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Ultimate comics. Spider-Man, Vol. 2

Brian Michael Bendis

TEEN BENDIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Miles Morales now the current spider-man struggles to make time for school, friends, and being a hero. He runs into the Avengers fighting against a demon named Blackheart.

What did you think: I liked the part when Peter Parker came in on the fight. It made it more of a passing of the torch from one Spider-man to the now Spider-man.

Who would you recommend it to: Comic lovers

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


The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

FIC FITZGER

4 stars.

Describe the book: The story is told by a man named Nick. Nick goes to hang out with his cousin who turns out to be really unfaithful, and she has an unfaithful husband who has an affair with an unfaithful girl whose husband doesn't know. Then this guy Gatsby falls in love and a bunch of people die.

What did you think: I really liked the book. My favorite parts is when dramatic things happen, like when the one girl got hit by the car and had her nose broken (not trying to spoil stuff) or when certain people *cough cough Gatsby cough* get shot (lol spoiler).

Who would you recommend it to: Drama lovers

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


Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

FIC FITZGER

1 star.

Describe the book: It is about one veteran from World War 1,that recently returned to America from the war.When he moves into his new house,he learns that he will be neighbors with a certain Mr.Gatsby.After being invited to one of Gatsby's parties,he finally meets his neighbor.Getting acquainted more, he learns that they served together.This leads to new adventures.

What did you think: I had a weird feeling about this book. I had a weird feeling, because this book included a lot of cheating to take place. It included a lot of sex related actions, which is not the usual for books in this time period. My favorite part was when Nick, the narrator was introducing himself. It was interesting knowing his background, and his reasons.

Who would you recommend it to: Young adults;People that love history;older teens

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


the Switch

Anthony Horowitz

TEEN HOROWIT

4 stars.

Describe the book: this book is about a rich boy named Tad. He's your average rich teen. Snobby, unappreciative, and takes what he has for granted. One day things aren't going the way he plans so he goes to sleep wishing he was another person and he was. He switches place with a guy named Bob Snarbly. Now Tad has to find a way to switch back while living Bob's life

What did you think: I liked this book. It was hard to follow at first but got easier over time. My favorite part of this book is Tad's realization. Tad realizes that his parents aren't good people. He also realized how much he enjoys being skinny and able to move. Anthony horowitz did a good job writing this book. It had a lot of ideas that connected to thebeginning

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves anthony horowitz

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


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

eBOOK OVERDRI

2 stars.

Describe the book: Two cousins, Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield, are strolling while discussing the evil actions of a man named Mr. Hyde, like trampling on a little girl, and the mystery of why the kind doctor Jekyll has addressed his will to Mr. Hyde. The mystery ensues when an honored man gets murdered by Hyde, and now Utterson is deeply interested in Hyde and Jekyll!

What did you think: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a very engaging and creative story! Although I’m usually more geared towards books with happy endings and plots with a bit more light-heartedness, I was engaged in the story. I’m sure that many people would be engaged in the plot and mystery, though some might not like the complex classical language.

Who would you recommend it to: Classic horror lovers

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


Love does

Bob Goff

248.4 GOFF

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the beginning it starts off with telling you about where his office is. He tells you that his office is on a private island in disneyland. During the stories he tells you about all of the different places that he has been to. He also tells you about his most happy times in his life. But he also tells us about the hard times in his life

What did you think: My favorite parts in this book is when he decides his senior year of high school to drop out. When he does this he also decides to leave the city that he was living in and went to his youth pastors house. Telling the pastor that he dropped out of school and was on his way to be a professional rock climber. His youth pastor thought that was a great

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to people who are lost.

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


Tokyo Ghoul - Volume 1

Sui Ishida

FIC ISHIDA

4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named kaneki ken has a crush on a girl who turns out to be a ghoul. Ghouls are human eating creatures that have been active a lot recently. Kaneki gets hurt and ends up in the hospital where The doctors mistook the ghoul for a human and had them trade organs turning Kaneki into a half human half ghoul which he then has to deal with forever.

What did you think: I liked the part where he found out rize (his crush) was a ghoul and he freaked out.

Who would you recommend it to: horror, action and gory lovers

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


Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

FIC STOWE

4 stars.

Describe the book: On Arthur Shelby’s plantation in Kentucky, Arthur Shelby gets a large amount of debt and finds the urge to sell slaves to end his debt. Mr. Haley purchases Shelby’s servant, Uncle Tom, and a young boy named Harry. Eliza, the mother decides to flee the plantation to protect the boys. Over time, Shelby frees them and learns the lessons of slavery.

What did you think: I felt that this book was very moving and inspiring towards the real life situations within the story. Some of my favorite parts are when Eliza's family is reunited and when Shelby decides to free the slaves.

