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daughters break the rulesThe Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
YA PHILBIN, J.
All in all, this book was a great summer read, and on my list of Top 15 books. I loved to read about the life of a famous person and Lizzie, Catrina, and Hudson’s journeys, and ability to stand up to their parents.
Review by Claire

if i ever get outIf I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth
YA GANSWORTH, E.
This was a good book. At first, I thought it would be boring but it turned out to be interesting. It shows how people even today can discriminate against somebody if he/she is different.
Review by Ravi

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
I loved this book. It was really great. It was about Katniss and Peeta, and they had to go back to the arena because of the third quarter quell. At the end, Katniss gets taken back to district 13, but Peeta gets taken to the capitol because Katniss is the mockingjay.
Review by Zoe

AnimalFarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
This book is an excellent easy read and fast read for middle-schoolers. It describes how an animal farm goes against their owner and begins to operate without humankind but some problems become visible. Read on to find out if the animals will be able to solve them.
Review by Karolina

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
It rips your heart out, slowly, then all at once. It proves the world is not a wish granting factory.
Review by Samantha

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent was an amazing book! It was action-packed, a book with murder and sabotage, a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was so intense it made me stay awake to the first hours of the morning. I can’t wait to read the sequel Allegiant.
Review by Antonios

WhenDadKilledWhen Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
YA LESTER, J.
This book is told from the children’s points of view. It is about how they cope with their mom gone and their dad in jail. The ending was pretty shocking. It is where they piece together why the dad did what he did.
Review by Emily

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
It is very addictive. When I stop reading, I am dying to know what is going to happen. It is heartbreaking.
Review by Nehak

EveAdamEve & Adam by Michael Grant
YA SF GRANT, M.
This book was exciting from the first page. There is never a boring moment and the characters are interesting and relate-able. I could not put this book down. I would highly recommend it.
Review by Cassidy

19841984 by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
4.9/5 After many years, I’ve read many classics. Many were dull and simply not worth reading. 1984 , however, is a true classic with a haunting message of epic social and political proportions. The only moment I felt bored was when the book was being read in the story. Otherwise, a scary world is masterfully designed that should warn the reader of any of the same happening now.
Review by Renzmark

FlawlessFlawless by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
A for Alison’s murderer? A for Alison? Or A for the Liars? Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series. A knows all of the liars’ secrets and if they don’t do what A wants, their secrets will be out. The liars struggle to find out who killed Ali and who A is. A is closer than they think.
Review by Elizabeth

Book Trailer of the Week– Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.  Perry is your normal teenage guy, he is a little bit on the geeky side, but deals with the normal pressures that a high school senior deals with– choosing the right college, working at his dad’s work, and dealing with the pressure his parents put on him to achieve the best.  However, there is one thing in Perry’s life that isn’t that normal, his family’s Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi.  A majority of this novel takes place on one night, a night that will change Perry’s life forever, the night that Perry takes Gobi to the prom and learns that Gobi is actually a 24-year-old trained assassin who has commandeered Perry to be her driver for the night while she hunts down those she has been assigned to kill.  Click here to find Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 25, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

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fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of the best books I’ve ever picked up! Although, it was a little slow in the beginning, it drew me in and kept me reading until the very last word.
Review by Brayden

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
It was a great book. My favorite part is when they’re in the arena. The book had me reading while the rest of my family was asleep at night.
Review by Emmanuel

lyinggameThe Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
It might be a lie that I like this book or not, what do you think? It was unknown to Emma that she had a twin sister and now there was a video with her sister being murdered. Emma now has to be Sutton because nobody believes Sutton’s dead. Can Emma put the pieces together or not?
Review by Elizabeth

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
It’s a sort of autobiography about Jiang’s life during the cultural revolution in China. It was very interesting and well written. Highly recommend.
Review by Merrily

KidsofKabulKids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis
YA 305.235 ELL
I found this book amazing. The author, Deborah Ellis, interviews kids about how they live through a never ending war in Afghanistan. The kids’ stories are phenomenal.
Review by Paula

passionPassion by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
In this story, Luce decides to travel to her past lives to see what went wrong and if she can break the curse between herself and her boyfriend, Daniel.
Review by Neela

bombBomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
YA 623.4511 SHE
I loved this book so much! It was action packed, surprising, and a cliffhanger. The nonfiction book was packed with info about World War II, and it was written so well! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in World War II. I loved it!
Review by Adam

