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Where She Went

Gayle Forman

TEEN FORMAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's be three years since Mia left Adam for Julliard and ultimately a successful career. They meet unexpectedly in New York. Even though it was quite awkward to talk again, they quickly reconnected. Despite both of the celebrities going to different places around the world, along with the fame, they try their best to make time for each other.

What did you think: I was mesmerized by this book once I got deeper into it. It's like getting to know someone new. What I found incredibly unique about the book was that it was about collage-aged kids & being in the world of fame. My favorite parts were when Mia had to tell Adam the truth & when Mia gave him back his old electric guitar, which surprised Adam.

Who would you recommend it to: Fame-captivated people and chick-flick lovers.

- M.L. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library


The Nightmare Garden

Caitlin Kittredge

TEEN KITTRED

4 stars.

Describe the book: After Aoife Grayson destroyed the engine and the gates between the iron and thorn land, she is now being tracked down by the Fae, brotherhood of Iron and Draven. Soon she starts to have dreams of a mysterious figure who is telling her to go north in search of the nightmare clock that can help her reverse time, and find her mother.

What did you think: Not my favorite part, but a part that got me very emotional, was when Crosley took a gun from the proctors, and tried to shoot Aoife for betraying him. Suprise, Dean fell, a huge wound that could probably never heal. Aoife, devestated, weeped, a dead boy, and a frozen girl, sitting in the frozen snow and ice. I even started crying myself.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to middle school kids.

- M.D. (Grade 8) from Mukilteo Library


The Spectacular Now

Tim Tharp

TEEN THARP

3 stars.

Describe the book: The book, "The Spectacular Now" is a modern-day novel about wild party-animal Sutter. In the story, Sutter goes out of his way to to give shy discouraged Aimee the confidence to follow her dreams and stick up for herself. The overall idea of this book are the life-changing choices Sutter must make to protect the the important people in his life.

What did you think: I felt as though this was an empowering novel about learning to "embrace the weird" and how not to judge one too quickly. One of my favorite parts was when realization of future choices struck Sutter harder than expected as he began to think of the consequences of his decisions.

Who would you recommend it to: a mature audience, lovers of realistic-fiction

- A.N. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library


The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer

J COLFER

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about two siblings that find themselves stuck in a fairytale land where ALL fairytales become real. While exploring this new society, the siblings decide to use "The Wishing Spell" to get back home. For the Wishing Spell to work, they must find certain things. Unfortunately, the twins aren't the only ones hunting for the queer objects.

What did you think: Chris Colfer combines humor, magic, siblinghood, imagination, and a sprinkle of fright in the first book of The Land Of Stories series. This book keeps you on your toes about the events and brings out the true meaning of fairytales. No matter how old you are, this captivating book will make you young at heart for years to come.

Who would you recommend it to: Glee fans, fairytale lovers, & any bored readers.

- K.D. (Grade 6) from Library on Wheels


Eleven

Lauren Myracle

J MYRACLE

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book tells of Winnie's adventures of being an eleven year old. From new friends to new family members, Winnie's year was definitely not normal, especially when Gail moved to town.

What did you think: This book was a cute novel, and I thought it was a good read because I can relate to it. I really liked how the story took an interesting turn in the middle.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to realistic fiction lovers.

- E.S. (Grade 9) from Edmonds Library


The Thin Executioner

Darren Shan


4 stars.

Describe the book: In the town of Wadi, Jebel is son of the executioner, who is stepping down from the block, and he announced that one of his sons will take his place, but not mentioning Jebel. To avoid the humiliation, Jebel quests to get immortality, gets it, and becomes Wadi's strongest, and unkillable, Thin Executioner, who wont kill a single soul.

What did you think: I liked the whole book and it is great because of the early era style.

Who would you recommend it to: I reccomend this book to middle school students.

- W.M. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library

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Emperor Pickletine Rides The Bus

Tom Angleberger

J ANGLEBE

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Mcquarie students go on a field trip, but there is one twist.... no origami! The students go to Washington dc where they cause havok by making origami out of their paper work at the museum in dc, and when they make paper airplanes, they get thrown out to the bus to wait because they got caught. On the way back, Tommy gets kissed, and punched.

