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a tale dark and grimm book coverA 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.

 

 

the invention of hugo Cabret book coverThe 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.

 

 

RithmatistThe 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.

 

AquamarineAquamarine 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 ValleyDana’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 RulesHouse 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 HallIndependence 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.

 

 

lastolymppianThe 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.

 

 

hatchetHatchet 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 book coverClockwork 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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HolesHoles 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 & 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 MeIf 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 and the Goblet of Fire book coverHarry 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 RockSo 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.

 

 

PeanutPeanut 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 and Dangerous Pie book coverDrums, 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.

 

 

SchwaThe 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 book coverHomecoming 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 ThunderRoll 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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Titans CurseThe 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.

 

legend book coverLegend 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.

 

 

SwindleSwindle 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 WarriorThe 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 book coverInsurgent 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_ShadowThe 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 DiariesTales 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 DustOut 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 FeverCabin 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 HotshotHoop 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.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

DeadEndNorvelt2Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt is a semi-autobiographical novel by the author Jack Gantos.  So, it is not a true autobiography, rather it is a work of fiction based on real events and things from Jack Gantos’ life.  At the beginning of the book, we meet Jack who is twelve-years-old in the summer of 1962.  He lives with his parents in the small town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania.  Jack’s summer is not off to a good start, though.  He accidentally shot off his father’s Japanese rifle in the backyard and has been grounded for the entire summer.  Jack is not allowed to leave his house at all for the whole summer, but there is a stipulation.  He can leave to help out his elderly, arthritic neighbor Miss Volker.  Due to Miss Volker’s arthritis, she has a hard time using her hands so she needs Jack to help her out around the house and also with her duties as town coroner.  As the coroner, Miss Volker needs Jack to drive her to wherever there is a dead body in town and he also helps her by typing up the town’s obituaries.  Jack expects that his summer is going to be a boring one.  Let’s face it, how many people are going to wind up dead in one summer?  But Jack’s summer is anything but boring!  First, the old ladies of Norvelt are dropping dead one after another and this leads to a murder mystery investigation.  Jack’s father also decides to restore an old plane, Jack has a run in with the Hell’s Angels, and there are house fires and nosebleeds galore!  And that’s not even half the story!

Dead End in Norvelt is a great read for summer.  It’s an easy read that is laugh out loud hilarious.  If you love to laugh and enjoy weird stories, then click here to find Dead End in Norvelt at the Library!

Also, check out this interview with Jack Gantos where he describes more about writing Dead End in Norvelt and how it is based on some real things from Jack’s life and why he wanted to write this story.

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Death CloudDeath Cloud by Andrew Lane

I admit my only exposure to Sherlock Holmes has been the action-packed Robert Downey Jr. movies and the super awesome BBC adaptation.  No, I have not read the original novels.  However, I do enjoy the character of Sherlock and his abundance of knowledge that always seems to come in handy at just the right moment.  The mysteries and the way Sherlock uses his superb sleuthing skills are always interesting and surprising.  So, I was excited to find out that Andrew Lane is writing a series that introduces us to the fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes.  As an added bonus, this series is the first teen series endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate.

In the first book of the series, Death Cloud, it is 1868 and Sherlock has just been sent to live with his aunt and uncle in their large estate in Hampshire.  This arrangement is only supposed to be for Sherlock’s holidays from boarding school, but with his father stationed in India and his mother unwell, Sherlock is not sure what his future holds.  His brother, Mycroft, has arranged for Sherlock to be kept busy with an American tutor named Amyus Crowe.  Crowe is a Texan from America with a mysterious past, but a great knowledge of many different things.  Sherlock is still bored, though, living in the country.  Luckily, he makes friends with a local boy named Matty.  Of course, through their boredom, the two boys stumble upon a mysterious black cloud that leaves its victims dead with plague-like symptoms.  Together, Matty and Sherlock risk their own lives to solve the mystery of the cloud of death.

Death Cloud is filled with tons of action and adventure.  And, of course, there is a great mystery that kept me guessing throughout the entire novel.  One of the best parts about this book are the things I learned while reading the book.  Each aspect of the mystery and how Sherlock comes to his conclusions are explained in depth in the novel, and most of the explanations are logical scientific ones!  This is definitely a great read for all teens of all ages who enjoy a good mystery with lots of action and adventure.

Once you’re finished with Death Cloud, be sure to check out the next book in the series, Rebel Fire.  In this next book of the series, Sherlock and his friends intercept a plot to resurrect the Southern Cause in America with the supposedly dead John Wilkes Booth!