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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

Unwind reviewed by Rachel

Unwind

by Neal Shusterman

The book Unwind was an amazing book. Even though it was a little extreme, it was awesome! One of the best books not involved in a series or trilogy.

review submitted by Rachel

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 11, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

Of All the Stupid Things Reviewed by Julie

I just read Of all the Stupid Things and I really liked it. It tells the story of three girls in High School who each have their own set of problems and how they over come them. I think that it would be a great read for anyone my age.

review submitted by Julie

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 7, 2012 Categories: Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

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  The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games is a story that is packed with adventure and excitement.  I couldn’t even put the book down.  It’s also frightening and a loving book.  I think that whoever picks up this book will truly love it and won’t want to put it down.

review submitted by Alexandra

  Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins surprised me by being an amazing sequel to The Hunger Games. I had high expectations for this book and they were achieved. Katniss and all her friends are back when the government decides to do a special edition hunger games, a challenge for the champions. With the government in more chaos than ever, will Katniss survive?

reviewed submitted by Samantha

  Once Upon a Marigold by Jean FerrisThis story was exciting and a good read.  It’s about a princess named Marigold forming a friendship with commoner Christian.  Christian lives in a cave with his friend Ed.  He finds work in the castle, reveals his identity to Marigold, and uncovers the plot Mother Olympia is planning (she is evil).

review submitted by Katie

  The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanThis book tells the story of Sadie and Carter Kane, siblings who, after their mother’s death, were separated.  Now, on Christmas Day, one of two days they can meet, they witness their father’s capture by Set, and Egyptian God.  This sets off a journey to find out who they really are and to learn to master their powers, all while trying to save their dad.  I really liked this book because it combines Egyptian mythology with adventure and excitement.  I recommend this book for anyone interested in mythology.

review submitted by Ellen

ttyl by Lauren Myraclettyl is a book that teen girls would like.  It has some problems that girls might understand.  It was in a cool format like AIM.  If I was to rate this book, I would rate it 5 stars.  It’s got a lot of things happening and it makes you feel like you’re really IMing someone.

review submitted by Isabella

Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardPretty Little Liars is a story of five girls entering 7th grade.  Then one goes missing.  Four years later they find her, well, her body.  Could Ali’s death bring Spencer, Aria, Hannah, and Emily closer to the fact that Ali is haunting them, or does someone know their deepest secrets?

review submitted by Emma

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 cover Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2To start the conclusion of the epic Harry Potter series, we find our heroes at a beach house with a goblin named Griphook.  They find out where one of the last horcruxes is and set off to find it.  Meanwhile, everyone is preparing for the battle between Harry and Voldemort.  This movie is a definite must see because of the action and amazing battles.This movie is rated PG-13.

review submitted by Flynn

 Jinx book cover Jinx by Meg CabotI thought this was a really good book for people who enjoy magic, and somewhat romance novels.  A girl nicknamed Jinx, for her bad luck, moved in with her aunt and uncle to escape a stalker.  Her cousin Tory is determined to ruin Jinx’s life only because Jinx has magical powers and Tory doesn’t.  All I’m going to say is, did Jinx really escape horror by coming to New York, or did she walk right into it?

review submitted by Pooja

  Monte Carlo (2011)I saw the movie Monte Carlo! It was about a girl who wanted to go on a trip to Monte Carlo. She finally goes with some of her work friends. It was a great movie and any age can see it.This movie is rated PG.

review submitted by Haley

  The Sword Thief by Peter Larangis (The 39 Clues, book 3)The third 39 Clues book was a thrilling, action-packed clue-hunting book.  I’d recommend this series to anyone who loves quick books with a ton of suspense.

review submitted by Sara

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 1, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Reviews By You