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Jellicoe Road

Melina Marchetta

TEEN MARCHET

3 stars.

Describe the book: Hannah was eleven years old when her mom abandoned her at a nearby convenience store, after six years she was a leader at her school with cadets and townies. Then one day when Hannah went missing, everything turns into questions and mystery's and solutions of finding her mother and finding out who her dad was, the story that Hannah wrote for clues.

What did you think: I feel that it was a very interesting story with questions and mystery that you can find out one by one with each clue that Taylor the main character found. My favorite part was when she found her mom at the end, and actually got to meet her for the second time in six years. She also found out that her dad died,got over it, she had relatives too.

Who would you recommend it to: people who loves mystery's, realistic-fiction.

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

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Time Snatchers

Richard Ungar

TEEN UNGAR

4 stars.

Describe the book: The very first print of your favorite book. An item that spurned the idea for a now famous invention. Have you ever wanted to see history for yourself? For a small fee, you can own it. Orphaned teens have been given tools that let them snatch anything from before their time. The only thing they can't seem to snatch, however, is their own freedom.

What did you think: This was a very well written book. I enjoyed the excitement and action, as well as the moments of tough decision. All around, a fun read for anybody.

Who would you recommend it to: Anybody who loves history or a good thief story

- A.S. (Grade 12) from Sultan Library

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The Lord of the Flies

William Golding

FIC GOLDING

3 stars.

Describe the book: The characters were being removed due to a nuclear war happening. The three boys were being brought to an area that no one knew of. While being evacuated the boys plane crashed making them land on another unknown island. The three boys put on a search party to try and find away around the island. Once they found that the island had no one else but

What did you think: I personnaly really liked this book because it showed that even when you dont like somebody you have to work with them to figure out a solution to the problem. For example when the plane crashed they had to figure out where they were and once they did they started to work together to see if their was anybody else living on the island.

Who would you recommend it to: people who like books that are challenging.

- E.H. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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Binge

Tyler Oakley

818.602 OAKLEY

4 stars.

Describe the book: Life stories of Tyler Oakley and what he has been through (good and bad) in his life.

What did you think: Very descriptive, very well worded. Had funny parts and sad parts. A very good book to pick up and just read to your hearts desire.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy Tyler's Youtube videos or memoirs

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

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

FIC ORWELL

2 stars.

Describe the book: Old Major, conducts a meeting where he shares his dream with the animals and wishes that they work towards it in order to be free from their cruel human owner.After his death,Napoleon then uses violence to scare the animals into giving all the pigs the power. Ironically, the pigs start acting like humans and break all the rules they created.

What did you think: A lot of symbolism and a great theme, however, most of the plot was predictable. Most of the characters were boring. I was annoyed that the rest of the animals were easily manipulated. I liked the irony at the end of the story which relates back to the theme of the book. I also learned more about communist Russia.

Who would you recommend it to: High school and middle school students

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

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Nightblade

Ryan Kirk

3 stars.

Describe the book: This story follows 4 point of views and follows the story of some nightblades, a girl sold into escorting, and a lord of a kingdom. When a young boy gets fond of a girl, he fights to save his love ones and avenge his father figure.

What did you think: This book was really good. Although sometimes it's gruesome and crude, (rape and blood/gore) this book has an excellent relation to the way the world works and philosophy with that. The author uses descriptions very well, helping you understand the fiction aspects of it, and has a plot that doesn't do much, but feels like a lot. Overall, very good.

Who would you recommend it to: fiction or fantasy lovers. More realistic though.

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

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The Cellar

Natasha Preston

TEEN PRESTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the beginning all Summer had to worry about was not taking “another exam until next year”.In the middle Summer has gone missing everyone has been looking relentlessly without many leads until suddenly the cops “found a body”. In the end Summer is found but is still suffering from the emotional torment.

What did you think: My overall opinion of the book was that it was very well developed.The author did well with developing the characters because throughout the book she made Summer think or say “I’m not Lilly I’m Summer” which showed show stubborn and angry the character could be.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to other teens.

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

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

FIC ORWELL

1 star.

Describe the book: A farm of animals who feel mistreated by humans decide that ridding the world of humans was the only way for freedom and liberty, but a group of pigs turn this revolution into a dictatorship for themselves

What did you think: This book was a little weird for me but I thought it was interesting how the pigs kept changing the farm rules to fir their current feelings and positions tricking the rest of the animals because they were so naive

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

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

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

FIC ORWELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: On Animal Farm, the animals of the farm become sick of Mr. Jones taking poor care of them, leaving the animals helpless. Old Major decides that Mr. Jones should be killed. The animals then build a windmill on the farm and create rights for all of the animals on the farm. Napoleon then takes over and is eventually killed for depriving peace.

