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Animal Farm

George Orwell

FIC ORWELL

2 stars.

Describe the book: Animal Farm is the story of how animals have a rebellion against the humans running the farm in order to create a better society for the animals to live in. However, the leaders of this rebellion have ulterior motives that play out over the course of the story.

What did you think: The book is interesting. A lot of parallels can be drawn from this book to modern times. My favorite part was the saga of building the windmill. Everything that occurs in that part of the book is fascinating. Another good part is the initial claiming of power by Napoleon.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy history in a different form.

- P.D. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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The Compound

S. A. Bodeen

TEEN BODEEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Eli, our main character, and his family have lived in an underground compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Just because they were accustomed didn't mean they were happy.

What did you think: I felt that this book lead me on to continue reading and it was very exciting and one I could not put down.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone

- C.R. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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You'll Always Be Mine

Natasha Preston

3 stars.

Describe the book: After the incident of Summer’s kidnapping, Officer Michael informed of Clovers escape from jail and is going back to collect his “girls” and unite his “family.” Summer and Lewis’s relationship has never been the same since she was first kidnapped but Summer feels she must face her kidnapper and goes back to the cellar to find any clues.

What did you think: Summer’s vengeance got in the way of reuniting with her family and boyfriend that she had to run away to confront him, and when she did she didn’t care for her life whether clover liked what he heard or not because all she wanted was to make clover understand what he did was wrong.

Who would you recommend it to: anyone

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

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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

FIC BRADBUR

4 stars.

Describe the book: Guy Montag deals with inner self conflicts because of his strict society, banning books and who have firemen who starts fires now instead of putting them out. Guy starts to believe there's much more to life, and changes himself throughout the story in a long journey.

What did you think: I thought it was a very meaningful story about one man changing society. I really liked the part when Guy reads poetry to Mildreds friends and makes them emotional

Who would you recommend it to: science fiction lovers

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

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Reckless

Cornelia Funke

TEEN FUNKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: There have always been great storytellers. People who speak and the words just seem to leap off the page and Suddenly, you aren't in bed. You are in a forest slaying dragons, or helping a King safe his country. But, what if the story actually came to life? Mo always used to read to his daughter. Until the day he realized his gift, was his curse.

What did you think: This is one of those rare books that you can read at age 9 or 90, and you will still feel that rush of excitement. I love the little excerpts above each chapter, and the colorful cast of characters.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy lovers; people who love a good book

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

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The Winner's Crime

Marie Ruthkoski

TEEN RUTKOSK

2 stars.

Describe the book: After the surprise marriage at the end of the book is getting closer towards the end of this book with truths coming out and new faces will the wedding actually take place?

What did you think: Their was points in the book where it was really slow but the large events made up for it

Who would you recommend it to: People who don't mind a long read

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

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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

FIC BRADBUR

2 stars.

Describe the book: The main character, Guy Montag is happy with his profession as a fireman, burning the homes and books of their owners. But, Montag begins to question the value of his profession and starts to question his life. Throughout the story he struggles with his existence and dedicates his new life to rebuilding a literate and cultural society.

What did you think: I felt that this was a good story because it had an interesting plot. But, it was difficult to follow and keep track of the story at times. Some of my favorite parts were when Montag realized that he didn’t love his wife anymore and when he finally found a group of people to join.

Who would you recommend it to: Lovers of the supernatural.

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

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Watchmen

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

FIC MOORE

4 stars.

Describe the book: The story is about an alternate version of the early 1980s where superheroes are outlawed except for those funded by the government. A former hero is killed under suspicious circumstances and this leads to Rorschach investigating, and dragging other ex-heroes into it. They try to find the killer.

What did you think: I enjoyed the story. It was dark and serious, and that made it even more poignant. Each character has an arc that is satisfying and real. The best parts for me were the entries to Rorschach's journal over the course of the story and the ending where the main villain pulls a good one on the heroes.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy darker stories and superheroes

- P.D. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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A Dogs Life: Autobiography of a Stray

Ann M. Martin

J MARTIN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Told from the perspective of Squirrel, a mixed breed stray, this book follows the life of a dog on the streets. From temporary owners, to dangerous cars, and occasional allies, you wont know what to expect next.

What did you think: Squirrel has always been one of my favorite book characters. The writing is that of an intelligent dog fighting for survival in a cold and uncaring world. Moon, a companion of Squirrel's, adds warmth and friendship to our hero's adventure of life.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves animals

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

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Our Chemical Hearts

Krystal Sutherland

TEEN SUTHERL

3 stars.

