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Teen Reviews

Can’t figure out what to read next? See what other teens are reading this summer.

Chicken Girl by Heather Smith





 “This book was quite interesting! This is about Poppy and how she’s going through life with that horrible picture of her online. She disguises herself as a chicken and is working at a restaurant. Than all of a sudden she meets a little girl. She finds out about the troubles she’s going through and that makes her meet some of the girls friends. Through this story there is a bit of trouble with her twin. And other problems with the little girl’s friends. Overall I give this book a 7/10.” 


–  Fabiola 

Mother Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick

“I like this one because it is written from multiple points of view. It’s about 5 girls who go to summer camp to be counselors and how they battle home sickness with a book club.”

– Elsie

Game on! 2017 by Luke Albiges

“This book talks about awesome games and I really love video games but I also love reading too. This book is really cool talking about records and awesome games it recommends for you to play.”

–  Jose

Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way by Donald J. Sobol

“This is a very clever and funny book about teenage mastermind (Encyclopedia Brown) who runs his own detective agency out of familys garage. Each chapter is a short story of clues with a question at the end. The answers are at the back of the book. Whether he is solving a case for his father (The chief of police), proving Bugs Meany (The local bully) wrong, or helping kids find stolen items, you can be sure that he has a hilarious adventure in store.”

–  Pieter

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

“This book is a new favorite of mine. We read it in class and I knew I had to read it again. What I like most about the book are the different stories within the entire book. It is cool to visualize and imagine that something like the the moon in the night sky could be something extraordinary like a dragon’s pearl. Once you read this book, you will never want to put it down.”

–  Alea

The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald

“The Great Gatsby was a great book and an even better depiction of the Roaring ’20s in New York City, and I loved how everything was put through the perspective of on ordinary man looking out on everything that was more interesting than he was. I would give it a 9/10 because while it was a good read, it just painted a picture and the development of the book itself, character-wise, was minimalistic at most. Besides that, it was a really *great* read.”


–  Aidan

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club was a beautiful collection of stories about immigrant families growing up in the United States with different cultures and ideals. The complex relationships and character developments that drove the book had me reading it a second time to catch all of the details. Overall it was a very good book.


–  Aidan

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger was a great book that I felt I was able to personally relate to very well, telling stories through the lens of a cynical and sarcastically dry-witted teenager. I enjoyed every page.


–  Aidan

I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 by Lauren Tarshis

I liked this book because it was very eventful. I like eventful books because you never know what will happen. so you don’t want to stop reading cause something eventful might happen on the next page. I wish that it was a little more descriptive when the volcano erupted. I didn’t feel like I was there and in a good book you usually feel like you’re there with main character.


–  Emily 

Captain Underpants by Dav Pikley


I thought this book was okay. it was a okay book to read because it was a little eventful, but just barely. I like the flip-o-rama. I thought that it was a good idea. I might make some of my own with other characters. This book is perfect for little kids.

–  Emily 

Dune by Frank Herbert


I would say, that, next to Ender’s Game, this is the best Sci-fi novel I’ve ever read. It is an adult book, so there is violence, and some inappropriate content, but overall, it’s very well written.” 

–  Brian 

Cannon Ball by Kelsey Wroten



“I loved this book it was very intresting and open it had experiences teens could relate to and it had sexuality questioning which is something alot of teens experience” 

–  Zach 

I thought it was good. definitely something more for older audiences since there is nudity.” 

 – Nathaniel 


I survived the hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis


 ” I liked this book. it was very eventful and detailed. a good book is always eventful and very detailed. I like the part where he finds cruz the dog. I was surprised when he was able to keep cruz. I would like to see a lot more detail though. it did have a good amount of detail, but it could use a little more.” 

– Emily 





Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury



 ” Ray Bradbury has created a potential future I am afraid of. Yet is willing to end the novel with a small glimmer of hope. ” 

– Laura 

Dork Diaries #7 by Rachel Russell



 ” This book was amazing. It was the seventh in the series and one of my favorites. The main character has some crazy experiences and she wrote hem all down! Not to mention all of the other characters like her parents and sassy little sister, her enemy, her band and friends, and her teachers! I would definitely recommend reading this book and can’t wait to start the author’s new series!” 

– Alea  

Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday - Perkovich




 ” This book was a really good read. I liked it because it was funny, and meaningful at the same time. An overview of the book: (Don’t worry I won’t spoil anything important) Two girls named Naomi both have one parent divorced in there family. For Naomi-Marie she lived mostly with her mom, while Naomi E. lived with her dad. There parents started dating and at first, the two Naomi’s Didn’t like each other, and the parents certainly didn’t help by signing both girls up for a coding class without there consent. Things do get better over time though. If I had to describe the message of the story in one word it would be cooperative.” 


– Alison 

New Kid by Jerry Craft





 ” The book is about a boy named, Jordan Banks, who is going into 7th grade. Jordan loves drawing and wants to go to an art school but instead his parents send him to a private school that’s known for its education and academics. Not only is Jordan new to the school but he is also one of the only kids in the school of color. I really enjoyed this comic book and the way it was written. I feel like this book can be very relatable to people in situations like Jordan. Either being the new kid or being one of the only kids of color at school, or both. Overall I really enjoyed reading it and would highly recommended it.” 