AnythingtoHaveYouAnything to Have You by Paige Harbison
YA HARBISON, P.
Natalie and Brooke are best friends and when Aiden comes to town, Natalie calls dibs, but Brooke ignores it and starts dating Aiden even though she knows how Natalie feels. Fast forward two years to a party with too much alcohol and Natalie wakes up next to Aiden and can’t remember anything, all she knows is she had sex, but with who?
Review by Paige

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.
A disturbing concept, yet fun to follow, with tons of romance. This book was thrilling, horror-filled, and just disturbing. With a twist at the end that I would have never imagined, this was a book that had me read it in one go. 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

strangebeautifulsorrowsThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton
YA WALTON, L.
This book certainly lives up to its title, being both strange and beautiful. With its lyrical writing and emotional twists and turns, this book is easily the best one I’ve read all year and a book I’d recommend to anyone.
Review by Caitlin

Book Trailer of the Week– The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  Lennie has lived in her sister’s shadow her whole life.  However, she is thrust into the limelight when her sister dies  suddenly and Lennie has to publicly deal with her sister’s death.  Feeling like everyday is an emotional roller coaster, Lennie doesn’t know what to do when she finds herself falling in love with a new boy in town.  Click here to find The Sky is Everywhere in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 18, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Reviews by You!

ttylTtyl by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
This book is a wonderful story about three best friends and their ups and downs through high school. Told in the form of instant messaging, this book is very modern and fun.
Review by Jenefer

scarboysThe Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
YA VLAHOS, L.
This was an awesome book about a new band getting more well-known through every gig and adversity they go through. The book is written through the guitarist’s, Harry, point of view.
Review by Emma

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
This was a good book. It was about a civilization under the streets of New York and what unfolded when a girl from the Topside found that place. Overall, I would give this book an eight out of ten.
Review by Ravi

nilNil by Lenne Matson
YA SF MATSON, L.
I really enjoyed this book because it was new and brought a different perspective to the table. The story felt real because the author used actual facts from history.
Review by Abi

MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Although a little depressing at times, an overall good finish to an incredible series.
Review by Lia

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
This book was amazing. It showed the emotion and thoughts that went through kids’ heads with cancers.  Not only that, it showed a cute love story with of course some comedy. I would recommend this book to all teens. This was one of the best books I’ve read.
Review by Mary

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
YA CLINE, E.
Overall, a really in depth book which includes references to the 80’s along with a twisting plot that keeps readers on edge for the duration of the entire plot. I recommend this book for anyone possessing some knowledge of the 80’s video game era.
Review by Michael

Carrie DiariesThe Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
YA BUSHNELL, C.
The Carrie Diaries was a very good book. Told from the point of view of Carrie Bradshaw, a high school senior, The Carrie Diaries is a story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. The Carrie Diaries is a must read.
Review by KeAndrea

yotsuba9Yotsuba&!, Volume 9 by Kiyohiko Azuma
YA GRAPH AZUMA, K.
In this funny book, Yotsuba once again has fun with her neighbors, dad, and uncle. Yotsuba is a light, funny story and I recommend it for anyone who wants a quick funny read.
Review by Abby

stayingfatsarahbynresStaying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
YA CRUTCHER, C.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is a great book. It teaches you what true friends do for each other. Lastly, it is a great lesson for friends and family.
Review by Anthony

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 15, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Issues, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Cold Calls by Charles Benoit

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Cold Calls by Charles Benoit.  Three teens are being blackmailed to carry out very specific types of  bullying against their classmates.  If they don’t go along with the mysterious caller’s demands, the horrible secrets they have been hiding will be revealed.  However, when Shelly, Eric, and Fatima all figure out that they are being blackmailed in the same way, they decide to band together to try and figure out who is blackmailing them and to try and stop them.  Click here to find Cold Calls in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 11, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews by You!

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Divergent is an amazing book about a girl that learns about what she truly believes in. This book teaches a lot about beliefs and the preservation of these beliefs. She learns ways to fight her fears and cope with reality and the danger surrounding her.
Review by Lisa

HootHoot by Carl Hiaasen
YA HIAASEN, C.
I think that this book had a lot of adventure and cool ideas and exciting characters.  It has two story lines together. I loved the settings Coconut Cove and Mother Paula’s. The ending is awesome. I loved everything about this book.
Review by Gavin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
This was the 2nd book in The Selection and a very fast paced plot. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Morgan

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
The story is about seventeen year old Luce Price who is sent to a reform school where she meets new friends and falls in love. She also discovers her past love life with Daniel.
Review by Neela

