Teen Summer Reading

Featured Teen Reviews

Book Reviews

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A man tries to separate the evil from the good of human nature with disastrous results. He succeeds at first, but slowly the evil begins to take over. A very compelling story that makes you stop and think about things. Eagle Point Library

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Emma by Jane Austen
Emma is the resident matchmaker of a small town. There are two problems with this, however. One, she can’t find a match for herself and, two, none of the matches she comes up with work out. It’s funny and moving in turns. Also excellently written.  Eagle Point Library

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
I think Jeff Kinney did a great job in all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It’s great and creative for all kids and others to enjoy. Good job, Jeff! I like the detail and enjoy the creativity.  Rogue River Library

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Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Penelope wakes up one day and the world has ended. Between global warming and mutated giants, the Earth she once knew is gone and so is her family. She sets out to find her mother and brother and on the way, she meets people that become part of her survival group. I love how Block added LGBT to her own, much more exciting, version of Homer’s OdysseyRogue River Library

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Rascal by Sterling North
This book is about an 11-year-old boy who captures a baby raccoon and raises it to adulthood. When the raccoon is grown, he has to let it go because it was getting into trouble. I enjoyed reading about Rascal when he was a baby.  Rogue River Library

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The 4-Hour Work Week by Timmothy Ferris
In the book the author writes about the 20/80 way of doing things. He claims with organizing your work and life after this, one has more free time to do things one enjoys and likes and to be more effective in the job and in life. I liked that it gave specific ways and examples to follow his method.  Phoenix Library

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Dating, Is it Worth the Risk? by Reb Bradley
This book is written for parents who have doubts about dating. Is it worth it? Reb explains what is wrong with dating using charts and shows you why courting is biblical and safe and better then the risks of dating. It is a little dry and hard to focus on.  Eagle Point Library

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More Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz
This book has the scary stories I have heard my entire life. This will give you chills and fear as you read it. If you think you’re brave to read the book, go ahead. When I read the book I got chills and nightmares. I liked how the book was scary.  Phoenix Library

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The Protector by Dee Henderson
Firefighter Jack O’Malley is fearless when facing a fire, but somebody is targeting him as an arsonist. And he is putting his men and woman he loves at risk. Cassie’s faith in Christ changes Jack’s heart. The characters are amazing! Very well written.  Eagle Point Library

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Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
This deals with the problem of predestination and shows how it’s not a problem at all. It fits with scripture and is a very comforting thought. It was very easy to understand.  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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