–  Makeda 

Queen of Shadows by Sarah Maas



 ” I waited for a while in anticipation for this book. I absolutely enjoyed Heir of Fire- the books just kept on getting better and better. When I started this one, I wasn’t disappointed. I was thrown back into the world of Celaena Sardothien, Aelin Galathynius’s other identity. However, the author had stopped using Celaena and started using Aelin. At first it was weird, but I gradually got used to it. Anyway, Aelin had returned to Rifthold, and we finally got to meet her infamous master, King of the Assassins, Arobynn Hamel. He’s quite manipulative, which isn’t surprising, and the entire first part was practically based upon Aelin’s affairs with him. She also reunites with Chaol Westfall, the former Captain of the Guard, and they hate each other. He thinks she’s a monster and Aelin blames him for the Crown Prince Dorian’s “death.” However, Dorian had actually been enslaved to a Valg Prince by his father. He fought against the demon for a while before he was worn thin, yet he was still in there. Also, Manon Blackbeak, Heir to the Blackbeak Witch-Clan, has gone to Morath with her Thirteen and some covens, and she absolutely hates it. She meets Elide Lochan, the niece of the Lord of Perranath, Vernon Lochan, and offers her some protection. Now, to what I think of the book. I wouldn’t rate it as high as I would Heir of Fire, but it was still amazing. It had plot twists that you genuinely couldn’t see coming, unlike most books that use all the same tropes. To be honest, I could relate to Aelin when Arobynn was being manipulative. I had some friends a few years back who were a lot like him, the only difference being that they had no reason behind their actions. It made reading about Arobynn slightly painful. Anyway, I like how the book uses different perspectives to enhance the experience, too. I really liked the characters introduced in this one as well, like Nesryn Faliq, and Elide, who’d been mentioned in the last one, plus more members of Manon’s Thirteen were given names. In all, it was a great book, and I can’t wait to read Empire of Storms.” 

–  Alex 

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

 “This book is about a girl named Amanda. Amanda’s birthday is on the same day as her friend Leo’s birthday. They usually have a joint birthday party, but on their 11th birthday they don’t, because Amanda is mad at Leo for saying something on their 10th birthday. Amanda’s 11th birthday is bad. she didn’t have fun all day and now she was sad. After her birthday is done, she lays down in her bed and wishes it never happened. Now she’ll just move on to the next day-or will she? Her birthday repeats its self. Now she has to find a way to stop it. You should read this good book if you like books that have some fantasy, mystery, and adventure. You will like this book if you like genres like that, but mixed up in one book. This book is exciting to read, because you probably can’t wait to find out what will happen next once you’ve started reading this book.” 

–  Emily 

Naruto Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto



 “Its very action packed and not too short. it was also the last volume in the series so it was really cool.” 

–  Marcus 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton



 “I’ve seen the movie, but I never read the book. Well, now I can say that I’ve read the book. It was amazing. It was also soil-yourself scary. There were some minor differences from the movie, but the plot was pretty much the same, so I knew what was coming. That did not make it any less suspenseful or creepy. This book gets a thumbs up.” 

–  Brian 

Big Nate Makes The Grade by Lincoln Pierce



 “This is called Big Nate Makes The Grade by Lincoln Pierce. The main character is Nate Wright and the stuff he does. I would rate this a 4/5.” 


–  Jason 

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney






 “This book is called Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney and the main character is Greg Heffley and he is eager to start a new school year. But he has had one incident and Rodrick is threatening to use it. I would rate this a 5/5.” 


–  Jason 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson









 “Calvin and Hobbes is one of the most popular comics and is meant for laughs. I like it because it is funny and Calvin has a huge imagination. This book is creative because it is about a kid named Calvin who has a pet stuffed tiger named Hobbes. They get into trouble together and throw snowballs at innocent kids. There are many Calvin and Hobbes books with different plots.” 




–  Allison

Blueprint for a Battlestar by Rod Pyle


 “A highly interesting book for anyone who loves science fiction such as Star Wars and Star Trek. It is a complicated read and is better understood with a good knowledge of engineering and physics.” 


–  Jacob

Rubber Band Engineer by Lance Akiyama


 “This is a useful book to bust boredom and create a love for engineering. this book shows you how to create everything from a slingshot rifle to a mousetrap catapult. This is a great book for the summer and will bust your boredom instantly.” 

–  Jacob

Casual Day Has Gone Too Far by Scott Adams


 “This is a funny book, despite the fact that it is set in an engineering company. This book is filled with cats planning to take over the world, incompetent bosses and hilariously oblivious rats.” 


–  Jacob

Steampunk Style by Steampunk Oriental Laboratory


 “This book is a great guide to creating amazing steampunk decorations and costumes, with step by step instructions to create many interesting projects, as well as a gallery of other finished projects.” 


