Our library teens reviewed a wide variety of books this summer, including a few favorites that are also perfect for middle school students (starting in grade 4).


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Dork Diaries
by Rachel Rene Russell
this book is great for young teens that understand the difficulties of being a teenager. These books will have you reading on and on.  –Brittany R. (age 12) Rating 

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The House of Hades
by Rick Riordan
The book was full of thrills, humor, and adventure. –Juan C. (age 12) Rating 
this book is great! Must read! –David J. (age 13) Rating 

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I’ll Pass for Your Comrade
by Anita Silvey
“I’ll Pass for Your Comrade” is a true story of the many brave women who fought in the Civil War. One woman, Sarah Emma Edmonds, was particularly brave and her perseverance is to be admired. She joined the Union under the name of Private Franklin Thompson in 1861. She not only fought disguised as a soldier, but she also was known as a skilled medical nurse. She even became a spy, and did so well on her first mission, that General McClellan sent her on ten different missions afterwards. A few years later, she contracted a terrible case of malaria, but suffered through it on her own, without seeing a doctor for fear that her true identity might be revealed. Finally, she realized that she had to get away for a few weeks to recover on her own. She said, quote, “I would rather have been shot dead, than to have been known to be a woman and sent away from the army.”  This is only one woman’s story who had the courage and faith for their country; faith strong enough to be willing to give their lives for the cause. –Jessica S. (age 17) Rating 
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The Incredible Journey
by Sheila Burnford
This book is about the journey of two dogs and a cat that travel 300 miles across Canadian forest to find their family. They are taken to stay in the care of a friend, while their masters are on a working vacation in England. Some miscommunication between the couple taking care of them happens, and the animals believe that they have been left to fend for themselves. They set off on a journey through the forest to find their masters and their home.  — Belen L. (age 17) Rating 
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The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns
by Chris Colfer
Have you ever wanted to go to a fairy tale? This takes you to it. Alongway meet gruesome trolls and kind princesses like Cinderella. It is a magical book. It was just great as the first one. This one of favorite books. –Julia C. (age 12) Rating 
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A Light In The Attic
Shel Silverstein
In my personal opinion, this book was alright. The poems rhymed and flowed like any other poem. One of my favorite poems from this book was called Bear In There. The poem was about a polar bear in a fridge eating the food.  –Vanessa H. (age 13) Rating 
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Little House on Rocky Ridge
Roger Lea Macbride
If you have read Laura Ingalls’ books you will also love Little House on Rocky Ridge. This book is about Laura’s little girl Rose Wilder. Little House on Rocky Ridge is the first book in the Rose Wilder series. Rose is 8 years old in this book. This book is very enjoyable. –Lauren H. (age 13) Rating 

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The Red Pyramind
Rick Riordan
Very intriguing! I never thought that I would enjoy a book about Egyptian fantasy with gods and hieroglyphics but I didn’t want to stop reading this book! Rock Riordan did a great job of incorporating Egyptian history with an intense and amazing plot! I can’t wait to read the next book in the Kane series. –Amanda S. (age 13) Rating 
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The Serpent’s Shadow
by Rick Riordan
As this is the last book of the Kane Chronicles series, it is an excellent conclusion. It was very addicting and I could not put down the book until I was done reading it. However, there were a few spelling errors, but I can not blame Rick Riordan since he has written so many great books and must be very tired and busy. Overall this book was very fun and interesting, with an unexpected and great ending. –Kevin W. (age 12) Rating 
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by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl is a great book if you want a short read for example on a road trip or an airplane. It’s about being different and respecting differences with society.  –Shaya N. (age 13) Rating 
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Squish: Game On!
by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
This book is a pretty interesting comic. It was a favorite series of mine one year back. In this volume, Squish gets addicted to a game called Mitosis. His friend, Pod introduced him to this game. Squish’s addiction gets out of control, where he plays this game whenever he had free time. Since he played this game too much, he didn’t do an assignment that was due. In conclusion, this comic book was alright. –Vanessa H. (age 13) Rating 
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A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’engle
This is a good book, so i wont ruin the plot for you. It has good characters, action, and ideals. –Michaela L. (age 13) Rating 

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