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Girl Online Teen Book Girl Online

Zoe Sugg
TEEN SUGG

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about Penny, or Girl Online, who makes her way through life as she suffers panic attacks and anxiety, her blog keeping her sane, as well as her best friend Elliot. When bullying becomes an issue at school, her family goes to New York, where she falls for an American boy with a secret.

What did you think: I felt that this book was very sweet, and very much a teen chick flick novel. It's written in first person, but I love how very descriptive it is, and how it features the blog posts as if you're experiencing that snippet of Penny's life like a fan of her blog. I also love the way the relationships between the characters were described.

Who would you recommend it to: Young adults and fans of Zoella on YouTube.

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




Fault in our stars Teen Book Fault in our stars

John Green
TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was a love story between two people that both had cancer. Their story begins at a support group, they start talking and decide to hang out. They both ended up falling for each other. Only one of them knows they have cancer at first but in the end the other gets it. They both have only a certain amount of time to live.

What did you think: I felt really sad about this book because you know that one of them is gonna die and it's really sad because they're in love and they can't have a future together without knowing one of them is passing soon. My favorite part is when they first see each other because they are sitting in support group and he can't stop starring at her.

Who would you recommend it to: People that enjoy romance

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




Looking for Alaska Teen Book Looking for Alaska

John green
TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: A boy is bored of his boring life so he asks his parents to send him away to boarding school. When he's there he meets his roommate and new best friend. They pull off pranks and stuff like that.

What did you think: It was a good book because it gave off things a lot of people go through.

Who would you recommend it to: Mystery fun

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




The Hound Of Rowan Juvenile Book The Hound Of Rowan

Henry H. Neff
J NEFF

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Max McDaniels discovers a mysterious tapestry, a great power awakens within him. Whisked away to the magical school of Rowan Academy, Max discovers a mystery beyond imagination. As students vanish and monsters emerge from the shadows, Max finds himself caught in the middle of a manevolent plot that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear

What did you think: Despite being written for young, middle school aged children, people of all ages will find this story a pleasent read. Filled with diverse, unique characters, and an easy-to-understand world, readers can jump into the story and feel right at home. Henry H. Neff portrays a heartwarming story, with a school magical enough to rival Hogwarts.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes Harry Potter will love this.

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




Duff Teen Book Duff

Kody Keplinger
TEEN KEPLING

3 stars.

Describe the book: Bianca Piper; 17 years old.DUFF.Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Often seen with her beautiful and popular best friends, it was rare to find herself at the center of attention. After being forced to work with Wesley Rush, the schools player, she finds herself falling for him and must decide whether she should stay with her boyfriend, or pursue Wes Rush.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book because I love the never ending drama and the whole cliche high school experience. For example the typical high school dances which teenagers are pressured to experience. I think one of my favorite aspect of the book Bianca's urge to beat Wesley in something, and finally achieving that by beating him in scrabble.

Who would you recommend it to: High schoolers and young adults.

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




A dogs purpose book A dogs purpose

W. Bruce Cameron
FIC CAMERON

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's a first person story from a dogs point of view. Separation from family,friends and venturing into a unfamiliar environment full of new beings.That environment was a dog shelter owned by a woman who had a passion for dogs and kept a couple hundred in her back yard but in a large confinement. He gains relationships with some dogs and loses some.

What did you think: Loved how enticing it is and how emotional it made me. I love animals so personally I enjoyed it but made the mother running away and the dog fights hard to read. one brother the main dog ran away unintentionally from his family trying to get away from animal control. Found this all utterly heartbreaking but its what reality is and I admire that.

Who would you recommend it to: Animal lovers and individuals who value drama

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




Paper Towns Teen Book Paper Towns

John Green
TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Margo has always been a mystery to Quentin, aka Q, but ever since he was little, Q has "loved her from afar." One night during their senior year, Margo sneaks into Q's room and asks him to help her with a 11-part problem, which involves dead fish, humiliation and sneaking into SeaWorld. The next day, Q finds out that Margo has ran away - but where?

What did you think: I enjoyed reading Paper Towns and finished it in less than 4 days! I was excited to read another John Green book after reading The Fault In Our Stars. There's a lot of twists and turns and sometimes has you at the edge of your seat! (The ending was not what I was expecting!) My favorite part was when Margo and Q sneak into the SunTrust building.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like young-adult or John Green books

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




Steve Jobs book Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson
BIO JOBS ISAACSO

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book documents the life of Apple co founder Steve jobs. It talks about his time in high school, and the problems he had then. It than goes on to where he opens Apple incorporated out of his garage with other Apple co founder Steve Wozniak, and than it will show his latter years

What did you think: I enjoyed the book very much because I love reading biographys about successful people, it shows you what their lives were like before their succes, during their success and after their success. My favorite part of the book is when they move from the garage into the apple headquarters.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy biographies

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




methland methland

nick reding

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Author Nick Reding wrote methland the death and life of a small town. Their intent was to explain a piece of America that deserved better about success and failure, despair and hope. This book primarily tells about a story of a man who learned about the culture and economy of meth. But it was a long very complected book.

