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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

by Ransom Riggs
09/23/2017 Categories: horror mystery

This book is about a troubled sixteen year old boy named Jacob who goes to an island because he is drawn to the land of Wales. There, is where he finds out the crumbling abandoned mansion that was once a place of peace for peculiar children. Miss Peregrine sends a couple of kids to get Jacob, and help him explore the odd past of the mansion, and the story of Miss Peregrine's home(mansion) for peculiar children will unwind. . .

I think this book was a great coming-to-age story like Harry Potter. This book is frighteningly good. With pictures throughout, and each have a unique story behind it. The author did a really good job of explaining Jacob's story. The only thing that bothers me is that there is excessive cursing in it. Or in other words, 'This world isn't perfect. Nor are the books.'

I recommend this book to those who enjoy looking at pictures, and reading text that makes you think about what you think the word 'peculiar' means. Unique children with different abilities. 

Priscilla, 12

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Nancy Drew: The Secret Of The Old Clock 

by Carolyn Keene
09/20/2017 Categories: mystery

I have to be honest to you, I have lots of these stacked in my room. All of them have a unique case that is different from the last one. Old books are my fave, and for Nancy Drew, it just kind of stuck. I would say you'd start with the very first book which is The Secret of the Old Clock!

I really, really like this series. It is the most fantastic series which goes on for forever, and Nancy Drew herself is an interesting character. She has a different way of thinking, and she is the daughter of the police sheriff, so don't mess with her. . .

Everyone is able to read the book, and those who are willing to try new things and be an exotic reader, I recommend Nancy Drew. I would be awesome if you guys tried this book!


Priscilla, 12

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Ten 

by Gretchen McNeil
08/24/2017 Categories: horror murder mystery

This book is about ten teens are invited to Henry Island vacation home for a three-day party. The popular girl in school invites a mix of teenagers to her little party. Little did they know, of the consequences of their past. Meg and her friend Minnie are the main highlights of the story. The very night they are at the house, one of the boys, Ben, almost dies of allergies. Someone sprinkled nuts on his salad, and he was soon suffocating. Meg helps him get back to normal, but little do they know, what comes next. Confusion with a CD, red paint smeared on the wall, one by one, the teens begin to die in a specific, and orderly(With the help of a creepy diary from a dead girl.). . .

Gretchen McNeil's Ten is a gripping tale that is somewhat related to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, except teen version. Despite the lack of proper language, this story is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat from chapter one, to the end. Once you find out who the killer is, and his/her purpose, you are sure to unconsciously look at your 6 and 12, after anticipating this terrifying tale.

I would personally recommend this book to those who yearn for a great thriller, and those who understand the troubled teenager's problems: boy confusion, who-dates-who, the terrible I-Think-Your-My-Boyfriend-Even-Though-In-Reality-Your-Not, and the typical triangle of love. This book has some bad words just to let you know. Read this if you have a chance, and tell me what you think!
 

Priscilla, 12

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 

by Mark Haddon
08/23/2017 Categories: mystery older teens

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the narrator is a young boy named Christopher Boone who has an unspecified mental condition where he lacks social skills. When Christopher discovers his neighbor's dog murdered with a pitchfork, he tries to find the person responsible.

In the book, there were parts that made me feel frustrated because he didn't understand the gravity of the situations that he was placed in. His character was very hard to sympathize with because of his inability to understand human emotions. That's why in many cases throughout the book, Christopher was rather hurtful to the people around him, and maybe even selfish. Despite Christopher's disability, he was really passionate about mathematics. I really liked that he had a dream of being an astronaut, and how in the end, he realized his potential to become anything he wanted.

This is a mystery novel that I would recommend to middle school students and up. Haddon wrote with very simple language but because he wrote it in the style of the book's protagonist, Christopher, the sentences seem detached and almost monotone, which makes it harder to read. I think the content about Christopher's disorder and the secrets that his father kept from him may be difficult for younger readers to understand as well.

Heejeong, 18

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Along Came a Spider 

by James Patterson
08/10/2017 Categories: kidnapping mystery older teens suspense

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After the kidnapping of a young girl, detective Alex Cross undertakes the task of finding her. During his investigation, he comes across the murders of a family as well as a school-teacher. Ultimately, he connects all of these crimes to one psychopath who he must catch before time runs out.

