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10 Reviews by You

Freak the Mighty book cover Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Freak the Mighty is about a kid named Maxwell Kane, and his life.  Max is very tall for his age and isn’t that smart.  But then suddenly that all changes when he meets 13 year old Freak (Kevin).  Freak is very smart and has a disability.  Together they bedome Freak the Mighty and go through many troubles together.

review submitted by Janae

(if you liked Freak the Mighty you might like the sequel Max the Mighty too)

 Notes From a Midnight Driver book cover

 Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

This book tells the story of Alex Gregory and his parents are getting a divorce.  So, after his mom leaves for a date Alex gets drunk and drives to see his father.  But on the way the car spins out of control and Alex gets injured along with breaking a lawn gnome.  So now Alex is serving his time with community service.  Overall, the book is good.  It incorporates a lot of humor and tells an excellent story.  I would definitely recommend for anyone to pick up this book.

review submitted by Sam

Betrayed book coverBetrayed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Betrayed is the second book in the House of Night series.
Now that Zoey Redbird is at home at the House of Night, she is getting worried.  Humans she knew are getting killed!  Will she find out how they are being killed?

review submitted by Nicole



Virals by Kathy Reichs

This book is perfect for those who like a little mystery thrown into some science.  This book takes you on a ride you always wished you could go on!  For those who like supernatural powers combined with genetics, you will love it.  Better than Maximum Ride!

review submitted by Bethany



Daniel X: Watch the Skies book coverDaniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson

 This was a very good book.  I loved the short chapters and the book keeps a fast pace that will keep you reading.  If you love other James Patterson books, you’ll love this!

review submitted by Bethany




Inkheart book coverInkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart is like the movie Inception–a book inside a book.  The main character’s (Meggie) father can read objects out of books, and he reads evil villians out and his wife in.  Throughout the book Meggie and her father try and get their mother back, while battling the villian Capricorn’s men, with the help of the fire-eater and Farid.  Definitely a must read off the shelf.

review submitted by Andrew


Flipped book coverFlipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

This book was a very well-written book about two kids that have a crush on each other, but at opposite times in their lives.  Eventually, they both like each other in the end.  Flipped was a very heart-warming story and I like the book a lot.

review submitted by Jackie



The Schwa Was Here book coverThe Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

Antsy Bonano is one of the first to notice the Schwa.  He does experiments with him to see if the Schwa is actually invisible.  They also take bets for money. Along the way, they meet their blind friend Lexie, and she helps the Schwa realize he is not invisible.

review submitted by Zack



Crocofile Tears book coverCrocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz

In the 8th book of the thrilling Alex Rider series, Alex has to prevent Desmond McCain from poisoning people in Africa.  This book is full of surprises, action, and suspense!

review submitted by Brian



Matched book coverMatched by Ally Condie

Matched was a very good book.  It was set in the future.  The society’s high ranking officials pretty much plan your life.  When you die, where you work, who you love, and even what you eat!  Cassia trusts these decisions, but gets worried when she’s matched with two people: Xander and Ky.  Who will she choose?

review submitted by Katie


 Would I Lie to You book cover

 Would I Lie to You by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Would I Lie to You is the 10th book in the Gossip Girl series.
I think this book is very good.  It has romance, action, and tons of drama.  I like how each chapter is from a different character’s point of view.  I love this book and would recommend it to girls who like to gossip.

review submitted by Pooja


Letters From Camp book cover Letters from Camp by Kate Klise

This was a very fun, interesting read!  The whole book was written in the form of letters.  The mystery was about 6 kids (with 2 kids per family) who were sent to Camp Happy Harmony to try to get along with their siblings, only to find that the owners are a bunch of criminals!  I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

review submitted Sarah



After Ever After book cover  After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

After Ever After is about Jeffrey.  He is going through many changes in his life.  His brother moves to Africa, and his friend is not feeling so good.  This book is contemporary and has lot of funny moments.  I think that this book is a must read for all teens.

review submitted by Rahul

By MPPL on August 29, 2011 Categories: Fiction

Ghostopolis by Doug Tennapel

Ghostopolis book cover One  day Garth was just minding his own business hanging out in his room, when a horse skeleton comes through his wall followed by Frank Gallows of the Supernatural Immigration Task Force–which is in charge of sending ghosts, nightmares and other creatures back to Ghostopolis (aka the afterlife) . In the midst of all the commotion Frank Gallows accidently sends not just the ghost horse skeleton, but Garth as well, to Ghostopolis. 

So now Garth is stuck in Ghostopolis, surrounded by squirrel mummies, a horse skeleton who Garth names Skinny, and then he bumps into his grandpa. Meanwhile, Frank Gallows, who’s about to be canned for sending a boy to Ghostopolis, tracks down an old friend to hitch a ride to the afterlife to save Garth.  Garth and Frank don’t go unnoticed in Ghostopolis and soon Vaugner, evil ruler of Ghostopolis, wants the living visitors out of Ghostopolis .  Frank and Garth find themselves on  the run from Vaugner and his nasty bug gang. Garth, who is on an adventure of a lifetime, finds out he may have a bigger role in saving  himself and all of the afterlife from Vaugner.  Filled with nasty bugs, gross humor (you know poo and farts– the good stuff), and Godzilla scale battles, Ghostopolis will keep you turning the action and artwork filled pages.

By MPPL on August 28, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction

10 Reviews By You

The Looking Glass The Looking Glass by Richard Paul Evans

I read The Looking Glass by Richard Paul Evans. It was a good book and I would also recommend all his books to everyone who likes to learn/hear about love, treasure, as well as mysteries that they find.

review submitted by Haley



Bud not Buddy book cover Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

I just read Bud, Not Buddy.  It was really funny.  The main character, Bud, has a great imagination and is hilarious.  It is set in the 1930’s and  you learn a lot about what was going on during the depression and how people survived.

review submitted by Jeff



Lule Dark Can See Through Walls book cover Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls is about a girl named Lulu Dark whose purse gets stolen.  She doesn’t want to play detective, she just wants her purse back.  But when things start getting stranger and a Lulu impersonator, dead classmate, nail concious stalker, and more start showing up, Lulu realizes this isn’t just about a lost purse.

review submitted by Katie



 A Long Walk to Water book cover A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Salva lives in a war torn country, Nya has to walk eight hours a day for water.  Neither children live an idylic childhood, or even close to one.  How will each child survive when sickness and war are all over?

review submitted by Paige



Vampire Kisses book cover Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

A goth girl falls in love with a goth vampire.  In the process, they encounter two other vampires who want to get revenge on the goth vampires.  This was a good book.  If you like the Twilight Saga, you will love this book.  I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

review submitted by Isha



Fruits Basket book cover Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Tohru Honda is a high school student.  She lost her parents at a young age, so she lived with her grandfather.  But, while her grandfather’s house was getting renovated, she lived in a tent.  But it was on Sohma property and they found her, so the Sohmas let her live with them for awhile.  But Tohru stumbles upon their family secret.

review submitted by Karen



Ask Me No Questions book cover Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos is an amazing book.  It’s the story of Nadira and her family being considered terrorists after the 9-11 attacks.  IT’s breathtaking and you want to keep reading no matter what.  It shows you the other side of immigrant life.

review submitted by Shane



Heart and Salsa book cover Heart and Salsa by Suzanne Nelson

Heart and Salsa is about a girl named Cat who loves diving.  When she moves to Boston, she does anything she can to get away.  So, she signs up for the S.A.S.S. program to go to Mexico and spend some girl bonding time with her best friend Sabrina, who happens to have a boyfriend that no one told Cat about.  Cat gets caught in a little romance, too.  This book is a quick read that I would recommend.

review submitted by Natalia


Mud City book cover Mud City by Deborah Ellis

In this epic conclusion of the Breadwinner Trilogy, Shazuia, Parvana’s friend, has come to a refugee camp in Pakistan.  Later on, she travels to Peshanar, Pakistan in search of work to get to France to get away from her miserable life.  As you read this book, you might wonder if her plan is actaully a possibility or just a hopeless dream of escaping.

review submitted by Brian



Step Up 3 DVD Step Up 3 

I really love dancing and it is one of my dreams so when I saw Step Up 3, I was amazed.  The dance moves, group dances, and music were so well thought out and extraordinary.  The story follows a dance group waiting to battle another, but first they go through personal obstacles.  This movie had amazing choreography and actors/actresses.  I will definitely watch it again!

review submitted by Sharzad

By MPPL on August 22, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Book Trailer of the Week–Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

Check out this week’s book trailer for Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones.  Click here to find Blink & Caution in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 19, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery

Fleece Tie Pillow craft by Haley

Fleece tie pillows are a very creative craft to do.