–  Jacob

Eldest by Christopher Paolini


 “This is the second book in the Inheritance Cycle, and I think the author’s writing has improved significantly since the first book. The events are much more detailed, and the conversations are much more engaging. I really enjoyed the battle scenes, especially the last battle in the book and the shocking twists surrounding it. I would give this book 4/5 stars.” 


–  Sydney 

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara


 “This book is called My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara. The main character is Tom. It is about his zombie goldfish and stopping Tom’s brother from trying to take over the world. I would rate this a 5/5.” 

–  Jason

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry




 “Once I picked this book up, I immediately couldn’t set it down. I enjoyed how the author didn’t write the story from the point of view I expected which made me enjoy the book even better. All of the characters have different personalities and I realized that there were people like this back when this war was happening and that’s what I love most about the book. Definitely would recommend to anyone who wants to know how people solved problems in the war, and what it was like.” 


–  Alea

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke





 “Clark and Burke are an amazing mystery duo. The story follows one of my favorite characters Laurie Moran as she navigates life after the death of her husband. She, her young son, and father are moving on with their lives by helping others to find justice in the despicable world.” 


–  Alayah

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



 “I absolutely adore The Hunger Games. I’ve read it probably five times in the last year or so, and somehow each time I still can’t put the book down. The world this book is set in is so terrifyingly horrific that it would make sense that this would be a depressing book, but it’s not. Every time I read it, it fills me with so much hope. The main character, Katniss, is so strong and beautifully crafted. The other characters are just as wonderful. The plot is well paced with action, emotion, and romance. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, fills you with suspense and emotion, and leaves you begging for more.”


–  Terra

I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis


 “Though this book is more for young readers, and not teens, it is still an amazing book. I learned a lot about D-Day from this exciting book, and enjoyed every page.” 

–  Jenna

Pro Basketball by the Numbers by Todd Kortmeier



I learned a lot about basketball stats and facts I did not already know. I’m glad I picked it. I liked it.” 


– William

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

This was an amazing book about screwing up and trying to fix it. But it had so many unexpected twists that just kept me sucked in the book and it took me only 2 days to finish it. I love that it talks about the struggle that teens feel when talking to parents or when being faced with big things” 

– Aleena

Harry Potter and the Sorcers Stone by J.K. Rowling

I haven’t read a good series in a while, so when my sister told me that I NEEDED to read these, I took her word, and honestly, YOU need to read these! J.K Rowling is such an amazing writer, I feel like I am there with Harry and Ron seeing everything happen, in my own little world. If you love witches and wizards, of Si-Fi/Fantasy, you must read these!” 

– Jenna

Fog Diver by Joel Ross

“This is an amazing book that gives the reader a thrill of adventure while creating complex, lovable characters exploring the world, and themselves. This is a great book for tweens, that will make a real connection with the characters.”

– Jacob

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

“This is a fiction book about a girl from Finland who grows up in Washington State. It takes place in 1899. It wasn’t my favorite. There were no quotation marks for the dialogue which made it hard to follow.”

– Elsie

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

“This book tore my heart out, ripped it into pieces, threw it in the trash, and put the trash in the garbage truck. Only in the last few pages did I start to put myself back together again. This book is a powerhouse of emotion. I couldn’t put the book down, yet I just wanted to get it finished. The narration done by the character was heart-wrenching and intriguing. The use of repetition was flawless. This book tells the story of a once little girl, who grew up very quickly when she was kidnapped. The book’s title is a perfect description of the emotion portrayed by “Alice” throughout the novel. While the words are simple, the story is complex. I would recommend this book strongly to any mature young adult or adult who can handle the sadness of the world.”

– Laura

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

“This book tore my heart out, ripped it into pieces, threw it in the trash, and put the trash in the garbage truck. Only in the last few pages did I start to put myself back together again. This book is a powerhouse of emotion. I couldn’t put the book down, yet I just wanted to get it finished. The narration done by the character was heart-wrenching and intriguing. The use of repetition was flawless. This book tells the story of a once little girl, who grew up very quickly when she was kidnapped. The book’s title is a perfect description of the emotion portrayed by “Alice” throughout the novel. While the words are simple, the story is complex. I would recommend this book strongly to any mature young adult or adult who can handle the sadness of the world.”

– Laura

The View from Saturday by E.L Konigsburg

“This book was a marvelous read. The View From Saturday is masterfully written and withholds its exceptional reputation. This story is about a group of 6th graders whom each has a chapter to describe a part of the story from their perspective. The author does an astounding job tying the story together, keeping the readers hooked. Once again, this book was a Phenomenal read.”

