I chose to read this book to see if I could get a better understanding of what being transgender means. It’s written by a teen transgender girl. Jazz was born a boy but knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a girl. Her parents allowed her to live as a girl beginning around age 4. This book tells the story of her life from infancy to about 15. It was interesting insight into the world of transgender people. The writing was so-so but it did hold my interest all the way through the book. Check our catalog
Laura G., Youth Services
I usually enjoy books by Russell Freedman and this one caught my eye. I was a child during the time of the Vietnam War: old enough to be aware of it, but too young to understand any of the politics behind it. The author did a great job of explaining the history of Vietnam and things that led up to the U.S. war in the country. Facts were presented in a clear and very readable manner. I learned a lot!
Laura G., Youth Services
The book is about "A Man, A Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in WWII." The smarts and instincts of the dog, Judy, are amazing given the circumstances she was in. If you enjoy WWII books and/or dog stories, this is a book worth reading. The book is well written and is a quick read.
Jeremy E., Administration
This is a great book for any action-seeking reader. This book follows Chase Harcourt as she flies a new fighter jet, the “Streaker.” On top of learning to save the world, Chase deals with the same problems of any other teenage girl. Tristan, another teen learning to fly the “Streaker,” creates plenty of boy drama in Chase’s life. Some past family issues also come back to haunt Chase but she learns to put everything behind her in order to save her country.
I loved this book because the plot was completely unique to any other dystopian novels I’ve read and kept me interested the whole way through! I’d recommend this book to anybody who's at least 14 years old. This book would be great for someone who wants something new and exciting to read!
Miranda M., Circulation
Yuri, a 17-year-old physics prodigy from Russia, is on his way to America to help save California from a big bad asteroid—a very big, very bad asteroid that could take out Japan with a tsunami. His knowledge of English is very good but he doesn’t know how to swear in English. Many of the much older physicists don’t believe this kid has any knowledge that can help this very serious situation. Yuri meets Dovie, a normal teenage girl and he learns what it’s really like to be a teenager. You will laugh out loud, cry a bit, and cheer on this pair of teens that could, might, maybe save the world.
An extra bit of knowledge: Ms. Kennedy is from the U.P. of Michigan and this is her first novel. I am hoping for many more.
Jeanne S., Youth Services
This is the first book in one of my favorite trilogies, Chaos Walking. This futuristic adventure book follows Todd, a teenager that lives in Prentisstown, as he struggles to uncover secrets that have been kept for years. Todd’s search becomes even harder because he has to deal with the Noise. The Noise that allows everyone around him to read his thoughts. The Noise that makes secrets very hard to keep. The Chaos Walking books kept me on the edge of my seat and I'd recommend them to anyone 13 or older!
Miranda M., Circulation
I enjoyed reading this fast-paced graphic novel for kids. A city is called “The Nameless City” because it has been taken over and renamed by so many groups over the years it’s hard to keep track of its name. The current government will soon have held it for 40 years and there are a few different ideas for what the next steps should be. While some want to grow a stronger army, one official has the idea to share the city amongst the feuding countries. The story unfolded without giving me all the details so I’m anxious to read the second book when it comes out.
I appreciated the ambiguity of the culture, location, timeframe, etc., so the focus was on the main character and the plot. I think it could have been a little longer to have more time to explore the main character’s familial relationships, but lack of this made his newfound relationship with a girl who grew up in the city more believable.
Find the book on the MCLS Overdrive website. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.
Janice H., Youth Services
A beautifully written portrayal of the struggles, heartache, and disappointments a young teen faces in her family and school life. Keep the tissues handy! This is a powerful coming-of-age story.
Kate D., Youth Services
When misfit Lola finds work cleaning out the library basement, she becomes intrigued with a 1924 yearbook for the local high school. When she falls asleep, she is transported to the high school dance where she meets a nice boy. She then time travels back and forth, confusing everyone including Peter. So is it all a hallucination or is she really mentally ill like her mother was?
This is a fascinating fantasy with lots of twists and turns that really hold the reader's interest.
Sue N., Youth Services