Sacramento Public Library

August 2017

    Watership Down

    Watership Down - Richard Adams

    Watership Down features a group of ordinary rabbits who find out that their home will soon be destroyed and that they must soon leave. However, no one believes them, and the group embarks on an adventure to find a new warren. This book is definitely interesting in that there is no magic in this fantasy book about talking rabbits, but it is definitely a good read. Although decently lengthy, once you get into it you won't be able to stop reading.

    -James, 15
    The Thing About Jellyfish

    The Thing About Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin

    The Thing About Jellyfish is about Suzy, and the mystery about how her best friend died last summer. She was swimming in the ocean, where she drowned. Suzy doesn't understand, but soon realizes the truth after her class goes on a field trip to the aquarium. A transparent and fatal jellyfish has killed her best friend, and she wants to learn more. Explore with Suzy as you venture into her daily life, the backstory of their friendship, and to foreign countries, without a parent.

    -Sam, 12
    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

    Fahrenheit 451 is about a fireman, Guy. However, since this is in the future, books are illegal and TV dominates. Guy's job is to set fire to books, and the house they're in. When a new young neighbor, Clarissa, moves in, he learns about how books were once legal and the moving stories in them. When she disappears (which was strange since she was somehow always around), his wife attempts suicide, and he realizes he's unhappy, he begins to hide books in his home. Once found out, he goes on the run.

    -Sammy, 12
    Call of the Wild

    Call of the Wild - Jack London

    You'll probably end up reading this book anyway, but if you like books about animals (i.e Old Yeller) then this is definitely a book for you. Follow the amazing story of Buck as he travels from his luxurious life in California to a tough life in the Yukon. Read about how he adapts to his new environment and becomes the new dog on top, along thew way meeting new people and dogs.

    -James, 15

    Drama - Raina Telgemeier

    Callie, the main character in this book, loves the theater. Unfortunately, she doesn't think she has the potential to be on stage. Instead, she works on the crew and not on stage. But, things get difficult once drama and tension starts getting in the way of the actors. This book is a great graphic novel that's full of plot twists, drama, (obviously) and love.

    -Sam, 12
    The Red Pyramid

    The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan

    If you loved the Percy Jackson series then you'll definitely love this new series by Rick Riordan. This book has everything to love: gods, conflict, and a time struggle to save the world. They do this all with the help of a baboon, an albino crocodile, and their uncle. If you have not yet read this series then this is definitely a must-read.

    -James, 15
    The Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days

    The Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days - Michele Weber Hurwitz

    The Summer I Saved The World In 65 Days is about Nina Ross, and her life in her neighborhood over the summer. After seeing her neighbor struggle with planting her yearly marigolds, Nina decides to do one small, good action every day in the summer until school starts, without anybody knowing it was her. But Nina's life is complicated. Her crazy neighbor watches her like a hawk, she never sees her parents, her best friend, Josie, is all about boys and short shorts. To top all of it off, she suspects there's something between Eli (the boy next door) and Josie. So, how will she manage to cope with everything going on at the moment?

    -Samantha, 12

    Eragon - Christopher Paolini

    If you have not read this book or the Inheritance series then this is definitely a must-read. Do not let the size of this book turn you away. This is one of four great fantasy novels in the new world of Alagaesia. This book has everything to love about a fantasy story. A hero, dragons, and suspense make for a great novel. Would recommend this book 10/10

    -James, 15
    I Funny

    I Funny - James Patterson

    This hilarious yet touching book is a great read for pretty much all ages. This book can be relatable at times for many high school and middle school students, however it can also be touching and sad as he fights through his struggles. I would definitely recommend reading this book to anyone and will keep you entertained until the end.

    -James, 15
    Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh

    This book is a series of hilarious stories told with comics and words. All of these true stories are hilarious and will keep you laughing throughout the story. Read about everything from life lessons about time, to stories about chocolate cake. This book is a hilarious must read, and rereading it is still greatly entertaining.

    -James, 15
    At the Edge of the World

    At the Edge of the World - Kari Jones

    At the Edge of the World is about two best friends, Maddie and Ivan. They surf together, hang out together, go to parties together, and more. Unfortunately, Ivan has no mother, and a drunk father. When Maddie finds out about Ivan's biggest secret, she can't decide what to do - help Ivan but ruin their friendship, or continue their friendship but leave Ivan in misery.

    -Sam, 12
    Holding Up the Universe

    Holding Up the Universe - Jennifer Niven

    This book combines love, hatred, society, friendship, problems with weight, and trust. Libby Strout is a girl that is known for her weight. People always judge her based on her looks, but none took the time to actually know her. She meets a guy called Jack Masselin and everybody acts like they know him, but he has a secret that no one knows. I love how they both seem so different yet they are alike in one way or another. It is truly a beautiful book about society's unfair judgments. Romance take place in the most unexpected ways and trust is one of the things that holds them against the world. They try to defy people's judgments, because they both know that it is the number one thing that will stop them from each other. It is beautifully written.

    -Fatimah, 14
    I am Princess X

    I am Princess X - Cherie Priest

    I Am Princess X is about two best friends, full of positive messages and suspense. Libby, May's best friend tragically dies in a car accident with her mom, her body found floating in the river below. After living with her father she begins to notice their own comics on pictures stickers, posters and more - Princess X's life. This was their creation that they made in 5th grade, and not too many people knew about it. What's REALLY going on here?

    -Sam I Am, 12
    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies - William Golding

    A classic novel of children trapped on an island. At first all is good on this island with no adults, but as times get tough things spiral out of control. The children split into two groups and battle breaks out. Read this classic story filled with suspense, and read about what can be hidden underneath the surface of man's mentality. If you don't read this book for school then this is definitely a must-read and a classic.

    -James, 15
    The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - Chris Colfer

    The Land Of Stories: Wishing Spell is about two completely different twins, Alex and Conner. Soon after receiving a fairytale book from their grandma, they began to hear noises and lights coming from inside the book. After accidently jumping inside their grandmother's fairytale book, they must somehow find their way back home. Along the way, they meet a talking frog, Queen Red, and Snow White. Continue the series with four more books to come.

    -Sammy, 12
    The Maze Runner

    The Maze Runner - James Dashner

    If you have not yet read this book/series then this is a must-read. This book is a masterfully crafted science-fiction novel about a boy who wakes up in a strange place knowing only his name. This book will keep you reading filled with thrills and suspense as they work to solve the mystery of the maze and the dark creatures that reside within.

    -A, 15
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