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Caroline B. Cooney

4 stars.

Describe the book: a young teenager who is being framed of her fathers murder and she is on the run trying to figure out who murdered her father and why they would do it and closer and closer she comes to finding the murderer and he or she was very close to her. After all the time she ran i think she learned how hard it really was moving around and being an adult

What did you think: My favorite part was when she was in the parking lot waiting for her dad who never returned because of his death. the details made me feel like i was there sitting in the passenger in the seat. How she describes going inside and it remind me of like Ikea and i was walking with her. it was a magnificent book. I would read this book again and again.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mystery and suspence should read.

- b.h. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


Miserable Mill

Lemony Snicket


3 stars.

Describe the book: The book focuses on the turmoil that the Baudelaire children experience after the death of their parents in a tragic house fire. This fire left them in the care of Count Olaf, who will later on become the primary antagonist of this and many of the other books. In this book they are forced to live with a mill owner under the alias, Sir.

What did you think: I enjoyed this book very much because of the first three books primarily. The series itself carries its stories very effectively. Whether its the good/bad of the Baudelaire's new caretakers or if its the new plot Count Olaf has came up with to take the Baudelaire's fortune. Lemony Snicket conveys the story exceptionally through each of the books.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy thrill rides/ mood changes

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

Buried Onions

Gary Soto


3 stars.

Describe the book: Its just about a american kid who is trying to make his dad proud and make something of himself because he had a really bad violent past so what happens is, is he is just trying to change like he gets a job and etc because he wants his dad that died to be proud.

What did you think: I didn't really think it was the best just because like it didn't make to much sense to me. but i did like when he started to change

Who would you recommend it to: Most likely people that are 16+

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

The Maze Runner

James Dashner


4 stars.

Describe the book: It's pretty much about a kid who gets dropped off out of nowhere and has no idea what is going on and he and these other kids are constantly trying to get out where ever they came from

What did you think: pretty much when the kid woke up because i just knew that it was going to get trying to see him escape out of this really big maze.

Who would you recommend it to: Most likely everyone.

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

The Giver

Lois Lowry


4 stars.

Describe the book: In this society, at the age of 12 people are assigned jobs that best fit their personality. Jonas has always been felt like he doesn't fit in to any job. He later gets assigned as the giver. The previous giver walks Jonas through on his responsibilities.Throughout the story you'll realize this is a dystopian society,

What did you think: My favorite part was when Jonas and Gabriel finally reach "elsewhere" and find a house with lights, warmth and a xmas tree. He also hears music for the first time.To me, this represents that taking the risk to go there was all worth it at the end. In their future will be love and joy and they can finally experience things like music.

Who would you recommend it to: everyone

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

The River

Gary Paulsen


4 stars.

Describe the book: After Brian's phenomenal 44 day survival, three men show up at the young man's house. They as him to help and support a military survival school. Brian, thinking it was a joke at first, accepts the request and goes on. Brian and a student named Derek go on their own adventure in a plane and land somewhere in the wilderness just like Brian did first.

What did you think: My favorite part was when they had to send in a report through radio right before the thunderstorm which didn't go through resulting in the assumption of something being wrong with Brian and Derek creating suspense on what actions will be made.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy realistic fiction

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

born to run

christopher mcdougall


4 stars.

Describe the book: McDougall braved uncharted territory and encounters with lethal drug-smugglers in search of Caballo Blanco, one of the only outsiders to befriend the bashful natives.An inspired Caballo followed the Tarahumara back to Mexico, where he ran the local trails and lived peacefully in isolation. mcdougall helped make this happen.

What did you think: i think this book is a very good book it keeps you interested and your mind thinking, its plot is great and my favorite part was when mcdougall encounter lethal drugs and his journey after that

Who would you recommend it to: high schoolers

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

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


3 stars.

Describe the book: A man named Nick Carraway is the narrator of the story. He explains how Gatsby is the hero of the story and he represents everything that he scorns. Throughout the book Nick learns many things by observing the lives of the people around him. Gatsby is made up to be this “Perfect” man but as Nick becomes closer to him he learns otherwise.

What did you think: This story had long chapters that could sometimes get a little confusing. But other than that it was overall a good story. Fitzgerald made sure to write in many lessons throughout the book and as you read you could piece them together. The story was entertaining and it wasn't cliche. It was nice to read something that you didn't hear that often.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves a classic story.

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

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about finding a good, loving husband in the times that you couldn't marry outside of your social circle. Elizabeth Bennet has always been taught that she won't be able to marry some outside of your class. And she proved them wrong. After meeting the right guy, she changed her mind, and he changed his manner.

What did you think: I really loved this book. It made me realize that there is, or was, true love at some point. Whether we will have it, or we won't we will still need to live our lives to the fullest, like Lizzie was. My favorite part was when they find out that their sister ran away and Darcy helped them find the "eloped" couple. It just shows a true gentlemen.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to someone who loves romance.