– Zoe

City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

“City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare, is the fifth out of the six Mortal Instruments, an action-packed teen fantasy series about a certain type of humans, shadowhunters, or Nephilim, whose job it is to keep Earth safe from demons. This book follows Clary Fray, a normal teenager from New York City who, earlier in the series, realized her mother had been a shadowhunter and her father, Valentine, also a shadowhunter, was the most vicious human villain the shadowhunter world had ever faced. Now with Valentine dead, the Nephilim face another villain: Sebastian, Clary’s brother. Sebastian, who was given the blood of a demon when he was just a baby and is no longer Nephilim, is ruthless in his quest to create a new race of Shadowhunters enhanced with demon blood. Sebastian kidnaps Jace Herondale, the love of Clary’s life, and through dark blood magic, Jace is tied to Sebastian. Anything Sebastian says, Jace will do. If either of them are injured or killed, the same thing happens to the other. Clary is desperate to get her Jace back, and stop Sebastian, so she sets off on her own to gather information. Meanwhile, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood, shadowhunters, Simon the vampire, and Magnus the warlock are busy summoning both demons and angels in the struggle to figure out how to cut the tie between Sebastian and Jace. This book is a thoroughly action-packed story with plot twists around every corner and characters you can’t help but love. It’s the sort of book that you are going to be extraordinarily frustrated at and yet love it just the same! I would definitely recommend this book, and the rest of the series and other series’ by Cassandra Clare, to anyone who is searching for an exciting fantasy with amazing characters and just the right amount of romance!”

–  Terra 

The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend was simply a fun book. I read it in one sitting! It’s paced really well so you don’t get bored, has relatable, fun characters, and just the right amount of humor. The story follows Hollis and Milo, two teenagers, each with two moms and one sperm donor. Milo and Hollis were brought together many years before the story, realizing they had the same sperm donor and were half siblings. Now curious about their father, they set out to find their sperm donor. In their quest, they come upon three other half siblings, including two that join them in their journey. As they search for secrets about their past, Hollis, Milo, Noah, and Abby realize the true meaning of the other f-word, family.

–  Terra 

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition Vol. 2 by Hajime Isayama

(Spoiler-Warning!)The story told through the issues in the compendium tells of a civilization, trapped inside 3 giant, 50 meter stone walls, in order to escape and protect themselves from the Titans, a mindless species of giant-like monsters that eat humans. The first two outer walls get breeched by an enormous 70 meter-tall titan and a normal-sized one that covers itself in incredibly strong armor. Later on, the main character discovers he can become on of these titans and leave the body at will, bringing the question of whether those others were normal titans, or if they were people, too. Attack on Titan takes a simple idea, represented in stories like Jack and the Beanstalk, and transforms it into a horror adventure story in the most detailed of ways. It is definitely one of my favorite series of comics as of now.

–  Aidan

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham


This book was amazing and I absolutely loved it! I downloaded the audio book through the Libby App-and as much as I loved hearing Lauren Grahm read it herself, it was sad to not be able to view the photos that were included in her autobiography. Either way it was a great read seeing as I am a fan of both Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.

–  Anna

Heist Society by Ally Carter

It was a nice easy read with many big themes. While it is not a heavy book it was well worth my time. Heist Society is a cute cliche that’s not going out of style any time soon. This is not the first nor probably the last Ally Carter book I will read. She is a good author with a big brain and imagination. Four stars

–  Allison

Smile by Raina Telgemeier


“While I was reading this, I was afraid to tripped on my own feet because the main character Raina lost her two front teeth while she run to get to her own home after a girl scout meeting. Quite shocking but kept me going reading it which is good.” 


–  Amy

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan


“I think this book was very good. I liked it because it had magic and the characters are funny.” 

– Quinn 

The Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant



“This book is great to show leadership and to show how your mindset should be to go to the next. Everyone should read the book not just basketball players. The book is really good you should read it.” 

– Isaiah 

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey



“The book is about a police and a dog and the dog was going to die so the nurse came and told the police that they were going to change the police man into a dog man so that’s what happen and a evil cat name petey was evil and he wanted to make a another cat to be his clone but it didn’t work out as planned so the little cat was lonely then dog man found him and kept him then he was called lil petey he also created a robot called 80- hd and it only works on his commands dog man was gong to work and he called a babysitter to babysit lil petey and it was the evil cat petey who created him and he wanted lil petey to be bad like him and destroy dog man and the movie he was put in by his chief ( the greatest chief in the world) and save the world.” 


– Alondra 

The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Curtis



“This book is based on a real event that could actually happen in this story Kenny the narrator explaining what he is thinking and telling what is happening in the story and Byron Kenny’s 13 year old delinquent brother and then their is Joey their 6 year old sister in this story the kids and their parents face racism and they learn about faith i would recommend this book because it is based on something real.” 

– Judiah 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K RowlingPotter





” *SPOILERS*  In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and his two friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger discover the truth about Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, who everybody thinks is a convicted murderer but is innocent. They rescue him from a fate worse than death and Sirius flies away on the back of hippogriff and thus ends another grand year at Hogwarts. This is an excellent book, because of all the suspense and adventure!” 


– Miriam 

Animal Anatomy by Sophie Corrigan



” Its very funny. She made me want to keep reading because She replaced the actual anatomy with funny names. I also like how it went from an atom to a human, so that was really cool” 

– Marcus 

The art of losing by Lizzy Mason



“This book was so good! It really illustrated the meaning of sisterhood.” 


