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Friday, April 17, 2015

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Finn Easton. Finn is a quirky teenage boy growing up in San Francisquito Canyon California. His dad is a famous author (think Harry Potter famous), his mother was killed by a dead horse falling 100 sideways miles from the sky (yes the book will explain that very well), and oh yeah, he was there too, but survived (only now he has epilepsy and a crazy emoticon scar on his back that looks like this :|: ) These are just a few of the crazy things that have shaped Finn's life so far. Throw in a best friend named Cade and a beautiful girl named Julia who lives down road, and you have yourself the beginning of this amazing book about living your life to the fullest. And did I mention that Finn sees the world through miles instead of minutes?? Don't worry...he explains that too!!
Why I Picked it Up: I have read two other books by this author, and since I loved them so much, I thought I'd give this book a try.
Why I Finished It: Right from the start I was sucked in. The book is funny, fascinating, and it seemed so short compared to the last Andrew Smith novel I read that I stayed up late just to finish it.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to high school teens who like reading John Green, or who also enjoyed Winger or Grasshopper Jungle. Not being a boy myself, I think this does a good job of getting into the teenage boy mind. Also, this book is for anyone who is looking for a refreshing realistic fiction title.

**Librarian Side Note** Oh. My. Goodness. This book was AMAZING! All I can say is read this book, then check out this author's other books, like Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, Marbury Lens and more! We have a few in the Library and few ebooks as well. Seriously, check him out. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Reviewed By: C.R.
Jason is suddenly on a bus not knowing what is going on. He finds out that he is going to the Grand Canyon and is at a school for troublesome children. Little does he know that he is going to fight Storm Spirits. After that little journey he finds out that he is the son of Zeus(Jupiter)and that his memories were taken away from him by the Goddess Hera(Juno). Now he is on a quest to save Hera from Tatarus and prevent Porphryion from rising. Can a Son of Zeus(Jupiter), Daughter of Aphrodite(Venus) and Son of Hephaestus(Vulcan) save The Olympians from Tatarus??
Why I Picked it Up:I read the whole Percy Jackson series and I loved it so I thought that the sequel will be even better.
Why I Finished It: I just couldn't stop reading this book. This book was absolutely amazing and I wanted to find out what was going to happen.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to people that enjoy reading a story with fantasy. Also people who enjoy reading about Greek and Roman Mythology.

**Librarian Side Note** This review got it just right! Fans of Percy Jackson, just in case you haven't started reading this yet...DO SO RIGHT NOW!!! This series was just as good as Percy Jackson, and just as interesting as the Kane Chronicles (Egyptian Gods, anyone???). We have copies galore of Riordan's books, both in Youth Services, the Teen Area, and even dowloadable ebooks and eaudiobooks! So what are you waiting for??? Check them out today!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrest of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Reviewed By: C.R.
Aristotle is a boy that has a different family. For instance having a brother in jail and also having a dad changed because he was in war. One day Aristotle goes to the pool and doesn't know how to swim. Suddenly, he hears someone that suggests helping him. That person that was suggesting help was Dante. Usually, Aristotle doesn't enjoy asking for help. Then Aristotle and Dante start to see each other often and have fun with each other. Aristotle soon discovers that he has a special relationship with Dante. Through the time they will spend they will learn the most important truth about themselves and the kind of people that they want to be.
Why I Picked it Up: I saw that it was a Abraham Lincoln book awards list, so I thought I would give it a go. I was interested why this book was so interesting and good.
Why I Finished It: I just loved the relationship Aristotle and Dante developed through the whole book. There friendship was going until the end and I wanted to keep reading about there lives and how important both of then were to each other.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to teens that enjoy reading a book that has romance and humor in a book. It is a story that I even myself couldn't stop laughing about.

**Librarian Side Note** Abe Alert, Abe Alert! Like this reviewer mentioned, this book is one of many great picks on the 2016 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee list!! I like how this reader is already getting a head start on the 20 titles on the list! Don't worry, the Library has multiple copies of each book on the list, audio books where available, AND make sure to check out our downloadable options as well (both eMediaLibrary and eReadIllinois!!) The possibilities are endless...

