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Wesley the Owl

Stacey O'Brian

598.97 OBRIEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This amazing (non-fiction) book is about a young woman who basically adopts a baby barn owl into her home. She does this for reasons of discovering new animal behavior for work. Wesley (the owl) is very protective and loving to Stacey. In this book you can see what it's like to have an amazing, friendly owl living with you for almost 20 years.

What did you think: I have read this book many times, and I will read it many more. I love owls, and this book really bring out the emotional, intelligent, caring side of them. It is also complete with the most adorable pictures of Wesley. My favorite part is when he decides he won't be happy until Stacey will let him dive into and sit in the bathtub for hours.

Who would you recommend it to: Animal lovers. Grade 8+

- A.R. (Grade 10) from Camano Island Library

Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas


4 stars.

Describe the book: The story takes place in the land of Erilea, a world full of magic and secrets, and also torn apart by war. Celaena, a young assassin and former slave, is recruited by the Prince of Adarlan, Dorian, to come fight in a competition to become the King's Champion.

What did you think: One of my personal favorite parts is when Cain and Celaena have their final duel for the position of the King's Champion. Overall, "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas contains amazing adventure, romance, light comedy, mystery, and a whole new world of magic for teen readers to enjoy.

Who would you recommend it to: This is definitely for the Fantasy Lovers

- A.L. (Grade 7) from Lynnwood Library

Stone and Spark

Sibella Giorello


4 stars.

Describe the book: This is the first book in a 4 book series about a High School aged girl, Raleigh Harmon. When Her best friend Drew suddenly disappears, Raleigh must take necessary measures to find her - despite what everyone is saying, even if it means lying to her own parents. Did Drew leave on her own accord? Or was she kidnapped? Will Raleigh be successful?

What did you think: This books kept me turning pages all the way to the end. I'm not huge on mysteries, but this had the perfect balance of friendship, trust, love, life, school, and unknown answers. It was not a predictable book, which I appreciated. I felt like this book was a bit repetitive, but it is still worth reading! I can't wait to read the next three!

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone!

- A.R. (Grade 10) from Camano Island Library

A Court of Mist and Fury

Sarah J. Maas


4 stars.

Describe the book: This story about a woman named Feyre who used her mental bond/deal with the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, to get away from the people in the Spring Court she thought she loved. She is shown a hidden city called Velaris and Rhysand's Inner circle that lives within his territory. Feyre agrees to work for Rhysand to stop a war from happening.

What did you think: I felt that this book was AMAZING! Even though this is the second book in this series, i feel like this book is better then the first. My favorite part was when Feyre was told by a magical creature called a Suriel that Rhysand was her mate. Another favorite part was when Nesta, Feyre's sister, cursed the King before she was turned into a faerie.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love high fantasy would enjoy this book

- C.C. (Grade 8) from Mukilteo Library

P.S. I still love you

Jenny Han


4 stars.

Describe the book: Lara Jean falls in love with Peter unintentionally. They officially get together and she gets jealous that Peter has an eye for his ex Genevieve and gives her more attention. Genevieve posts a humiliating video of Lara Jean and Peter in a hot tub that is viral. John, an old friend enters Lara Jean's life and she chooses to love Peter or John.

What did you think: I really liked the book because it had captured so much of my emotions. The writing was a good pace and detailed. My favorite part was when Lara Jean kissed John in the car because it's like she put her bad relationship with Peter away and moves forward. I also liked how Genevieve confessed why she hated Lara Jean and why she stole her boyfriend.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle school and high school kids, romance lovers

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library

First Love

James Patterson


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a girl Axi Moore who is a good girl focused on school. When she comes across her friend, Robinson, she decides she wants to get away from the normal life. She wants to have fun with him by crossing the country on a road trip. They steal cars and go to forbidden areas. She falls in love with Robinson during the trip and turns bad.

What did you think: I liked the writing style of this book and the pace isn't too fast or slow. My favorite part was when Axi starts getting feelings for Robinson and they confess their love. After they had fallen in love they were unstoppable, they did everything together.

Who would you recommend it to: Young Love and adventure lovers, middle schoolers

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


Rainbow Rowell


4 stars.

Describe the book: Cath, a frequent Simon Snow fanfiction writer, begins her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren, who she has been inseparable with for as long as she can remember. Throughout the year, Cath struggles with issues such as living with her new roommate, Reagan; the near constant presence of Reagan's boyfriend; and Wren growing away from her.

What did you think: It is so easy to see one's self in Cath, especially when her love for Simon Snow is so much like so many people's love for Harry Potter. She grows so much over the course of the book and shows how it is hard try new things sometimes, but she also shows that moving forward is necessary and the easy way out is not necessarily the best way.

Who would you recommend it to: Harry Potter fans

- A.G. (Grade 12) from Marysville Library


Anne McCaffrey


4 stars.

