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Maze runner Teen Book Maze runner

James Dashner
TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about all of these boys that were put in the maze as a test to see who could survive, Thomas the main character leads the way and figures out more in 3 days about the maze then anybody has figured out in 3 years

What did you think: My favorite part is when Thomas gets stuck in the maze overnight and is the first person ever to survive a night in the maze

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure lovers

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




Mark of Athena Teen Book Mark of Athena

Rick Riordan
TEEN RIORDAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Annabeth, Piper, Jason, and Leo all land at the Roman camp where Percy and his new friends are found. The group come together for a quest to find the mark of athena which is how they bring the Greek and Roman camps together.

What did you think: My favorite part was when Jason and Percy were posted by spirits and forced to fight each other.

Who would you recommend it to: Mythology lovers

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




Insurgent Teen Book Insurgent

Veronica Roth
TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: After the war broke out, Tris, Tobias, Caleb Peter, and Tobais's dad are hiding out in Amity. Together they go to Candor and reunite with the other Dauntless members. From there, they build an army along with the Factionless to take down Erudite and Jeanine once and for all. The end of the battle only reveals the paralyzing, surprising truth.

What did you think: I love the intensity of the story. Tris and Tobais's relationship grow in a good way and you fall even more in love with them. All the other characters are revealed and built on so you get to see their true selves. Also, the descriptive language puts you in the book. The plot twists can keep you reading for hours.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loved Divergent

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




The Return of the King book The Return of the King

J.R.R. Tolkien
FIC TOLKIEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The story continues off of The Two Towers. The battle of Pelennor fields takes place at Minas Tirith while Frodo and Sam make their way to Mordor to destroy the one ring.

What did you think: I really enjoyed reading this book, it was probably the best book in the trilogy. My favorite part was when Aragorn led the ghost army into battle.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this book to everyone.

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




American sniper book American sniper

Chris Kyle
BIO KYLE KYLE

3 stars.

Describe the book: It was about a guy's personal story who turned out to be one of the best SEAL's ever known, he tells you about what happened during training and his life before becoming a SEAL. It's a very good read and is discriptive. It is now a movie which I have also seen and recommend.

What did you think: I liked knowing how he felt and how he tells the story . You can tell he really loves his country and sacrifices a lot for the people he loves

Who would you recommend it to: people who enjoy combat stories

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




Silence Silence

Natasha Preston

4 stars.

Describe the book: Oakley, a girl who has stayed silent for eleven years. She stopped talking at the age of five and only uses physical actions to speak to others. No one knows why she doesn't speak and her one friend Cole stays by her side. Even when she's bullied at school, and she's left in her own little world.

What did you think: I thought this book was very interesting, it had many good parts that made me sad and realize others around me could have the same problem. I loved the character Oakley and the way she thought deep in her mind. You also will be suprised about the secret she is keeping inside her and whether it is revealed or not.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves a good quick read.

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



Love is the Higher Law Teen Book Love is the Higher Law

David Levithan
TEEN LEVITHA

4 stars.

Describe the book: Claire, Jasper, and Peter are all teenagers in the same city - New York. They are all there when the terrorist attack of 9/11 strikes. These are their stories of love, loss, courage, and strength, and how, through it all, their stories help one another.

What did you think: This book was very moving, and forgive me for being harsh, but my favorite part was the actual attack. Levithan had a way of making it real, yet so far away. Granted, at the time of the real attack, I was just 1. My other favorite part was the end, when all was concluded and "back to normal".

Who would you recommend it to: History lovers

- D.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library




the Monster of Florence book the Monster of Florence

Douglas Preston
364.1523 PRESTON

3 stars.

Describe the book: A serial killer in Italy that the investigation got really messed up by the Italian police and to this day do not have to correct person convicted.

What did you think: very interesting because I enjoy true crime and I have also been to Italy but I felt a lack of respect for the Italian criminal system because they went off emotions from the community instead of good detective work.

Who would you recommend it to: those who enjoy true crime

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




One more step One more step

Sheree Fitch

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a kid name Julian. He had a rough childhood because his parents got divorced when he was a year old and since that day his mother began dating other guys. Then on Christmas a guy named Jean Paul came to their house and handed her a Christmas present in a jewelry box. She loved it, so she kissed him. Will they get together?

What did you think: I feel really bad for Julian and Chris because their parents divorced and that's a real problem to deal with. My favorite part was when Julian realizes that it is not blood that determines true family , but the willingness to stand together with people you care about a lot. Julian realizes this after a lot of problems he had on his hands.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this to my dad

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


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Paper Towns Teen Book Paper Towns

John Green
TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Margo is mysterious and fun and her childhood friend and neighbor, Quentin has been in love with her. One night, Margo shows up at Quentin's house and takes him on an unforgettable adventure only to disappear the next day. Quentin sets out to find Margo and makes many discoveries along the way.

