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Adams, Will The Alexander Cipher This book is about an Egyptologist, Daniel Knox. He and a friend named Ricky are searching for Alexander the Great's final resting place. However, they both encounter many troubles and obstacles along the way. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading about egyptian history. Ingrid Rumbaugh 
Black, Baxter Cactus Tracks and Cowboy Philosophy Cactus Tracks & Cowboy Philosophy is an anthology compiled with short and true stories about Baxters' friends and experiences of his own, and Baxters' own poetry. This book is funny, and does make fun of some topics/people, but not in a bad way. Anyone who likes to read funny and true stories, and also like poetry, should read this book. Cheyenne Miller 
Brashares, Ann Three Willows I loved this book! It was about three best friends that become a little distant during the summer, but of course came together at the end. It was an easy read. It didn't take long to get to know the characters and get into the plot. I've read other books by Ann Brashares and I've enjoyed them, so I would go and read this book, :) Kaylee Grindrod 
Brian, Kate The Virginity Club this book is about how a group of friends are trying to win a scholarship, (treemont scholarship), and one of the main requirements is you must be a virgin. But some people that are trying to win this scholarship aren't completely honest about being a virgin. this book is something i would mostly recommend for girls, becuase it has a lot of drama, relationships, and frinedships. overall i think this book is a really good book to read Cheyenne Miller 
Brown, Dan The Lost Symbol Robert Langdon is thrown into a wild goose chase, after his friend Peter Solomon is abducted by a man, who begins making insane demands. The reality of the situation is made obvious after Soloman's severed hand is discovered in the capital, tattooed to appear as the hand of mystery. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Dan Brown's other books, or likes symbolism or history. Daryl Griffiths 
Cabot, Meg Airhead This is actually apart of a series. I loved this book. It is a fantasy book, but it seems like it could happen. Em Watts a smart girl gets hit by a big tv just as super star Nikki Howard does and in order to save Nikki's career, doctors put Em's brain in Nikki's body, saving Em and Nikki's career. Its a crazy book, but its really good.  Kaylee Grindrod 
Carmichael, Chris The Ultimate Ride: Get Fit, Get Fast, and Start Winning with the World's Top Cycling Coach This non-fiction book is awesome for anyone interested in riding bicycle competitively. Carmichael is the same coach that trains lance armstrong and tells you exactly how he trains him and what his training schedule is. He also tells you that his schedule will not work for you because you need your own specialized schedule. Luckily he also takes you through a process to create your own effective workouts. Noah Jones 
Christopher, Paul Templar Throne This book is about a retired professor named John Holliday and a Nun called sister Meg. Together they search for treasure of the Templar Knights. They were sailors who used a Jacob's Staff which was a breakthrough in nautical instruments. This legendary instrument was supposedly developed in his time.  Ingrid Rumbaugh 
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident Artemis Fowl is a boy genius that is taking over his fathers criminal enterprise. Artemis enjoys playing mind games with people, especially anyone who wants to "help him with his mind" or the numerous people that want him dead. Artemis Fowl will take you on a wild ride through the criminal enterprises of both the human, and the fairy world. Noah Jones 
Collins, Suzanna The Hunger Games The Hunger Games is about a girl, Katniss, who volunteers to take her sister's place in the Hunger Games, since getting called to be in the Hunger Games is basically like a death sentence. There are 12 districts that go against each other with two representatives. All victors kill each other until there's one left. Peeta is the guy representative for Katniss's district and they must team up together and there's a small romance between them. Alena La 
Collins, Suzanne Catching Fire This is the second novel of The Hunger Games. Peeta and Katniss aren't speaking because Peeta actually thought Katniss was in love with him, but Haymitch wrecked it because he practically told Peeta, Katniss was just using him so they would both survive the Hunger Games. Just as the Hunger Games are coming around again, the Quarter Quell comes and that determines what special will happen at the Hunger Games every 25 years. Since this is the 75th one, it so happens that all the surviving victors of every district must go back into the games until the last one's standing. Alena La 