Who would you recommend it to: Lovers of real-world issues, those against slavery

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


Twilight

Stephanie Meyer

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Bella Swan is the new in the quaint town of Forks, Washington, and doesn't like people that much. But one person catches her attention. Edward Cullen, one of the hottest people in school, only beaten by his adopted siblings. But just like this town, Edward has a secret. He's a vampire, and Bella is hopelessly and irretrievably in love with him.

What did you think: I thought it was really good, and that Meyer did well on portraying Bella's emotions and point of view. I also like the way she portrayed Edward, it was a perfect fit. Just everything about the book made it really awesome, right down to the smallest details.

Who would you recommend it to: people who enjoy love stories; young adults

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


Th1rteen R3asons Why

jay asher

TEEN ASHER

4 stars.

Describe the book: this book is about a girl who committed suicide. before she did it she made 13 tapes on why. if you got the tapes that means your one of the reasons. so this guy goes listing to the tapes and remembers what happens.

What did you think: after i read it i felt kinda sad. but its a good book. but if your sensitive to the topic of suicide i wouldn't recommend this book

Who would you recommend it to: i would recommended this to high schools kids.

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


Bulfinch's Mythology

Thomas Bulfinch

292.13 BULFINC

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about many Greek and Roman battles and myths, including Gods, monsters, and a plethora of other events surrounding them.

What did you think: My favorite parts were the actual battle stories like Beowulf and the telling of the Trojan war, but stories about monsters were fun to read too.

Who would you recommend it to: Mythology lovers

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


Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers

Sean Hepburn

BIO HEPBURN FERRER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Yes, it's not a genuine "bio."

What did you think: This is a totally delightful book, flawless to take a gander at and to peruse. I was, truth be told, in tears after the principal page. Nobody could have composed this however somebody as close as Sean was to his mom. The way that he did, and did it so well, is a miracle and a blessing to all Audrey fans.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this to people who adore Audrey

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


Beowulf

829.3 TOLKIEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Beowulf, hero-prince and warrior, journeys to the homeland of the Danish king Hrothgar in order to slay the terrible monster Grendel. After the deed is done, a greater threat appears: the Mother of Grendel. These battles, along with a fight with a fearsome Wyrm, immortalize Beowulf in the legends of men.

What did you think: The story of Beowulf chronicles the greatest achievements of this timeless hero. Though the book is written in original, poetic format and has a steep learning curve, this is, by far, one of my favorite tales.

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone needs to read this book at least once.

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


Yellow Star

Jennifer Roy

J CD FIC ROY

4 stars.

Describe the book: This true story is written in first person from the perspective of a little girl named Syvia. She is growing up in Nazi Germany in the Ghettos (living spaces) the Nazi's made. With her older sister Dora, mother and father at work all day, and people being sent to concentration camps she must find a way to stay positive in these very hard times.

What did you think: I love this book. It's really hard to choose a favorite part because the whole thing is so good. It really puts you in the shoes of a little 5 year old girl, growing up in Nazi Germany. It's also amazing to see how strong and positive she is through this whole thing. It makes me wonder what i would do, or how i would handle things if i were her.

Who would you recommend it to: WW2 lovers, or if you want to learn more about WW2

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


The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

FIC FITZGER

3 stars.

Describe the book: Nick Carraway moves into a new home, right next to billionaire Jay Gatsby. The two become unlikely friends, and help each other through the crazy life in the 20s.

What did you think: I happen to really enjoy anything from the 20s (especially their style and what they did for entertainment) so this book was a great insight to it. I enjoyed it a lot.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy things from the 20s in America.

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


Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

TEEN ASHER

3 stars.

Describe the book: Hannah Baker. He wanted to get to know her better but how could he? She wasn't here any longer,how could he tell her everything he felt? Before Hannah Baker's suicide, no one knew why she did what she did. Until ... the tapes showed up. Everything changed.

What did you think: My first thought was why would she make the tapes? Why did she need them? but as the character took role I started understanding the her and her story.

Who would you recommend it to: romantic/drama lovers, mystery readers, any teens

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


Fault in our stars

John Green

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about a girl who has cancer and she goes to a cancer support group and meets a boy and they fall in love. Augustus takes Hazel to her favorite authors city and house and was able to spend time together with her mom's supervision. When Hazel and Augustus lost their friend Isaac they didn't know what to do.

What did you think: My favorite parts of this book where when Augustus took Hazel to meet her favorite author. Another thing that I liked about this book was that Hazel got to meet her favorite author and got to be in his city for a week and they went to dinner it was so cute.

Who would you recommend it to: Recommend this to people who like drama, romance

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


Lord of the Flies

William Golding

FIC GOLDING

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book takes you on edge of a group of young boys during the war stranded on an island. They fight for what they think is right and hunt each other down, losing their reality, they are chasing a friend, hunting him out onto the beach where they are then rescued. And they just start sobbing, realizing what has happened.