What did you think: it was a good book full of adventure, I really enjoyed reading it and it is definitely a book I will never forget. Margo's character was inspiring, as well as Quentin's.

Who would you recommend it to: people who love adventure

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




Bossypants book Bossypants

Tina Fey
BIO FEY FEY

4 stars.

Describe the book: Tina Fey's life story is told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, all in one book.

What did you think: I really love Tina Fey as a comedian and I really loved the book! Reading stories from her time on Saturday Night Live was definitely one of my favorite parts.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves Tina Fey

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




Steve Jobs book Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson
BIO JOBS ISAACSO

3 stars.

Describe the book: Walter Isaacson's 'Steve Jobs' documents the life of the Apple co founder, informing us of his times in school, and also of the opening of Apple Inc. and the events thereafter.

What did you think: I enjoyed the book's perspective into the life of someone as renowned as Jobs. It was cool to learn of making of the Apple headquarters.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy biographies

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




Charlie St. Cloud book Charlie St. Cloud

Ben Sherwood
FIC SHERWOO

4 stars.

Describe the book: Charlie st. cloud goes to the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that took Sam's life, Charlie obtains an extraordinary gift; to see, talk, and even play catch with Sam's spirit. Into his magical world comes Tess Corroll, a woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe.

What did you think: I thought it was just amazing, touching, wise, and full of hope, everything a wonderful novel should be. A real shining proclamation of life. This book is in my top 10 favorite novels I've ever read. One of my favorite parts was when Charlie first discovered he could see and feel his younger brothers (sam's) spirit. It was very touching.

Who would you recommend it to: For anyone that loves magical love story

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




Staying Strong eAudio Book Staying Strong

Demi Lavato
eAUDIO OVERDRI

4 stars.

Describe the book: Staying Strong by Demi Lavato is a book about going through life one day at a time. Weather it's a good or bad day, this book can help you. Staying Strong has 365 quotes and inspirational goals, one for each day pf the year. No matter what you're going through this book has brave and hopeful insights that help you with your journey through life.

What did you think: Staying Strong is a really good book that helped me get through whatever I was dealing with. I loved how Demi took quotes from lots of different things and not just famous people. She even put in some of her own quotes. One of my favorite quotes in the book is "it's better to feel every emotion, including painful ones, than not feeling at all".

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who is in need of inspiration and Demi fans

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




Dream Factory Teen Book Dream Factory

Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
TEEN BARKLEY

3 stars.

Describe the book: When the characters of Disney World go on strike, teens are brought in to take their place. Ella plays Cinderella, and Luke is Dale, the lesser of Chip and Dale. But as their time together at the park grows, and they are paired up for a scavenger hunt, they discover deeper feelings for each other than just the surface. At Disney, dreams come true.

What did you think: This book was not my absolute favorite. Growing up on Disney, I thought the way the authors described the park was not very nice, and I had trouble getting through that part. BUT, the growing romance of Ella and Luke over all through Disney made me like the book more, and it was well written, along with great plot twists, adventures, and secrets.

Who would you recommend it to: Disney lovers, romance lovers

- D.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library




The One Teen Book The One

Kiera Cass
TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Now with so many rebel attacks on the palace, Maxon has sent 30 girls home, and five remain, America Singer included. The stakes are higher, the tension is intense, and only one will become Maxon's wife, the next princess of Illea. America continues to struggle with the choice of Aspen or Maxon; but in the end, she turns out to be a true lady.

What did you think: This book is the most intense book in the "The Selection" trilogy. I love this book more than the first time I read it, and this is only my 2nd reading of it! My favorite part is the end; and to save from any spoiling, I will only say that there is a wedding after bloodshed.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, fantasy enjoyers, daydreamers

- D.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library




The Elite Teen Book The Elite

Kiera Cass
TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: America Singer, once a normal girl in the kingdom of Illea, is now part of the Elite, the final 10 (or less) girls in the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart and to be the next princess. Now that Aspen, her former love, has shown up as a guard, America struggles with choosing him or Maxon, and also makes an enemy with the hard ruling king.

