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Book Reviews
Eon by Allison Goodman All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens by Gloria Whelan

This book is about a girl named Eona, masquerading as a boy so she can compete to become an apprentice dragon eye. When she is chosen by the Mirror Dragon who has been lost for hundreds of years, all chaos breaks loose. I loved all of the suspense and action in this book.
Medford Branch

In this book, a teen girl from India gets caught in the middle of a rising revolution. At this time, India is trying to get independence from Great Britain. Rosey believes in the revolution, but her father is for the English. There is a war in Rosey’s home, as well as in Rosey’s country. I liked this book because there wasn’t a dull page in it.
Medford Branch
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

An alien race, known as the Buggers, has invaded Earth twice and nearly destroyed it. Now the world government is training children to fight Buggers so they can win the next war. Ender Wiggins, a young boy, is chosen to be a commander and is put through training quickly so he can command the fleet. I loved the book and would give it five stars, but they swear a lot.
Medford Branch

This book tells the story of the author’s childhood as a poor, Catholic-Irish boy. The writing style is unique and flows like an Irish fiddle tune. You will laugh, you will cry. This book is spectacular and a classic. I loved how the author included words from songs and how he wrote dialogue phonetically.
Medford Branch
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Redwall by Brian Jacques

This book is about a young Eskimo girl in Alaska who has run away from her awful husband, planning to go visit her pen pal when she loses her way and finds a pack of huskies. She’s completely on her own to figure things out and she figures she will bond with the huskies. Can she? Will she? I liked that this book was about a bond between human and dogs.
Medford Branch

Matthias and the rest of the animals in Redwall Abbey lived a peaceful life until a rat named Cluny the Scourge came along with this army. The Redwallers were forced to defend themselves, but Matthias believed they could only win if he found the ancient sword of Martin the Warrior, but a snake called Asmadeus had stolen it. The characters are interesting and the story is funny and filled with adventure.
Medford Branch

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter The Diviners by Libba Bray

 

Cammie, Liz, Bex, and Macey are best friends. When Blackthorne boys come to the Gallagher Girls Academy, something’s all wrong and they don’t trust them. Especially Zach. Though he’s cute, he’s also mysterious, and even as a spy, Zach always knows too much. I’m really into these spy books, like in all of them there are secrets and lies, and that is the main problems for spies and I love it.
Medford Branch

This novel, set in 1920s New York City, follows Evie O’Niell as she and her uncle set out to solve a strange and supernatural series of murders. Although there were many characters, it was never had to follow, and never dull in the least. Evie was very unlikable and a bit of an annoyance as a heroine.
Medford Branch
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Though her family is made up of witches, Blue Sergent doesn’t have much power besides making other witches stronger in her presence. However, when she meets Gansey, a boy with his own supernatural quest, she learns she might have more power than she thought. I didn’t like the lack of character development with Noah, but it made sense in the end.
Medford Branch

Graphic Novel Reviews
Sand Chronicles Volume 1 by Hinako Ashihara Anima by Natsumi Mukai

It's about Ann Vekusa, a girl who moves to Shimane (out in the country) from Tokyo when her mom divorces. Her mom died soon after and she has to live with her grandma. She goes to camp, falls off a cliff, and chaos occurs. What I like about this book is how the author puts the most unlikely events in at the most unpredictable time.
Medford Branch

Animas are people who have animal abilities. Corro, a crow anima, is trying to find a home and she is also trying to find other animas. She meets Husky, Nanna, and Senri. They keep trying to fit in. I loved everything.
Medford Branch
The Big Adventures of Majoko Volume 1 by Tomomi Mizuna Marzi by Marzena Sowa

This is about a girl named Nana who finds an empty diary that connects her to the magical world. It turns out the diary belongs to a witch and it allows her to travel to the human world. I like that it's okay for kids, unlike many other manga books.
Medford Branch

 

Marzi is about growing up in communist Poland. It's a nice little slice-of-life memoir of a girl in an unstable situation. I definitely recommend it. The art style is fresh and fits the story. I liked it a lot.
Jacksonville Branch
Program Reviews
Wearable Art CD Scratch Art

This program was quite enjoyable. The people there were nice and willing to help. My sister made a bracelet and enjoyed seeing how big she could make it while I tried my hand at braiding four strips at a time. I tend to like making everything neat when making jewelry. This event focused more on a not so neat look, which is not always a bad thing. It helped me look beyond my own ideas. Thank you to everyone who make this possible.
Central Point Branch

It was really fun to be able to draw so many creative things on the CDs. I had a great time.
Medford Branch
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