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Author: Varian Johnson

Recommended by the CCBC, I found this book fast paced, clever, and suspenseful. Jackson Greene comes from a line of heisters (is that a word?!) and he decides to pull a heist for the benefit of his friend Gaby who he really likes. Gaby is running for class president in the middle school but her competition, bad guy Keith, seems to have it already all wrapped with the help of unsavory Dr. Kelsey who is the principal. Jackson gathers a group of talent around him to assure Gaby's win. Just when you think you know what is actually happening things get switched up. As the reader you feel double and maybe even triple crossed yourself! Generally, you might not want to support lies and tricks and subterfuge. But for this Robin Hood like figure? Oh, yeah, you want him to win, win, win with that brilliant mind of his. Another book is set to follow. I look forward to it.

*Also, I must note that "The Greene Code of Conduct", although particularly worded for this heisting family, includes some philosophies that work for general living!

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Author: Debra Moffitt

In the previous book the principal shut down the PLS or Pink Locker Society which was a group made up of four girls (Bet, Jemma, Piper, and Kate) that secretly helps other girls with "girl problems." But Kate, Jemma and Piper restart PLS (Bet is busy hosting a school show called, "You Bet.") They have there meetings in a dark basement instead of the fancy office they had used before. They meet to answer the questions of other girls, but other things are on their mind as well, the Backwards Dance is coming up! As soon as Jemma finally gets enough courage to ask her longtime crush, Forrest, Piper had already asked him. But after the dance, Piper and Forrest decide they don't actually like each other. So then Jemma has Forrest and his family over to eat dinner at her house and she is so happy. Then Forrest admits that he wants to take a break from girls so he came up with the idea to get a fake girlfriend ( a friend that's a girl, but not going out with or anything). Jemma has high hopes she will be picked, but it never says so in the book if she is picked or not.

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Author: Jeff Kinney

Its funny, fun and worth reading,5 out of 5 stars If you like all the other books you'll love the this one too. It is my favorite book so far out of the Series. Its worth reading.Greg's dad wants him to change and toughen up,his dad wans him in sports and other events but greg dosnt want to.Read the book I know you'll love it

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Author: Jeff Kinney

I think it is worth 5 out of 5 stars It was funny and almost better then the first book.I love books that I can relate to the characters just like in this book.Almost every middle school kid can relate to the characters in this book, almost everything that happens in this book happens to middle school kids with older brothers or sisters. If you liked the first book you'll like the second book.

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Author: Jeff Kinney

I think That it is worth 5 stars because it was fun and i could relate to the characters. At first I thought it was more of a book guys read because they were the only ones reading it at my school, but then I checked a copy out and thought that it was really good So then I read on and felt that it was one of my new favorite books.So its a book that everyone will love.

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Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio

August Pullman is a ten year old boy with a rare facial deformity. He has never been to school due to all of his surgical procedures, and now his mother wants to enroll him at Beecher Prep School as a fifth grader; his father is worried that Auggie will be a "lamb to the slaughter." Auggie decides to give school a try, and that's where the adventure begins. The book has great depth as it gives a voice not only to Auggie who just wants to be a normal kid despite his "abnormal" face, but also his parents, his older sister, and some of Auggie's classmates.

You will root for Auggie as he deals with unkind reactions and bullies, and you will easily put yourself in the place of all the characters. You will become a huge fan of August Pullman! Wonder is very uplifting, realistic, and well-written. My 17 and 14 year old daughters read this book and both declared it one of the best books they have ever read, and I would rank it highly, too. Wonder is highly recommended for kids ages 9 and up--great for middle school age yet even high schoolers will find it a thought-provoking book. This will definitely be a book I will be recommending to patrons.

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Author: Anne Ursu

I literally finished this book two minutes ago. So memories are still fresh. "The Shadow Thieves" is (after Percy Jackson) the next take on Greek Mythology in the modern world. But it is definitely NOT a take off. In fact, "The Shadow Thieves" is a very different book than "The Lightning Thief", even though they seem to be extremely similar...

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Author: Marie Rutkoski

The second installment of The Kronos Chronicles is as gripping and heartfelt as the first tale of mystery, magic, and thievery. After stealing her father's eyes back from Prince Rudolpho's Cabinet of Wonders, neither Petra Kronos nor her family or friends are safe from the Prince's wrath. Fortunately (or unfortunately) the mental link between John Dee and Petra saves her from the Prince's minions, but keeps her locked up in London until she can solve the mystery behind two deaths in Queen Elizabeth's cabinet. Petra must learn to harness her magical powers to free her of Dee's supervision so she can rescue her father from the Prince's imprisonment.

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Author: Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy kid is a book that over-all I would recommend to a friend. Gregory has a older teen-age brother named Rodrick and a younger brother aged 2 and named Manny. His parents get Greg into trouble but they treat Manny like a prince. Manny once scribbled on Greg's door and didn't get in trouble. It seemed sort of awkward. Rodrick also saved and image of a woman in a bikini lying on top of a car. Manny picked it up and brought it to show-and-tell in pre-school. I found that amusing, but Rodrick's punishment for that image was not very punishing in my mind. In the book he has a friend named Rowley whose dad is totally anti-violent.

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Author: Gennifer Choldenko

This young adult title is about Kirsten who is trying to cope with the traumas of high school cliques and the trauma at home of a possible impending divorce. Under all this stress, she is experiencing an eating disorder. You are rooting for her to sort it all out, which she does. A new friend, Walker, turns out to be something much more. I liked the structure of the chapters being written back and forth between Kirsten and Walk.