What did you think: I felt that the book was very entertaining and a joy to read. Some of my favorite parts were when Mr. Jones was chased out of the farm for being the horrible man he was. Another favorite part was when Napoleon was finally killed for becoming just like Mr. Jones who was hated in the first place.

Who would you recommend it to: Lovers of history; lovers of entertainment.

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

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Girl Online on Tour

Zoe Sugg

TEEN SUGG

4 stars.

Describe the book: Penny and her friend elliot were planning their summer together, when all of a sudden her boyfriend comes back from tour to offer her to go back to europe with him. Penny has anxiety and doesn’t know how she’ll do on the plane, or europe in general. Penny keeps getting this anonymous texts threatening her to stop dating noah.

What did you think: The author introduced Penny as this Photographer and anxiety-filled teenager that didn’t know what to do with her life. I believe that they introduced her this way because the reader could relate. I related with Penny so much and that’s how i was staying interested. My favorite part was how the author painted the picture, language, settings, etc.

Who would you recommend it to: teenagers; people who love suspensful romance

- N.H. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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The Cellar

Natasha Preston

TEEN PRESTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: Summer Robison(16) is getting ready to go to a friend’s party with her boyfriend and brother living a normal life in a little town in Long Thorpe(England). Deciding to walk there alone a psycho killer Colin, who has an obsession of keeping things pure, kidnapped summer and keeps girl in his cellar to keep a “loving family” life of his own.

What did you think: I liked the different perspectives of the characters the author chose to express. Using past history of what happened and connecting them back to now and how it intertwined with a character for a reason sets a problem solving game for the audience.

Who would you recommend it to: horror-fiction lovers

- M.L. (Grade 11) from Snohomish Library

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Reconstructing Amelia

Kimberly McCreight

FIC MCCREIG

3 stars.

Describe the book: A woman at work was called and told that her daughter has cheated on her test at school and was caught, but then later when she arrives at the school she arrives at the news that her fifteen-year-old daughter Amelia has fallen off of her Brooklyn school building. Her mom a Litigation Lawyer is going around and trying to find out who killed Amelia.

What did you think: It was a great book with a great plot, and was very interesting to see Kate get out of her rut to figure out who possibly could have killed her daughter: The Maggies, Dylan, Adele etc., and I really liked when they went to the place where everything was being sent from and interrogated everybody, and found more clues to add to their investigation.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mystery, and realistic fiction.

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

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Black Ice

Becca Fitzpatrick

TEEN FITZPAT

3 stars.

Describe the book: Britt had convinced her bestfriend to go on a backpacking trip in the teton Range. On the way they encounter a blizzard that forces them to find shelter, they find two very handsome men in the cabin. they are fugiteves who take her hostage. and in exchange for her life she has to guide the men off the mountain while trying to stay alive long enough

What did you think: What I liked was the suspense?thriller parts of the story, I loved the man vs. nature theme it had.The setting, and murders is what I honestly really loved about this book. the characters in my eyes were.. Okay. They all weren't the most nicest people.

Who would you recommend it to: to romance and thriller lovers

- n.g. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

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A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

eBOOK OVERDRI

3 stars.

Describe the book: A guy named Landon falls in love with a simple girl named Jamie, He later finds out that she has Leukemia.

What did you think: It's kind of emotional, my favorite part is when jamie gives landon her bible for christmas.

Who would you recommend it to: people who are in to romance

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

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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about a young boy, named Quentin, who realizes things aren't always as they seem. He falls in love with a girl named Margo, who at first is a mischievous young lady. Things change when Margo goes missing or so we think. On his quest for who he thinks is the love of his life he learns what life is along with what and who is important.

What did you think: My favorite part of the book was when they broke into Seaworld and danced to the music, it was romantic and adventurous at the same time.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to adventure/romance lovers

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

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This Song Will Save Your Life

Leila Sales

TEEN SALES

4 stars.

Describe the book: A teenage girl is on the hunt to find her passion, her carrier. She is putting herself together and moving along in life. She starts to want to be a dj, but her dad doesn't really approve much. But once she shows him what she can do, he sees the light in her eyes as she does it so he approves finally. She finds out who she is and what she is doing.

What did you think: In my opinion, the entire book was absolutely amazing but the ending was inspiration to me. It touched my heart. The strong vocabulary, the sentence order. You will have to read it yourself to know why I love it so much, but I promise you it will touch your heart as well.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle/High Schoolers.

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

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the stepsister

R.L stine

4 stars.

Describe the book: The main character emily has a stepsister moving in with her and so when she does a lot of bad stuff starts to happen and emily thinks its jessie (stepsister) but it ends up being her older sister, nancy , who wanted to get revenge on emily because she felt like emily could have saved her dad , who died in a boating accident while emily was there.

