Teen Summer Reading

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Book Reviews

Plague by Michael Grant[br]The adults disappear from the City and there’s no way out and a terrible disease is going around and killing 50% of the kid population. When Sam Temple can’t take it, he runs, but will he come back and save the day? Well, I didn’t like the part where Sam ran away.  Eagle Point Library

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The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
Riordan knows just how to mix humor, grief, and suspense to perfection. It was filled with awesome scenes and no space was wasted on useless blathering. I like how Percy and Annabeth always get jealous over the smallest things. It’s quite funny.  Eagle Point Library

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Shadow in the Dark by Antony Barone Kolenc
This is a story about a boy who lives in a medieval village when the village is attacked by evil bandits. The young boy is injured and loses his memory and he wakes and finds himself in a monastery. The monks name him Xan-short for Alexander. This book is full of mystery, danger, and adventure.  Rogue River Library

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is about Bilbo Baggins who goes on an adventure with 13 dwarves and a wizard to reclaim the dwarves gold from Smaug the dragon. Bilbo encounters many dangers such as goblins, wolves, spiders, trolls, and foul creatures. They also meet many friends such as elves, eagles, and a bear-like man. I liked it because it had no romance!  Rogue River Library

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

When a group of boys crash land on an uninhabited island, the fight of being good is harder than they thought. Human nature will take its toll. I liked the intense suspense. Rogue River Library

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The Mark of Athena Rick Riordan

When Percy saw the Argo II come, he was amazed it was manned by his girlfriend Annabeth. Now they must forfeit the prophecy to defeat the giants. I like the action that takes place.  Rogue River Library

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Half Bad by Sally Green
This is a story about a boy who’s stuck between two worlds – the White Witches and Black Witches. During this book, Nathan must find out who he can and cannot trust, he must also discover if he is good or bad…or maybe he’s just somewhere in between.  Applegate Library

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Saba, the heroine of the story, lives in a post-apocalyptic world. When Lugh, Saba’s twin brother, is taken by a group of mysterious men on horseback her whole world changes. Saba sets out to find her brother…but maybe that’s not all she’ll find. Though I have never seen a book without quotation marks, I kind of like it.  Applegate Library

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
This book was really good. It continued on from the previous series perfectly and was very well-written. I both like and dislike how the point of view switches between characters throughout the book.  Eagle Point Library

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I’m Out of My Body…Please Leave a Message by Dan Greenburg
Zack’s friend Spencer came over for a sleepover with a book called Travel for Beginners. Spencer asked if Zack ever wanted to be out of his body…so they tried. They said some words and bang – they were out. But by the end of the night they don’t know how to get back in. I liked the ending.  Eagle Point Library

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Graphic Novel Reviews

Red River by Chie Shinoheira
Yuri soon finds herself transported into a whole other world, that of which she found herself slipping through a puddle of water. In this new world she is to bea human sacrifice. I like the drawings. Although they are very different compared to Akimine Kamijyos Samurai Deeper. Medford Library

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons by Akira Himekawa
Young farm boy Link was born with the mark of the triforce on his left hand. This is interpreted by his grandfather as a sign for him to become a knight, but Link has other ideas and sets off on an adventure. Later he meets the Oracle of Seasons and must rescue her from the evil General Onox. The plot was very exciting and surprising. Eagle Point Library

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Akira Himekawa
Link sets off on a quest to defeat the traitorous Agahnim and rescue Princess Zelda. But on the way he discovers that this adventure might lead him to his parents. Very accurate to the game and just as exciting. Eagle Point Library

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Ranma ½ Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
In this story a young 17-year-old boy Ranma is about to be wed to 16-year-old Akane Tendo (who hates boys). But there is one thing complicating Ranma’s life. Thanks to a cursed spring, now whenever he is doused with cold water he becomes a she. The uniqueness of the story is undeniably wonderful. Eagle Point Library

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My Cat Loki #1 by Bettina Kurkoski
Ameya is an artist in a little town called Cattail Grove. He found a cat named Loki when he was running, because of an agent. Loki is a big ball of mischief, so much that something terrible happens to Ameya. I liked that Ameya looks at all cats like people with ears and a tail.  Rogue River Library

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 Programs

Create a Riot of Color
On July 23, I took my cousin to a “Riot of Colors.” They told the kids about the 2014 Summer Reading Program, where the kids did arts and crafts, learned about wool, and made friends. So I thought this class was good for the kids. I liked how the kids enjoyed having fun and learning about wool.
Medford Library

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Create a Riot of Color

We talked about different books and then learned about wool and how to make bracelets and balls with wool. Then we started. I made a ball. I liked putting a ribbon and bead on my ball.
Rogue River Library

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Ender’s Game
An amazingly clever movie that I thoroughly enjoyed! A great choice for one of the first movies shown at the library. I liked that it was really clever and funny.  Medford Library

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African Drumming with Laura Rich
We learned some beats, then a story, then some more beats. After that we did another story and then a story with beats. I like the sound of the drums.  Rogue River Library

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Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags
Kids and adults made their own book bags using cups, sharpies, and rubbing alcohol. AWESOME!!! It was really easy and the finished product was pretty, no matter how many mistakes I made.  Medford Library

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Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags
This was a really fun program. You get a cup and a rubber band and a book bag. Then you create your own cool design. All the people there were really nice and helpful. I liked that you are able to do at home also.  Medford Library

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