– Amya 

The Giver by Lois Lowry


“The Giver is a very fun book to read! I really enjoyed this book because it showed what it was like in the future. The author used clues to tell us it was the future such as the author telling us that the giver was giving Jonas old memories of what it was like when his parents where kids. They had snow, hills, sleds, and more but in the story they didn’t have any of that and in the memories Jonas was given he was shown what it was like before all the rules came and took over where he lives. I really liked this book and I give it a 4 out of 5 stars!” 

– Isabel  

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord


“The book Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord was a delightful read, including well developed and interesting characters and a very powerful story-line of true friendship. This story hits so close to home and empowers you to be your very best self.” 

– Zoe 

Selected writings and speeches of Marcus Garvey




“This book is about Marcus Garvey life and how he had to live in a white race and what he had to do and how it was hard for him to get a job but he did at 14 years old this is just a story of a young man trying to survive in this society trying to get equal rights .” 

– Zion 

Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton


” I enjoyed this book because it is funny and has a creative story plot.I like how the author made it so Narwhal is all about imagination, and passes that down to Jelly, who didn’t have much imagination. I like how there is different story in the book and it has different characters that are inspired by Narwhal. I also like how they eat soggy waffles underwater.” 

– Allison

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt. 2 by Ben Clanton



” This is a great book because it teaches a good lesson. Narwhal is a super hero and his super power is he brings out the super in other people. He lets his best friend jelly be his sidekick and makes other animals super too. This book has a funny plot and I recommend it to people who like graphic novels.” 




– Allison

Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry




” A very exciting book with lovable and realistic characters. It is a great take-off of Peter and the Star catchers. A great book for anyone into adventure, and is a great book for anyone who loves classic fairy tales.

– Jacob 

Fun Science by Charlie McDonnell



” This book is amazing. It takes the ordinary science class and turns it into a hilarious, intriguing, in-depth lesson on science. This will make kids have a love for science and a great curiosity for the world around them.” 


– Jacob 

Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull


” I really liked all the adventure. I also liked how the people all worked together to get something before the rivals did. I was sad from some of the betrayals, but I liked how they met some kind people (or dragons!) to help.” 


– Megan

Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull


” I really liked all the adventure. I also liked how the people all worked together to get something before the rivals did. I was sad from some of the betrayals, but I liked how they met some kind people (or dragons!) to help.” 


– Megan

Deadpool #63 by Daniel Way



” Very good book. The illustrations to this book made it even better as well as the cliff hanger to end the book to make you want to continue reading. This book is for ages older as there is some cussing but overall would reccomend this book to superhero lovers!” 


– Caleb 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


“A brilliant and very witty work. I loved Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, and I can’t wait to watch the film version now that I’ve read the work. I love Austen’s humor throughout her eye-opening depiction of the English upper class. There is a lot we can learn from this work today, even centuries later.” 

– Bailey 

Voyage Of The Sable Venus And Other Poems by Robin Lewis






“Lovely poetry, filled with imagery and emotion.” 




– Bailey 

Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Nixie's Song by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black





 “I was inspired to read this book after watching the movie in class. I had so much fun imagining that a four leaf clover could give me special abilities. I have a big imagination just like the characters in the book, so this was definetly a new favorite of mine. Anyone with a great big imagination should read this book!” 


– Alea

Postmortem by Patricia Daniels Cornwell


“An oldie but a goodie. It is a detective-ish type novel that features the medical examiner’s point of view. It is quite captivating (though not quite so at the beginning), the reader just has to know who did it! Caution it is somewhat graphic when describing murder victims, not for younger readers” 

– Anna

Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang





 “What I like about Prime Baby is that it is a short easy book and it teaches you about prime numbers what baby’s like to do and it’s fiction. I think that if you like short and easy book that are also fiction you will like this one.” 


–  Taylor 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz



“I honestly didn’t enjoy this book as much as I initially thought I would. The relationship between the two main characters seemed to form really slowly, but was rushed near the end of the book. I think the two characters lack romantic chemistry and it would have made more sense for them to have remained friends.” 

–  Karen

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys



This realistic book takes place during World War II. It tells the story of Lina’s journey through the hardships of being a Lithuanian during the development of the Nazi regime. The story is very emotional and heart-moving. I definitely recommend this book if you don’t mind tear-jerkers.” 

–  Samantha

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos



I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!! It is about a 12-year-old girl with Autism. She is almost completely unable to speak. She and her sister have been in several foster homes. They haven’t stayed in any because of Nova’s situation and Bridget’s rebelliousness. Then comes the day when Bridget disappears. Nova is distraught, but she can’t voice her unhappiness. There is one comfort for Nova: Bridget said that she would be there for the Challenger’s launch. If you don’t like to cry don’t read this book, because I promise it will make you cry.” 

–  Elsie

The Martain by Andy Wier




This book was so suspenseful, each time I picked it up I would be left with an awful headache and aching back from pure tension as I was reading, something that shouldn’t normally happen to a young teen. However, I would recommend this book over and over and I would read it again and again. It has become one of my new favorites. I would especially direct those interested in science fiction, or space travel to this book. The main character, Mark Watney has a great sense of humor despite the dire situation he is in. Left on Mars with no communication to anywhere, he works to survive until the next mission will come, where he will try and meet up with them and catch a ride back to earth.” 

–  Joanna

Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

“Greg, the main character, is obsessed with making money. He does odd jobs, makes, and sells things. So when his neighbor, Maura Shaw, copies his idea of making comic books, he is outraged. Tensions rise until the principal calls them into his office and tells them that they may no longer sell comic books. After this, they work together with their math teacher to convince the school board that they should be allowed to continue to sell them. During this experience Greg learns that making friends is more important than making money.”

– Pieter

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet sitter by Rachel Russell

“Rachel Renee Russell does it again. She has come up with another mischievous and hilarious plot with her wonderful characters and relatable writing style. Russell set up for her next book and I will be reading it.”

– Laura

On a Whim by Robin Gunn

“It was a really good book about a girl who was in an interesting relationship with a unique man.”


The Mark Of Athena by Rick Riordan

“Summary:Juno (or Hera) had a plan to bring to demi-god camps together thaf had a history of war. She had succeded and now there is a group of 7 demi-gods (four Roman and three Greek) trying to stop the earth goddess from waking fully. Together (and alone) they go on quests to fight the earth goddess’s minions. I recommend this book if you are into violence that is not too descriptive. Also if you like Greek and Roman mythology. Make sure to read the first two books in the series:The Lost Hero and The Son Of Neptune. They are all books in the series The Heros of Olympus.”


Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Crime and Punishment was, while extensively lengthy and detailed, an extremely interesting read that had me absorbed for days, reading. There were times where I had to stop to do something, but I didn’t want to put the book down because I was too invested in the latest development of Raskolnikov’s situaction. I would recommend this book for anybody with a lot of time to spare and a longer attention span, as this book can become dry at times, but overall it is very worth a read.”

– Aidan

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World by Vashti Harrison

“I really like this book. I like that in the illustrations, they are all smiling and have their eyes closed in a peaceful position. They are dreaming. It is a really inspiring book. It shows how many women made a difference in our world. Some even went through many hardships, but still they pushed through. It is amazing.”

– Megan

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner was an amazing book, and is now one of my favorites. It’s such a strong and compelling story, full of extreme but realistic depictions of the war damage in Afghanistan. In addition, the character development is incredible, and extremely and thoughtfully detailed. It was one of my favorite parts of the book, and it will remain one of my favorite stand-alone books for the foreseeable future.

– Aidan

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Gitanjali, which in translation means “song offerings,” was a great collection of lyric poems, where Tagore narrated through different viewpoints, reciting prayers and odes with the most vibrant and extensive vocabulary. It was particularly interesting to figure out that Tagore himself translated his original Hindi poems to English and a few other languages, because that means he was able to use the best words possibleto truly get his messages across. It was a good poem collection and I recommend it to any poetry fans for it’s creative and vibrant expressions.

– Aidan

Ares Bringer Of War by George O'Connor

The book is called Ares Bringer Of War by George O’Connor. The main character is Ares and it is about the Trojan War. I liked the part where Diomedes wounded Ares. I did not like when Prince Hektor killed Patroclus.I would have rated this a 5 out of 5.

–  Jason

Athena Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O'Connor

This book is called Athena Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O’Connor. The main character is Athena and it is about how Athena was born, how Athena killed Pallas, how Athena defeated the giant Pallas, why Athena turned Medusa into a monster, how she got the head of Medusa, and why she turned Arachne into a spider. I would rate this a 3 out of 5.

–  Jason

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

A sweet young adult romance that was a cute pleasure read. Five Feet Apart is very Fault In Our Stars (John Green) -esque and quite similar to Everyhing Everything (Nicola Yoon). None the less it was entertaining. I liked it- it was cute and inspired young love in the face of resistance.”

–  Anna

Just Peachy by Holly Chrisholm

“I could relate to the book a lot and it was very interesting to read someones else’s story with anxiety and depression.  It definitely made it easier for me to believe things can get better

–  Zach 

Reflection : A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim

I thought the book was really interesting. It had a whole new look on one of the Disney classics.There was a lot of details in the characters which I found cool. There was a lot of thrill to reading this book because Mulan had a certain amount of time to save Shang and she was really close to running out of time. I definitely think everybody should read it

–  Nathaniel 

A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

“Lemony Snicket’s writing style is very unique in a positive way, to say the least. He takes a problem in our world and blows it up so that we can clearly see what our world is like and may continue to become. Other than that, his story is captivating and his characters are strong and lovable. The overall plot is mysterious and intriguing. It is great to read no matter what age you are.

–  Laura 

The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag



“I like this graphic novel, I relate to one of the characters named Ariel because I didn’t have a lot of friends when i first went to my new school and i look kinda like her.


–  Chloe 

Internment by Samira Ahmed


“Layla is a Muslim American living in the futuristic United States. Her and her parents are forced from their home and are sent to a internment camp. There Layla makes new friendships and unpredicted alliances to fight for freedom. Through the book there are many sad and painful moments. But, that doesn’t stop Layla from fighting for her and all the others freedom. This book is very well written and uses lots of imagery which helps me as the reader understand and feel the emotions the characters are going through better.

–  Makeda 

Found by Margaret Peterson


“This book is about a boy who is adapted named Jonah. He meets a kid who they call Chip, and they become friends. Then one day, Jonah gets a letter that only says “You are one of the missing”. Jonah finds out that Chip also got a letter saying that too. They get more letters saying things like that. Jonah and Chip start to wonder what’s going on. Then Chip finds out that he is also adapted. He never knew that. Then Jonah is at Chip’s house one day and they find an F.B.I. worker’s phone number on chip’s adaption papers. -That is only the start of the mystery that they have to find out. You should read this book if you’re into science fiction and mystery. This book will make you want to keep turning the pages until you know how it ends. There is a whole series. This is book number one of it.

–  Emily 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare


“It is pretty much impossible to even try to describe City of Heavenly Fire, the 6th book in Cassandra Clare’s young adult fantasy series The Mortal Instrument. It is the grand slam of the series, the final book that must wrap up all the loose ties and leave readers both satisfied with the series and begging for more, and it absolutely accomplishes that. It is a whirlwind of action and emotion and just enough romance, the perfect conclusion to a thrilling, emotional roller coaster of a series. In its 725 pages, City of Heavenly Fire, makes you fall in love with Cassandra Clare’s perfectly crafted characters all over again, cry just a little, and possible throw the book across the room (in a good way!) I would absolutely recommend this book, and the rest of the series, to anyone who is searching for a wonderful mixture of action, romance, and beautiful characters. Prepare to be engrossed!

–  Terra 

The Hunger games: MockingJay by Suzanne Collins




“There country in ruins, Catniss Everdeen Is in District 13 and has plans to rebel against the capitol of Panem to bring peace and freedom to the futuristic country of Panem. This is a great book and I recommend it to any readers that desires suspence and action


–  William 

Leviathan by James Huggins


“An interesting blend of history and steampunk and Darwinism.

–  Laura 

Minecraft Guide To: Creative by Craig Jelly




Great book if you like minecraft read it it will give you creative ideas and blueprints of how to make some of the buildings. it is cool!!!!!!!!! P.S RealLy cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

–  Isaac

The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale




“Miri is a poor girl who lives with her sister and father on Mount Eskel until the king orders all the girls there to study at an academy to learn the necessary skills to become a princess because the prince of the land must chose a bride. In this gripping tale Miri must learn to survive in a world completely unlike her own, but when trouble comes to the village and academy she must step up and save the day. It is not your everyday fairy tale, with unpredictable twists, it is fascinating and very enjoyable. I could barely put it down! Definitely 10/10! One of my new favourite books! -K-

–  Chavah 

Brainwashed: Challenging The Myth of Black inferiority


“In this story it explains the hardships we went to and it also explains about what black people think about themselves and others like themselves this is a very great book and i would recommend this book being read by others because it will teach them about life.

–  Judiah 

” Brainwashed is based on a true story about our society the way we live and how we act it tells us about what goes on in our everyday life most of us have low self esteem, sell their self to get money, dont love ourselves, we think were ugly, downing ourselves everyday and this book gives you strength and self esteem to go out and love yourself unconditionally this book tells us how relationships get wrecked etc… this book just tells us about our daily life.” 

– Zion 

Mary Poppins by P.L Travers



“Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers is a delightful book bringing magic and fun to many. This book is very well written with relatable topics and magical settings. Travers does a fine job of securing the reader to the story and making it come alive.”


Into The Wild by Erin Hunter



“Into The Wild is the first book in the Warriors series, which tells the story of four clans of cats at war. The first book centers around Firepaw, an orange tabby cat who is the first cat to be accepted into the clan after being previously owned by “two-legs” (humans). I would give this book 5/5 Stars, I really enjoyed this book.”


– Sydney 

Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter



“Fire and Ice is the second book in the Warriors series, which tells the story of Fireheart (previously Firepaw, the main character of the first book). This story details the ThunderClan bringing back WindClan, and warring with the other cat factions. This story also details the initiation of a new cat into the clan, CloudPaw who is a recently released kittypet, and the mystery surrounding the events of RedTail’s murder. I would recommend this book because it had a great story, and the world of the Warrior Cats continues to intrigue as it delves deeper into the lives of the characters. I would give this book 4/5 stars.”


– Sydney 

Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter



“The Forest of Secrets is the third book in the Warriors series, and details FireHeart gaining experience as a cat Warrior. The mystery of RedTail’s death is finally solved, and rogue cats attack the camp and attempt to murder an ousted rogue warrior that is being protected by Thunder Clan. Also in this story, the Warriors meet Barley and RavenPaw who add detail to the events surrounding RedTail’s death. I would rate this book 5/5”


– Sydney 

Estranged by Ethan Aldridge



“I chose to read this book because my brother is always been in love with these kind of books so I though I would try it so I did and I liked it a lot. Also I think it inspired me to read more books like this. I would totally recommend this book to anyone that loves graphic novels and I now I love these books now and again totally recommend.”