What did you think: My favorite part was when they were rescued, of course because it was a "happy" ending. I enjoyed how capturing it was when they were hunting each other down.

Who would you recommend it to: A mature teen, because of the mature theme.

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


Anne of the Island

Lucy Maud Montgomery

J MONTGOM

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the transition that one young lady had, from teaching to going and finishing her degree at a prestigious university. Along the way, Anne Shirley, has heaps of beaus and friends. But it is not all fun, when her childhood friend and rival, Gilbert Blythe, actually proposes to her, and "ruins" the friendship that they had developed

What did you think: My feelings are really mixed up over this book. They are mixed up, because there is constantly some kind of suspense going on, even if it is not too important. One of my favorite parts is when Anne is comforting a dying friend, because that friend was afraid of dying, and not having enough time in life, to do what she had wanted to do.

Who would you recommend it to: Fiction lovers.Those who love clean,romance novels

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


Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling

J ROWLING

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book primarily revolves around Harry Potter and his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Shortly after school starts, Harry and his friends discover that there is a monster attacking the muggle born students, and soon the school is facing closure. After mishaps, Harry ends up inside the chamber alone facing the monster.

What did you think: I really liked the book. I think my favorite part was when Harry when into the chamber to rescue and Ginny, which is where he comes face to face with Riddles memory. I found it interesting that even as a child, Voldemort was still the same dark wizard he is as the world now knows him. I also enjoyed Harry's bravery when fighting the Basilisk.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens, fantasy literature lovers, suspense lovers

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


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

TEEN CHBOSKY

4 stars.

Describe the book: Charlie is in his freshman year of high school.For him, just like many other teens, this is a confusing and difficult time.After becoming friends with a group of misfit kids he starts to see life in a whole new light. But everyone is hiding something, and when Charlies past comes up he starts to doubt everything, especially himself.

What did you think: It was nice to finally read a book that can be honest about how hard high school can be at times, and explain why teens might do the "ignorant" things that they do. The times when Charlie and his friends feel "infinite" are the best parts of the book, it shows that no matter how hard life gets there is always good in it.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to all high school students

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


The Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper

FIC COOPER

4 stars.

Describe the book: A small group of Indians know as the Mohicans came across a group of English people. The English were searching for their father who was a colonel so the Indians were willing to help them find him. Along the way they got captured by enemy Indians known as the Huron's who were fierce enemies with the Mohicans. This resulted in angry conflict.

What did you think: I felt like I gained a lot of good life lessons after reading this book. It taught me good life lessons like how important friendship and loyalty is. The book also made me pretty sad because there was a lot of death. My favorite part was when Hawkeye got revenge on Magua after he captured Hawkeyes best friends and tried killing them all.

Who would you recommend it to: History lovers, Action packed. Fast Paced.

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


Emma

Jane Austen

FIC AUSTEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Emma Woodhouse is a rich, young and idle heiress living with her dad who takes up matchmaking to keep herself busy. Between trying to couple her friend Harriet with Mr. Elton, flirting with the charming Frank Churchill, and dealing with her old friend Mr. Knightley, Emma finds plenty of trouble to get in as she makes mistakes and learns from them.

What did you think: Though of this book the plot is intricate and amusing, the language and sentence structure could make it a challenge at times to read and enjoy. There were parts in the story that were a bit tedious, especially when character descriptions or back stories were being given. Overall, however, I found the book very enjoyable and would read it again.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who love classics or other Jane Austen books

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


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Avi

TEEN AVI

4 stars.

Describe the book: When it’s time for young Charlotte Doyle to return home to America from school in England, she boards a normal-looking ship named the Seahawk. However, it’s clear from the start that this voyage isn’t going to be a mediocre one. As soon as Charlotte takes her first step on the ship, an engaging tale of adventure, mutiny, tyranny, and life unfolds!

What did you think: It was a wonderful book! Charlotte was a strong heroine, and deep inside, the crew was very warm, strong, and brotherly. I would definitely recommend it to other teens -- to anyone, really. It’s a great and creative adventure on the sea that stays exciting, and there are just very many elements of the book that craft it into a wonderful story.

Who would you recommend it to: Classic adventure lovers

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


The Psychopath Inside

James Fallon

616.8582 FALLON

4 stars.

Describe the book: It leads you through the inside of a psychopaths brain and how it works. It shows you that the generalization of a typical, murderous psychopath is not always the case. Everyone you see could be a psychopath and you wouldn't even know.

What did you think: I loved the book because that's what I want to do in the future, so it was really interesting to me. I loved the part where he figures out that he has the brain of a psychopath.

Who would you recommend it to: anyone who is interested in science and the brain

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


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