What did you think: My favorite part was when Tommy gets a kiss from Sara, then gets socked in the kisser by Harvey. This is my favorite part because it made me laugh.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this book to middle school students.

- W.M. (Grade 7) from Marysville Library


Ripper

Stefan Petrucha

TEEN PETRUCH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Carver is an orphan with an amazing talent with locks. He can pick any lock with ease, and find clues to his parents and history behind the doors. Carver's orphanage begins losing money and is going bankrupt. Carver is adopted, but into a spy organization where he solves a mystery, his dad being the old man who adopt him, aka, Jack the Ripper.

What did you think: My favorite part is when Carver uses an invention that is a staff that can shrink down into a small cylander. This is my favorite part because he approaches the man following him with the weapon in his hand, and the man laughs, then the staff expanded and the man goes quiet, as if not finding any words to say, or, frozen in fear.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to mystery/action lovers.

- W.M. (Grade 7) from Marysville Library


Princess Labelmaker to the rescue

Tom Angleberger

J ANGLEBE

3 stars.

Describe the book: The funtime, a boring cartoon meant to help students learn, rebels are back and more powerful than ever, and principal Rabbski says that she will help them, but it is unknown how she will do that. A new puppet is made, Princess Lablemaker, but from who? This new puppet is the one who told principal Rabbski, and let her read all the case files.

What did you think: I really liked the whole book because it is book six of the origami yoda book series. Not the best one, but a good one. That is why i gave it a three instead of a four.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to middle school kids.

- W.M. (Grade 7) from Marysville Library


Splintered

A.G. Howard

TEEN HOWARD

4 stars.

Describe the book: Wonderland, a place fabricated from the mind of Lewis Carroll, or so it may seem. Once Alyssa Gardner discovers the warped reality is all to real, she must pass a series of impossible tasks all while deciding whom to trust; Jeb or Morpheus. Will she fall victim to the ceaseless madness? Or can she pull through to save all of Wonderland.

What did you think: I loved the fact that with each page I flipped I delved deeper and deeper into the very layered plot. But my favorite part by far, would have to be the last sentence of the book. While I cannot reveal what it said, I can say that it left me very, very satisfied. Overall this is a truely magical book and you will be instantly drawn to its madness.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for a good, dark fairytale

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


Some Quiet Place

Kelsey Sutton

TEEN SUTTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ever since she was ran over by a car and miraculously survived, Elizabeth Caldwell has come to know her emotions in the form of otherworldly people. She experiences no feelings, and is widely labeled a 'freak' in her hometown if Edson, Wisconsin. Recently her dreams and the Emotions have been telling her to remember, to stop this illusion. But how?

What did you think: The Emotions and Elements were expertly described, and the psychology of them was fascinating. To think that something like this could have been thought of, and written about, is amazing. I loved the subdued romance in the first half of the book and watching Rebecca blossom into such an ethereal character. Everything played its part ideally.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy romance and strong emotions

- E.O. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library


Crystal Keepers - Five Kingdoms Series

Brandon Mull

J MULL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Cole still can't believe that he is stuck in a world far away from home. He has survived the first two kingdoms of the Outskirts: Sambria and Ellower, none of that has prepared them for the advanced technology in Zeropolis. A young group of rebels called the Crystal keepers helps Cole and his friends on their mission. On the run Cole has to get home

What did you think: Once again this book in my opinion is the best in the whole series so far. Every single microscopic detail was just as good as all the big details. My favorite part was when Cole found out that Hunter was none other then his brother who also came to the Outskirts long long ago.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mysteries and adventures.

- A.D. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library


Gentle Ben

Walt Morey

J MOREY

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Alaskan Tundra is a lonely place, even more so after Mark Andersen's brother, Jamie dies. But Mark finds an Alaskan Bear and is given new life along with it. When Ben is threatened, only Mark's parents can save him, but will they take that step?

What did you think: I really loved this book because it shows how an animal can transform your life no matter what size they are.