Describe the book: Dragonsinger is about a girl named Menolly who is an apprentice at the Harper Hall. Because she is a girl and has nine fire lizards, miniature telepathic dragons, she encounters prejudice from many people. Over the course of the book, she finds her own place,learns more about herself and her fire lizards, and eventually becomes a journeyman harper.

What did you think: I like this book because it was incredibly well written and immersed me in a foreign world that was still familiar. It's very hard to pick my favorite parts, but some of the good ones are whenever Menolly has a lesson with her voice teacher Shonagar, the fire lizard hatching, and when Menolly composes a new song.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy, science-fiction, and music lovers.

- A.K. (Grade 8) from Monroe Library

Under the Never Sky

Veronica Rossi


4 stars.

Describe the book: When something terrible goes wrong, Aria is blamed and thrown out of Reverie, the only home she's ever known. At the same time, Perry, who is an Outsider, runs from his home. They meet each other and after several days grow to like each other. Even though it is very dangerous for Perry to get attached to Aria, he can't help himself.

What did you think: This was an awesome book. I liked the part when Aria discovered she was part outsider, like Perry. It made her seem more connected to him. And the end when they meet up again. It would have been terrible if one of them had died.

Who would you recommend it to: science-fiction lovers, semi-romance lovers

- H.J. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library

The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani


4 stars.

Describe the book: In The School for Good and Evil there are two best friends named Sophie and Agatha. Sophie has always dreamed of being taken away by the School Master to the School for Good and Evil. In the middle of the night they are taken away to the school where Agatha becomes a princess and Sophie a witch. In the end they stay friends and go home together.

What did you think: I really liked this book a lot because it combined everything I love. Drama, action, love, and more. My favorite part in this book was when Sophie's ex prince takes Agatha to ball, and leaved Sophie by herself.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy loving middle school kids.

- A.U. (Grade 8) from Oak Harbor Library


Teri Terry


2 stars.

Describe the book: Instead of a lifetime in jail or a sentence to death, children under the age of 16 are slated. All memories, all knowledge, the entirety of their identity. Gone. Erased. A new slate - a new life. At least that is how it is supposed to be, however, that is not the case for Kyla. She *dramatic pause* is different.

What did you think: I love dystopian fiction books and raced through the majority of the story in days. But the last few chapters became a bit confusing as the author tried to implement new ideas and explanations. My favorite parts were the Levo numbers which gave the book an interesting way of revealing emotions to the reader.

Who would you recommend it to: Dystopian Fiction fans.

- N.D. (Grade 10) from Mukilteo Library

The count of Monte Cristo

Alexander Dumas


3 stars.

Describe the book: Edmond Dantes returns to Marseilles after meeting with Napoleon.some people find out about his meeting, so they turn him in. This causes Edmond to go to jail for many many years on the chateau D'if. Once he escapes, he names himself The Count of Monte Cristo and rewards the good people in his life and punishes the people who turned him in.

What did you think: I thought this book was very descriptive yet confusing.Monte Cristo has servants, and many of their names start with the letter b.This caused it to be hard to keep track of them because their names were alike. Also in the story there are lots of plots going on at the same time so it gets confusing.It is also cool to hear a character's point of view

Who would you recommend it to: Middle school kids

- R.L. (Grade 7) from Lynnwood Library

The Hidden Oracle

Rick Riordan


4 stars.

Describe the book: After the war with Gaea, Zeus blames Apollo for the rising of the giants and the civil war between the Greek and Roman demigods. Zeus strips Apollo of his godly powers and throws him out of Olympus, dumping him in Hell's Kitchen. Apollo now has to have his services claimed by a human, serve that human, and get his godly powers back.

What did you think: This was a good book. I did not like the LGBT references in it but it was still wonderful.

Who would you recommend it to: Science-fiction nerds, teens.

- B.O. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library

Into the Wild

Erin Hunter


2 stars.

Describe the book: Rusty is an average house cat until he meets the infamous wild cats. After meeting them he is given a choice; Join then or stay a house cat. Rusty ends up joining the wild cats and earns his new name, Firepaw. But how will the other wild cats react? How do the wild cats stay organized?

What did you think: Into the Wild is very fast paced, not leaving much room for imagination. But how the characters are cats are pretty cool.

Who would you recommend it to: Elementary school kids

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

The Iron King

Julie Kagawa


4 stars.

Describe the book: Megan Chase is a "normal" 16 year old girl. She lives with her mom, stepdad and half brother. Her bestfriend, Robbie Goodfell has always been there for her. He starts to become overprotective when strange things start happening. Creatures show up in the computer lab, brothers turn into little wild creatures and a figure starts stalking her.

What did you think: The plot was well planned out. The characters were amazing. My favorite part had to be when Megan faced the Iron King. She was brave and fought for Ash. I honestly thought Megan wasn't going to make it but when she fought the iron King by herself, I was astonished.