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


Brigid Kemmerer

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread lies about her, Becca Chandler is getting all the guys she doesn't want. But when she spots Chris Merrick getting beat up in the parking lot, saving him changes everything. This popular boy and his brothers have a big secret, and now Becca is involved with powers and people she never knew.

What did you think: This book is really good to me, because it makes things interesting with the powers all four brothers have, Chris, Nick, Gabriel, and Michael can control Water, Air, Fire, and Earth, respectively. It adds a whole new backstory instead of just introducing the characters, it adds an element of surprise and suspense that keeps you wanting to read more

Who would you recommend it to: science-fiction lovers; teens who enjoy fiction.

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


Me and Earl and the dying girl

Jesse Andrews


3 stars.

Describe the book: An awkward teen and his friend are in an awkward predicament where they are made to make a movie for their dying classmate. Not only did they not want anyone to know about their movies, they certainly didn't want to make a special one for a person they barely even know. Wanting to keep it a secret, it was not a good thing when his mom released it

What did you think: I liked it but i felt like it was asking for you to complement it, it kept saying stuff like 'this book sucks' or 'why are you even reading this?' i don't like that part of it. It seemed really cool though, it stayed real and wasn't trying to lie to you about how life really is. Its not even really a sap story either.

Who would you recommend it to: Film story lovers

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

The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka


2 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about a man named Gregor Samsa who one day had awoken and was all of a sudden a giant bug. He deals with struggles all through out the book like losing his job and having his family worry about him and worrying about being financially stable. Gregor now had to adapt to his new life as a giant bug.

What did you think: I felt like this book was kind of weird but interesting at the same time. My favorite part was when he reconnected himself with his humanity for a little when he heard Grete play her violin even if he had to deal with the consequences he enjoyed every second of it.

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

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

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling


4 stars.

Describe the book: In this book, mass murderer Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban, and is known to be the person who sold Harry Potter's parents to Voldemort. Harry returns to Hogwarts for his 3rd year and is accompanied by Dementors who are guarding the Castle from Black. They're very horrid creatures who make you cold and sad. Harry will come face to face with Black

What did you think: AMAZING!!! Way better than the movie. I very much enjoyed the part of Hermione's crazy cat, and him making friends with the dog. I couldn't put the book down. I really enjoyed the end when everyone was in the shack, and Hermione's time to shine with the time turner was outstanding.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone.... Kids, teens, adults. And magic lovers.

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

Anya's Ghost

Vera Brosgol


3 stars.

Describe the book: This is about a girl named Anya that falls down a hole and finds a ghost. This ghost follows her home and wants to be her new BFF. Throughout the story, Anya finds that maybe her new BFF is not the kind of friend she wants.

What did you think: I loved Anya I feel a lot of people will really connect with her and understand her problems. She learns through the story that maybe everything she wants maybe isn't what she needs. She makes some friends throughout the story and fixes friendships shes broken.

Who would you recommend it to: Ghost Lovers;Graphic novel lovers;high school kids

- B.U. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson


3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is the story of Jim Hawkins, a young innkeepers son. His life is turned around when his family's inn gets a new tenant, the captain, an old pirate. The captain speaks of treasure and keeps watch for his old enemies while at the inn. When he suddenly dies, the real adventure begins. Jim is sent on a journey to find the missing treasure.

What did you think: I enjoyed this book. One of my favorite parts was when Long John Silver came to the hut and asked for a truce in return for the map to the treasure. When Captain Smollett refused, it was a very fun part to read. The word choice throughout this book was great. It was a challenge/fun to decipher the language that was used so long ago.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure lovers

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

The scarlet letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne


1 star.

Describe the book: Hester Prynne has committed the ultimate sin, adultery. After she is given her punishment, wearing a red A on her chest as long as she lives, she has to deal with the pain and suffering of judgement that comes. While living under scrutiny she has to raise her daughter, Pearl. After many years she confronts her evil husband and reunites with her ex

What did you think: I didn't particularly like anything about this book I found it kind of boring. It was nice to finally know the story of this however because I have heard of this book before but I never knew the real story. It gives an interesting look into the Puritan lifestyle as well since I've been learning about Puritans this year as well. It was boring though

Who would you recommend it to: Classic story lovers

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

Three of Diamonds

Anthony horowitz


2 stars.

Describe the book: This is about two brothers who solve three mysteries. One about the mystery man Lenny Smiles. The second mystery is while they're on vacation in Paris. They find themselves solving a mystery after Tim lies about working for Interpol on the train. Finally the last mystery is about a school reunion for Tim. People in the reunion keep getting killed

What did you think: I felt like this book didn't really meet my requirements. I thought it was going to be more detailed on how Tim and Nick solve the mysteries but it wasn't. I wished Anthony Horowitz just wrote one mystery that is very detailed instead of trying to pack in 3. My favorite part about this book is when Nick was drugged. The author described this well

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to mystery lovers!

