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Summary of Catching Fire submitted by Dan

Check out this excellent summary of Catching Fire, submitted by teen patron Dan, as part of the Teen Summer Reading program! (Some spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the books yet!)

Catching FireCatching Fire book cover by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.

It has been 6 months since Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the seventy fourth Hunger Games. After the victory Katniss is home hunting in the woods. Katniss has to go to each district to celebrate her victory.  Snow, or President Snow, and Panem have to be convinced she is in love with Peeta. Snow was furious that Katniss’s act started a rebellion. Now Katniss’s family and friends have become targets by the capitol. It is up to Katniss to save her friends and family.  Katniss is in danger and she must act fast. There are secrets to be found and Katniss must find those secrets. Katniss hates President Snow for putting her in such a bad position, and for looking bad in front of everyone. Now because of Snow’s hatred of Katniss, she faces difficult tasks. Katniss was told by her friend Gale that there is no longer a District 12.

Reviews by You!

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

the fault in our stars book coverThe 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

The Schwa Was Herethe Schwa was here book cover 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 book cover by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

It was a really good book with lots of actions and sad scenes.

Review by Beetal

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Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

This book is a great book for people that enjoy action and adventure. It’s full of great details and has a wonderful storyline.

Review by David

TeashopGirlsThe Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

YA SCHAEFER, L.

Overall, this book is really good! I would give it 8.5 out of 10 stars!

Review by Marissa

Divergent book coverDivergent by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

I liked how Roth used terms that had common meanings but not commonly used. I also liked how she had a person go from one thing to another but she didn’t really change the person’s personality.

Review by Micaela

MangoShapedSpaceA Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

YA MASS, W.

This book is about a girl named Mia and her beloved cat, Mango. Mia has synesthesia, a disorder where someone sees colors or shapes related to the sense. It is a journey Mia must take to discover herself and others while holding onto her past.

Review by Audrey

grimmlegacyThe Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

YA SHULMAN, P.

A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s good vs evil, mystery and love, throughout the book. You discover magic is real and magic can do some really terrible things.

Review by Kyra

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

YA 951.056 JIA

I really liked the book Red Scarf Girl. It was about what one girl experiences in the Chinese cultural revolution. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The author goes into great detail about her experiences and how they impacted her. It was a really touching book.

Review by Rachel

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park book cover

YA ROWELL, R.

This book is a marvelous, easy read. Park and Eleanor’s romance blooms and so will your love for this book. Must-read for those who love a heartwarming story. Highly recommend to all!

Review by Sarah

ChampionChampion by Marie Lu

YA SF LU, M.

This book was amazing with a lot of action and suspense. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. This book was amazing because of the climax building up.

Review by Gabby

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greenthe fault in our stars book cover

YA GREEN, J.

Great story! Leaves the reader feeling emotions like sadness and laughter all in one epic romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to almost anyone that hasn’t read it yet. This story definitely deserves its popularity. 5 stars.

Review by Erin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass

YA CASS, K.

The Elite, the second book in The Selection series, was just as interesting and intricate as the first book. It was a perfect continuation of the first book and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down and was impatient for the next one.

Review by Cassidy

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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

Divergent book coverDivergent 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

The Fault in Our Starsthe fault in our stars book cover 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

say what you will book coverSay 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

Allegiant book coverAllegiant 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

The Lightning Thief book coverThe 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

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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

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greenthe fault in our stars book cover

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 Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse AndrewsMe and Earl and the dying girl book cover

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