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13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
This book tells the sad story of why Hannah Baker killed herself. It’s a marvelous read and the suspense makes you want to know what happened to Hannah. Although sad, this book is a great read. Read it now to learn the 13 reasons why.
Review submitted by Sarah.
Downriver Downriver
by Will Hobbs
After reading this book I really wanted to go white water rafting. I’ve done it before but nothing as extreme as the characters in Downriver were doing. They did the big stuff when they weren’t supposed to.
Review submitted by Abi.
HP3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
This was such a great book! There was a lot of action and some secrets were revealed. I loved the early Christmas present Fred and George gave Harry (The Marauder’s Map). Overall this book was amazing!
Review submitted by Tania.
HIVE H.I.V.E.
by Mark Walden
This book is a must have! It has action on every turn. From a martial arts expert to a computer genius, this book has it all. I give it a 9.5/10.
Review submitted by Rasheed.
13Gifts 13 Gifts
by Wendy Mass
12 Finally was a spectacular book. I enjoyed it very much and I couldn’t put it down. 13 Gifts is a funny story about friendship and everyone should read it.
Review submitted by Patricia.
Room Room
by Emma Donghue
I really liked it but it was very sad. It made me question whether I really need all the luxuries I take for granted. It was horrifying to know the little boy Jack went through all of this and didn’t know how bad it was.
Review submitted by Kathleen.
Divergent Divergent
by Veronica Roth
A book very similar to The Hunger Games, in which the narrator (Tris) is to choose between the different factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity, and Erudite. In which, she chooses Dauntless and she had to work really hard. And it is her story to fit in to her new society and, finally, of her fighting to survive and keep her friends and family safe.
Review submitted by Feba.
100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die
by Jimmy Greenfield
I loved this book because I am a die-hard Cubs fan and it told me so many cool facts I didn’t know.
Review submitted by Steven.
Ruins of Gorlan The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan
If you love fantasy, adventure, and the medieval times, you will read this book and imagine the details without any thought. Read it already! 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
light Light
by Michael Grant
An amazing conclusion to the Gone series! The enthralling events kept the pages turning until the end. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and suspense.
Review submitted by Marie.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 6, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

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sky on fire Sky on Fire
by Emmy Laybourne
This is a fast-paced, action adventure novel with lively characters. If you like action movies this is a book for you.
Review submitted by Abi.
Red scarf girl Red Scarf Girl
by Ji-li Jiang
Red Scarf Girl is a great book about standing up for what you believe in and being strong. The book focuses on the communism in China. Overall, it’s an excellent book.
Review submitted by Amanda.
Keeping Faith Keeping Faith
by Jodi Picoult
After her parents’ divorce, Faith starts talking to imaginary friends and one call her “God” is helping her perform miracles and repeat Bible verses when she has no religious upbringing. When a reality TV show tries to debunk her claims, will they finally believe her?
Review submitted by Paige.
red_pyramid The Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan
Riordan has yet again given readers a book that is a genuine page-turner. Carter and Sadie Kane are descendants of two ancient blood lines. Their lives are turned upside down when their father is trapped. This book is a mystifying tale that will please everyone.
Review submitted by Tania.
Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne and Otto Frank
This is the touching diary of a fourteen-year-old Jew in the Second World War. When her family goes into hiding in an attic, she records her brave life.
Review submitted by Lea.
Delirium Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
Delirium is set in a time when people in the USA believed that love was a disease. Thus they found a cure. Now, when anyone turns eighteen they have to get the cure. Lena always wanted the cure but when she meets a boy she finds true love. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.
Review submitted by Christina.
Alchemist The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist draws deep emotions and sparks and thoughts about what is destiny. Learn about your personal legend and Santiago on his journey.
Review submitted by Ariel.
Flawless Flawless
by Sara Shepard
Flawless was the sequel to Pretty Little Liars. The books are really different than the TV show. The end was also really surprising. I really liked this book.
Review submitted by Nicole.
Island of Blue Dolphins Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
Karana’s tribe left her with her brother. Three were killed from a pack of wolves. Karana survives years on the island alone, until she finally gets found.
Review submitted by Sofia.
Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
I love this book. Probably mostly because I loved Divergent and I was dying to know what happened next. And now I’m just waiting for the third book. (I hate cliffhangers) x(
Review submitted by Rhiannon.