Who would you recommend it to: Ones who like heart-warming stories!

- H.B. (Grade 8) from Monroe Library


The Hero and the Crown

Robin McKinley

TEEN MCKINLE

3 stars.

Describe the book: Because the people of her kingdom believe her mother was a witch who put a spell on her father, the king, in order to get an heir, Aerin has never been accepted by those around her. Nonetheless, she must now rise to the occasion an discover what she is truly destined to do in order to save her kingdom.

What did you think: Overall, it was a fairly enjoyable story. However, the majority of the characters weren't quite fully developed, and by the end of the book I still felt like I knew nothing about their personality. I still found the plot very interesting and full of great adventure.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy lovers

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


SnakeHead, Alex Rider series

Anthony Horowitz

TEEN HOROWIT

4 stars.

Describe the book: Alex is going on another mission with the M16 and this time, it is for himself instead of the world. Alex meets his long lost godfather who knows of Alex's father and how he died. Alex becomes too interested to turn down this mission. The mission is against a terrorist group known as Snakehead, who smuggle just about everything bad into countries.

What did you think: My favorite part of this is when Alex regroups with wolf from his boot camp in the first book, Stormbreaker. This is so because I liked how they talked like old friends to eachother.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to middle school students.

- W.M. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library


The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

FIC DUMAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Edmond Dantes is a young sailor with everything like his fiancee and his captain spot of a ship. 3 jealous and selfish men, Danglars, Fernand and Villefort, ruin his perfect life by putting him in jail. In jail, Dantes gets educated by a priest. He then escapes, making himself the rich Count of Monte Cristo to take revenge on his wealthy enemies.

What did you think: I loved the Count of Monte Cristo's deceptive revenge plot overall because instead of just killing his enemies, he brought up their past sins, which ruined their lives and resulted in some suicide. His plot involves many different disguises, a lot of money and fake friendships. My favorite part is when the Count's fiancee recognizes him in disguise

Who would you recommend it to: People who love tragic, mysteries & napoleonic era

- K.P. (Grade 8) from Lynnwood Library


Mystery in Arizona

J. Campbell

J CAMPBEL

2 stars.

Describe the book: Trixie Belden and her friends are off on another adventure to a dude ranch in Arizona! But upon arriving, the Bob-Whites discover that the staff has left, leaving Di's uncle in a desperate position. So all the Bob-Whites pitch in and help keep everything clean and lively, cheering up lonesome guests, and discovering why the staff left!

What did you think: I admire the way the Bob-Whites all chipped in and helped with all the chores on the ranch, but I was kind of disappointed in Trixie's self-pity as she studies to bring her school grades back up. It's a good lesson to the reader that low grades are often our own doing and we are responsible for doing our very best in our schoolwork.

Who would you recommend it to: Trixie Belden fans

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


The Mystery off Glen Road

J. Campbell

J CAMPBEL

2 stars.

Describe the book: Trixie Belden is in a calamity yet again! The Bob-White's clubhouse has been damaged by a storm and Trixie's brother Brian gives the money he's saved for a car towards repairs. Trixie, wanting to make sure her brother gets his car, takes a job as game warden for her friend's father and stumbles upon clues that seemingly lead to a poacher!

What did you think: The Trixie Belden books are good for younger readers, but I found myself not very enthusiastic about the self-pity Trixie often brings herself and her friends. This book is good for a light, fun-read, but as a good deep book for older readers, I wouldn't recommend it. Although I did enjoy reading how the Bob-Whites all worked together.

Who would you recommend it to: Trixie Belden fans!

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


My side of the Mountain

Jean Craighead George

J GEORGE

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about a young boy named Sam, who runs away into the forest where he teaches himself with no help how to survive in the woods. This book is all about Sam's survival through the summer, fall, winter and spring in the forest.

What did you think: I really liked this book. The author used great description the describe the ways that Sam had to live. My favorite part in this book was when Sam was being attacked by a falcon and he steals one of the baby falcons runs back to his "Treehouse" and trains the falcon to be his own.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous kids who like the great outdoors.