Describe the book: Henry thinks he's content with his simple life. He's never had a girlfriend, & likes it that way, because he can put all of his time into writing without the stress of heartbreak that his friends have. When Henry scores the position of editor with a new girl with a strange personality, however, he learns that being alone might not be what he wants.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the message behind this book. It tells the stories of people with real problems, and notes how not everything ends the way we expect, but we can still create our own happy endings. My only warnings would include the strong language the characters use throughout the book, and the strong themes and hardships they deal with.

Who would you recommend it to: realistic-fiction lovers; people dealing with loss

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

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The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about loving what you have. Hazel and Augustus have cancer. The two meet at a support group. He takes her to Amsterdam to meet an author and they confess their love. Augustus's health worsens so he has his friends give eulogies for him, soon after he dies. Hazel realizes that she is happy about her choice to love him while she had him.

What did you think: I loved the movie and since reading the book I love it even more. My favorite part is when Augustus and Hazel are outside of the church and Augustus takes out a cigarette, and we learn about his metaphor, "You put the killing thing right between your teeth but you don't give it the power to do it's killing."

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this to romantic young adults.

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

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If I Stay

Gayle Forman

TEEN FORMAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: If I Stay is about a young girls reasons to live. Mia is that young girl, with dreams to go to Juliard and build a life with her boyfriend Adam, but this all comes to a halt when she gets in a car accident and is sent into a coma. Most of the book she is watching herself outside of her body trying to find the reasons why she shouldn't just let go.

What did you think: My favorite parts were when Mia was auditioning for Juliard and when Adam came was there in the end. When she auditioned for Juliard it was like I was up there trying my very best to be something, and when Adam was there in the end holding Mia's hand it was full of relief and happiness when she woke up.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend to young teens.

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

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The outsiders

S.E Hinton

TEEN HINTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: the book "The Outsiders" is all about a group of greasers. they are basically at war with another group of teens called the socs. the narrator, Ponyboy, and his friend Johnny get into some trouble and have to run away because Johnny stabbed a kid who was jumping them. its all about their story and how they deal with the crime they had committed.

What did you think: This is now my all time favorite book because I've always loved the greaser style and kind of wish I had been born in that time period. I think the book makes you wonder what would you do in that situation. That's what I like most about it.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to those who loves the 50's

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

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The testing

Joelle Charbonneau

TEEN CHARBON

4 stars.

Describe the book: "The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a wasteland." Due to this destruction, the rebuilding of planet Earth is left to the nations brightest minds. The main characters Malencia(Cia)Vale and her partner Tomas, are eager to prove themselves as University students and future leaders of the United Commonwealth. But first they both have to pass.

What did you think: Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. To me, the idea of people rebuilding a broken world and how intelligent you have to be so you can be part of it really captured my attention. My favorite part of the story, happened in the 4th test. When Malencia cares for Tomas when he gets injured, instead of leaving him, to have better odds of passing.

Who would you recommend it to: High school students that like science fiction.

- S.T. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

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The Odds of Lightning

Jocelyn Davies

TEEN DAVIES

3 stars.

Describe the book: It's the night before the SATs, and Will, Nathaniel, Tiny, and Lu all find themselves at the same party during the biggest storm New York has ever seen. The four former best friends haven't talked properly in three years, but they find themselves on the roof together when lightning strikes, and changes them in ways they could've never expected.

What did you think: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It delves on all of the feelings high school brings, and has a character for everyone to relate to. On top of this, this book is full of one-liners that drive straight to your heart. My only warnings would be the amount of strong language used, and the fact that this book does go over some ugly, heavy, & real topics.

Who would you recommend it to: realistic/some science-fiction; high-schoolers

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

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A Work In Progress

Connor Franta

BIO FRANTA FRANTA

4 stars.

Describe the book: Connor's life and what he has been through and dealt with in his 24 years on earth.

What did you think: It was a very good book and it was interesting reading about his life growing up in a small town in Minnisota

Who would you recommend it to: People interested in Connor (He does YouTube).

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

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Jackaby

William Ritter

TEEN RITTER

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's is different from any other book i have read, but in a good way. It shows it from the girls point of view as if to really get a good outside look at Jackabys life. It takes on a different taste and story than most books. Very interesting choice of style.