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etiquette espionage Etiquette & Espionage
by Gail Carriger
Comical and adventure packed! You will fall in love with all of the characters and see yourself through Sophronia’s exciting adventure.
Review submitted by Ariel.
DiaryWimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (the 1st book of the series) is about Greg Heffley dealing with a wimpy life and the cheese touch, but this diary is no “dear diary” this and “dear diary” that, just read to find out.
Review submitted by Michael.
Marley Me Marley & Me
by John Gragan
Marley & Me is a great book about the true story of a family and their crazy dog. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to other teens.
Review submitted by Jackie.
Freak the Mighty Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick
Freak the Mighty is a really good book because it shows all about two different boys who do everything for each other for friendship.
Review submitted by Rosalva.
Lost Stories The Lost Stories
by John Flanagan
The Lost Stories was cool because it gave you answers to the questions you still might have about the Ranger’s Apprentice series. It was very detailed, especially in one about Tug, Will, and a wolf. It has very interesting facts about all the characters.
Review submitted by Mia.
Eye of the World The Eye of the World
by Robert Jordan
I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. For one, Jordan gets into immense detail on basically everything in the book. Also, the world Jordan created is extremely huge and filled with multiple races and cultures. The book reminded me a bit of Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings series.
Review submitted by Nick.
ABC Murders The ABC Murders
by Agatha Christie
Really exciting with a surprise ending! A must read for anyone!
Review submitted by Vanika.
Only the Good Spy Young Only the Good Spy Young
by Ally Carter
Such a great book! I loved it so much! The new character, Zach, was a nice touch and truly added more to the story. The new missions Cammie had and the funny encounters from the people from the first book were great. This was such a great book!
Review submitted by Tania.
Starclimber Starclimber
by Kenneth Oppel
A stunning and remarkable ending to an enchanting trilogy. My original assumption was that the story was tacky and other unoriginal. As it turned out, the conclusion took me into the unknown of space with great vigilance, though the romantic elements were more than I usually take to.
Review submitted by Marie.
Streams to the River Streams to River, River to the Sea
by Scott O’Dell
A novel about Sacagawea’s travel with Lewis and Clark on their way to the sea along the Mississippi River, the hardship, the tribes, and the adventures of Sacagawea.
Review submitted by Ghanika.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 16, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

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Angel Experiment Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
A very good book. There were many surprises along the way. It is well written and keeps you interested.
Review submitted by Emma.
Black Duck
by Janet Taylor Lisle
I thought that the book Black Duck was an OK book. It is about a boy who finds a buddy on the beach and then a series of events happens leading him into the drug smuggling world.
Review submitted by Sam.
Unwanteds The Unwanteds
by Lisa McMann
I liked this book because it is full of adventure. I recommend it to anyone who likes adventures in 6th grade and older.
Review submitted by Alexa.
Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
This book was inspiring and one I could not put down. I recommend this book for a lot of people to show them that they do have it easy. I loved this book.
Review submitted by Emily.
Long Way Gone A Long Way Gone
by Ishmael Beah
This book is about the lost boys in Africa. It is an action packed and violent true story about Ishmael’s journey. I would recommend this to those in grades 6-12.
Review submitted by Sara.
Put Your Best Foot Forward Put Your Best Foot Forward: A Young Dancer’s Guide to Life
by Suki Schorer
I found this book very interesting and helpful for being a young ballerina. Do not read if you do not take ballet, it would be very confusing.
Review submitted by Cora.
Number4 I am Number 4
by Pittacus Lore
I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore is a superb science-fiction book. It’s about a boy who is from another planet that was destroyed/taken over. He has powers like super speed and strength. He has to save Earth from Mogadorians.
Review submitted by Abby.
Strong Right Arm A Strong Right Arm
by Michelle Y. Green
I loved this book. It showed racism back then and how Peanut Johnson overcame it. I recommend to everybody.
Review submitted by Tony.
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is the personal diary of Anne, who grew into adulthood while in hiding from the Nazis in the attic of a work building. It takes you day to day in her life and shows a great example of the Nazi’s oppression against the Jews during WWII.
Review submitted by Merrily.
Project 17 Project 17
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Project 17 is a great book about teens coming from all backgrounds and school groups to create a movie about a mental institution that is about to be destroyed. It’s a great, suspense-filled novel that all will enjoy.
Review submitted by Rachel.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 2, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

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Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Running Dream is an amazing book. One reason I like this book is because I can relate to the main character, Jessica. Jessica loves to run and so do I. Another reason I love this book is because there is always an interesting climax going on. It is not one of those books that you have to break into. I would rate this book 5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Jenna.
Troy High Troy High
by Shana Norris
A book about two friends who go to rivaling schools. They work together to try to save their friendship while being loyal to their school.
Review submitted by Karina.
Marked Marked
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Although it is a book about vampires, it was very enjoyable to read and almost seemed realistic. This book begins with Zoey’s unusual marking as a vampire and continues through her change from a fledgling to a full adult vampire.
Review submitted by Sonia.
January Conspiracy 365: January
by Gabrielle Lord
This is the first of twelve books in the Conspiracy 365 series. It’s an action packed story of a 15-year-old fugitive accused of attempted murder. A family heritage causes all this chaos along the way.
Review submitted by Emma.
Ugly Truth The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
I enjoyed The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney very much. My favorite part was when the senior citizens came to the Valentine’s Day dance and ruined it. I liked how the story was very suspenseful.
Review submitted by Irene.
Mad About Super Heroes Mad About Super Heroes
Edited by Nick Meglin & John Ficarra
This book was really fun and made fun of Batman a lot. The small strips were the best or the classic art with the super heroes added.
Review submitted by Kathleen.
lastolymppian The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordian
I think this book was really great because it was full of action and suspense. This book kept me wanting to read more… one of my favorites!
Review submitted by Grace.
Emblaze Emblaze
by Jessica Shirvington
Violet is an angel and she is in love with an exile Phoenix and another angel Lincoln. Phoenix betrayed her and she can’t be with Lincoln. Phoenix is trying to get the scriptures from her and is threatening her family and friends to get it.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
Belle Epoque Belle Epoque
by Elizabeth Ross
Just as a foil is placed under a jewel to make it shine, a Repoussoir is a companion to a beautiful girl just to make her stand out more. In France, Maude desperately needs a job to survive, so she becomes a Repoussoir. She is a “hideous” girl who is hired by an aristocratic family to accompany their daughter for her season. But is the feeling of rejection and ignorance worth the thousands of dollars and glamor?
Review submitted by Nida.
Enemy The Enemy
by Charlie Higson
All the zombies (grown ups) have been diseased 16 years ago and their offsprings were not harmed. So now only kids rule the world and it’s up to the kids to survive and not get eaten by the zombies.
Review submitted by Atit.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 17, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

