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Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee

FIC LEE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Set twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee resurrects her beloved characters. When Jean Lousie, now twenty six, returns to Maycomb from New York, she finds what looks like a betrayal. As she begins to seek answers, she discovers that while there are secrets and differences, there doesn't have to be strife.

What did you think: I adore this book. It brought back everything that I loved in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Atticus does not disappoint. I'm so glad that it was published in 2014 instead of 1960, because the ideals and main theme of the novel are vastly relevant in today's world. Everyone needs to read this book.

Who would you recommend it to: If you're a human, read this book.

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


The eye of minds

James Dashner

TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Michael and his friends get contact from a secret organization asking them to go in the cyber world and hack there way into finding a cyber terrorist they quickly accept. The game soon turns fatal when they find themselves hacking into new games, with deadly consequences if they lose.

What did you think: I loved this book because it was quite different from James Dashners other series. I especially liked when Michael, Sarah and Bryson start out in the war game and get killed about 48 times.

Who would you recommend it to: Sci-fi lovers and people who like dystopian books.

- A.D. (Grade 8) from Coupeville Library


Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard

TEEN AVEYARD

3 stars.

Describe the book: In a dystopian future society, people are divided by the color of their blood: Red is for ordinary people, while Silver blood runs through the veins of the privileged. Due to their special powers and abilities, Silvers are able to keep the Reds as servants under their control. That is, until Mare discovers that she has a part of both.

What did you think: This book isn't your usual dystopian future. The character development was a reverse to the usual sci-fi novel. I loved this book because though there are a few cliches, there are just enough new ideas to make it feel fresh and real. Plus, it's been a long time since I read a good old fashioned betrayal. Spoilers.

Who would you recommend it to: People who are tired of the usual sci-fi.

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


Jackaby

William Ritter

TEEN RITTER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Abigail Rook is trying to figure out where she belongs. She's spent her whole life running, searching for adventure, and only finding a couple of old rocks. That is, until she takes the plunge and moves to London, where she meets Mr. Jackaby, consulting detective of the strange and superstitious.

What did you think: This book sounds a lot like a Sherlock Holmes novel, but it adds a fantasy element that I've never seen in a mystery novel before. It's not like Scooby Doo, where the villain is always a guy in a mask. A great detective novel keeps you guessing, and this one did. A+ to William Ritter, I now need the sequel.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy and mystery lovers.

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


Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

John Piper

232.96 PIPER

4 stars.

Describe the book: This slim volume devotes two pages each to fifty reasons Jesus came to die. The fifty reasons are not causes--they are purposes for His death on the cross. Some of these reasons are "To Give Us a Clear Conscience," "To Become a Ransom for Many," "To Gather All His Sheep From Around the World," and "So That He Would Be Crowned with Glory and Honor."

What did you think: I slowly read through this book over several weeks, savoring its insights. I came to appreciate what Jesus did for me by dying on the cross more than I ever have before. It was an excellent read, as are all John Piper's books. One of my favorite reasons was "To Gain His Joy and Ours."

Who would you recommend it to: Christians and those curious about Christianity

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


My Secret Guide to Paris

Lisa Schroeder

J SCHROED

4 stars.

Describe the book: Just as soon as Nora's dream of traveling to Paris with her grandmother comes true. Noras grandmother is hit by a car on the way to the grocery store. But as Nora and her mother are cleaning out the grandmothers house Nora find a locked box and a whole bunch of envelopes with her name on it. Now only if her mother would take her grandmas place

What did you think: My favorite part was when Nora and her mother were at the talent show.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle school kids

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


Make Lemonade

Virginia Euwer Wolff

TEEN WOLFF

4 stars.

Describe the book: LaVaughn needs a job, and quick if she is going to pay for her college funds. She finds a notice about a babysitting job, and she takes it. However, this job is not what she expects. A teenage mother is living in a run down, dirty apartment that is three months behind rent. This is the story of LaVaughn helping their family get back on track.

What did you think: This book was a great read. It was written in an almost poetic style, which I thought was a great way to portray how the characters were feeling and thinking. My favorite part was when LaVaughn decided to help out with the family, even though she wasn't being payed anymore.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle school kids

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


Perfect Season

Tim Green

eBOOK OVERDRI

4 stars.

Describe the book: Troy has moved to New Jersey in order to be a football genius for the New York Jets. But his dreams have backfired ever since his father has taken his whole salary. Now Troy will have to go to Summit. Who's football team has an unbroken losing streak. Troy's got to play hard if he wants to win big. It will take all of his genius to win every game.

What did you think: I personally think that this book was created simply by pure football knowledge. Tim Green has played 8 years as a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons. He really give an insider's edge to all his sports thrillers. My most favorite part of the book by far is when Troy scores the last touchdown to make a perfect season for his team. How inspiring.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love football and inspiring stories.

- A.D. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library


The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

Genevieve Valentine

FIC VALENTI

4 stars.

Describe the book: In a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, set in the 1920's, 12 sisters are trapped inside the house by their father. After learning to dance, the sisters start sneaking out at night to go dancing. Soon, their father decides to start marrying them off, and he becomes suspicious of their activities at night.

What did you think: This book was absolutely amazing. I didn't know quite what to expect, but this book was full of excitement, suspense, and romance. I enjoyed learning about the different personalities of all the sisters, especially the relationship between Jo and Lou, the oldest sisters.

Who would you recommend it to: romance lovers; historic fiction lovers

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


A Want so Wicked

Suzanne Young

TEEN YOUNG

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Elise starts at her new job, she is surprised at how much both Abe -who she works with- and Harlin -a regular costumer- are attracted to her, and she is a Forgotten. Then her sister starts acting strange, and then almost evil. She finds out that she is also a Forgotten -and has turned to the dark side with Abe- and she doesn't know what to do.

What did you think: I really hated how Elise was kept in the dark for so much of the story, and evil people were using her, when the point of her life is to do good. but I adored the part of the book where Harlin realized who she was and how destined they were for each other since she came back -and he remembered her, unlike anyone else from her past life.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who enjoy sweet/creepy suspenseful books

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


A Need So Beautiful

Suzanne Young

TEEN YOUNG

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Need is taking over Charlotte's life, pulling her to wherever it felt like it, away from her perfect life. Then she finds out that her doctor is her Seer that is supposed to help her, but won't tell her anything about the women that threaten her in her dreams. Will she give in to the Need and be forgotten by everyone, or become an evil Shadow?

What did you think: I loved the part when Charlotte first discovered the golden patch on her shoulder, freaked out, went to her doctor, and he just told her how beautiful it was. I also felt really bad for her when she went to say goodbye one last time to her best friend before it was too late, but she had already completely forgotten her.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who love romance mixed into science-fiction

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

J SEWELL

3 stars.

Describe the book: Black Beauty first memory is of being in a kind household with his mother. But as time goes on, he is moved from place to place. Some are cruel and some are kind, but will Beauty find his home at last?

What did you think: I really liked this book, but sometimes the author rambles a bit.

Who would you recommend it to: Real life lovers, that like a fiction twist.

- H.B. (Grade 7) from Monroe Library


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


All the things you are

Courtney Sheinmel

J SHEINME

2 stars.

Describe the book: Carley is popular until her mother is arrested for embellishing funs through Lovelock fall which is a soap opera. Carley start to be avoided by all of her friends. Now Carley is not sure how she feels about her mother .

What did you think: I relized that all families have there ups and downs but I am very luck for what I have and all the people that love me.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle as hook kids

- 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


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