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SNO-ISLE SPECIAL: Book Reviews By Local Teens

The Time Machine book The Time Machine

2 stars.

Describe the book: The Time Traveller, a scientist who has made a marvelous machine that can allow you to travel through time, puts his creation to the test. Soon he is in a strange place, during the year 802,700. He discovers the rather happy evolution of human beings. But as he plans to return, he realizes that his time machine is missing. What will he do next?

What did you think: At first I found Wells usage of 19th century English confusing which disappointed me. But the actual plot of this book was quite interesting. I love the idea of a mystery species lurking in the darkness just waiting to strike.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like the idea of time travel.

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

H. G. Wells
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

2 stars.

Describe the book: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is about a man named Professor Aronnax who embarks on a journey to capture a sea monster who has been terrorizing ships. His ship is eventually attacked by a monster. Aronnax later comes to realize that the monster is a submarine piloted by the mysterious Captain Nemo, and he goes on an amazing underwater voyage.

What did you think: The underwater exploration fascinated me. My favorite part of the book was when the monster sunk Aronnax's ship. But I felt that although this was an amazing story which was ahead of its time, the author took too long to describe each event or object. This bored me.

Who would you recommend it to: Underwater adventure and science-fiction lovers.

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

Jules Verne
Kissed by An Angel Teen Book Kissed by An Angel

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book Kissed by An Angel is a book about a high school boy; Tristan, and a high school girl; Ivy, who fall in love with each other. One day a tragic car accident takes Tristan's life but leaves Ivy alive. Ivy is a devastated mess and cant stop thinking about Tristan. Was the car accident just an accident?

What did you think: I love this book and the rest of the series. It is a very sad romance book so you may need a few boxes of tissues so be prepared. On top of being very sad this book is filled with suspense I couldn't stop reading, I would stay up until 1am reading some days.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love romance, suspense, and angels.

- T.M. (Grade 8) from Lake Stevens Library

Elizabeth Chandler
I kill the Mockingbird Juvenile Book I kill the Mockingbird

4 stars.

Describe the book: In a town where the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" is labeled as "boring" and "not worth it", three normal teenagers decide to do something about it. They make "To Kill A Mockingbird" a forbidden fruit so that people would get excited to read it, but the internet had other plans. It turns into a world-wide epidemic. A Mockingbird Manifesto begins!

What did you think: I thought I liked "To Kill A Mockingbird", but this book really wraps this book and shoves it into a different perspective! An AWESOME book, and sooo funny. For example: Santa Claus with an Axe, a ukulele concert, a cure for cancer; need I continue? So put back your books(and read this one) or Boo Radley will get you!!!

Who would you recommend it to: Mid to High school kids,real life,and book lovers!

- S.P. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library

Paul Acampora
A Voice in the Wind book A Voice in the Wind

4 stars.

Describe the book: Julia, a spoiled Roman young woman; Marcus, her promiscius older brother; Hadassah, a Jewish slave girl--this book entertwines their lives into a truly engaging novel. When Marcus falls in love with Hadassah, how will she respond? And when Julia finds that her faithful but enigmatical slave is actually a Christian, will she spare Hadassah's life?

What did you think: This book is a powerful work of historical fiction, but it also struck me as an allegory of modern society. So many of the evils that destroyed the Roman empire are also destroying Western society. I loved gentle Hadassah and her selfless devotion to her tempermental mistress. FYI--this novel is very realistic, and contains quite a bit of innuendo.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for an interesting, uplifting novel

- C.B. (Grade 11) from Lake Stevens Library

Francine Rivers
Fahrenheit 451 book Fahrenheit 451

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book takes place in the not so distant future when society is controlled by technology and entertainment.Fireman start fires and burn books. One fireman rebels from this-Guy Montag-and keeps some books. In turn, he is pursued and flees from the city right after it is bombed from an enemy country. He joins a homeless group who appreciate books.

What did you think: Many say this book is a classic and for so many reasons it is. This books explores many themes such as: Knowledge against ignorance, technology and it's control on people, and censorship. Bradbury predicts an all too realistic future from his time period and our time period. My favorite part were the parts when he has to flee from the authorities.

Who would you recommend it to: I'd recommend it to dystopian and sci fi lovers.

- I.M. (Grade 10) from Mountlake Terrace Library

Ray Bradbury
Fateful Teen Book Fateful

2 stars.

Describe the book: It's about werewolves on the Titanic. Literally. It is the typical love story between human and supernatural. Werewolf:" you can't love me, I'm a monster. Please, stay away!!" Girl:"no. I have only known you a day but I already love you to much" Werewolf:" I give in. I promise I will love you forever even though I barely know you!! "

What did you think: I think the idea was creative, but the story was cliche.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes sappy werewolf stories.

- K.B. (Grade 12) from Marysville Library

Claudia Gray
The Selection Teen Book The Selection

4 stars.

Describe the book: America Summers has been chosen to be in a contest to compete for the prince's affections. She moves into the palace leaving behind the love of her life, her family, and her level 5 caste and becomes a level 3. She stays because her family needs the money but she and the prince become good friends. Maybe even more...

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book because I love romance and the princess and prince type stories. My favorite part is when she and the prince first meet.

Who would you recommend it to: fiction lovers, people who like bachelorette (tv)

- M.T. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Kiera Cass
The Elite Teen Book The Elite

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book continues the story of a girl named America whose chosen to compete in a contest for the prince's heart. Their relationship blossoms but she's torn between her old love and her new one. Also she and the remaining 5 girls must create a project they will work on if they become princess. America choses to remove the caste system.

What did you think: I thought the book was GREAT! I loved the Halloween ball and the friendship America and Marlee.

Who would you recommend it to: if you like love triangles, danger, & competions

- M.T. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Kiera Cass
I Lived on Butterfly Hill Juvenile Book I Lived on Butterfly Hill

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about how an 11 year old girl named Celeste that lives in Chile is a writer. But her beloved city, Chile, is taken over by military soldiers. Her doctor-parents go into hiding, most of her classmates are disappearing and her Nana and Grandma sent her to U.S with her Aunt. Celeste finds a way to calm herself, but it doesn't last long.

What did you think: I felt that this book really connected with my life, you know. I was a new student when I moved here, I didn't know the language, they bullied me by calling me names, it was so much like Celeste. This book was truly one of my favorite books, it even made me cry on some parts. So choosing favorite parts, would be impossible in this marvelous book.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommended to middle school kids.

- J.V. (Grade 7) from Marysville Library

Marjorie Agosin
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