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Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
A Tale Dark and Grimm is about the REAL story of Hansel and Gretel and he puts them back together and makes a gruesome book with a lot of stories put together.
Review submitted by Michael.
hugoCabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
This book was so easy to read but yet fun to read. This book is good for people who don’t like to read a lot of words.
Review submitted by Jill.
Rithmatist The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
This is a creative book about lines and ability to make them come alive. The book takes you through Joel’s life showing you his gift. This story has many changing characters with a huge twist at the end. Hope you like the book.
Review submitted by Jordan.
Aquamarine Aquamarine
by Alice Hoffman
When Hailey and Claire spend their last summer together, they find a beautiful mermaid named Aquamarine in a pool after a big storm. Aquamarine left her six sister to find love on land. She then falls in love with a boy named Raymond. Raymond then falls in love with her after they had a date. Aquamarine began to dry up, and Hailey and Claire quickly bring her back to the sea. Aquamarine makes it. At the end of summer, Raymond goes off to college and Claire move to Florida. Claire then sees Raymond at the beach in Florida and she also sees Aquamarine. Hailey and Claire know Aquamarine is still swimming out there.
Review submitted by Amanda.
Dana's Valley Dana’s Valley
by Janette Oke
This dramatic book is about a normal girl: Erin. When suddenly her best friend and sister becomes seriously ill. How will Erin handle it? And will Dana be ok?
Review submitted by Lea.
House Rules House Rules
by Jodi Picoult
Jacob has Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes it hard for him to show emotion and to loook others in the eye. When his tutor, Jess, goes missing and is found dead, Jacob is blamed and although he may act guilty, did he really kill Jess?
Review submitted by Paige.
Independence Hall Independence Hall
by Roland Smith
This series is one of my all-time favorites. It is action packed and never boring. Roland Smith knows about everything he writes about, and this book is no exception.
Review submitted by Noah.
lastolymppian The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
This book was entertaining and fun to read. I have read this book many times before.
Review submitted by Matt.
hatchet Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
This book is about Brian on a plane, and the plane crash in wildness. He is alone and he only has a hatchet that his mom gave him.
Review submitted by Chintal.
clockwork prince Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare
The second novel in the Infernal Devices series is action packed. More battles unfold as the search for Mortaman continues. Overall, a fantastic read.
Review submitted by Ariel.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 31, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal

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Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
I loved this book! It is a cross between emotional and exciting. I’d recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction stories. It is a book you will not want to put down!
Review submitted by Brianna.
DiaryWimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
I really liked the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, because it is talking about a boy who is just about to start middle school. Greg had a bad day on his 1st day of school. I would rate this book 5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Vrund.
Lawn Boy Lawn Boy
by Gary Paulsen
A boy (the book does not tell the boy’s name) gets a lawn mower from his grandma and finds a boy named Arnold to be his stock person, so he has a big lawn mowing business. But will the business be too big for his family? Find out in Lawn Boy!
Review submitted by Michael.
Spellbinder Spellbinder
by Helen Stringer
Five stars! Wonderful theme! Amusing, entertaining. Those two words describe this book perfectly!
Review submitted by David.
Darth Vader Darth Vader and Son
by Jeffrey Brown
This is a great book! It is amazing and very humorous. The characters are Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (as a young boy). If you love Star Wars, you’ll definitely love this quick-read. 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
Angel Experiment The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
6/5 stars! This series is amazing! If you love sci-fi, you should read this.
Review submitted by Morgan.
Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
This was a book that is seamlessly good, what can go wrong with Hansel and Gretal? A lot. This book is bloody and gruesome, not for the faint of heart, but it is a great read on a stormy day.
Review submitted by Kelsey.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
It was a really great book with a main goal to survive the Hunger Games. An easy, fun to read book with little details that brighten up your day. Very adventurous but has a bit of romance in it as well.
Review submitted by Tania.
Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
Insurgent was an exciting sequel to Divergent. The story always left you wanting more. Four and Tris struggled together, while still finding a way to show passion.
Review submitted by Kate.
Hobbit The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is about Bilbo, a hobbit living in the shire. Bilbo goes on a long journey to help another hobbit take back his throne. Bilbo faces deadly challenges and finds a ring that can turn him invisible. The Hobbit is a book that I think most teens will love.
Review submitted by MacKenzie.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 23, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Horror, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