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


Sky Raiders - Five Kingdoms Series

Brandon Mull

J MULL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Cole Randolph is just trying to have fun on Halloween night. But when they enter a haunted house with a secret passageway, it changes Cole's life forever. Cole ends up in a totally different world called the Outskirts. A place that lies between imagination and reality and life and death. Now Cole is on a quest to get back home. And not be forgotten

What did you think: Sky Raiders was a thrilling adventure-packed book. When you read the story you will never ever feel bored. My favorite part of the book was when Cole finds out that Mira is none other then the High Shaper's {High King's} daughter.

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

- A.D. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library


Nature Girl

Jane Kelley

J KELLEY

3 stars.

Describe the book: Megan hates her new life in Vermont. Everything is terrible, but the worst part is that her best friend Lucy isn't there with her. One day, Megan's mom makes her go on a hike with her sister. When she decides to run back home, she gets lost and encounters the Appalachian Trail. Megan's journey continues along the trail as she travels to meet Lucy.

What did you think: I really felt like this book was a modern version of My Side Of the Mountain because they have similar plots. The book was very intriguing and I'm sure many people could relate to the story

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend it to people who like adventure novels

- E.S. (Grade 9) from Edmonds Library


Rogue Knight - Five Kingdoms Series

Brandon Mull

J MULL

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the book Rogue Knight Cole continues on his mission to get back home along with his new friends: Mira, Jace, Twitch and Joe. His quest has led him to the kingdom of Ellower. But Ellower has grown unstable and an infamous rebel named the Rogue Knight is destroying the balance of power. Now it is up to Cole and his new friends to stop all this.

What did you think: Once again Rogue Knight is a page turner that everyone would love to read. Once you start reading it you just can't stop! My favorite of this incredible book by author Brandon Mull is when Cole and all his friends get epic masks that can enable them to turn in to a certain type of animal or creature

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mysteries and adventures.

- A.D. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library


To Have and To Hold

Mary Johnston

FIC JOHNSTO

3 stars.

Describe the book: As a man who keeps his word, Ralph Percy gets a wife from the mail order brides just shipped to Virginia. The one who becomes his wife however just happens to be a ward of the King and a by no means dull story enfolds throughout the pages! Danger after danger comes but Ralph comes to love his beautiful yet closed off wife. Will she return his love?

What did you think: I was not disappointed with the adventure that certainly was there throughout the whole book! I liked that the love was there through it all-even if not shown. My favorite parts were when the bad guys finally were dead and Ralph and Jocelyn found each other again!

Who would you recommend it to: Teenagers who love Adventure and excitement!

- T.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library


Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Kathleen Krull

J 780.92 KRULL

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book introduces us to the musicians behind some of our culture's most-beloved music. I had a blast reading about composer Eric Satie, who purposely caught bronchitis to escape military duty; folk musician Woody Guthrie, who seldom bathed; and performer Clara Schuman, who wore a different white dress to every performance. Fact-filled and fun!

What did you think: I've grown up listening to classical music, but I know surprisingly little about the composers themselves. This hilarious and memorable book presents "dry facts" in an appealing way. It looks like a cute kids' book, but I learned a great deal from it myself. I especially loved the beautiful, creative artwork.

Who would you recommend it to: Music lovers age 8-adult! Great for kids.

- C.B. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library


Alive

Peers Paul Read

982.6 READ

3 stars.

Describe the book: In October 1971, a plane crashed in the Andes. The survivors took shelter in the wreck, melting snow for water and eventually resorting to eating the bodies of the dead for food. Two months later, still unrescued and with the spring blizzards over, two of them set out to find help, eventually finding it despite enormous obstacles.

What did you think: It was fascinating and exciting. Though it was tragic, I found the account of the crash especially interesting, and I thought that the expedition was a fitting and enjoyable climax for the incredible story. Hanging out with the plane in the middle wasn't boring either: at one point the plane was buried in an avalanche.

Who would you recommend it to: people who like true survival stories

- D.B. (Grade 10) from Lake Stevens Library


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