Collins, Suzanne Catching Fire This is the second novel to The Hunger Games and it is filled with intensity. Peeta and Katniss aren't speaking to each other because Peeta found out Katniss was using him to survive the Hunger Games. He really thought she was in love with him, but Haymitch basically told him that Katniss was just using him. Peeta then becomes friends with Katniss again just as the Hunger Games come around this time and because of the Quarter Quell, all of the chosen victors surviving must go back into the games and fight until the last one's standing, once again. Alena La 
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games The Hunger Games takes place in America after "the world ended". It is about a corrupt government that watches children and young adults kill each other for fun; these are called the Hunger Games. During the hunger games, representatives from areas called districts are called upon to fight each other.  Becca Wright 
Collins, Suzanne Mockingjay This is the third book of the trilogy The Hunger Games. It's filled with intensity as Katniss is the head of rebellion since her first action of rebelling against the Capitol. She is working with District 13, a supposedly destroyed district, but now that everyone knows it exists, 13 is trying to get all the districts to rebel against the Capitol. I highly recommend this book to anyone that like adventure and the first three books. Alena La 
Crichton, Michael Congo Congo is a science-fiction novel based on primate research in the Congo of Africa. The characters were a little flat and the plot was simple. However, to counter those, the writing was very good and I learned many real-life things from it (Native tribes and their cultures, zoology, etc). Becca Wright 
Cussler, Clive Medusa The story follows Joe Zavalla and Kurt Austin, two government agents, attempting find a lab that has been moved by terrorists, which contains research that may ultimately save the world. As they attempt to find the lab, they are confronted by the shrinking space of time, and by a triad funded by millionaires. If the lab isn't saved, a super flu may wipe out the world. Anyone who enjoys sci-fi, I recommend this book for you. Daryl Griffiths 
Dessen, Sarah Someone Like You Like most of Sarah Dessen's books, this one is about a teenage girl who is trying to make it through high school. When someone dies in a motorcycle accident, everyone is affected, especially Scarlett, the girlfriend and a best friend of Halley. Halley starts hanging out with a boy named Macon, and her mother does not approve of it. Not only does Halley have to deal with balancing school, her mom, and her new boyfriend, but she also just found out that Scarlett is pregnant with Michael's baby. The book shows that when someone is going through a hard time, they need a friend. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys teen fiction and/or Sarah Dessen! Brittany Born 
Dessen, Sarah Along for the Ride Auden is a girl who decides to spend the summer with her father before going to college. Along the way, she meets new friends and learns how 'hang out with them'. She also meets a boy names Eli who has many things in common with her, including insomnia. Because Eli and Auden don't sleep much at night, he decides to take her out almost everynight to a diner he enjoys. Many things happen during that summer; Auden learns from Eli how to ride a bike, and they both break open their shells to eachother and opens up a relationship. Brittany Born 
Gibbons, David The Tiger Warrior This book is about a marine archaeologist named Jack Howard and his team of scientists. They travel along the silk route and find a shipwreck off the coast of Egypt. Their discoveries lead Jack to mysteries of the ancient past and also to his own family history. Ingrid Rumbaugh 
Goldman, William The Princess Bride The Princess Bride is the novel in which the movie, the Princess Bride, is based off of. If you like the movie, then you'll love the book. The characters are very well written and the book gives much more insight to the movie and why things happened the way they did. The vocabulary was just right, save for made-up words, and all ages could read it.  Becca Wright 
Grant, Michael Hunger This is the second book after Gone and the plot is still the same, except now, kids are dying everywhere and there's hungry people everywhere. The kids are running out of food and because there are so many mutations, animals are harder to catch, but some people changed too. Caine is still trying to destroy is good twin brother Sam, and there's a rivalry until the end. I recommend this book to anyone who loves these kinds of books where there are disappearing kids and suspenseful moments. Alena La 
Gray, Claudia Evernight Evernight is about a teenage girl who goes to Evernight Academy. In a short time she meets Lucas, a handsome teen, who is thought to be a vampire. But is he really? After they fall for eachother, the book reveals many secrets of Evernight Academy! For anyone that enjoyed Twilight, I recommend this book! Brittany Born 