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Holes Holes
by Louis Sachar
Holes is about Stanley Yelnats who is accused of stealing a famous baseball player’s shoes and goes to Camp Green Lake, a desert where they dig holes. The Warden is looking for something, that Kate Barlow (a criminal) stole.
Review submitted by Michael.
Shards and Ashes Shards & Ashes
edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
I would definitely recommend this book to people who like sci-fi. I liked the fact that it was different short stories all in one book. I would give it 4/5 stars.
Review submitted by Izabella.
If You Find Me If You Find Me
by Emily Murdoch
In If You Find Me, the main character Carey lives within a national forest questioning and blocking the fact if she is real or not. Then Carey and Jenessa (her sister) find out that their mom disappears, but then is found by her father. In this book, Carey tries to figure out why her mother left her and to keep her own secrets to her as well.
Review submitted by Rahul.
Harry Potter Goblet of Fire Harry Potter Year and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
This book is my favorite book from the series so far. It had many different twists and turns that keep me reading really late at night. This was an awesome book and I’d recommend to anyone reading Harry Potter books that they should read the whole series.
Review submitted by Nicole.
So Punk Rock So Punk Rock
by Micol Ostow
I think this book was great. Ari does something different and does something other than get good grades. Ari’s story was great. 4.5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Peter.
Peanut Peanut
by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe
This book is a graphic novel where a girl moves and lies that she has a very serious peanut allergy. Her friend from her old school doesn’t talk to her anymore. Read the book to find out what happens!
Review submitted by Rebecca.
Drums Girls Dangerous Pie Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick
This is a great book about a boy who is troubled about his brother having cancer. Funny, serious, and romantic book all in one! Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a great book!
Review submitted by Lea.
Schwa The Schwa was Here
by Neal Shusterman
I found this book very interesting. All the characters have unique personalities. The Schwa, also known as Calvin, faces many challenges. This story mixes a mystery with adventure. I would definitely recommend it.
Review submitted by Brianna.
homecoming Homecoming
by Cynthia Voigt
I really like this book! It is an adventurous story about four children: Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy Tillerman. Their parents both ran off, and the book is about the children trying to find their Aunt Cilia’s house so that they can live there.
Review submitted by Rachel.
Roll of Thunder Roll of Thunder, Here My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
I thought the book was ok. It showed how you should stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
Review submitted by Mary.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 17, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

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trash Trash
by Andy Mulligan
I have many opinions about Trash. Trash is a very sad and creative story. A boy and his friend find a bag that the police need to investigate and they won’t give it up.
Review submitted by Elizabeth.
Maze of Bones The Maze of Bones (39 Clues)
by Rick Riordan
I thought this book was a great opener for the 39 Clues series. It really grabbed my attention and made me want to read Book two. It was action-packed, and full of lots of adventure.
Review submitted by Ravi.
Cardturner The Cardturner
by Louis Sachar
I thought it was a very good book. I liked the amount of detail the author used. I didn’t like how the chapters were so short and only focused on one topic.
Review submitted by Anthony.
Just add magic Just Add Magic
by Cindy Callaghan
When Kelly Quinn and her two BFF’s discover a dusty old cookbook while cleaning out an attic, the girls decide to try a few of the mysterious recipes that are inside.
Review submitted by Neela.
Marked Marked
by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
I think Marked was a very interesting book that added something new and different to the world of vampires. It was a very interesting book about friendship and doing the right thing. The main character is very relatable; I know I related.
Review submitted by Samantha.
Third Wheel The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
by Jeff Kinney
The Third Wheel is about Greg Heffley’s early life and about him and Rowley trying to get a date to the school dance. But can he find a date or will he be left out, playing video games on the big night?
Review submitted by Michael.
Among the barons Among the Barons
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
There are so many twists and turns you don’t want to put the book down!
Review submitted by Amin.
Shards and Ashes Shards & Ashes
edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
This book is a good book. It was very interesting. I like the theme of the book. Each author has a different story and that’s what I like about the style of the book.
Review submitted by Samantha.
Boys Without Names Boys without Names
by Kashmira Seth
This book was fun to read because it took place in India. I love to read books that take place in a setting that I know about.
Review submitted by Jill.
Hobbit The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a book about Bilbo Baggins leaving his normal life to go on an adventure to get gold back from Smaug, the evil dragon.
Review submitted by Cici.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 8, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Multicultural, Mystery, 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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Titans Curse The Titan’s Curse
by Rick Riordan
An amazing book. The Titan’s Curse is emotional with sadness, surprise, and sacrifice. A few hunters die. Bianca, for just a gift for her little brother, and Zoe, to fight with her friends against her father even though she knows she will die.
Review submitted by Kaeley.
Legend3 Legend
by Marie Lu
Legend was a captivating story about love, trust, and deception. This book left me wanting more, and I recommend it for anyone! It was amazing!
Review submitted by Kate.
Swindle Swindle
by Gordon Korman
It’s a really good book. It’s about the Babe Ruth baseball card. This guy named Griffin finds the card and sells it for $120.00 and realizes it’s real and tries to steal it back without getting caught.
Review submitted by Devraj.
Day of the Djinn Warrior The Day of the Djinn Warriors
by P.B. Kerr
This book was fun to read because it was funny, and I was able to understand what was going on.
Review submitted by Jill.
Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
Insurgent is an amazing book filled with tons of action and romance. I strongly recommend this book.
Review submitted by Julia.
Serpent_Shadow The Serpent’s Shadow
by Rick Riordan
This book is a great fictional story about Egyptian mythology. It is a great adventure book and it is written perfectly by Rick Riordan.
Review submitted by Rithin.
Tales-Dork Diaries Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker
by Rachel Renee Russell
I loved this book! After I started reading it, I couldn’t stop! It was a very suspenseful book. My favorite part is when Nikki goes to her kid sister’s fake salon.
Review submitted by Cora.
Out of the Dust Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse
Out of the Dust is a sad, yet heart warming story of Billie Jo, a 15 year old girl. She and her family are trying survive the depression and the Dust Bowl years.
Review submitted by Cici.
Cabin Fever Cabin Fever
by Jeff Kinney
Cabin Fever is about Greg Heffley having a wimpy life and gets stuck in his house in a huge blizzard and it actually turns out that Manny, his little brother, turned off the circuit breaker for every room except his.
Review submitted by Michael.
Hoop Hotshot Hoop Hotshot
by Jake Maddox
The book is about a boy who got cut from his middle school team and what he does to improve. A+ book!
Review submitted by Benjamin.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Historical 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