What did you think: This is my second time reading the book, and I loved the first time, and I loved it even more the second. Cass has a way of making you part of the story: When America cried, I was on the verge of tears myself; and when she and Maxon got in a fight, my heart was aching along side them.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, fantasy enjoyers

- D.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library




Looking for Alaska Teen Book Looking for Alaska

John Green
TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Miles Halter enrolls in boarding school his junior year. At the school, he meets an attractive and flirtatious girl, Alaska Young. Their group conspire together, pulling pranks on students and staff. Miles starts to feel a love for Alaska, and she seems to reciprocate. One night after getting drunk, they kiss, subsequently altering the future.

What did you think: "Looking for Alaska" was an excellent book in the sense of all the metaphorical interpretations. Every detail has some theme or inner meeting, some harder to derive than others. My favorite part was when Alaska, for the second time, shares the last words of Simon Bolivar, "Damn it. How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!"

Who would you recommend it to: Ages 13+ who have a sense of maturity

- I.R. (Grade 9) from Camano Island Library (Interim)




The Selection Teen Book The Selection

Kiera Cass
TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: America Singer is a Five in the kingdom of Illea, and Prince Maxon is a One, and the One for many girls across the nation. When America is chosen for the Selection, a contest to be Maxon's wife, the Princess of Illea, her life is flipped over. All of a sudden, she's overwhelmed with the duties of a lady. That's without the conflict of love emotions

What did you think: Having read this book for a second time, it goes without saying that I love this book. I'm a nut for a good teen romance novel, and Cass delivers that perfectly in "The Selection".

Who would you recommend it to: Teen romance lovers, fantasy enjoyers

- D.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library




Bully book Bully

Penelope Douglas
eBOOK OVERDRI

4 stars.

Describe the book: Jared and Tate were best friends for years. Then Jared goes away to his dad's house and gets abused. When he comes back hes mean to Tate and acts like he hates her. He bullies her for years even though he loves her.

What did you think: I thought it was a very good book and well written.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like love stories

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




Girl Online Teen Book Girl Online

Zoe Sugg
TEEN SUGG

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about Penny, or Girl Online, who makes her way through life as she suffers panic attacks and anxiety, her blog keeping her sane, as well as her best friend Elliot. When bullying becomes an issue at school, her family goes to New York, where she falls for an American boy with a secret.

What did you think: I felt that this book was very sweet, and very much a teen chick flick novel. It's written in first person, but I love how very descriptive it is, and how it features the blog posts as if you're experiencing that snippet of Penny's life like a fan of her blog. I also love the way the relationships between the characters were described.

Who would you recommend it to: Young adults and fans of Zoella on YouTube.

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




Fault in our stars Teen Book Fault in our stars

John Green
TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was a love story between two people that both had cancer. Their story begins at a support group, they start talking and decide to hang out. They both ended up falling for each other. Only one of them knows they have cancer at first but in the end the other gets it. They both have only a certain amount of time to live.

What did you think: I felt really sad about this book because you know that one of them is gonna die and it's really sad because they're in love and they can't have a future together without knowing one of them is passing soon. My favorite part is when they first see each other because they are sitting in support group and he can't stop starring at her.

Who would you recommend it to: People that enjoy romance

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




Looking for Alaska Teen Book Looking for Alaska

John green
TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: A boy is bored of his boring life so he asks his parents to send him away to boarding school. When he's there he meets his roommate and new best friend. They pull off pranks and stuff like that.

What did you think: It was a good book because it gave off things a lot of people go through.

Who would you recommend it to: Mystery fun

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




The Hound Of Rowan Juvenile Book The Hound Of Rowan

Henry H. Neff
J NEFF

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Max McDaniels discovers a mysterious tapestry, a great power awakens within him. Whisked away to the magical school of Rowan Academy, Max discovers a mystery beyond imagination. As students vanish and monsters emerge from the shadows, Max finds himself caught in the middle of a manevolent plot that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear

What did you think: Despite being written for young, middle school aged children, people of all ages will find this story a pleasent read. Filled with diverse, unique characters, and an easy-to-understand world, readers can jump into the story and feel right at home. Henry H. Neff portrays a heartwarming story, with a school magical enough to rival Hogwarts.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes Harry Potter will love this.

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




Duff Teen Book Duff

Kody Keplinger
TEEN KEPLING

3 stars.

Describe the book: Bianca Piper; 17 years old.DUFF.Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Often seen with her beautiful and popular best friends, it was rare to find herself at the center of attention. After being forced to work with Wesley Rush, the schools player, she finds herself falling for him and must decide whether she should stay with her boyfriend, or pursue Wes Rush.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book because I love the never ending drama and the whole cliche high school experience. For example the typical high school dances which teenagers are pressured to experience. I think one of my favorite aspect of the book Bianca's urge to beat Wesley in something, and finally achieving that by beating him in scrabble.

Who would you recommend it to: High schoolers and young adults.

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




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