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Four by Veronica Roth

Reviewed By: C.R.
Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen year old Abnegation faction member and soon to be Dauntless leader did the same. Now, he would not be called the name his parents named him. It would be his escape from his family. Also, now instead of being selfless, he would be brave and Dauntless. This book has the life story of Tobias Eaton(Four) from a small child to his adult life.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked this book up because I have read the Divergent Series. I wanted to find out what was the life Tobias had before going into Dauntless being one of the faction leaders. Another thing is that I love all of Veronica Roth's books. I loved all of the Divergent books and all od The Divergent Story Collections.
Why I Finished It: I was just loving every single thing about the book. I wanted to end the book to see how his emotions were from the start to the end. Another reason that I finished was that I wanted to see if all of the questions about Tobias would be answered in the book. That turned out to be true.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the Divergent Series. Another, person that I would recommend to is to anyone that enjoys a book that is somewhat of a fictional biography.

**Librarian Side Note** I have read the Divergent series, but I haven't read Four's story yet! After reading this review, and knowing that Insurgent is out in theaters now really makes me want to pick up this book! Make sure to check it out from the Library today!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Reviewed By: C.R.
Tuesdays are Celie's favorite days of the week. Why?? Because that is the day when the castle has a new wing or room. No one knows which room will appear at all. But one day the King and Queen get ambushed and the castle is prevented from having any new rooms on Tuesday! Will Celie figure out what's going on??
Why I Picked it Up: I picked it up because it was on the Rebecca Caudill list.
Why I Finished It: I wanted to find out what will happen to the castle. Who was the person that caused such a thing?
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to anyone that really enjoys a book that they can read through quickly and also a book that is going to make you want to read more and more of.

**Librarian Side Note** This is a great middle school read, and I totally agree with the Reviewer. If you like this title, have no fear, this is the first in a series that can keep you busy all week long! Tuesdays at the Castle, Wednesdays at the Tower, Thursdays with the Crown...I think you get the idea. :)

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Reviewed By: T.S.
Amy and her family are sent to go on a spaceship that will travel to a new planet that humans will live on in hundreds of years. But Amy wakes up early from her chamber, and has to find out who woke her up and who is going to wake up next, with the help of the people already on the ship. Elder and Harley help her, but Eldest, the leader, wants to get rid of her.  Will they succeed?  Will Amy figure out who was trying to kill her by waking her up early?  Read the book to find out!!
Why I Picked it Up: I picked it up because it looked interesting.
Why I Finished It: I finished it because it WAS interesting!
I’d Give this Book To: A lot of awesome people. (like sci-fi fans, and people who like space travel)

**Librarian Side Note** I love this review!  Short, to the point, and they aren't wrong in their recommendation.  I was a big fan of this series, and I've been seeing a lot more space related/space travel books out there lately.  If you like a bit of mystery mixed in with your science fiction fantasy, then this series is perfect for you!!  Don't worry, the Library owns all the books in the series :).  Also, a shout out to Chat Pack members!!  This book is the Chat Pack pick for our April meeting!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Reviewed By: I.D.
Fullmetal Alchemist is set in the fictional country of Amestris. As the story progresses, Amestris and its characters grow darker and the plot plunges deeper, forcing poor fangirls and fanboys to continue reading and in the end, get sucked up in the plot entirely. Just kidding! The story follows two brothers named Alphonse and Edward Elric who tried to bring back their mother after she died by using alchemy. Alchemy is the science of exchange where you draw a transmutation circle on the ground and place an object in the center. By placing your hands on the circle, the exchange is between the object. If you need to fix a radio, you place the broken radio in the circle and it transforms into a brand new, working radio. That's the basics of the science, but it gets more complicated as the story goes on. While they were attempting human transmutation, a forbidden aspect of alchemy, Ed lost his arm and his leg, while his brother Al lost his whole body and is left with a metal suit of armor. Now, Al and Ed must get the Philosopher's Stone in order to get their bodies back.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked up this book because I had heard a lot of good hype about it and had seen some of the anime on TV.
Why I Finished It: I haven't finished the series yet (on manga #15) but I am drilling through because I can't wait to find the end. The characters and plot start to get intense. (It's so hard to explain!)
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to any manga readers, anime watchers, or comic book readers. It is also a great first for any new graphic novel/ manga readers who are interested in action.

**Librarian Side Note** Loved this review! Now I have to go read all of these too! On the bright side, we also own the Anime version of this series on DVD, so I'm definitely going to check that out too!!

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