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IdTellYouILoveYou I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
This was a really nice book. I love that Cammie is a spy and that there is a whole school for spies. It’s a great book that makes you want to read it over and over.
Review submitted by Tania.
night of the purple moon Night of the Purple Moon
by Scott Cramer
This book was really nice to read. It was so interesting that I finished it in one day!
Review submitted by Jill.
oogy Oogy
by Larry Levin
Oogy is a book about a dog disfigured but so passionately loved by just one family. The bond between the dog and humans show just how hard you can love something/someone.
Review submitted by Kate.
Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Kids are stranded on an island and must survive. They have chosen a chief but many people disagree and drift off to make another team. Also a “beast” exists. Find out about it by reading it.
Review submitted by Atit.
Girl who threw butterflies The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Mick Cochrane
I liked this book because I can really relate to books that are realistic fiction. It’s as if I know the person and understand what they’re going through.
Review submitted by Allison.
New Moon New Moon
by Stephenie Meyer
Bella has learned about the vampire world, but it all is gone when Edward leaves her. She is depressed until that world comes back. Her best friend is a werewolf and some old enemies come out looking for a bite.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
Parvanas Journey Parvana’s Journey
by Deborah Ellis
In this book, Parvana goes on a journey to find her family. On this journey, Parvana comes across many struggles, but manages to keep moving on.
Review submitted by Janae.
Crushed Crushed
by Sara Shepard
This is the newest edition to the Pretty Little Liars series. Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are back with thrilling adventures from “A” at their senior prom. Relationships will be tested and trust will play a big role throughout the book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
This book was better than the first one, and the first one was one of my favorite books of all time. It was very exciting and has a huge surprise in it. It is a 10 out of 10.
Review submitted by Ravi.
Code The Code
by Mawi Adgedom
In my opinion, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everybody because this book talks about life. That is why I think everyone should read it at least once.
Review submitted by Angelica.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

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Macbeth Macbeth
by Shakespeare
Macbeth and his wife seek a great amount of power. They will do anything to get it, including murder and other horrified crimes, making them criminals. Do they achieve their goal? Find out!
Review submitted by Atit.
All Your Base All Your Base Are Belong to Us
by Harold Goldberg
If you grew up with video games or just like to play them, then this is definitely the book for you! It gives you the amazing history of many famous video games and systems that changed our lives forever! 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
Change of heart Change of Heart
by Shari Maurer
Athletic Emmi learns horrible news: her heart is failing. Throughout the story Emmi meets Abe, who already had heart surgery, and they instantly bond. Emmi goes through many tough times in her high school years.
Review submitted by Brandi.
Shug Shug
by Jenny Han
This book was about a girl named Anne Marie, and she likes Mark. But Mark likes Celia. Celia is Anne Marie’s older sister. Also, Anne Marie told her mom about Mark so the mom said try it out.
Review submitted by Kimberly.
homecoming Homecoming
by Cynthia Voigt
In Homecoming, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy are abandoned by their mother. They go all over the country searching for a loving home. I love this book because it shows really good friendship, motivation, and kindness.
Review submitted by Alice.
Kimmie66 Kimmie66
by Aaron Alexovich
It’s about a girl named Telly and her friend committed suicide and she’s trying to figure out why she did this and what was the point of it. At the end, Kimmie was still her friend and Telly was not mad at her.
Review submitted by Kaitlyn.
Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
The book was suspenseful, adventurous, and creative. There are dragons and enchanted things. There are freaky parts, like when Hansel and Gretel hide in a closet when there is screaming in the kitchen and a devil in the house.
Review submitted by Anthony.
Wednesday Wars The Wednesday Wars
by Gary Schmidt
If you don’t like Shakespeare, you might want to take a look at this. Holling thinks his teacher hates him, especially when his teacher makes him read Shakespeare outside of school.
Review submitted by Jenefer.
Beware Beware!
by R.L. Stine
It’s really scary especially when you read it at night. The slightest creek or something falling will make you jump.
Review submitted by Gabriella.
Between Mom and Jo Between Mom and Jo
by Julie Anne Peters
This book was well written and about how the main character struggles to face the cruelty of kids while having two moms. This book was exciting and thrilling. I highly recommend it.
Review submitted by Emma.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 3, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, GLBTQ, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Horror, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

