Sacramento Public Library

June 2015

    Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen

    Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen - Rachel Renée Russell

    I loved this book!!!!! I finished it in one day. It was different than the rest of Russell's books, but in a good way!!! 😉

    - Daisy, 13
    Little House in the Big Woods

    Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder

    The story is an adventure, and tells you history in the pioneer time, moving from east to west. It is a nice and classic story.

    - Anonymous, 13
    The DUFF

    The DUFF - Kody Keplinger

    It is a good book.

    - DJ, 11
    The Serpent's Shadow

    The Serpent's Shadow - Rick Riordan

    This is a great ending of the Kane Chronicles series. It is packed with adventure, and is exciting all the way through the very last page. I would recommend this book to anyone liking adventure and mythology (this mythology is Egyptian). The other series by Rick Riordan are also very good.

    - Emma, 12
    Every Day

    Every Day - David Levithan

    This book is amazing.

    - Belle, 13
    The Last Time We Say Goodbye

    The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand

    I love the book "The Last Time we Say Goodbye." Its really serious but sort of sad. Alexis is a nice sort of girl, though.

    - Fatima, 12
    365 Days of Wonder

    365 Days of Wonder - R.J. Palacio

    This book is a really great read. It has a precept for every day of the year. Some of them are very funny. It's a great book.

    - Samantha, 11
    The Bodies We Wear

    The Bodies We Wear - Jeyn Roberts

    The Bodies we wear is such an intriguing book with so much emotion; its about a girl, Faye, who was forced into a drug, Heam, that so-called takes you to heaven, but it took her to hell and also took her best friend Christian. She lost her father and her mother didn't want her because of her scars from Heam. She was adopted and was able to attend a good school which was a miracle for her being a girl with Heam scars, but it isn't that easy for her when she meets a boy who goes by Chael who changes her entire perspective on life. She has been planning revenge on those who took not only her father's life but Christian's and hers as well. It's a book full of tears and realization and romance that makes you want to hug the book. GREAT READ, READ IT!:-)

    - Yasmeen, 16
    Big Sur

    Big Sur - Jack Kerouac

    Everyone has heard of "On The Road", the ultimate Beat bible, but this story portrays a much quieter and softer side of poor old Jean Louis Kerouac. Enjoy picturesque details of the evocative wilderness of Big Sur and the tidal waves that crash ashore, and explore the creative process of a talented writer and his connections to nature. This novel will really illuminate the importance of being one with the world and allow you, the reader, to contemplate your petty life and how you should change it to be a lot kinder to the Earth, if you are not already practicing a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

    - Ashley, 14

    Enchanted - Alethea Kontis

    This was a fun book to read. Enchanted is a twist off the tale of the Princess and the Frog. Sunday Woodcutter meets a frog in the woods near her house and soon befriends the enchanted human. From there on, Sunday's life becomes her own fairy tale. This book cleverly combined a bunch of different classic fairy tales to make a grand new one.

    - Christine, 15

    Dangerous - Shannon Hale

    Amazing plot, responsible young woman who loves her parents.

    - Alisha, 17
    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

    "Both an important piece of American literature and a classic coming-of-age story, The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden Caulfield as he wanders about New York City after getting kicked out of yet another prep school. Many critics and readers have agreed that you either 'know a Holden, or are a Holden' which holds true. If you do identify with him, however, you will understand the overlying melancholy tune of growing up yet craving those now distant, nostalgic memories of childhood. The vague affliction of wanting to keep everything as it used to be and not wanting to admit the change that has happened over the past few years. It is not the plot that creates the richness of the text but the feelings you put into the book as you are reading it either at midnight because you couldn't put it down or on the fire escape, looking down at the busy streets below, listening to an Erik Satie Gymnopédie."

    - Ashley, 14
    The Goldfinch

    The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

    "Follow young Theo Decker as he leaves his childhood behind after the death of his mother in an incident in the MET. As a city kid he hesitantly moves to the suburbs of Las Vegas and revisits faces of people that he had never wanted to see again. As his fear and paranoia grows over a stolen painting, the farther his recollections of his mother begin to get. The overall mood of the story, grim alleyways, faded canals that lead to nowhere, overcast skies, faint christmas tunes, lucky strikes floating by without a sound, freckles scattered like constellations, old trinkets, the distant voices of foreign tongues, and turpentine reeking throughout the dusty shelves, will leave you speechless, entranced, and wanting more. Tartt's evocative passages through time explore many themes of the importance of art, aesthetic value, and the overall beauty in the world that many people fail to see. It is not how long you have lived your life, but how well you have lived it."

    - Ashley, 14
    Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

    This book killed me in a wonderful way. This book is about a girl named Eleanor who is new to town and people do not like her. She has a broken family... it's frightening. Park is a half-Korean boy who also lives in the same town. At first they hate one another. Everyone at their school hates Eleanor just because she is large and has crazy, red hair. Eventually, they fall in love and cannot get enough of one another... this book will kill you in such a good way.

    - Belle, 14
    The Maze Runner

    The Maze Runner - James Dashner

    This book was amazing. I have read and reread it many times since I got it and the other books are just as good.

    - lt, 15
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