Teen Summer Reading Raffle Winners!

A big thank you to all who participated in the Teen Summer Reading program this year!  Some branches have raffle winners already!  Here are the Kindle winners so far:

Melissa at the Healdsburg Branch


Scott at the Northwest Branch


Natalie at the Guerneville Branch


Congratulations to our winners!



Teen Book Review

Review by Caroline, Northwest Branch

Count Karlstein by Phillip Pullman


     Two girls find they are at the danger of being devoured by the horrifying demon Zamiel. It's up to their friends and whoever will believe them to make sure that Zamiel doesn't touch the girls. But the evil Count Karlstein's plot may be too much for this ragtag team.
     I admire the author for being able to tell a story from different perspectives, without being confusing. Not to mention it still being a marvelous, creative novel.
     I recommend Count Karlstein to people who like books about people. Because most of all this book is about how the people develop both the mental and physical strength to save lives. Fantasy lovers will fall in love with this novel, too.

Teen Book Review

Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch

The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


     Although his uncle had been labeled as disrespectful by some, Frodo has led a quiet and uneventful life as a good hobbit should, in the Shire. When his uncle leaves and gives all of his belongings to Frodo, the great wizard Gandalf tells Frodo the story of a simple object that Frodo now has: the ring. Endangered, Frodo travels to Rivendell to discuss what should be done with the ring. There, the fellowship, consisting of men, elves, dwarves, and hobbits; forms.
     Although this book was slow and took awhile to read, I ended up loving it. The depth the story is told with, the social commentary, the fantasy aspect was absolutely amazing. In my opinion, this book is much more enjoyable read slowly to fully understand and think about the story and the concepts. One of the few books where I saw the movie first, I was not disappointed. While they are different in many ways, I prefered the book, but still believe Peter Jackson did it justice.


Teen Book Review

Review by Nayo, Rohnert Park Branch

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


     August Pullman has never gone to school due to his "deformed" face.  Now he decides to enter a school.  It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

     I picked it up because it was a recommendation.

     I finished it because the author changed point of views, changed emotion, and wrapped the ending up beautifully.

     I'd recommend it to people with low self-esteem.

Rated: 5 stars

Teen Book Review

Review by Matt, Rohnert Park Branch

The Help by Kathryn Stockett


     Three people try to make a difference about the colored help in Mississippi.

     I picked it up because I had seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.

     I finished it because it was funny and dramatic.

     I'd recommend it to everyone.

Rated: 5 stars

Teen Book Review

Review by Casey, Rohnert Park Branch

Rotten by Michael Northrop


     A 16-year-old boy comes here from his aunt's house towards the end of summer.  He finds his Mom got a new dog.  Now he has to learn how to get along with this new dog.

     I picked it up because this book seemed like it might be neat to read.

     I finished it because this book was a real page-turner.

     I'd recommend it to any typical teenage boy.

Rated: 3 stars

Teen Book Review

Review by Natalie, Guerneville Branch

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

alchemyst  magician  sorceress  necromancer  warlock  enchantress

#1 The Alchemyst

#2 The Magician

#3 The Sorceress

#4 The Necromancer

#5 The Warlock

#6 The Enchantress

     The Alchemyst: The first book in a six book series about telling the future, time-travel, and magic.

     I picked it up because my friend recommended the series.

     I finished it because I got so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't put it down.

     I'd recommend it to 12 - 15 year-olds who love magic and adventure.

Rated: 5 stars

     The Enchantress: The final battle for Earth and the legendary Island of Danu Talis takes place in San Francisco.

     I picked it up because one of my friends loved the series.

     I finished it because it was the last book of the series and it was so hard to put down!

     I'd recommend it to 12 - 15 year-olds who love action and adventure.

Rated: 4 and a half stars

Teen Book Review

Review by Maccie, Rohnert Park Branch

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
by Maryrose Wood

#1 The Mysterious Howling
#2 The Hidden Gallery
#3 The Unseen Guest

mysterious howling  hidden gallery  unseen guest

     Penelope begins tutoring three kids who were raised by wolves.

     I picked it up because a librarian suggested it.

     I had to find out who was behind the ruined Christmas ball.

     I'd recommend it to Luke, my brother.

Rated: 5 stars


Teen Book Review

Review by Zoe, Rohnert Park Branch

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

hunger games     catching fire     mockingjay

#1 The Hunger Games

#2 Catching Fire

#3 Mockingjay

     The Hunger Games: In a post-apocolyptic world, teen Katniss Everdeen is forced into an annual televised fight to the death.

     I picked it up because I figured I would read it before I saw the movie.  My Stepmom recommended the series.

     I finished it because it was a phenomenal page turner.  Once you start, you can't stop.

     I'd recommend it to ages 13+.  Definately for the sci-fi/ romance/ thriller book lover.

Rated: 5 stars

Teen Book Review

Review by Natalie, Rohnert Park Branch

How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr


     Jill's father died several months ago and her mother decides to adopt the baby of a fascinating teenager named Mandy.

     I picked it up because the title is the same as a song I like, How To Save A Life by The Fray.

     I finished it because it was an interesting plot and I loved the writing style.  I wanted to see what happened next.

     I'd recommend it to teens who want the sort of story that isn't filled with adventure but just gives you a good feeling afterwards.

Rated: 5 stars