What did you think: My favorite part was finding out that it want jessie who was doing all the bad things. i felt surprised and excited to find out why

Who would you recommend it to: i would recommend to my friend or sister

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

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Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone

J.K. Rowling

J ROWLING

4 stars.

Describe the book: Harry Potter doesn't know anything about his true family history-only lies. After his parents tragically passed away, he was sent to his horrible Aunt and Uncle's house. All his life he was treated horribly, but he didn't know why. On his 11th birthday, he found out that he is a wizard and decided to join a school of Wizardry, called Hogwarts.

What did you think: This book is amazing! It is very good at allowing your imagination to take control, and the writing is great - it really makes you feel like you're in the story! I've never read the series before, only watched the movies. And just by reading the first one, I already know that they missed out on so much! I definitely advise everyone to read this.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love magic and using their imaginations

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

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Compound

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

TEEN BODEEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Eli and his family get tricked into going into an underground bunker by his rich dad. Eli's brother and grandma didn't make it to the bunker in time because the grandma and brother went back for medication. eventually Eli finds his brothers would be laptop and finds a wi-fi connection and he asked his dad and his dad lied about it.

What did you think: my favorite part was when he connected to wifi and his dad lied and said that it was some kind of thing that survivors were broadcasting it when there was never a nuclear attach in the first place.

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone! Especially fiction lovers.

- J.b. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

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The Darkest Path

Jeff Hirsch

TEEN HIRSCH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Fifteen year-old Cal Roe and his younger brother was taken away from the glorious path, had to be force to join for six years and survive. the path was trying to take control of the whole country and giving everyone a choice if they were captured a choice to join or get killed. Cal had experienced many conflicts along the way,met friends as well.

What did you think: I feel like this book is great the setting and tone fit well with the story plot and the characters were amazing. My favorite part was when Cal and James and Nat were finally able to go home after that long conflict of war and now that finally have peace. Cal and James were able to go and meet their parents again, choose their own paths.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to science-fiction lovers.

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

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The Darkest Path

Jeff Hirsch

TEEN HIRSCH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Fifteen year-old Cal Roe and his younger brother was taken away from the glorious path, had to be force to join for six years and survive. the path was trying to take control of the whole country and giving everyone a choice if they were captured a choice to join or get killed. Cal had experienced many conflicts along the way,met friends as well.

What did you think: I feel like this book is great the setting and tone fit well with the story plot and the characters were amazing. My favorite part was when Cal and James and Nat were finally able to go home after that long conflict of war and now that finally have peace. Cal and James were able to go and meet their parents again, choose their own paths.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to science-fiction lovers.

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

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High Noon

Nora Roberts

FIC ROBERTS

3 stars.

Describe the book: Recently divorced mother/ police lieutenant, Phoebe arrives at an attempted suicide. She meets Duncan, and both are drawn into each other.After an attack Phoebe seeks comfort in Duncan, who wants to get revenge for her. Then Phoebe and her family become the target of a mystery man.

What did you think: My favorite parts were the secondary characters especially her daughter, Carly.I also enjoyed the realistic romance. Although I feel like the the ending was kinda rushed and didn't tie up all loose ends, which irks me. I generally enjoyed this book.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, suspense lovers.

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

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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Paper Towns is about a guy named Quinton who is in love with a girl named Margo. She brings him along for a wild night and the next day, Margo mysteriously disappears. The book follows Quinton and his friends in their journey looking for Margo. Along the way he learns more about himself and what true friendship really is.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book. My favorite parts would have to be when Margo takes Quinton on her night of revenge. I also like the part where Quinton and his group of friends travel to a paper town where the believe Margo is.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy adventure with a side of romance.

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

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Insights

Jamie Magee

3 stars.

Describe the book: A girl named Willow has had the ability to feel peoples emotions all of her life. She also has strange dreams, most of them good, but on every new moon her dreams turn dark and painful. She finds out she was born in a different dimension, and that all of them are linked. She has to find a way from the dark dimension and save her family also.

What did you think: My favorite part was when her dad told her that she had insights, because suddenly she had a reason why she was different. She had the knowledge that her dreams of Landen were real which gave her hope to find him and keep going, and also that her family and new friends were there to back her up against Drake

Who would you recommend it to: Science-Fictions and maybe a little Romance

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

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

TEEN ASHER

2 stars.

Describe the book: Clay Jensen, the main character gets sent this box of audiotapes. The audiotapes are the suicide note of Hannah Baker. There are seven tapes and on those tapes are 13 stories/reasons/people that caused her to give up her own life. But once that one person listens to all of the tapes, that person must pass the rest of the tapes to the next person.

What did you think: For a person that doesn't read books very often, Thirteen Reasons Why is very different when it comes to plot line. The reason its different from other books is because the main character, Clay is the narrative. The perspective of the narrator and Hannah keep switching back and forth when Hannah stories are being told.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for very dramatic high school story

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

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