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

Tale of Despereaux

Kate Dicamillo


3 stars.

Describe the book: The Tale of Despereaux is a 2003 Newbery Medal winning fantasy book written by Kate DiCamillo. The main plot follows the adventures of a mouse named Despereaux Tilling, as he sets out on his quest to rescue a beautiful human princess from the rats. The novel is divided into four "books," chapters, and a coda. I would only read this book slowly.

What did you think: How I felt about this book is it was alright but a little bit boring. My favorite parts where when they took away Ms. Sow and actually started to treat her right. Another part that I like is when they were describing the dungeon how it is like a maze and if there is not light then there is no way out of the dark maze. Surprised by fact from the b.

Who would you recommend it to: people who can read critically

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

The Call of the Wild

Jack London


4 stars.

Describe the book: A large shepherd dog named Buck is living in California with his owner Judge Miller. Buck gets stolen from one of Judge's servants and is used for trading in finding gold in the North. Buck constantly fights his way through the battle of torture and learns how to survive strongly in the great North, proving superior of all other dogs around him.

What did you think: I felt that this book was incredibly emotional, adventurous and full of action. Some of my favorite parts were the realization of Buck having to be stronger than before after being beaten with the club and also realizing that he could learn to adapt to his surroundings and become what he was being told to be as a sled dog.

Who would you recommend it to: Animal lovers; lovers of positive resolutions.

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




3 stars.

Describe the book: The series of unfortunate events that occur to Candide, a man who is kicked out of the German castle which he grew up in after he falls in love with the Baron's daughter Cunegonde.

What did you think: My favorite parts were when Candide would be reunited with people that were taken out of the story previously.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love satire.

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

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain


3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was very weird once you understood what was happening. Basically Huck was trying to free his already freed slave friend, and trying to get information about things in weird ways. At one point, he even dressed as a woman, and he even pretended to be one of his good friends, Tom Sawyer, who later found out. All in all, it was really weird.

What did you think: Again, the story itself was pretty weird, but other than that it was really well written and a great read. I really liked the part when Huck faked his death to find his soon to be buddy Jim the slave. He was hiding because he didn't wanna be sold. And Huck didn't agree with slavery, so naturally they became friends.

Who would you recommend it to: Someone who is ready to become confused

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

Every Day

David Levithan


4 stars.

Describe the book: You have one body, you go to sleep in it and you wake up in it. Imagine if you didn't. Imagine going to bed one night and the next morning you're someone else, someone completely different. That is exactly what happens to A, for 16 years, every day since he was born. Now, you wake up, and you're in love. You have 24 hours before you change.

What did you think: I loved this book so much. I cried, I laughed, I gasped and I cried some more. A breathes so much emotion into everything he says, it's almost as if you can physically feel his pain, suffering, happiness, sadness, fear, joy, just everything.

Who would you recommend it to: absolutely anybody

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

The Soulkeepers

G.P. Ching


4 stars.

Describe the book: Jacob Lau is a teenage boy who has a set life. He lives with his mom in Oahu, and everything is normal. It all goes wrong when Jacob is hospitalized in a car accident and his mom goes missing. He moves to Paris, Illinois with an estranged uncle, But Paris is a town with secrets, and Jacob gets caught in a war between Heaven and Hell.

What did you think: This is easily one of my favorite series ever. I love the way it portrays God and Lucifer, and what a Soulkeeper is, and what it represents. I love the rich backstory and the characters. The Fallen Angel and the Angel, the secrets and the mysteries. This book made me think about God and about what if this could happen right now.

Who would you recommend it to: religious; fantasy-lovers; young adults

- J.B. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

Heaven is a playground

Rick Telander

3 stars.

Describe the book: In this book coach Rodney whose an amazing basketball coach takes kids off the streets and took them to the next level by taking them to travel and playing against more competition, and by doing this and pushing them gets his players scholarships.

What did you think: my favorite parts wh]ere when they were playing in foster park the author made it seem like i would want to hoop with them and made me feel alive and get the adrenaline i would feel if i was in the book.

Who would you recommend it to: Athletes who enjoy a classic basketball book.

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


Paper Towns

John Green


4 stars.

Describe the book: Quentin Aka Q is neighbors with Margo basically the love of his life since they were 8 years old .Now that they are both in their last year of high school Margo is gone right after Margo and Q go on an adventure , Now it is Quentin's chance to find Margo right in time for Graduation and confess his love . Will it go as he planned ? or be a disaster

What did you think: I loved when they went Margo and Quentin went out the night before Margo's disappearance and really talked about what was happening and how Margo finally got Quentin to have fun. Also i love how Margo left little notes all around the place to let people know that she was fine even though she didnt want to be fine , I love the whole book ! <3

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers , Middle and High school students.

- T.L. (Grade 7) from Oak Harbor Library

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