Who would you recommend it to: fantasy lovers, 6-8th graders, romance lovers.

- A.K. (Grade 7) from Lynnwood Library

Front Lines

Michael Grant


4 stars.

Describe the book: Front Lines is an alternate history of WWII in which women were a part of the draft and eligible to serve in the armed forces. The three main characters whose story it follows are Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr and Rainy Schulterman. As the girls go through training, they figure out what their strengths are and how the can help their country using them.

What did you think: I loved how each character was portrayed in a distinctly different, yet realistic way that allowed for me to envision how they would act and feel. My favorite parts were when the girls showed their true inner strength by standing up to their male opposers who thought they were incompetent because they were female.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy learning about WWII.

- G.L. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library

The Colossus Rises

Peter Lerangis


4 stars.

Describe the book: This is about a boy named Jack and the friends he meets, Cas, Aly, and Marco, and how they learn about something in the past that effects them in different ways. It is an exciting adventure.

What did you think: I loved this book because it makes you believe something then turns it on you and suddenly everything is different.

Who would you recommend it to: people who like fiction and adventure.

- G.R. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library

Parrot in the Oven

Victor Martinez


4 stars.

Describe the book: parrot in the oven is a novel about young boy manny. manny comes from a family of 6, all og them live in a small low income neighborhood where the only way to be respected is to be a part of the local gang. he starts out being nervous scared boy

What did you think: i thought parrot in the oven was a spectacular book with a gripping story. it held my attention the entire time and i think everybody could find something to learn from reading this book. it definitely deserves the Pura Belpre Award

Who would you recommend it to: kids who enjoy thrilling, funny, or scaring books

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

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain


4 stars.

Describe the book: A very mischievous boy, Tom Sawyer, lives with his Aunt Polly and brother, Sid. Told in St. Pittsburgh, Missouri, Tom gets in a lot of trouble. In the beginning, he plays hooky from school and is told to whitewash a fence. But of course, Tom being mischievous, he tricks other kids into doing it. With his luring trades and tricking words.

What did you think: I really enjoyed reading this book, kept me wondering, "what will this boy do next?"

Who would you recommend it to: High school kids who want an adventure.

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


William Shakespeare

822.33 SHAKESP

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the beginning prince hamlet is told by his father’s ghost to avenge his death which was caused by none other than his father’s brother Claudius who soon after the king’s death married the queen. Hamlet vows to avenge his father’s death which leads him to become obsessed with it to the point of borderline madness.

What did you think: Overall, i enjoyed the dialogue and poetry of hamlet, i didn’t really like the plot or how the book ended. I would recommend this book to other teens only for the literary greatness of the book. I greatly enjoyed the internal fight that hamlet had with himself when he saw his uncle at his father’s grave and decided not to kill him yet.

Who would you recommend it to: to highschool students who like tragedies

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

if i stay

gayle forman


3 stars.

Describe the book: it was about a girl who was in a car accident and is in a coma and is kinda remembering all about her life

What did you think: i feel like it was a good book, it was descriptive and was easy to understand what was going on, my favorite part was the flashbacks she was having with Adam

Who would you recommend it to: lovers

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

great gastby

F. scott fitzgerald


4 stars.

Describe the book: a young man nick carraway moves to new york to learn about the bond business, rents a house in a rich neighborhood. then nick begins to have a relationship with a women he meets later in the summer nick discovers the gasbys parties and he wonders about his strange neighbors

What did you think: i felt this book was as good as people have told you the plot is great and it keeps a reader engaged my favorite part is when nick meets the women he falls in love with

Who would you recommend it to: high schoolers

- k.l. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Scorch Trials

James Dashner


4 stars.

Describe the book: A group of boys who had originally been in the glade escape and are rescued by a mysterious group who take them to a safe haven where they learn they were put into the maze for science purposes to save the world from a deadly virus. But these teens realize that the real enemies aren't cranks (infected people)

What did you think: My favorite part was when they are walking through the desert city and meet the rebellion groups

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy apocalypse scyfy movies

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

The outsiders

S. E. Hinton


3 stars.

Describe the book: This book had a very good plot involving pony boy and the greasers against the rich people./ It also brought some powerful quotes in it as well.

What did you think: I feel like this book took me out of the comfort zone and made me see what life is like when most of your life is in the streets. When Johnny went and sacrificed his life for other people.

Who would you recommend it to: Novel based

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

Fight Club

Chuck Palahniuk


4 stars.

Describe the book: It is about a man with insomnia who is faced with a character named Tyler Durban. Tyler is exactly what the character isn't, in other terms, his opposite. Therefore, he influences the character to do reckless things.

What did you think: It is a very good book. It can be confusing at times, but when it comes together, it all makes sense. My favorite part is when you find out who Tyler really is.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love violence

- B.O. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

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