Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk

July 15, 2015

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There’s one thing Guy Langman does really well- nothing. And he likes it that way. His friend Anoop then asks him to join forensics club, and he thinks, “why not?” But when he and Anoop show up at a fake crime scene, they find a real dead body and freak out. Guy and Anoop then are trying to solve the murder along with diving into Guy’s deceased father’s past and trying to get back a sunken treasure that was stolen.

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Book Review: The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

July 13, 2015


Review by Megan, grade 7

Since it’s summertime, why not read some classic favorites and revisit the Nancy Drew series, which are full of intriguing adventure!

Nancy Drew and her cousins are sent out to discover the mystery behind the phantom horse at their Aunt and Uncle’s ranch house. In addition to unlocking the secrets of the phantom horse, Nancy has an additional challenge when a young lady named Alice asks Nancy to find her father, who recently went missing. I think this book is appropriate for older elementary and middle school students. If you like the first four books in the Nancy Drew series then you will love this one.

You can find this book at Wake County Libraries!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

July 8, 2015

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Code Name Verity is a historical fiction novel about two allied pilots in World War II, Verity and Maddie. While flying over enemy territory, their planes are shot down. Throughout half the book, you listen to Verity confess to the enemy about her past. In the second part of the book, you read about Maddie and what she goes through as she fights to free Verity.

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Book Review : Panic by Lauren Oliver

July 6, 2015

Reviewed by Tiernan, grade 9


Review by Tiernan, grade 9

Panic is a teen novel set in a small town stuck in its ways. Everything in the town happens like clockwork, day in and day out. One such thing is a competition called the Panic undertaken by the local graduating seniors each summer. The winner undergoes many tests and tasks and is given a cash prize that will change their life.

In the book, protagonists Heather and Dodge both compete in the Panic to earn money to support their families. Like many others in the book, they seek the purse at the end and go in believing they will do anything and everything necessary to achieve this goal. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: The Roar by Emma Clayton

July 3, 2015


Review by Jeffery, Grade 7

Full of Action and Suspense, The Roar by Emma Clayton is a superb book and is sure to astound you. The Roar is a teen novel about a vicious and horrible plague called The Animal Plague in which humans on the Earth believe that animals are to be avoided at all costs. Placed in alternate side of the world called the Wall, Mika believes there is more than just water behind the wall and frantically searches for the truth about his little sister and the society he lives in.

The Roar keeps you interested by making you analyze the character’s thoughts. The unique plot gives the story an edge and a twist like no other. This book is a good fit for 12 years old and up, due to mature themes and language. Request this from book from Wake County Libraries.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

July 1, 2015

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It’s been one year since it happened- when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in a swimming accident. After shutting out everyone but her family and three best friends, Paige has decided to rejoin the world, and she’s armed with a plan. 1) Date a boy: her old crush Ryan Chase is a perfect choice; 2) Attend parties: with friends like hers, this should be easy; 3) Join a club: It’s high school, so this is easy; 4) Travel: hey, a girl can dream; and 5) Swim: terrifying, but possible, right? She has her plan mapped out, but Ryan’s nerdy cousin max moves to town and recruits her for Quiz Bowl. This throws her plans for a loop, and she has very little time to get back on track.

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The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

June 29, 2015


Review by Jessica, grade 9

In The Dead and Buried, Jade and her family have just moved into their dream home. Their dream home may hold a dark side. Jade’s brother begins noticing that items are moving by themselves and there is an evil presence in the shadows. As the disturbances continue, she comes to realize that the girl who ruled the school that she now attends and died there is now seeking vengeance upon those who are responsible for her death. As Jade starts to put the pieces together, she realizes her own life is at risk.

This mystery/ horror book takes many different and unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book immediately grabs your attention with the tone and building action. This book is recommended for people 12-15 because of some mature situations that happen in the book.

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