Grisham, John The Broker The CIA convinces the president to allow Joel Backman out of prison fourteen years early. They tell the president that he has secrets that may compromise the worlds most sophisicated satellite system and many countries want him dead because of it. The CIA flies Joel into Italy and sets him up under a new life. He is now Marco Lazzeri. He thinks he is being protected, but the CIA actually has a plan to reveal his hiding to other countries so that they can sit back and see who kills him first. Courtney White 
Hiassen, Carl Tourist Season An out-of-control naturalist starts murdering and kidnapping people that are cutting down the swamps and trees in Miami, Florida. This naturalist, named Skip Wiley, gathers a gang of people including a wanna-be terrorist who can't succeed in any of his terrorist attacks.  Ingrid Rumbaugh 
Hofmann, Alice Incantation Incantation takes place back in Spain during the witch trials. Estrella de Madrigal and her family is stuck in the middle of it, butg her and her friend, Catalina, are not worried. Neither of them or their families are Jew, until Estrella is told the truth about her family. After Catalina finds out about a secret love between Estrella and her cousin Andres, who is to be wed to Catalina herself, she does something that seperates Estrella and her family away from her and her family forever. Cheyenne Miller 
Myers, Walter Dean Scorpions 12 year old Jamal Hicks younger brother of Randy Hicks, who is now in jail is expected to take over his brothers gang the Scorpions. Jamal begins to feel the heat of being pulled back and forth between choosing to join the scorpions or not.Great book for people who want to diversify their ready a little. Daudi Paul 
Preston, Richard The Hot Zone I know whoever is taking Ag Science has to read this book, but I'd recommend those who aren't taking Ag to read this book as well. The Hot Zone is about a thread of virus' called Ebola and it's affects on society. Richard Preston does an excellent job of giving you details on the stages of this deadly virus. You will be disgusted at some points, scared at some points and i can almost guarantee you wont want to leave your house for a couple days after reading this book. If you want to read a thrilling story and you don't mind a little gore (or a lot), i suggest you pick it up at the library tomorrow. Alexis Shockey 
Reichs, Kathy Death Du Jour This book is of the mystery/crime scene genre. It is the first in the Temperance Brennan series. That writing can be a little dry at times, but for the most part, the vocabulary was just right and real-life scientific facts were accurate.  Rebecca Wright 
Riordan, Rick The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of another boarding school, but that is the least of his problems. Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be alive. But worse of all he angered a few and now Zeus's master bolt was stolen, and now Percy is the prime suspect because he is one of a god's child. Will Percy find the master bolt and the theif or will it be to late? Brandon Wagner 
Riordan, Rick The Sea of Monsters Percy Jackson's seventh grade year was pretty quiet with no monsters around. Then playing dodgeball a group of cannibal giants appear. How will Percy survive this death match? Then Annabeth brings bad news to Percy, that the magical borders of Camp Half-Blood has been poisoned by a mysterious enemy. Will Percy and his friends find a cure or will the only safe haven for demigods be destroyed? Brandon Wagner 
Riordan, Rick The Titan's Curse When Percy Jackson recives a call from Grover he prepares for battle. When Percy and his friends meet Grover discovered two half bloods whose parents are unknown. Also the Titan lord, Kronos set up a trap for Percy and his friends. Will they make out of this trap or will die because of it? Brandon Wagner 
Riordan, Rick The Battle of the Labyrinth In the fourth book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians time is running out as war between the Olympians and the Titans. Even the safe place of Camp Half Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos his army prepare to invade the camp. Now Percy and his friends must go in the Labyrinth and find Daedalus to help them save the camp. Will they convince him to help or will it be too late? Brandon Wagner 
Walley, Chris The Shadow and Night The story follows Merral D'Avanos, and his friend Vero. The year is 13851, and the universe is at peace, under the Assembly. Humanity has moved on to inhabit hundreds of planets, but the story takes place on Farlholme. After things start to go bad, it's up to Merral and Vero to save the day. Due to the books christian elements, some people may not enjoy it. But if you like science fiction, I recommend this book.  Daryl Griffiths 
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