I'm a sucker for mystery books and it had such a thrilling plot. I tried to work out the mystery while reading just like Detective Cross. The book made me very suspicious of pretty much everyone in the book except for the narrator because it's in his perspective, but Patterson placed a few plot twists that was surprising. However, those plot twists were what got me hooked to the book.

This book is a mystery novel, so naturally, I would recommend it people who like reading mystery. However, I don't think it should be just limited to mystery enthusiasts. Even though in the beginning, Patterson doesn't give away the criminal, the last half of the book is focused on catching the killer and finding his motive.

Heejeong, 18

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The Miniaturist 

by Jessie Butron
07/13/2017 Categories: historical horror mystery

The Miniaturist takes place in 1600's Amsterdam and describes the story of Nella Oortman. Nella, at eighteen years old, marries a distant, yet wealthy merchant trader named Johannes. Johannes gifts Nella a miniature replica of their home. To fully complete the small house, Nella enlists the help of a local miniaturist. However, the miniaturist continues to send Nella packages of figurines that mimic the family and their secrets in sinister ways. The miniaturist, it seems, is the only person to see the oncoming hazards and the perilous fate of the family.

This book was very enjoyable and I liked it very much. It perfectly reflected the sorrow and mystery that life can bring. The author perfectly captured the sullen mood of the story.

I would definitely recommend The Miniaturist to others, especially those that enjoy historical fiction. I encourage others to read it because of its raw emotion and tumultuous plot line.

Bethany, 15

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And Then There Were None 

by Agatha Christie
06/29/2017 Categories: movie murder mystery

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This suspenseful book is mainly about ten different people who each gets a letter from the mysterious Rogers, a couple who bought a house on Solider Island. When they arrive, they can't escape. . .

It was a fairly pleasant book. The author, Agatha Christie, is known as the Queen of Mystery. And Then There Were None is a murder and mystery story that grips your fingers on the edge of your seat. And in the end, the murderer reveals himself, explaining why he did what he did.

I would highly recommend this book to people who have a passion for mystery, and those who like the feeling of being freaked. With an old nursery rhyme counting down one by one. . . One by one, the guests begin to die.

Priscilla, 12

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Journey to Munich 

by Jacqeline Winspear
06/29/2017 Categories: detective stories mystery spies

This novel is about the mission of Maisie Dobbs, a British spy, to Munich on the eve of World War II. Maisie is assigned by the British Secret Service to travel to Munich in order to retrieve Leon Donat, a man crucial to the British war plans. Throughout the mission, Maisie must play the role of Donat's daughter, Edwina, as she was too sick to go herself. While in Munich, Maisie finds herself in more trouble than anticipated.

I really like this book because it kept me on the edge of my seat. I also enjoy historic books, especially the World War II genre. This book was extremely well-written. It was action-packed and mysterious.

I definitely recommend this book to others because it is so exciting. This story is ideal for those that enjoy action, adventure and history.

Bethany, 15

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When You Reach Me 

by Rebecca Stead
05/10/2017 Categories: mystery

When You Reach Me is about Miranda Sinclair, a girl in New York, who begins to receive strange notes. Those notes tell her to record future events and to write down the locations of her spare keys. As the book continues, there is three different storylines.

I liked this book because it has mystery and science fiction. It's always interesting to figure out who's behind everything with the protagonist. Also, I thought it was interesting that the author was inspired by a man suffering with amnesia and the book A Wrinkle in Time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. Also, if you like books that deal with the theme of friendship, give this one a chance!

Sandra, 16

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Fahrenheit 451 

by Ray Bradbury
04/20/2017 Categories: mystery older teens sci fi

Established in a dystopian society, books are outlawed and "firemen" are used to burn and eliminate these books in fear of knowledge and power among people. However, one fireman named Guy Montag uncovers the secrets of society's past and the origin of these book burnings which causes him to go deeper into the history of his society. As Montag discovers more and more secrets, he finds himself more in danger of losing his family, friendship, and his identity.

