology people

- c.d. (Grade 10) from Sultan Library


A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah j. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Feyre is a normal human girl who once went hunting and killed a wolf, not knowing that it was really a faerie out in the world looking for the cure to a curse. Feyre is then hunted down by the Lord of Spring and taken to Prythian, land of the Fae, where she finds out that /she/ is the cure.

What did you think: Perfectly constructed story that was completely unpredictable from the start

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy-loving teens

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


A Court of Mist and Fury

Sarah j. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Feyre is in love with the Lord of Spring, but has a bargain with the treacherous Lord of Night the once saved her life. She must go to the Night Court for one week every month. What she discovers is so much more than what she signed up for.

What did you think: I thought it was absolutely amazing, a twisted version of Beaut and the Beast with a mix of the story of Persephone and Hades.

Who would you recommend it to: Older teens who are into Fantasy and adventure

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


The Hidden Oracle

Rick Riordan

TEEN RIORDAN

2 stars.

Describe the book: The God Apollo was thrown out of Olympus by his father, Zeus, for helping Demigods on a quest to defeat a common enemy. Apollo s transformed into a human and must complete three trials in order to earn his immortality back.

What did you think: I thought it was very well written, and Apollo is a very dramatic character

Who would you recommend it to: People who have enjoyed Rick's previous books

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini taylor

TEEN TAYLOR

3 stars.

Describe the book: Karou is an anomaly to both human,chimaera, and Seraphim kind. This is a story about how she travels between worlds in order to find out who she is, and who she has been unknowingly working for.

What did you think: I love how Karou- her name- literally means 'hope' in her home language, because she signifies the hope of every chimaera and seraphim.

Who would you recommend it to: YA readers

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Rot and ruin

Jonathan Maberry

TEEN MABERRY

4 stars.

Describe the book: The zombie apocalypse has happened. Most humans live in fenced of towns. Benny Imura lives in one of these towns with is brother tom. He needs a job. He ends up as an apprentice to tom who is a badass bounty hunter. When his friend nix is kidnapped benny must venture into the rot and ruin and do everything it takes to get her back.

What did you think: I love this book! I am so glad it is a series! It really makes you wonder who the monsters are. The zombies who are eating humans? Or the bounty hunters who are torturing zombies.

Who would you recommend it to: Tweens, teens

- W.R. (Grade 8) from Stanwood Library


My Father's World

Michael Phillips and Judith Pella

FIC PHILLIP

2 stars.

Describe the book: Orphaned Corrie Belle Hollister and her 4 siblings travel to California in search of their Uncle Nick. Upon arriving, they find their pa who they heard was dead! It takes alot of getting used to for them all to break the barriers and get to know each other. Fights and trouble at the mine occur, but eventually they all draw together into a family.

What did you think: My favorite part was when Corrie's Pa would let down his gruffness and really get to know his kids.

Who would you recommend it to: Girls who like journals of the frontier

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


The Running Dream

Wendelin Van Draanen

TEEN VAN DRA

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is a very amazing and inspirational story that will change the way you look disabled people or any other person. The author shows that everyone can make is through the toughest times. She tells us how to help others, shows us the support of everyone we know, and makes us see the worst of things seem like the best.

What did you think: This book made me see how some people are struggling more than we may realize. It made me think about the how other people react to tragedies, and how even an everyday person can change someone's life forever. I'm in track and now that I've read this book, I feel so thankful that I can walk, run, and race.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle School Kids

- M.W. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library


Smart girls get what they want

Sarah strohmeyer

TEEN STROHME

4 stars.

Describe the book: Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are geniuses and they succeed in a school. When they found out that Neerja's succeeding sister did not have many friends, they suceed in getting noticed by facing fears. Gigi runs for student rep although she isn't good with public speaking. Bea skis in a school competition and Neerja additions for Romeo and Juliet as Juliet.

What did you think: I feel that it was a great book, the three best friends have a good connected and other characters have a good connection with them. My favorite part was when Gigi rejected Will when he asked to go to the winter dance for her friends. But in the end in the winter dance, Mike confesses to Gigi and they kissed. Mike and Gigi connected in his book.

Who would you recommend it to: contemporary lovers, YA readers, romance lovers

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


I've got your number

Sophie kinsella

FIC KINSELL

2 stars.

Describe the book: Poppy loses her engagement ring and her phone gets stolen prior to her wedding. She finds a business phone in a trash bin and uses it to find her ring. The ring was a family ring from her in laws. The phone was a connected to a worker named Sam's phone who she falls for. The wedding cancels when Poppy finds out that Magnus isn't unable to commit.

What did you think: In my taste it wasn't a book for me, it's suited for adults with office jobs. My favorite part was when in the wedding, Magnus wasn't listening to the vows and Poppy freaks out. Then she confronts him that he only wants to get married to prove it to people. Sam messages the weddings guests to don't marry Magnus. She doesn't then she's with Sam.

Who would you recommend it to: Adult readers, romance lovers, office works

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


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