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The Last Cavalier by Alexander Dumas[br] Hector has a rough life. His father and two brothers have died for their country. And his mother died for grief of his father. Hector was engaged to the lovely Claire, but disappeared suddenly before the signing of the marriage contract. Great writing. A little slow.  Eagle Point Library

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This is a biography on Louie Zampalini. Going through the trials of war and starvation and prison camp – it is an amazing history. Plus Laura Hillenbrand is an exceptionally good author. Wonderful writing, great and inspiring story.  Eagle Point Library

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book was about a girl who committed suicide and left 13 tapes of “reasons why” she did it to those who affected her life/suicide. It taught me a lot about how little things can affect a person’s life. I didn’t like how the narrator didn’t do anything wrong and it tortured him.  Eagle Point Library

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
This book was about a girl who was trying to find herself within a small town. I loved this book because it reminded me that I can get out of my small town and make something of myself.  Eagle Point Library

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Pearl Maiden by H. Rider Haggard
A poignant, remarkable tale of a Christian girl in the days of the Roman conquest of Judea, and of her lover, the Roman Centurion Marcus. It tells of the Roman siege of Jerusalem, Miriam’s imprisonment among the Romans, and ends with an unexpected and delightful ending to what appears to be a tragic tale. I liked the history of Israel and Rome, as well as Miriam’s inspiring faith.  Jacksonville Libraryy

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North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson
This is book two in the Wingfeather Saga. Its writer is a magician with words and uses them to create a fanciful world of danger, suspense, and surprise that you could almost believe is real. I like the style in which this book was written.  Jacksonville Library

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Beta by Rachel Cohn
One of the first books I’ve read about clones, this book is a beautiful tale of wishes and freedom. It is set in what seems to be paradise, but only for the elite. I enjoyed reading a book that wasn’t a normal sci-fi. It was a little too romantic for me, but it’s a good book.  Rogue River Library

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The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
I loved this book. The plot was cleverly written and full of surprises. It kept the suspense and was very well-written. I like how Percy and Annabeth’s relationship really starts to form and grow.  Eagle Point 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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