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Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book is so exciting and really keeps you at the edge of your seat! I’m not done yet, but I’m excited to see what the ending brings!
Review by Grace

fourFour by Veronica Roth
YA SF ROTH, V.
The book Four was a good addition to the Divergent series . It gave you all of Tobias’ thoughts and helped you see what Dauntless was like before Tris gets there. Also, you get to see Tris jumping into the net from Tobias’ point of view.
Review by Mia

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
A girl with cancer named Hazel finds a boy her age. They fall in love instantly. In this book you will find romance, comedy, and tragedy. I recommend this book for people in 7th grade and up.
Review by Seamus

ThingsNotSeenThings Not Seen by Andrew Clements
YA SF CLEMENTS, A.
The book is about a boy named Bobby who becomes invisible after he goes in the shower one morning. When he is invisible, he meets this girl that is blind. His parents tell him not to tell anybody but he told the girl anyway, so she told her parents, and they made a club to turn Bobby back to normal.
Review by Aidan

SchwaThe Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
This book was awesome! I loved all twists and turns that made you want to read more. It is about a boy named Antsy and he meets someone named Schwa and there is something unique about him and it’s so cool to see that they become friends.
Review by Caitlin

Fahrenheit451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
YA SF BRADBURY, R.
Fahrenheit 451 – the approximate temperature for books to burn in. Books cannot exist in this world. They are meant to be burned by firemen. “Why?”, you ask. Well, then read the story of our protagonist, Guy Montag. You’ll find out about a different world that may just exist.
Review by Dev

 

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
It was a really good book with lots of actions and sad scenes.
Review by Beetal

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 6, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Achieving Dreams–Inspirational Teen Reads

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

YA VAN DRAANEN, W.

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

StargirlStargirl by Jerry Spinelli

YA SPINELLI, J.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

CardturnerThe Cardturner by Lois Sachar

YA SACHAR, L.

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.

DairyQueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

deadlineDeadline by Chris Crutcher

YA CRUTCHER, C.

Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life’s purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as “Hey-Soos.”

CurveballCurveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

SharkGirlShark Girl by Kelly Bingham

YA BINGHAM, K.

After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

saywhatyouwillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern

YA MCGOVERN, C.
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

LockKeyLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora’s new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.

hatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 15, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, High School, Inspirational, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Click here to find Evil Librarian in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 3, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

TwilightTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.
I found that this book was just amazing. I loved all of the descriptions of Edward’s appearance and his emotions. My favorite part in the book was when Edward showed Bella the meadow and how he attracted animals to himself. 5 stars.
Review by Julia

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
For roughly 3 years, I’d been planning on reading The Maze Runner. People told me that it was an awful book. I have to disagree! I was impressed by Dashner’s ability to create such a complicated plot-line! The book felt like I was sprinting through the maze and discovering the mysteries “myself”, it was that good.
Review by Gabrielle

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
It was amazing! It was the perfect blend of romance and action, so that I was interested the whole time.
Review by Mary

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
I found it an interesting book! I love the mystery concept and the whole idea!
Review by Cora

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

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
This is another great series by Alyson Noel. This is about Ever. She has powers that cause her head to hurt. But everything changes when she meets Damen. She doesn’t know what he is but she is drawn to him.
Review by Emily

saywhatyouwillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.
Amy has been dealing with cerebral palsy her whole life. She is tired of having a teacher helping her. Her mother comes up with a plan; peer helpers. That’s when she meets Matthew. From that point on, it’s a whirlwind of events. Surprises are on their way.
Review by Julia

Wednesday WarsThe Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
YA SCHMIDT, G.
An amazing book about a kid that spends Wednesday afternoons with his teacher. The student believes that his teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts. He learns that both of them have things in common. They both soon enjoy each others company. I definitely recommend.
Review by Lester

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
This is a very good book, but sad in some parts. It is the third book in the Divergent series. At the beginning, everybody is trying to figure out how to live in a factionless society. Then some members of a rebel group venture outside the city to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. There they learn that their city is an experiment to correct bad genes. Can they convince everyone that even if your genes are “damaged”, you are still a whole and complete person without destroying life as they know it? Read Allegiant and find out! Secrets will be revealed, and lives will be changed.
Review by Theresa

Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
Percy Jackson finds out that he is a demigod. His mother is also kidnapped by Hades. He goes on a quest to rescue her. This series is great. Make sure you read the book before you watch the movie.
Review by Emily

Reviews by You!