What did you think: One of my favorite facts was this,"No legal industry could, like meth, 1,000 percent increases in production and sales in the four years between 1998 and 2002."(reding)

Who would you recommend it to: People who want to learn about Meth

- M.g. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library



Twilight Teen Book Twilight

Stephanie Meyer
TEEN MEYER

0 stars.

Describe the book: I recently re read this book and hated it. Bella is constantly annoying and complaining about the rain and greenery in Forks. Also Edward and Bella's relationship happens randomly and fast with no getting to know one another. All in all it's essentially a fan fiction.

What did you think: I didn't like it nearly as much as I used to regardless I'll still probably read it again.

Who would you recommend it to: Supernatural romance

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




The Great Divorce book The Great Divorce

C.S Lewis
236.2 LEWIS

3 stars.

Describe the book: This is a book about C.S Lewis' views on heaven and hell. In the book it's as if he is going through a fictional bus ride through heaven and hell. The character is a figurative ghost, who starts life on in purgatory, but than hops on a bus that takes him through heaven and hell.

What did you think: I enjoyed the book, it was a difficult book to understand on my first read, but after I re read the book I gained a better understanding of the book and its plot. My favorite part of the book was when they started off in purgatory

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy reading about controversial topics

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




Divergent Teen Book Divergent

Veronica Roth
TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a world where society is divided into 5 different factions. As each new generation comes along, they all must choose a faction.Tris, the main character chooses Dauntless, the ones who are brave. But as she goes through training she discovered she is divergent.

What did you think: I really liked this book! It was really entertaining and interesting to see how Tris does things. My favorite part was when the dauntless group split into two and play a fun yet painful game.

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

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




Crescendo Teen Book Crescendo

Becca Fitzpatrick
TEEN FITZPAT

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is the sequel to a book called Hush Hush. In this book it tells a story of this girl named Nora and she's dating a fallen angled named Patch and they face a bunch of problems together.

What did you think: This book was really cute and Patch is a really sweet dude and he's so protective over Nora and they face a bunch of problems together.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance/Fantasy/Super Depressing Stuff tbh

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




Old Yeller Juvenile Book Old Yeller

Fred Gipson
J GIPSON

3 stars.

Describe the book: Travis Coates is left of the responsibility of taking care of his Mother and younger brother when his dad leaves on a cattle drive. One day Travis catches a yellow lab eating the his family's meat and reluctantly keeps him for his younger brother. Eventually yeller saves the family on several occasions and even fights off a bear.

What did you think: My favorite part is when Old Yeller's previous owner shows up looking for him. He said he had been looking for him for a long time and really loved him. By this point in the book Travis really cared about Yeller and didn't want to give him up. His old owner sees how much Travis and his younger brother care for the dog and lets the boys keep him.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who like classics

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




Chupacabra Juvenile Book Chupacabra

Roland Smith
J SMITH

3 stars.

Describe the book: When we left off from the Cryptid Hunters series, the evil environmentalist Noah Blackwood had just kidnapped his granddaughter Grace Wolfe from her Father's research ship the Coelacanth. Now it is up to Marty o'Hara, Luther Smyth, and Dyllan Hickock to save her - if they can survive at Noah's ark, Blackwood's headquarters.

What did you think: I felt the book was entertaining, and a nice easy read. Smith does a great job of building suspense and orchestrating gut wrenching chases without losing his humorous style. I especially liked knowing what Grace was up to - she's hardly a damsel in distress.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves a thrilling tale full of danger.

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




The Alchemyst Teen Book The Alchemyst

Michael Scott
TEEN SCOTT

4 stars.

Describe the book: A pair of what seems normal twins by the name of Sophie and Josh Newman meet a man named Nick, a supposed bookstore owner that lives near them. They later find out he is Nicholas Flamel, and ancient Alchemyst that supposedly died in 1418. Nicholas, Josh, Sophie, and Scatty (an ancient warrior) try to escape from the main antagonist John Dee.

What did you think: Entertaining and well written, Micheal Scott writes a great fantasy book. I enjoy the fact that it brings a character from the past to a modern setting. My favorite part has to be the whole book, it was a great read and couldn't put it down.

Who would you recommend it to: People who appreciate the fantasy genre

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




Name of the Wind book Name of the Wind

Patrick rothfuss
FIC ROTHFUS

3 stars.

Describe the book: So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, and an accomplished thief.

What did you think: I didnt have any favorite parts but i thought it was exciting

Who would you recommend it to: People who like adventure

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




Zodiac book Zodiac

Robert Graysmith
364.1523 GRAYSMI

4 stars.

Describe the book: Zodiac is a non fiction book written by Robert Graysmith about the unsolved murders committed by the "Zodiac Killer" in San Francisco in the 1960s. Graysmith was a cartoonist working for the San Francisco Chronicle when the Zodiac killings first started. The book describes the investigations of the case, and later deals with Graysmiths theories.

What did you think: I really liked the layout of the book and how it was told. Robert Graysmith does a good job laying out the facts and giving you a timeline of how things happened. It's also cool how Graysmith includes reprints of the actual letters the Zodiac killer sent to the police. I found the story of the unsolved Zodiac case both horrifying and intriguing.

Who would you recommend it to: People interested in crime books

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




Skink no surrender Teen Book Skink no surrender

carl hiaasen
TEEN HIAASEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Richard Spence is worried when his cousin and best friend, Malley, fails to meet him at Loggerhead Beach. While Richard is waiting for Malley he meets a very peculiar homeless man by the name Skink. Richard discovers the next day that Malley has ran away to south Florida to meet a online friend. Richard and Skink start an adventure to find Malley.

What did you think: The book was a good book. I like how they use 1st person in this book. It's been awhile since there has been a really good book told from the main characters point of view.

Who would you recommend it to: anyone that likes to read comedy

- l.l. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library




Power of Six Teen Book Power of Six

Pittacus Lore
TEEN LORE

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Power of Six is a phenominal book. It begins in the aftermath of the books prequel, I Am Number Four. It's a first-person action/sci-fi authored by Pittacus Lore. It follows the remaining survivors of the planet Lorien and their quest to hone their powers and hide from their enemy, the Mogadoriens.

What did you think: Personally, this is my favorite series and this book is also awesome! It has countless possibilities and it keeps you guessing the entire time. Plus, its characters are so fun to follow and to guess what they will do next. I would read anything Pittacus Lore writes.

Who would you recommend it to: science-fiction lovers

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




the perks of being a wallflower Teen Book the perks of being a wallflower

Stephen Chbosky
TEEN CHBOSKY

4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Charlie starts high school and meets two seniors. They become his only friends. He deals with depression and loss in a very real way.

What did you think: I love this book. It deals with real pain the way a real teenager would feel it.

Who would you recommend it to: Literally all teenagers

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




Dorothy Must Die Teen Book Dorothy Must Die

Danielle Paige
TEEN PAIGE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Girl named Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas who gets swept up into a tornado and lands in Oz. When she arrives at Oz, it isn't what we all know it as anymore. Instead, Dorothy had found a way back to Oz and now rules Oz. But Dorothy isn't the same either, she has turned evil, ruining Oz. Amy Gumm is the only one who can stop this madness.

What did you think: I loved this book because it took a classic story and turned it into a whole other story, involving new and old characters that everybody loves. A memorable part is when Amy is in Dorothy's palace and she spies on Dorothy by acting as one of her maids, but come so to bring problems. In this part you get to see how truly evil Dorothy has become

Who would you recommend it to: Those who love classics put into a new story

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




The Scream of The Hawk The Scream of The Hawk

Nancy Belgue

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the book, Lissa, her mom & her mom's boyfriend, Bill, have just moved from Victoria to Harmony Beach, but Lissa is upset & missing home & all her friends. That's when she meets Otis, a quirky kid in her neighborhood, who's father is an author of horror novels. But Otis has a secret... One that leaves Lissa wondering about the sanity of this kid.

What did you think: I loved this book. It was the perfect blend of mystery, drama, and suspense. My favorite part was when Lissa went to the dock and rescued Otis from drowning in the lake.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle-high school kids

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



Four Blind Mice book Four Blind Mice

James Patterson
FIC PATTERS

4 stars.

Describe the book: D.C. Detective Alex Cross' partner, John Sampson, has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing execution. He can't refuse the case, and goes to fight against a group of three ruthless killers with the help of Sampson. They soon discover an even bigger threat - the controller behind the murderers - who will wreak havoc in Cross' life.

What did you think: This book was nicely constructed and I couldn't put it down. It was suspenseful and full of twists and turns until the very last page. It was sort of fast-paced, but also packed full of detail. The characters were all complex and I thought they were extremely lifelike and believable. My favorite part was when Cross was captured by the killer.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like intense thrillers and mysteries

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




A little something different Teen Book A little something different

Sandy Hall
TEEN HALL

3 stars.

Describe the book: Lea, and Gabe are in the same writing class, they like the same things and go to the same places. Everyone knows they should be together, but Gabe is too shy and Lea is a but aloof. So watch their story from tons of different perspectives like their professor, the bus driver and even the people who work at the coffee shop.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book, it wasn't one of those deep profound books but it was a very fun read. It made me laugh and feel the feels which is all you can every want from a romance. I adored the characters in this book and they really drive the plot throughout. My favorite parts are the ones in the creative writing class.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love a nice cute story

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




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