Fahrenheit 451 is a classic book that I believe everyone should read, because it signifies why reading is so important and it gives us this vision of what the future may be like if technology takes over our society and our world.

I would totally recommend this book to middle school and high school students, along with young adults. This book is more geared towards teens and young adults. I feel like they would enjoy it due to the interesting plot. 

Kirsten, 15

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Lifeguard 

by James Patterson & Andrew Gross
02/23/2017 Categories: murder mystery romance

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Lifeguard is fantastic mystery novel about a man named Ned Kelly and the woman he falls in love with. Ned Kelly, an average man, finds the girl of his dreams, but there is just one problem; she is rich. So when Ned gets offered $5 million dollars to break into a home, how could he refuse? Everything is going great until Ned realizes he's been setup. People have died, and his world is falling apart. This action packed book is about Ned trying to discover who would have set him up and why.

I really liked Lifeguard, because it is an interesting book and the end was a total surprise. This mysterious book will take you on an roller coaster with each passing chapter, and you will never see the end coming!

If you like action packed books with a pinch of romance, I would recommend Lifeguard. This book will make your jaw drop, and your mind wonder and wonder. 

Sara, 14

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Star Sand 

by Roger Pulvers
11/25/2016 Categories: historical japan mystery wwII

Hiromi, a sixteen-year-old Japanese American girl, lives on a small Japanese island during World War II. Hiromi, not knowing which side of the war to be on, finds a cave that conceals an American and a Japanese soldier who have both fled from the war. Neither able to communicate with one another, Hiromi decides to be their translator while also providing them with food. Hiromi wrote her story in her diary, which is later found in the twenty-first century. Not knowing what happened to the three, one college student travels to the island to answer the mystery of what happened to Hiromi.

Star Sand is an amazing book that shows humans as kind and loving individuals who look past the race of a person and see the good inside one another. It also has an air of mystery to it.

I would strongly recommend this book to those who like to read historical fiction and mysteries. This book will keep you sitting on the end of your seat.

Emily, 15

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The Light of the Fireflies 

by Paul Pen
11/24/2016 Categories: child abuse mystery suspense

This haunting tale is of a little boy and his family that remain unnamed throughout the story. The main character who is referred to as Boy lives with his parents, brother, sister, and grandmother in a basement which is locked from the inside. Everyone in his family except him are disfigured due to a fire before his birth leaving Sister doomed to wear a white mask to cover her burns. After the birth of his sister's baby everyone begins to act secretive and leaving Boy with the question of where it could have come from. Boy is given a secret mission by his sister to find a way out of the basement and escape their Father who she swears is the father of her child. Boy sets out to find who is the real monster in his family and save his little nephew from them all.

The Light of the Fireflies is a very attention grabbing story that shows the lengths a family would go to for the safety of their loved ones. I liked how none of the characters had names because it added a sense of mystery.

I would recommend this book to older teens who want to read about mystery, suspense, and slight child abuse.

Emily, 15

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Murder List 

by Julie Garwood
08/05/2016 Categories: action murder mystery

In Murder List, Regan Madison, a famous philanthropist, becomes the target of a serial killer. As more and more bodies are found, and Regan receives notes from the killer, she begins to feel responsible for their deaths. With the help of Detective Alec Buchanan, Regan tries to figure out who would do this to her, and why.

I liked Murder List because there were so many suspects that kept you guessing who the perpetrator was. Though the language might not always have been realistic, the plot line always was.

I would recommend Murder List to fans of mystery and romance books. Murder List would be a good read for fans who like to stay up late trying to solve the book's mystery.

Amanda, 16

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All In 

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
07/26/2016 Categories: action detective stories murder mystery

All In is a continuation of the Naturals series, where five teenagers with exceptional abilities work together to solve FBI cases. In this book, Cassie and the Naturals are working a serial murder case, and stumble upon a cult that may hold the answers to Cassie's mother's disappearance.

I like All In because the mystery was exciting and had several unexpected plot twists. All In's mystery is believable and an awesome addition to the YA mystery collection.

I would recommend All In to fans of CSI type movies, books, etc. And since there is an element of a love triangle in the Naturals series, fans of the Hunger Games might enjoy this book as well.

Amanda, 16

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