The Eighth Guardian

From Shaquille Kampta

Title:  The Eighth Guardian 

Author:  Meredith McCardle

It’s Testing Day at Peel Academy and Amanda Oberman is just a junior.  This test decides whether you join the CIA or not.  It has been a while since a junior past the test and graduated. Amanda is expecting to not past the test and to her surprise, she passes.  However, she is pulled out of Peel Academy and asked to join the Annum Guard- a mysterious government society. By joining this society, Amanda could lose everything she loves. She joins the society and she realizes that it is not what it seems. It turns out that her father worked for the same organization, but he was killed by one of his fellow agents. The man in charge of the Annum Guard kept this secret from Amanda. This led Amanda to believe that Alpha-the man in charge- was a government agent who wanted to keep the organization out of order. However, he was also a corrupt man.  With this information, Amanda is able to take down Alpha and his evil allies.

A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Diana Gabaldon
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows
What happened to Jerry Mackenzie and his wife, Marjorie who were mentioned in Gabaldon’s novel “An Echo in the Bone”?  We know that their son Roger Mackenzie is an orphan but his parent’s demise was never explained.  This novella tells their story.  Jerry Mackenzie was recruited to spy on the Germans by taking aerial photographs in Poland.  While on a training exercise to test this new technology, he crashes in Northumbria but his body was never found. His widow, Marjorie, was killed in the London blitz but before she dies she sees Jerry again. This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle.

No Time Left

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  David Baldacci
No Time Left
Frank Becker is just your average guy. He blends into the crowd, you don’t even notice him. The only remarkable thing about him is that he is very good at his job. He is a professional hit man. No questions asked, no remorse, he just kills his target and collects his payment. So when an old man hires him to kill a young woman,  he boards a train, stabs her to death, and disappears in a very permanent way…You know what is going to happen, Baldacci gives you definite clues, but the ending still makes you think. This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle

A Breath of Snow & Ashes

From Theresa Gustafson
author: Gabaldon,Diana
A Breath of Snow & Ashes
 This is Gabaldon’s sixth book in her Outlander series.  Each book has an average of  900 or more pages, but as you read her very descriptive novel you can’t put it down and want to find out what happens next.  This is a realistic fiction about a time traveler, Claire who lives in the l960’s, who goes back in time.   She meets and marries,  Jamie Fraser, a Scottish highlander in the 1700’s.  It is a wonderful love story as well as a historical novel.  I recommend this series.


From Wendi, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Shiga, Jason
The book “Meanwhile” by Jason Shiga was really fun to read.  It’s kind of like a comic book and a maze you follow.  You can read it over and over as you follow the different paths of the maze.  The book starts out in an ice cream shop and you decide if the boy should order vanilla or chocolate.  This is where the adventure begins.  It is very creative and interesting.  You unlock secrets with codes you find.  You can read this book over and over and never get bored.  Everyone should take this book out and enjoy it!

Twilight Zone: Walking Distance

From Carson, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Kneece, Mark
Twilight Zone: Walking Distance
The graphic novel The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance is about a man named Martin Sloan who wants to take a break from his busy schedule he has to deal with everyday. So he decides to drive further away from where he usually goes, somewhere up the road, looking for sanity. Then he sees Homewood up ahead. Martin grew up in Homewood and is surprised to see it coming up ahead in two miles. Thrilled with excitement, Martin drives up to Homewood and goes into an ice cream store.
Martin realizes once in the ice cream store how nothing has changed at all since he was a kid and used to go to the ice cream store. And when Martin orders three scoops of ice creams, the guy only says it will be a dime for the three scoops. This confuses Martin. Martin gets more confused. When he looks around his old neighborhood, he recalls how all the house look just as he had remembered them. Then Martin races to his old house. His own dad opens the door. Then the mom comes by the door. His parents don’t remember him.

I would recommend this book to people who like reading science fiction books and people who like books that you have to sit down and think about after reading.


From Cindy, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Shinn, Sharon
The novel, Gateway, by Sharon Shinn is an amazing novel to read and I highly recommend it. For a science fiction/fantasy book, it was really good, even for someone who usually enjoys realistic fiction books as opposed to fantasies.

The novel is about a girl, named Daiyu who is transported to another world, called Jia, which is ruled by the evil prime minister, Chenglei. She was sent there on a mission to send Chenglei, a servant of the God who created his iteration(world) and became evil, back to his original world. The majority of the book talks about her training for the plan she intends to carry out, all the while adding in bits of suspense,romance, and action. It’s a book that had an equal amount of drama and action, and the ending just adds a nice touch. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. It was truly a great read.

Going Bovine

From Rosalia Millan
author: Bray, Libba
Going Bovine
Cameron Smith is a sixteen year old focused on being a slacker, and doing as little as possible.  There is nothing really wrong with his home life, he just feels overlooked and has decided to exploit that for all it’s worth. Everything changes when he contracts Creutzfeldt-Jacob or “Mad Cow” Disease and Dulcie, a punk rock angel, tells him that if he finds Dr.X he can be cured and he can save the world.

This book has a really great road trip adventure story that focuses on the importance of living life, without being overly heavy and trying to beat the reader over the head with a message.  The author makes sure that Cameron gets a chance to experience everything, the good and the bad, without dwelling on Cameron’s disease. The adventure that Cameron and Gonzo go on is all about parallel dimensions and possible time travel, but the reader isn’t bombarded with a bunch of technical science terminology so that even those that are not really into science fiction can enjoy this work.  I completely understand why this book was selected as this year’s Printz Award winner.  It’s an entertaining adventure story with a lot of depth to it.

Changes : a novel of the Dresden files

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Butcher, Jim
Changes : a novel of the Dresden files
Being the 12th book in the Dresden Files series, we have seen Harry fight demons, vampires, ogres, rogue wizards, werewolves and other nefarious creatures to help others and save the world but now he must face his past.  In his latest case he must save the daughter, he never knew he had, from an old enemy.  Harry, the wisecracking wizard investigator, becomes a darker character filled with somber desperation facing a no win situation.  The Dresden Files (from first to last):  Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, Turn Coat and Changes.

Time Traveler’s Wife

From Gina Scaglione:

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger was amazing:) I had been warned that it started slowly, and my friend was correct about that. However, I promise that if you persevere through the first few chapters it will be well worth it. As a matter-of-fact, it gets better and better. By the end, I was in tears and once again, dreaming about my friends from the latest book.