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

Reviews by You!

navigatingearlyNavigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
YA VANDERPOOL, C.
This book was great, stupendous, wonderful, thumbs up. At least, that’s how Early Auden, the strangest of boys, would describe it. Join Jack Baker and his new friend, Early, as he takes an unexpected turn in his life and tries to find his way back home.
Review by Genevieve

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
Percy and his team have to go through a labyrinth. Their goal is to find the evil army.
Review by Om

sizzleSizzle by Lee McClain
YA MCCLAIN, L.
Amazing! The author did a great job of telling how you do things for your family. To help others who are hurt or ill. Trying to make something yours even when you’re having trouble.
Review by Jacqueline

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth was an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down and the suspense after every page kept me reading! If you haven’t read this book, you really should.
Review by Brayden

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, D.
I thought that Six Months Later was a really cool book. It didn’t turn out the way I expected, and I liked that. It was an interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend it to sci-fi and mystery lovers.
Review by Abby

CodeSilenceCode of Silence by Tim Shoemaker
YA SHOEMAKER, T.
5 stars!! This is a great book about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and trust. A group of friends witnesses a robbery but they are too scared and threatened to report it.
Review by Natalie

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers
YA MYERS, W.
This book was basically about a basketball athelete (Slam) trying to overcome life. He has to move his grades up to stay on the basketball team while dealing with his best friends and his family. School is tough (for Slam).
Review by Stephanie

HowToLeadLifeCrimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
YA MILLER, K.
I liked this book because I think it can appeal to both kids and adults. It was a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing characters.
Review by Molly

FindingDaddyFinding Daddy by Louise Plummer
YA PLUMMER, L.
An awesome book! I love this book – it has a little humor, suspense, romance, and action. I think that this book would be good for teens like me.
Review by Khaulana

FoodGirlsAndOtherFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA ZADOFF, A.
Andy is the fat kid that stands in the back of the class because he can’t fit into a desk. Then when he developes a crush on a girl he finds himself trying out for football. He makes the team, but his life is kinda out of hand, so he is trying to piece back his life.
Review by Bennie

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

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

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

Reviews by You!

invisibilityInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
YA CREMER, A.
When I got this book, I only looked at the cover and assumed it was going to be about an invisible boy falling in love with a visible girl. Then I actually started reading it… this book had me reading! Stephen is an invisible boy who is cursed by his curse-caster grandfather. Maxwell Arbus is the wicked curse-caster who is invisible as well but when he is around, it gets crazy. Elizabeth is an ordinary visible girl who can see curses but hasn’t really figured that out YET.
Review by Elizabeth

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
Speak is about a girl named Melinda who is entering high school with a bad reputation. She was at a summer party and got raped and didn’t know what to do so she called the cops. At school now Melinda has no friends but throughout her year she finds herself with the help of a tree.
Review by Valerie

DJ RisingDJ Rising by Love Maia
YA MAIA, L.
This is the first book in a long time that I’ve read and truly didn’t want someone to tell me how it ends. It started a little slow, but after that it took off! After reading DJ Rising, my love of music has grown even more than before! Definitely recommend this book!
Review by Susanna

TessaTessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom is about a girl who is lesbian and gos to prom with another girl in a tux. Prom is cancelled and there is some major controversy.
Review by Bianca

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book kept me at the edge of my seat from the very first word. I kept wondering what would happen to Thomas. He is thrown into this world and no one is giving him answers. I cannot wait until the movie comes out!
Review by Emily

NightNight by Elie Wiesel
940.548 WIE
Night was a sad book about Elie’s experience in the concentration camps. I would tell everyone I know to read this sad but moving story.
Review by Olivia

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
YA SF SANDERSON, B.
It was a great read. The book is good for kids just entering their teen years. It was so intense. I like David for his determination. I like this book because the author made it seem so real.
Review by Emmanuel

RithmatistThe Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
YA SANDERSON, B.
The Rithmatist is an amazing book about a non-rithmatist (Joel) discovers a crime happening in Armedius. His dream is to become a rithmatist but he is not meant to be one. Instead, he works with his rithmatist friend (Melody). This book has a great unexpected ending. This is now my favorite book.
Review by Sofia

ThingsFallApartThings Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
YA ACHEBE, C.
Good book relating to Ibo culture and language. It talked about his life falling apart due to his attachment to the clan. I would recommend this bok to 6th-12th graders.
Review by Sara

clockwork scarabThe Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.
This book is about two girls (both having famous families that deal with investigation) discovering why girls have been murdered. The murders are related to an Egyptian statue. Along the way of their investigation, they meet a boy (Dylan) from 2016. Miss Holmes, Miss Stoker, and Dylan help discover the reason for the killings.
Review by Sofia