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Friday, July 24, 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed By: A.C.
meet feyre, a regular human girl who lives in constant fear of being eaten by a faerie, as does the rest of the human population who lives outside of the wall that separates their worlds. living alongside her disabled father, scathing sister, and another sister who prefers not to get her hands dirty, Feyre must hunt to feed all four of them and she is the youngest! As she starts hunting in the dead of winter, she kills a wolf, no biggie right? except this wolf just happened to be a shape shifting, you guessed it, faerie. now as ransom and in the name of an ancient treaty Feyre must live with the best friend of the faerie she murdered. Full of hunting, beautiful art supplies, and a masked faerie lord to die for, Feyre is not hating it as much as she thought. then another ancient faerie queen kidnaps the handsome lord and Feyre must complete three impossible tasks with will most definitely kill her. literally.
Why I Picked it Up: I love sarah j maas, her books have never disappointed and a friend recommended it to me.
Why I Finished It: the plot twists....I wanted to cry they were so good and so surprising.
I’d Give this Book To: if you want a cross between throne of glass and cruel beauty, please read this book it is amazing.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

Reviewed By: A.T.
Georgia Bragg is back and her stories are better, or should I worse, than ever! Some of the famous people you will recognize, some you may not, but all the stories are about blunders and mistakes that these people made, and in some cases what made these people famous! Van Gogh, Amelia Earhart, and Isaac Newton are just a few of the famous people that you may not realize made some pretty big and pretty costly mistakes in their lives. So if you want to learn about some pretty big mistakes, and maybe feel better about a few small mistakes you have made, then I highly recommend you check out this book ASAP! Who knows, maybe not reading it might be the biggest mistake you ever make!
Why I Picked it Up: I loved her other book "How They Croaked" so I was hoping this one would be just as fascinating.
Why I Finished It: Had to know how each famous person failed!
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes to read about history. Especially the good stuff that they leave out of boring textbooks!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Reviewed By: A.T.
Ever wonder about the bomb that stopped World War II?? I hadn't until I picked up this book. The history is well laid out, easy to understand, and completely fascinating! You follow the process of building the bomb, from 1938 when German scientists first discovered how to split a Uranium atom, all the way to it's completion at Los Alamos. There are secret missions, spies from everywhere, and the fate of the free world hanging in the balance! If you thought history was boring, then think again!
Why I Picked it Up:It is a 2015 Caudill nominee and it came highly recommended.
Why I Finished It:It was un-put-downable! I had to make up that word to describe how awesome this book is! I love spies and mystery, especially when I know how everything turned out in the end. It was also interesting to learn about how things almost weren't!
I’d Give this Book To:Anyone who is interested in science, history, military history, loves a good mystery, and loves suspense!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Reviewed By: A.T.
Ever wonder about the secret to immortality?? Ellie never has, but that might be because she has other things to worry about, like losing her best friend or starting 6th grade! She doesn't have time to worry about the pimply faced weird boy on their doorstep who is insisting he is her Grandpa Melvin. I mean, he couldn't be...could he?? Grandpa Melvin is a scientist, and he has been obsessed with immortality, but he's OLD! Discover what happens to Grandpa Melvin, Ellie, and what's really up with her goldfish that seems to live forever!
Why I Picked it Up:This book came highly recommended to me, and I actually listened to the audiobook. It was super cute, funny, and it even made me cry!
Why I Finished It:Once you get started, you can't stop with this family! You will read this book just so you can find out what happens to grumpy Grandpa Melvin!
I’d Give this Book To:I would recommend this to middle school students who like light-hearted and funny books, and also to kids who are looking for a quick read.

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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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