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
Sixteen year old Jessica is a runner, but when a tragic accident takes her leg, Jessica is simply shattered with no hope. But can she overcome it to run once more?
Review by Max

bestfriendsneverBest Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison
YA HARRISON, L.
A really good book on friendship and being accepted. I love it and want to read the rest of the series.
Review by Beetal

Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
I read this book like five times and it never gets boring! I always get to learn something new. I love this book as much as I love the other books, like The Lost Hero. It is humorous and adventurous!
Review by Jill

outsidersThe Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
YA HINTON, S.
The Outsiders was a really good book. It was a little violent and sad, though. Ponyboy (yes that’s his real name) is a likeable character. I really enjoyed reading The Outsiders and recommend it to anyone who can handle some tough things.
Review by Abby

sonofneptuneThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This book is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I liked this book a lot because it was adventurous. I could not stop reading it!
Review by Megan

rulesforbreakingThe Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston
YA ELSTON, A.
This sequel to The Rules for Disappearing shows the relationship that Anna and Ethan have built after the crazy events that had taken place, but little do they know it’s not over yet.
Review by Emma

Book Trailer of the Week– 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues

This week’s book trailer of the week is for 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues. Jess has just discovered a box filled with scraps of 34 pieces of paper that contain the secrets of her older sister’s life and death.  Ellie recently died when she overdosed.  Was it on purpose?  Ellie’s best friend, Sarah, might know the truth and so might Ellie’s brother Jake.  Just like in the novel 13 Reasons Why, readers are left with clues to determine just what happened in Ellie’s life that drove her to a possible suicide.  Click here to find 34 Pieces of You in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 3, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Issues, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Reviews by You!

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
This book was very interesting and captivating. The author’s detailed descriptions and storytelling led me to finish it in only two sittings. I really enjoyed the development of the characters and by the end, I felt like I knew Hazel and Augustus personally.
Review by Stephanie

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
This book was very engaging. It was a quick read and fast paced. I fell in love with Tris and Four. I thought the five factions were interesting and the fact that Tris didn’t belong in one single faction made her very relate-able.
Review by Natalia

yotsuba3Yotsuba&! Volume 3 by Kiyohiko Azuma
YA GRAPH AZUMA, K. V.3
I found Yotsuba&! Volume 3 very funny and light. It was an easy read but still very enjoyable. In Volume 3, Yotsuba, a six year old girl, goes on small adventures with her dad, uncle, and neighbors. This was very fun to read and you should also read it.
Review by Abby

MemoirsMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
YA ZEVIN, G.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like some parts of the book were slow, but near the end the pace picked up and I thought that the book ended in a good way. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Review by Natalia

markofathenaThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This book was like an adventure! There is always something dramatic going on. You feel like turning the page because of the incredible adventures. The characters are also really well developed and have very awesome powers. The teamwork makes this book even more fun.
Review by Jill

DarknessFallsDarkness Falls by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Like the first book, this book has a slow beginning and draws more into Nat’s past with Incy. This book goes more into the fight between good and evil. Overall, it was an okay book and good for those who liked the Beautiful Creatures series and I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

ashAsh by Malinda Lo
YA LO, M.
I give the book 5 stars! It was really good and I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this book to people who like romance, action, fantasy, and sadness.
Review by Alexandra

deadlyDeadly by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
This book was so intense. Even when you think A is revealed, another crazy twist happens. Pretty Little Liars [the series] is a great read that is sure to keep you hooked from beginning to end!
Review by Kendall

pandemoniumPandemonium by Lauren Oliver
YA OLIVER, L.
Better than the first book, fast paced, interesting, lots of action to keep you on your toes. I liked how the author shows Lena exploring other areas and cities within the dystopia. The love triangle is dull and unoriginal. However, the cliff hanger ending will make you read Requiem.
Review by Ellie

PerksThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA CHBOSKY, S.
I love the characters. They give you insight into a life you may have never had before, they will give you a new world view. Also this book can help you understand and relate to others better.
Review by Rhiannon

Book Trailer of the Week– She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

This week’s book trailer of the week is for She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick.  Laureth’s father is a famous author, who Laureth believes is missing.  She desperately wants to find him, but as she discovers more and more clues about his disappearance, the more dangerous the search gets.  Adding to the danger, Laureth is blind, so she relies on her seven-year-old brother to be her eyes as they travel across the world searching for their father.  Click here to find She is Not Invisible in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 27, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction