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Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
Thomas, a 16-year-old boy, finds himself in a box. He was surrounded by a bunch of boys outside the box. They’re trying to find a way out of what they call The Glade. They’ll do anything, even take their own lives, to get out of there.
Review by Brigitte

alispllAli’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
Sibling rivalry. You would think is just hitting or spitting harsh words at each other…but when two twins, Alison and Courtney, fight, they really fight. Courtney practically chokes her sister. That’s when their parents decide to send Courtney away but Courtney doesn’t want to go so she switches their lives.
Review by Elizabeth

killyoulastKill You Last by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.
Shelby thinks she is living in one of the safest towns, but then, three girls who all used her father’s photography go missing and are soon discovered dead. With the media all blaming her father, who Shelby believes is innocent, she is determined to find the person responsible and get the truth at all costs.
Review by Paige

GiverThe Giver by Lois Lowry
YA SF LOWRY, L.
A great book. A story of a “perfect” town that’s not so perfect. So when Jonas discovers some big secrets about his town, he realizes that his town is a lot more than meets the eye.
Review by Kyra

warlockThe Warlock by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
Part of an awesome series. For magic and adventure lovers. Full of excitement, twists and turns, betrayal, and alliances. An eternal battle between good and evil.
Review by Natalie

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I absolutely loved this book! It was about these two teens, Hazel and Augustus, who both had cancer and how they helped each other through it and fell in love. This book is a MUST READ!
Review by Clarke

Me and EarlMe and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
YA ANDREWS, J.
This book was funny and entertaining from page one. It was impossible to put down and made the grim reality of life and death a little more bearable, all the while portraying it extremely accurately.
Review by Cassidy

eastEast by Edith Pattou
YA PATTOU, E.
This was a five star book! I love the way that the author, Edith Pattou, describes the feelings and weather in this book. I would recommend this book to any middle school student who enjoys reading books about never giving up. I loved this book!
Review by Julia

nowandzenNow and Zen by Linda C. Gerber
YA GERBER, L.
Nori Tanaka travels to Japan where everyone thinks she is native there, even though she isn’t. Overall, this book is 3.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Review by Marissa

smallstepsNFSmall Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
This is an autobiography. Kehret tells us about her journey against polio. The whole time you’re reading this you are just rooting for her to get better. I won’t spoil it but you should read it to find out what eventually happens to her.
Review by Emily

Book Trailer of the Week– Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn.  If you are not quite ready to give up on summer yet, then you should definitely pick up this novel.  It’s about Gemma, who has recently been dumped by her boyfriend and is forced to live with her father this summer in the Hamptons.  Most would love to spend a summer at the Hamptons, but not Gemma.  Five years ago she made a bad decision that resulted in the breakup of her good friendship with Hallie.  In order to make the best of the summer, Gemma gets a makeover and inadvertently takes on a different persona in the Hamptons.  Will her former best friend recognize her?  Can she be someone else this summer?  Click here to find Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend in the Library and find out!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 12, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Reviews by You!

Almost PerfectAlmost Perfect by Brian Katcher
YA KATCHER, B.
This is about Logan, a guy who just broke up wit his girlfriend of three years. He meets Sage, who is actually a boy. But he didn’t know at the time, so he gets scared because he likes her. As the reader, you want to keep reading so you can understand Sage’s situation. Even though this is kind of a big book, it is a page turner.
Review by Emily

UntilIDieUntil I Die by Amy Plum
YA PLUM, A.
A very intriguing and suspenseful book.
Review by Kayla

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
An amazing sequel to The Hunger Games. I couldn’t stop reading this book and the cliffhanger is urging me to read Mockingjay.
Review by Noah

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
Six Months Later is a book that wants you to keep reading and keep you on the edge of your seat. Chloe can’t seem to remember the six months of her life missing and the boyfriend of her dreams is like a bad nightmare!
Review by Destiny

sorceressThe Sorceress by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
5 stars! An awesome series filled with alchemy, gods, magic, warlocks, sorceresses, and prophecy! The Sorceress is one out of six amazing books in this series!
Review by Natalie

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
I think it was really good. I think everyone should read it because it makes you think of what kind of person you are. It is the best book I ever read.
Review by Jasmine

AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
YA COELHO, P.
This book was full of metaphors. It was all about following your personal legends (what you really want to do in life) and following the omens. Overall, I would give this book an 8 out of 10.
Review by Ravi

echoEcho by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
This is actually the second book of the Soul Seekers series. You should read the first book which is Fated. The series is about Daire Santos who discovers that she is a seeker. There isn’t anything she can do about it. There are four books in this series.
Review by Emily

TwilightTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.
This book really kept me at the edge of my seat. There was lots of detail and elaboration. This made me feel like I was actually at the scene. I was surprised when it turned out that Edward was a vampire.
Review by Lester

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This series just gets better and better. It’s action-packed and lures you to keep reading. I love the characters and the actions that they make. This book took me on a journey through a maze of friendship, trust, hard work, and loyalty. This is one of the best books by Riordan.
Review by Jill

Book Trailer of the Week– The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming.  This work of nonfiction chronicles the downfall of the Romanov family, Russia’s last royal family.  Fleming uses primary sources like photographs, letters, and diaries to tell the family’s story.  It is one of drama and mystery.  This book will also give you a look at the Russian Revolution and what led the peasants and working class of Russia to revolt.  Click here to find The Family Romanov in the Library!

By MPPL on August 29, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Mystery, Nonfiction

Back to School, With a Supernatural Twist

Not many of us are excited to go back to school, but if you need a way to make the back to school time of year a little more enjoyable, then check out some of these novels that make school seem more exciting.  Let’s just say these are not your average schools…

zombiequeenZombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

YA ASHBY, A.

While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

greatterriblebeautyA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

avalonhighAvalon High by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

CrossMyHeartCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school in the world…for spies. The school hosts some mysterious guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the school’s top secret status, she and her friends face danger to clear Cammie’s name and learn the truth about Blackthorne.

jekelhydeJekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

YA FANTASKEY, B.

As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Hex HallHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate

YA KATE, L.

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

legaciesLegacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

YA LACKEY, M.

After her family is killed, Spirit White is taken to Oakhurst Academy, a combination orphanage and school for those with magical powers, where she and her new friends investigate when students start mysteriously disappearing.

Vampire AcademyVampire Academy by Richelle Mead

YA MEAD, R.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Reviews by You!

ifigrowupIf I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.
DeShawn is growing up in the poorest area of New York where there are two main careers: gang involvement or fast food. When the responsibility of caring for his grandma, sister, and twin niece and nephew, with a baby on the way, become too much, DeShawn joins the Disciples to help cope financially.
Review by Paige

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
This book was amazing! It had action and some problems with the Capitol which made it so much harder to put the book down. I would rate this book 11 out of 10! This book is by far in my top 10 favorite books.
Review by Gabby

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
This was one of the best books I ever read. It starts out with a girl named Chloe who fell asleep in study hall. When she wakes up, it is six months later and it is snowing. She finds out that her crush is now her boyfriend, she scored a really high SAT, but her best friend won’t talk to her. Chloe must figure out how it happened and do something to fix it before it’s too late.
Review by Theresa

ScorpiaScorpia by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
Full of twists and surprises, from one truth to the next, a real page turner and impossible to put down.
Review by Lia

dualedDualed by Elsie Chapman
YA CHAPMAN, E.
A girl named West Grayer lives in a place where they have twins (with the same DNA) from different parents. Now it’s West’s turn to try to kill her twin or she will be killed.
Review by Brigitte

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Allegiant was a great way to wrap up the Divergent trilogy. Although I was upset by the way Roth ended the book with an unexpected event, it is worth reading. I enjoyed Insurgent more than Allegiant due to the fact of Insurgent being more people-pleasing and ending happily.
Review by Kristen

Long Way GoneA Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
YA 966.404 BEA
This book was really good. I really liked that there was so much detail involved. I didn’t like to believe that it was a true story because it is so sad. Overall I would recommend this book.
Review by Sam

hatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen
YA PAULSEN, G.
Hatchet is an amazing book! It is about a boy who gets lost in the wild and has to survive. This realistic fiction book is a cliffhanger and makes you want to read on. So, for overall rating, I’d give this book a 9.5/10.
Review by Adam

savingtheworldSaving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
YA PATTERSON, J.
This is a really good book to read during the summer. Maximum Ride is a 14-year-old girl that has wings and can fly. She and her flock go on a mission to save the world and have to stop the crazy scientists from killing half the people in the world.
Review by Zoe

SomethingWickedSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
YA BRADBURY, R.
I thought that this classic book was really interesting. It made me think a lot! It was pretty scary and creepy, but it would be a great sci-fi read for anyone!
Review by Abby

Book Trailer of the Week– The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Blessed by Tonya Hurley.  This novel centers on three different teenage girls.  Each of these girls finds themselves in the same emergency room on the same night.  Agnes is the kind of girl who tries to do everything right, but ends up feeling miserable, and tries to kill herself after her most recent breakup.  Cecilia is a very talented musician, but she is heading down the wrong path and parties a little too hard.  Then there’s Lucy.  She is a famous socialite who has everything anyone could want, unfortunately, that comes with a price, and she is brought into the ER because of an accidental overdose.  After each of these girls are treated and released from the ER, they are visited by an enigmatic stranger.  What follows is a strange story that connects the three girls’ fates together as they mirror the saints they are named for.  Sebastian holds the key, however, to the truth about why these girls’ lives mirror the saints’ lives.  Click here to find The Blessed in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 22, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

pointblankPoint Blank by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
I really liked the idea and descripton mixed in with action and excitement. A must read series!
Review by Lia

SeaofMonstersThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
It’s another great action-packed book by Riordan. It is very detailed and definitely one of my favorite books. I love how the characters are well-developed and have a sense of humor. It’s full of all emotions and feelings.
Review by Jill

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
5 stars!! A tale about true love and fighting back. Rebels, peacemakers, lovers, fighters, all come together. I really liked this book and I’m sure others will too!
Review by Natalie

ShadeOfMoonThe Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA SF PFEFFER, S.
This book was an amazing read. It was interesting and a quick read.
Review by Ammu

IdTellYouILoveYouI’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
YA CARTER, A.
I really liked this book. 5 stars. It was exciting, romantic, and full of action. If you are looking for romance, excitement, and action, then read this book.
Review by Alexandra

DareYouToDare You To by Katie McGarry
YA MCGARRY, K.
The story is about trusting yourself. It’s about Beth who struggles with figuring out who she is and Ryan who does not know what his future should look like. I highly recommend this book to teen girls everywhere.
Review by Olivia

DoesMyHeadDoes My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.
This was a very good book filled with laughter. Abdel-Fattah really does understand the life of a typical teenager. She wrote an amazing book! One of my favorites by far.
Review by Patricia

RunawayKingThe Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.
I really liked this sequel to The False Prince. It was action-packed and you never get bored. There are twists and turns that keep you reading. I hope there is another book in the series.
Review by Mia

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
Downsiders is a wonderful book. Lindsay discovers a hidden world underneath her city. When she goes to the secret city with her new friend, Talon, she unknowingly puts his world in jeopardy.
Review by Kyra

BeachBlondesBeach Blondes by Katherine Applegate
YA APPLEGATE, K.
Sun, sand, water– how nice did that sound? It sure did sound great to Summer Smith. She was on her way to Clam Claw Beach, Florida, when a tarot lady tells her she she will find love. The lady tells Summer that she would meet three guys: mysterious, dangerous, and the one.
Review by Elizabeth

Book Trailer of the Week– Conversion by Katherine Howe

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Conversion by Katherine Howe.   Conversion is part medical mystery and inspired by the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen is in her final semester at St. Joan’s High School, and when some of her fellow classmates begin to fall to a mysterious illness, Colleen researches the similarities between what is happening at her school and what happened back during the Salem Witch Trials.  What Colleen discovers, however, may be more dangerous than her classmates cracking under the pressure of finals.  Click here to find Conversion in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 15, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, High School, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews By You!

MatchedMatched by Ally Condie
YA CONDIE, A.
5 stars!! An awesome story! A dramatic tale about making your own choices, falling in love, and rebelling. All the while, telling yourself to always believe in what you think is right.
Review by Natalie

city of bonesCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
YA CLARE, C.
I thought this book was really good. It had a lot of twists that want you to keep reading. It also makes you want to read more about all of the characters to see what happens to them all.
Review by Micaela

BookThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
YA ZUSAK, M.
A wonderful book that describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents and a young Jewish man who hides in her home during World War II. Also, it is a fantastic book that anyone should have the time to read.
Review by Junghoo

All Unquiet ThingsAll Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
YA MY JARZAB, A.
A high school student attending Brighton Day was shot and killed. Everyone thought the case was closed but Neily and Audrey are not so sure. But what will the truth cost?
Review by Emma

House of HadesThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
It’s a great book! It is very hard to try and stop reading. Rick Riordan, as usual, made us hungry for more, as Percy and his friends try to close the doors of death and stop Gaea from rising.
Reivew by Benjamin

WhenAudreyMetAliceWhen Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens
YA BEHRENS, R.
When Audrey Met Alice is a cleverly written book for people who like adventures and some suspense. Out of 5 stars, I would give it a 4.
Review by Marissa

WishWish by Joseph Monninger
YA MONNINGER, J.
Wish is about Bee and her brother’s vacation from the Blue Moon Foundation. Her brother, Tommy, has cystic fibrosis. This book should be read by anyone who loves sharks. Their vacation wasn’t really what they expected. You’ve got to read the book to find out what actually happens.
Review by Emily

messengerMessenger by Lois Lowry
YA SF LOWRY, L.
Messenger weaves the wonderful story of a boy finding his place in life. He must make a choice that will decide whether he lives or dies, and how his previously perfect home will be affected.
Review by Lisa

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
The finale to the Divergent series did not disappoint! It was a great book with an unexpected and wonderful ending. I seriously love the ending to this series and it was my favorite ending to any trilogy ever! 4.5 stars out of 5.
Review by Sarah

TigersQuestTiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
YA HOUCK, C.
An awesome book! Everyone should read the whole series!
Review by Beetal