1st- you will need to buy 2 pieces of fleece and have measured.

2nd- you need to cut out the square ends on each side.

3rd- you need to start tying the pillow together with the other piece of fabric.

** Also make sure when you tie the pillow that all sides are tied in a knot evenly and connected.

4th- continue tying the pillow but leave one side open to put polyester cotton in.

5th- then you put the cotton in on the open side.

6th- if it is a big pillow then you will need a whole bag, but if its a small pillow 13 by 13 inch then you will only need half of the bag of cotton.

7th- then your pillow is completed and you will be able to take it with you when you travel in the car or have it as a extra pillow for you to sleep on.

craft submitted by Haley

ShowOff Looking for more cool crafts?  Check out Show Off: how to do absolutely everything one step at a time by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany MannClick here to find it in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 18, 2011 Categories: Crafts

10 Reviews by You

KissinTime A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

I liked the book, A Kiss in Time.  It was a modern day version of Sleeping Beauty.  I learned a lot from it!  I would recommend it!

review submitted by Sara

MangoShapedSpace A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

A Mango-Shaped Space is a great book that teaches readers about the difficult life of a child that is somewhat different from most everyone around her.  Mia was very strong through her journey of self-discovery, even when a tragedy makes its way into her life.

review submitted by Marie

SmellsLikeDog Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors

I recently read an awesome book called Smells Like Dog.  Homer Pudding inherits a dog whose name is Dog, because he couldn’t figure out a good name for him.  Homer’s best hobby is searching for things for absolutely no reason at all. He is interested in a Galileo Compass that his uncle gave to him, before he got digested by a large turtle leading to his sudden death.  After a punishment by Homer’s parents, Homer cannot search for anything anymore.  He decides to sneak into the library to read some of the books he is now forbidden to read. He brings a candle in through the window to read.  After a little while, Homer falls asleep, and the candle falls from his hand, setting the library on fire.  Homer is in a lot of trouble.  To find out how this crazy story is finally going to end in less than 300 pages, I suggest you read the rest of this book.  I read it a little while ago and was clearly impressed by the plot of the book.  I would recommend this for adventure seekers, boys and girls alike.  I enjoyed this book and I hope you will like it too!

review submitted by Caitlyn

HungerGames The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A girl named Katniss has volunteered to go into the Hunger Games for her sister.  Once the games start, she makes an alliance that could win her the game.  Should she let love lead the way, or go with her instincts and fight.

review submitted by Zack

NeverDieEasy Never Die easy: the autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton with Don Yaeger

Never Die Easyis an inspirational book about Walter Payton and his life.  I liked this book because it goes throughout his life and tells what he went through.  It goes from his childhood, to high school, to the NFL.  This book is good and I think you should read it too!

review submitted by Sean

OhYuck     Oh, Yuck!: the encyclopedia of everything nasty by Joy Masoff

This book is about all icky stuff people don’t like to read about.  These passages include boogers, poop, pee, vomit, and lice.  This book makes learning cool!  It tells you different words to say the word vomit.  My favorite vomit words are praising the porcelain king, puke, and upchuck.  There is also a sequel to the book called Oh Yikes!.  It’s a cool book as well!

review submitted by Sam

AmongTheHidden Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book is about a third child, when you can only have 2 children.  I can relate to most of his feelings.  His life is hard because he is illegal and he has to come out of hiding.  When new families move in, his life gets harder because he is forbidden to go outside, even though he lives on a farm.  It was a good book and it was well written.

review submitted by Lucas

Plague Plague by Michael Grant

Plauge is the fourth book in the Gone series.Life in the FAYZ is getting worse.  A plague is going around and the Darkness is becoming more of a threat.  Plauge is a great addition to the Gone series, filled with action and many surprises.  I’d recommend Plague and the other books in the Gone series to anyone who can handle the disturbing yet exciting life of the FAYZ.

review submitted by Natalie

BoyWhoDared The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

A boy named Helmuth is in the middle of World War II.  In jail!  This story tells about a boy who dares to talk in front of judges!  This story is a life-changing and true story of a boy who dared.

review submitted by David

JerkCalifornia Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

A kid named Sam Carrier has a disease called Tourettes that makes him jerk.  His dad died and now his mom remarried a guy who treats him badly. Sam meets one of his dad’s best friends, George.  George tells him about his dad, and he sends Sam on a journey that helps him understand his dad more.

review submitted by Sonia

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 17, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction

Did you catch the premiere of The Lying Game yesterday?