– Hayden

Odd Gods by David Slavin



“The reason I liked the book was because no matter how different Oddon is, he still tried his best. Even when people doubted him he still tried his best.”



The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff



I liked all the descriptions of everything that was going on and the creativity. I also think that the characters were really interesting and fun.” 

–  Caleb

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan



I enjoyed Echo because, you’re always on the edge of your seat, waiting in anticipation for what happens next. I would give Echo 5 stars. Here is a short summary of Echo: A young boy named Otto wanders into the forbidden black forest during a game of hide-and-seek. He waits for what seems like hours, waiting for his friends to discover him. He wanders further and further into the forest. Soon, he has gotten lost in the deep,and extremely vast forest. Otto meets three mysterious sisters and gets himself intertwined in a secret quest involving a harmonica, and a promise. Decades later, three more young kids get pulled into this quest. That same harmonica changed all of their lives forever. ” 


–  Ella

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis


This book is an excellent read and eye-opener. It is from the perspective of a pair of 16yr old twins, Ysabel and Justin, that struggle as their family seems to fall apart against their will. Even though it is written in 2012, it deals with LGBT issues in a very personal way. The characters and scenes are so realistic and detailed, like when it is nonchalantly noted that Ysabel rolls over onto the cool side of her pillow. I loved this book so much and it was really cool to be a part of the characters rebuilding their relationship with each other. Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Scenes/details: 5/5 ” 


–  Jordan

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl


This book continues Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They are in the elevator and have arrived at Charlie’s house, everybody unwillingly gets in the elevator to go to the chocolate factory. But then they start cruising upward, and keep, going. They get so high they exit the atmosphere and go to space, where they see a space hotel there, but there is a spaceship (American) that thinks they are aliens. They play it out and convince them that they are from Venus and Mars. While they are in the space hotel, these deadly, space, reptilian creatures invade it so they have to evacuate. They tow the American spaceship to safety and get them to Earth. They get invited to the white house, and that is when it ends. I give this book 3/5 stars.” 

–  Caleb

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee




 “This book is a great book and deep. It is really truthful and tells about the things that are going on in places of the world related the African Americans. I rate it a 9/10” 





Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell


 “This book is an honest tale of what it is like to go through middle school. It is a fun read. It is a good book to read if you need a chill book. I enjoyed all of the books.” 


Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson

 I think unicorn crossing is a wonderful book even though I don’t like unicorns at all it is a graphicx novel it has all sorts of creatures even goblins. I think that if you like mythical creatures you’ll like this book a lot.” 


Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson


 This book was really good I never wanted to put it down I could have stayed up and read it all night long 5/5″ 


A big day for basketball by Mary Pope Osborne

I liked this book because it has a lot of detail and it a very good message” 


Minecraft: guide to redstone by craig Jelly



My favorite part was the clock circuits because I use them the most. 4 stars.” 



Game on 2017 by Ryan King



“This book talks about awesome games and I really love video games but I also love ready too. This book is really cool talking about records and awesome games,it recommends for you to play.” 



Fortnite Battle Royal Hacks by Jason R. Rich




This book talks about stuff you Should try in the game Fortnite but only for Mobile players and if you are then this book was made for you 4/5” 





Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo






I really loved this book. I liked that there were stories instead of just facts. I also liked that it had a quote from each women. It was a really fun book to read.” 


Dog Diaries by James Patterson

This was a cool book to read. I like how it’s about the story of a dog and what he perceives compared to what we perceive as humans. For example, a good chew toy to a dog might be our shoes.” 



Frazzled by Booki vivat



I personally did not like this book because middle school is not that bad. Also There was a lot of negative comments and I personally think middle school is great because making new friends and learning new things. And I know middle school can be a change it is a great experience. I would recommend this book if you hate school other wise don’t read it.” 




All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke





I love and hated this book at the same time. Loved it because once again Clark and Burke produced another entertaining novel. Hated it because I was so hoping that the character that was missing in the storyline, Amanda, was still alive. I was hoping for a plot twist that she had escaped the clutches of her killer and was just too afraid to come out of hiding. Unfortunately though, they found the poor girls body. While they did bring the killer to justice, I wish sometimes that not every single Clark book someone dies.” 


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery







I absolutely loved Anne’s energy and view of the world. I couldn’t put this book down (I ended up reading until 3:30 in the morning!). I struggle to express the joy I felt when I found out that there were more books in the series — I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Anne of Green Gables. A must read for anyone with a heart.” 




Liars and Fools by Robin Stevenson



I loved this book. This book is about a girl named Fiona and it tells about how it is living without her mother and instead with her dad and his girlfriend. I tells about the challenges of living with her and how she’s a “professional psychic”. She is determined to get rid of her! Through the whole process of trying to get rid of her dad is selling her moms boat! And she’s having a hard time moving on from her moms death. Overall I give this book a 8/10.”