Sacramento Public Library

July 2018

    I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez

    This book was amazing! It was something I wish I read when I was of middle school age: a book of a relatable woman of color. It is rare that I come across books like these, and it was well written. I loved the message and how Julia copes with the death of her sister, not feeling like a good daughter, and struggling as she moves on with her future and eventually becomes the first in her family to go to a four-year university. She powers through and makes it through. She doesn't let it hold her back and her trip to Mexico is what makes her want to fix her relationship with her mom, not some mediocre teenage boy. It is a great message to give young girls: life will get rough, but power through it and reach for your goals. It gets easier.

    -Dyanna, 17

    Cinder - Marissa Meyer

    This book was a WAY better version of the original Cinderella story. The book was filled with so much excitement that I didn't want to put it down. Yes, there were a couple parts of the book that seemed like they were boring but they all served a purpose in the end. You must pay attention even to the smallest details. This book was really interesting and I recommend it.

    -Anonymous, 15
    The Lost Hero

    The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan

    A very great book. I just had to read the others.

    -Quenci, 15
    Salt to the Sea

    Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

    This takes place in 1945 in the middle of a war. It follows the tragedy of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, which has been pushed aside by history. Four characters board this ship with the hope of safety.

    -Isabella, 14

    Truthwitch - Susan Dennard

    I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed reading it; the plot was engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what would happen next. The story is about a girl who can tell truth from lie with a magical power called truthwitchery. Her best friend, a threadwitch, can see (almost) everyone's "threads," which show their emotions. The two girls cross paths with the third main character, a windwitch prince. Although his witchery allows him to control the wind, he is rather weak and does not possess as much power as some windwitches. As their fates intertwine, each character displays distinct and well-crafted personalities. This book was truely hard to put down, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy to read, yet engaging, book. One of my favorite parts of the book was how the author managed to switch focus to and from each of the main characters, while consistently keeping the book in the third person throughout. This was a very interesting choice that the author made, which I highly enjoyed. The author was able to execute this technique in a way that enhanced the story, which to me proves how well-written this book was. Overall, it was a great story, and I couldn't wait to get my hand on the sequel!

    -Caroline, 13
    The Naturals

    The Naturals - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    SPOILER ALERT - This book was amazing! It is the first book of the Naturals series. This is a must read. A girl named Cassie lost her mother to a serial killer at age 12. She is the put into an FBI force with naturals, teens like her, after her mother's death 5 years later. But deaths started to happen based around the death of her mother. All of the killings were connected. The killer of Cassie's mother hasn't been found yet. Totally recommend that you continue this series to find out what happens next.

    -Anonymous, 15

    Hamlet - William Shakespeare

    This is a great book. I recommend it.

    -Destiny, 16
    American Gods

    American Gods - Neil Gaiman

    American Gods brings up an interesting idea as to the substance of gods, that they draw their power from our belief and sacrifices. American Gods starts off following Shadow, a man who was sentenced to a few years in prison for assault. In prison he makes friends with his cellmates like Low Key Liesmith. He is released from prison a day early because of the death of his wife. This is a fantastic read filled with action, drama, adventure, and romance.

    -James, 16

    Thunderhead - Neal Shusterman

    The sequel to the popular Scythe, we once again follow the journeys of the newly appointed scythe Citra, and Rowan's vigilante work. Filled with all the crazy scythe action that we loved from the first book, this time Shusterman expands it by adding a mystery element throughout. This is again a fantastic book and if you like the first one you'll love Thunderhead too.

    -James, 15
    A Separate Peace

    A Separate Peace - John Knowles

    A Separate Peace is about a boy named Gene, and his roommate Finny. They often like to do bold and risky things, and often get away with it. However, one day everything changes. A tragic accident happens, and their lives are changed forever. This book is a good book if you like realistic fiction.

    -Sam, 13
    Going Wild

    Going Wild - Lisa McMann

    Thrilling story of a middle schooler moving to a new state because her mom gets a new job. Charle is forced to leave behind Ohio snow and her best friend to go to blazing Arizona!

    -Selah, 12
    How I Live Now

    How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff

    It is a really nice fiction book for teens.

    -Gurnoor, 13
    The Magician's Nephew

    The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis

    It is a very interesting book, but for me was a little confusing as well. It switches between characters and places very quickly.

    -Bob, 12
    The Trumpet of the Swan

    The Trumpet of the Swan - E. B. White

    It had a great plot and the moral of the story was great!

    -Catherine, 14
    The Upside of Unrequited

    The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli

    This book is about a girl named Molly, and how she always seems to be in unrequited love. Her twin sister tells Molly to woman up and tell her crush how she feels, but she never can. This book is a good book if you like drama and romance.

    -Sam, 13
    The Silver Mask

    The Silver Mask - Holly Black

    Again I'm writing this book review because of the soon coming final book of this series. Once again we follow Call as he is saved from one prison, only to be put back in another. His new prison has all of his worst enemies, Master Joseph the crazy ex-teacher at the magisterium and Alex, the man who murdered his best friend. This book is dramatic and full of plot twists beginning to end.

    -James, 15
    The Upside of Unrequited

    The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli

    In my honest opinion, could have been better if there was more action. Not much going on in this book except for a girl who obsesses over petty crushes and never had a boyfriend once. If your into romance or whatever, by all means this book will be your BFF. If you are more into action/sci-fi/thriller/awesome stuff, then I don't recommend it. This book was kind of a disappointment for me. ;(

    -Zakh, 15
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling

    This book provides adventure, action, mystery, and everything you could ask for in 607 pages.

    -Hafsa, 12
    As Brave As You

    As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds

    If you're looking for a book filled with facinating characters, mystery and a hint of romance, then this is the book for you. Jason Reynolds does a fantastic job with this easy-to-follow plot. Chapters are left at cliffhangers, characters are built up with background information, and the ending is purely heartwarming. For a story unlike any other, I recommend this book as a perfect summer read.

    -Sydney, 15
    A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

    A Wrinkle In Time is a book about two siblings and a classmate. The siblings' father is a scientist, and he is lost somewhere in space and time. With the help of their friend, magical creatures, and a few witches, they are able to find their father. But will they be able to save him in time? This book is a good book if you enjoy reading science fiction books, or shorter books.

    -Sam, 13
    Maybe One Day

    Maybe One Day - Melissa Kantor

    This is a great story of an amazing friendship! I would definentaly recommend this to everyone. It has a touching ending!

    -Hailey, 14
    The Bronze Key

    The Bronze Key - Holly Black

    The third installment in the Magisterium series, we follow the adventure of Cal and his friends once more as they face their greatest challenge yet. A spy among their midsts. Another good book from Holly Black, and the final book is coming out in September this year if you want to start the series.

    -James, 15
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