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Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
Insurgent was the sequel of Divergent. I thought that it was very good! I couldn’t put it down! I would recommend the series to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games.
Review submitted by Nicole.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
It was an extraordinary novel for teens. I believe that this is one of my favorite books since it has everything I desire in a book such as action, romance, and suspense.
Review submitted by Oleg.
Gone Gone
by Michael Grant
5 out of 5 stars! It was fun to think about what I would do if everyone over 15 disappeared! I would want a special power.
Review submitted by Morgan.
Divergent Divergent
by Veronica Roth
Beatrice Prior is a sixteen year old girl nervous about her aptitude test. She will be put into one of five groups: Dauntless, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Abnegation. Which one will she fall in?
Review submitted by Patrick.
Throne of Fire The Throne of Fire
by Rick Riordan
Sadie and Carter go through many obstacles in the second book of the Kane Chronicles series, as well as in the first one. Read all books of Rick Riordan!
Review submitted by Paula.
Unwind Unwind
by Neal Shusterman
Three kids are sent to be unwound. Connor, a trouble maker, is sent by his parents. Rissa, an orphan, is sent because of money, and Lev is sent because of his religion. They escape their fate, but they can’t hide, only run.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
hugoCabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
It is about an orphan named Hugo. He wants to finish building a robot that his father found. When it is finished, it tells him things that change his life.
Review submitted by Michaela.
DiaryWimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
The book is about a boy who is in the middle school. He tells you how to live in the middle school when you get there and what to do.
Review submitted by Lucian.
Silence Silence
by Becca Fitzpatrick
I like this book because it was great for the third book in the series with amazing plot twists and relatable characters. I would rate it a 10/10.
Review submitted by Samantha.
WalkTwoMoons Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
A girl named Sal moves to Euclid from Bybanks because Sal’s mother went away to Idaho. Sal met a girl named Phoebe and became best friends. Sal’s grandparents and her go and find Sal’s mother died. Then they go back home.
Review submitted by Megan.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 12, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal

Black Swan reviewed by Amanda

I’m in love with the movie Black Swan (2010).  I strongly recommend this movie for those who love ballet, dancing, or ballet performances. I take ballet, and every time I watch this movie (which has been more than a few times) I become so motivated to dance. The choreography of this movie is amazing, as well as the story line. However, since this is a Rated R movie, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this movie to anyone under the age of 16, maybe 15 at the least. There are some sexual parts of this movie that in my opinion (and from watching it with immature friends), is only for mature audiences. I also did have to watch it 2 or 3 times to realize the hidden parts to the story-line and once I concentrated and watched the whole movie, everything tied in together and it made sense (which only made me love the film even more!). Natalie Portman is both an amazing actress and dancer, and if I had to rate this movie, I would give it a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Click here to find the movie Black Swan in the Library, and please note that this movie is rated R and not intended for teens under the age of 17 to watch without an adult present.

review submitted by Amanda

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 30, 2012 Categories: Movies, Reviews By You

Beautiful Creatures reviewed by Paige

Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Hi, I’m Paige, and I just recently read the book Beautiful Creatures written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This book is about a boy named Ethan Wate. In the start of the book, he has a dream about a girl he has no clue who she is. This is strange seeing someone in a dream he doesn’t know because he lives in a small town in South Carolina. Eventually, a new girl moves to the town, Lena Duchannes. She happens to be the niece of the town creep and locked up. The girl is shunned by the school, so Ethan decides to befriend her. One day in class they bump into each other and the light above them breaks. Also, when Lena went to sharpen her pencil, the window next to her shattered. Ethan starts falling for her and realizes why Lena is so different and how they have a connection. Read Beautiful Creatures to find out why Lena Duchannes is different from EVERY other girl Ethan has ever known.

review submitted by Paige

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 27, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal