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Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims Juvenile Book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

Rush Limbaugh
J LIMBAUG

4 stars.

Describe the book: History teacher Rush Revere meets some interesting students in his classroom. With his time traveling horse named Liberty, they all go on an exciting adventure back to the time of the Mayflower sailing to the new world.

What did you think: I thought it was pretty funny book I liked the personalities of Tommy, Freedom and the horse Liberty. Reading this book was a fun way to learn about the history of America and how the pilgrims lived back in those days.

Who would you recommend it to: History lovers and middle school kids

- C.B. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library



Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Teen Book Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Sara Farizan
TEEN FARIZAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Leila knows she likes girls, though she'd never admit it to her somewhat-traditional Persian family or her friends. She's been lucky enough to never crushed on any fellow classmates, until Saskia comes to school. Leila is drawn to her beauty and her knowledge, and gets wrapped up in a confusing friendship with her.

What did you think: This book is fantastic. I would love to be friends with Leila; her mental commentary as well as what she actually says is hilarious. I could picture her and everybody else so easily. I knew something was up with Saskia when she so easily fell into what Leila wanted, and she only got crazier. I loved all of Leila's friends, Greg, Tess, and Lisa.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, lgbtq, friendships, high school, family

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



This Is Not a Love Story This Is Not a Love Story

Suki Fleet

4 stars.

Describe the book: Romeo is fifteen, homeless, and mute. He never leaves Julian's side, who's two years older than him, and took him under his wing. Romeo has had feelings for Julian and thinks they'll never be a real couple. All they want is to never separate, and to find a way to live. Things begin to unfold when they get caught in a shady, illegal scandal.

What did you think: This book was hard to read in terms of everything that was happening in it; both the main character's feelings, the harsh realities of homeless living, especially in winter, and all the horrible things they went through in an attempt to live. I felt like screaming at Julian for his poor decisions so many times. Romeo went through too much.

Who would you recommend it to: gr8+, lgbtq, homelessness, London, drugs

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library


By the Creek By the Creek

Geoff Laughton

3 stars.

Describe the book: David is unhappy about moving to a rural town in Michigan for his mother's job; they never stay in one place for too long. He lives across from an Amish farm, and is intrigued by an Amish boy his age named Benjamin, who he slowly befriends by the swimming hole. They have a hard time dealing with their growing feelings for each other, especially Ben.

What did you think: I'm a sucker for LGBTQ books as well as some Amish themed ones in YA, and while I enjoyed it, it felt like a very basic, coming-out and how to deal-with-it kind of book, or at least on David's side. There were some cute moments, it seemed accurate, and I liked it... but I feel like somehow there could've been more to make it better,more interesting

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, lgbtq, Amish culture, friendships

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library


No One Needs to Know Teen Book No One Needs to Know

Amanda Grace
TEEN GRACE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Olivia is a girl who has everything; Zoey is a girl who struggles to make money. Zoey gets into their private, all girls' high school on scholarship. When Zoey starts dating Olivia's twin brother, Liam, Olivia knows it won't last. Her growing friendship and feelings for Zoey are put at stake when Liam tells her Zoey won't be his average fling.

What did you think: I really liked (naturally) how it took place in Washington, which I didn't know before starting it. I also really enjoyed everyone's character (minus Olivia's crazy friend, Ava) Everyone seemed so real and wonderful. Olivia and Zoey's fusses at first were a bit over the top, but I loved reading how they slowly made a real friendship with eachother.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, lgbtq, friendships, family, local

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender book The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Leslye Walton
FIC WALTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ava Lavender is born with wings. The first third of the book we learn the history of the past couple generations of her family, and what led to her, taking place mostly in early 1900s Seattle. She's slowly, finally exposed to those around her, including Nathaniel, who gets a growing, creepy obsession with her, thinking she's a real angel.

What did you think: This book was WAY weirder than I anticipated it to be. I was laughing in parts that I don't think were intended to be funny; but this was a good thing! I enjoyed Ava's mother's revelation of her own love life closer to the end; and Nathaniel was just plain psycho. I was gasping aloud at how nutty he was when it all finally came down.

Who would you recommend it to: gr8+, magical realism, seattle, family lines

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Enders Shadow book Enders Shadow

Orson Scott Card
FIC CARD

4 stars.

Describe the book: (SPOILER ALERT) This book is about a child that is on the streets that is extremely smart because of an illegal genetic experiment and it follows Enders game but in the eyes of Enders friend: Bean.

What did you think: I thought that it was worth 4 stars because it tells the story so well from a different point of view. My favorite part was when he unmasked achilles.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who has a soul...

- E.B. (Grade 8) from Edmonds Library



No and Me Teen Book No and Me

Delphine de Vigan
TEEN VIGAN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Lou is an advanced, thirteen year old student two years above her age level. She lives with her parents, including her mother so miserable after the loss of her baby Chloe years before. Lou befriends a teenage girl named No outside of the train station, and interviews her for a school project as well as befriending her.

What did you think: For most of this book I imagined everything in a blue shaded, dreary atmosphere, and I feel like that added to everything a lot and was worth mentioning. I knew that once Lou decided to see if her family could take No in, her mother would change for the positive. I feel like No's personal issues were so unresolved, though, and left me wanting more.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, friendships, family, homelessness, France

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Falling Into Place Teen Book Falling Into Place

Amy Zhang
TEEN ZHANG

1 star.

Describe the book: Liz Emerson attempts suicide by driving her car off an icy cliff and into a tree. People she knows gather at the hospital where they're trying to save her, and thinking about their relationships with her; her mother, friends, even those she doesn't know well.

What did you think: I really didn't care for this book, and writing this I'm even having trouble remembering anything significant about it; Liz was completely unlikeable, as were her friends and most other characters. I also HATE how the book jumped around in the timeline constantly without explanation! It was frustrating to follow and put together in my head.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, suicide, physics, friendships, high school

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister Teen Book I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister

Amélie Sarn
TEEN SARN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Sohane and Djelila are sisters, and best friends, until the two begin to go opposite directions in beliefs. Sohane is embracing her Muslim traditions and customs, while Djelila lives like a typical French teenager. Djelila is killed by Muslim boys for not following tradition and "shaming" their culture. The book shows how Sohane deals with it.

What did you think: It was a great, short read, and an eye opener. It's upsetting that there are people who just can't seem to catch a break; people are shamed for their culture, like Sohane and the discrimination at school, but at the same time, not fully embracing it can still get some in trouble depending where they are. How Djelila was killed was brutal.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, religion, feminism, family, France

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



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