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I Hunt Killers I Hunt Killers
by Barry Lyga
I really liked the book. It was full of action and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Review submitted by Steven.
Elements The Elements
by Theodore Gray
The Elements is a book with 2-4 pages about every element known to the human race. It teaches you a lot of different fact about elements. Each 2-4 pages has 3-10 paragraphs, 7 on average. It goes from Hydrogen to Ununoctium.
Review submitted by Michael.
BigNateFlips Big Nate Flips Out
by Lincoln Peirce
The book named above was really funny and is creative, just like all of the other Big Nates. I enjoyed it a lot. This particular book was about Francis and Nate getting into a colossal fight over how Nate was so messy. So, Nate gets hypnotised to be neater, but it doesn’t work out too well.
Review submitted by Anthony.
The List The List
by Siobhan Vivian
This was such a good book! It’s the start of the new school year when the list is put out–one pretty girl and one ugly girl in each grade–drama unfolds and friendships shatter. This book does show the reality of high school beauty pressures.
Review submitted by Kendall.
The call The Magnificent 12: The Call
by Michael Grant
4/5 stars. The book has a great plot line. It starts with a person gathering twelve kids to defeat an evil queen. The twists and turns will leave you hanging.
Review submitted by Tyler.
Enchantress The Enchantress
by Michael Scott
5 stars. A great ending to a great series. Everything is nothing that you would expect for the ending.
Review submitted by Allison.
Just Listen Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen
This book has an amazing story. I could not put this book down. Sarah Dessen truly takes you to another world with her amazing books.
Review submitted by Emily.
Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling
This book was the sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In this book, someone has been opening up the chamber of secrets again. I thought it was good.
Review submitted by Nicole.
Ninth ward Ninth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Lenesha’s mother died right after she gave birth to her. Mama Ya-Ya took care of her forever! Hurricane Katrina hit and Lanesha experienced many hardships, including one of her friend’s deaths.
Review submitted by Paula.
One for the Murphy's One for the Murphy’s
by Linda Hunt
It’s a book about when Carley Conners goes into a foster home with the Murphy’s after her mom lands in a coma. She grows close to the Murphy’s until her surprise of going back to her mom.
Review submitted by Aleks.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 17, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

Get in SYNC this summer

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Each week from now until August 15, SYNC will be offering 2 FREE audiobooks to download.  One will be a current teen title and the other will be its classic counterpart.  This week it is Anna Bank’s Of Poseidon paired with William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

 of poseidonTempestaudio

Click here to visit SYNC’s website and start downloading.

Don’t forget that you can also download audiobooks and ebooks for free using the Library’s free downloading service, MyMedia Mall.  Click here or on the icon below to check out MyMedia Mall!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 31, 2013 Categories: Events, Fiction, Nonfiction

Teen Book Cover Art: Papercuts

Figment’s Tumblr recently posted about about a new trend of papercuts on teen book covers: http://figmentdotcom.tumblr.com/post/50037988275/ya-cover-trend-paper-cuts.

These covers are actually pretty cool looking and got me wondering– how does someone actually make papercuts?  I checked out some of the books we have in the Library on paper cutting and let me tell you, you need some serious scissor skills.  However, they aren’t as complicated as you might think.  Part of the trick of papercutting is folding the paper to make more than one cut at a time.  There are also different cutting tools you can use to create more detailed cuts.

Here are some of the most recent Teen novels that feature papercuts on their covers, click on the cover or the title link to find more information about the book:

shadowandbone

Shadow and Bone

by Leigh Bardugo

PaperValentine

Paper Valentine

by Brenna Yovanoff

 Infects

The Infects

by Sean Beaudoin

PrettyMonsters

Pretty Monsters

by Kelly Link

ShiverLingerForever

Shiver, Linger, Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Fall trilogy)

by Maggie Stiefvater

If you want to find out more about how to create papercuts, check out this books at the Library!  (just click on the cover or title link to find it in the Library):

paper cutsPaper Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects

by Taylor Hagerty

736.98 HAG

 

 

 

Paper Cutting TechniquesPapercutting Techniques for Scrapbooks and Cards

by Sharyn Sowell

736.98 SOW

 

 

 

Paper CutoutsPaper Cutouts

by Helene Leroux-Hugon and Julierre Vicart

736.98 LER

 

 

 

Art of Paper CuttingThe Art of Paper Cutting

by Henya Melichson

736.98 MEL

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 23, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Fiction, Nonfiction, Trending