What did you think: My favorite part is most definitely when you find out that Charlie isn't human, that or when they all hear the banshees cry. I honestly loved this book. It was captivation and I couldn't put it down.It gets better the more you read, but they bring you in really quite well.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes a good mystery with a twist.

- G.R. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library

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The Last Time We Were Us

Konen, Leah

TEEN KONEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Liz Grant was younger, she went only by Lizzie until her friend, Jason, stopped talking to her. Afterwards, Jason was pleaded guilty for a crime, which makes him seem dangerous. When he gets released from jail, his goal is to become friends with Liz again, because he trusts her and wants her to know exactly what happened that night.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book. I liked the part when everyone started to accept Jason, after what he has gone through.

Who would you recommend it to: I would reccomend it to teens.

- S.K. (Grade 11) from Mukilteo Library

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Divergent

Veronica Roth

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: Divergent is about a girl named Beatrice Prior. Beatrice lives in a futuristic world after a war destroyed everything but her city. This city is divided into five factions. When Tris turned 16 she had to take the test to see which faction she got belongs to. Follow her journey to see what faction she gets and the dangerous along with her choice.

What did you think: I loved this book. It was exciting to read and I was never bored. I liked the end of the book because there is a lot of action and romance which are my favorite things in a book.

Who would you recommend it to: Sci-fi, romance, and action lovers.

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

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Cujo

Stephen King

FIC KING

3 stars.

Describe the book: The Chamber family consists of Joe (the father) and Charity (the mother) and Brett (the son who is 10). Joe fixes a car for a man who cant pay him back with money. in return, the man offers to give him a Saint Bernard puppy who they named Cujo. There are multiple other characters in the story. cujo eventualy goes rabid and rips a guys throat out.

What did you think: I think It was pretty good. It had a little of dark comedy which I really like. my favorite part was when Cujo rips Gary's throat out because it was really gruesome and interestingly written.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to horror story lovers

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

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Divergent

Veronica Roth

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: The five factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, and Amity. These are what the population of Chicago is split into. They believe that this way of society is what keeps the blood-thirsty way of natural human ways. Well, all except for the Divergent - those who belong to more than one faction.

What did you think: This book was very well written and fun to read! My favorite part was when she has to decide between staying with her family in Abnegation, or being herself in Dauntless. Then she made the decision that surprised everyone, including herself.

Who would you recommend it to: Fictional lovers

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

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City of Bones

Cassandra Clare

TEEN CLARE

3 stars.

Describe the book: They say you're never the same after you witness a murder. That goes double for Clary, who saw three invisible teens kill a vampire. After that, things start happening fast. Her mother is kidnapped, her mom's best friend isn't human, and she ends up rooming in a magical church with trained killers. There is no sure way to tell who is friend or foe.

What did you think: The book was incredible. I'm usually not a fan of romance in action books, but this one kept me in suspense. I loved the way the demons were written.

Who would you recommend it to: Action lovers; people who have not seen the movie

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

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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

2 stars.

Describe the book: Quentin lives in Florida and at the age of 9, Margot moves in as the new neighbors. They immediately became childhood best friends. But soon drifted apart when high school started. One night Margot decided to take Quentin on an adventure. Margot disappears out of nowhere, leaving Quinton with mixed signals. Then leading to an adventure to find her.

What did you think: Paper towns isn't the usual find the girl, fall in love, type of book. That's what I liked about it. The type of friendship/relationship that Quinton and Margot had was different. When Margot "disappeared," Quinton did anything and everything to find her because he felt that he loved her and I thought that was different and I liked that.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes a love story but with a twist

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

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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

TEEN COLLINS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Two star-crossed lovers end up in a game together,it's no ordinary game. Killing, suspense, love. It's just all too much. I would recommend this book to any highschooler.

What did you think: I don't to spoil anything but just the theme and the tone the author used was pretty amazing. Extraordinary really.

Who would you recommend it to: Highschool teens.

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

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Most Talkative Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

Andy Cohen

791.4509 COHEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This is autobiography of how Andy Cohen got his start in the industry starting at CBS as an intern to hosting his own late night talk show. It shows him coming to terms with his sexuality and his obession with all things pop culture. His love of soap operas started the real housewives and his relationship with his parents shows

What did you think: I like how he would collect call his mom using names from soap opera characaters Then he would deny the charges and call him back to save money but also so she wouldn't bother him by calling him directly.I also liked how he came out to his friends.

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of broadcasting or of Andy Coh

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

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