The Lying Game TV imageLast night The Lying Game premiered on ABC family.  The TV show is based on the book, The Lying Game by Sara Shepard.  (Click here to find The Lying Game in the Library!)  Shepard also wrote the Pretty Little Liars series, that is also a TV series on ABC family. is reporting that the TV show is going to stray from the book’s original story line.  Click here to read the full article that includes the author, Sara Shepard’s, point of view on the changes that have been made for TV.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 16, 2011 Categories: Fiction

Preview The Power of Six

The sequel to I am Number Four, The Power of Six, is not going to hit the shelves until August 23.  You can preview it, though, and read the first chapters.  You can also like The Power of Six on Facebook and continue reading more!  Click here to find The Power of Six in our catalog to place a hold on the book today!

THE POWER OF SIX – Chapeters 1 & 2


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 13, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week–The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines

Check out this week’s book trailer for The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines.  Click here to find The Girl is Murder in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 11, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery

10 Reviews by You

 MisterMonday Mister Monday by Garth Nix

Arthur Penhaligon was a normal kid until one Monday when he was given a strange key.  The key helped him breath because he had asthma and the key led him to a place called the House.  In the House, Arthur’s adventure takes off with his friend Suzy.  I would recommend this book and it’s series to anyone.

review submitted by Madeline

 Soul-surfer-dvd Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer, the movie, was a really good. It was a true movie based on a girl who lost one of her arms while surfing. She was so determined to continue even with one arm and she did it. It was really good but sad because a shark bit her and made her arm bleed.  She has continued to surf even without an arm in competitions.

review submitted by Haley

 Switched Switched by Jessica Wollman

This was a very good book.  It was about a poor girl who wanted to go to college (but didn’t have the money) meeting a rich girl who didn’t like school.  They switched places to have what they each wanted.

review submitted by Katie

Exodus   Exodus by Julie Bertagna

Exodus is the story of what life could be like in the future.  The icecaps melted and most of the world was flooded.  This makes you wonder whether we are on the brink of a world like that.  It’s a very good story and is scary to think that we may have to deal with this in the future.

review submitted by Natalie

IndieGirl    Indie Girl by Kavita Daswani

An Indian girl wants to be a fashion reporter, so she babysits the famous reporter Aaralyn Taylor’s son, hoping that it will let her get into an internship.  The story is how she struggles to get Aaralyn to like her.

review submitted by Faba

Forest of Hands and Teeth    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Mary lived all her life in feat of the Forest of Hands and Teeth behind the fence that protected her from it.  Now she must leave the security of the fence and search for a new life where she could escape the Unconsecrated.   The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a story of a dark and scary world where the dead walk alive, but also a place where hope can be found.  It is a book that is hard to put down, filled with action, love, and hope.

review submitted by Natalie

 AndThenThere And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I think And Then There Were None was a great book, even though I don’t read mystery books that often.  And I love the twist at the end of the book.

review submitted by Cody

 TeashopGirls The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

The Teashop Girls is a great book about Annie, Genna, and Zoe (the Teashop Girls) and how they have different lives.  But when the  Steeping Leaf is about to go out of business, they work together and do everything they can to save it–even if it means fighting with your best friend.

review submitted by Katie

 LostHero The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

This has to be one of the best books ever.  I loved all the action, adventure, and suspense put into it.  At times I felt like I was in the story.  The characters were awesome.  They had so much personality, I wished they were real.  I can’t wait until the next book. I loved it!

review submitted by Keandrea

KikiStrike  Kiki Strike and the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

Kiki Strike is a fascinating book about a behind-kicking super-spy finding an underground city in Manhattan.  The action and comedy in it was so amazing.  I could not take my eyes off of it!  From skeletons to princesses, this book has it all.  I advise any teens from 10 years to 15 years to read this book.  It is mind blowing!

review submitted by Grace

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 9, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies