Teen Book Review

Review by Caroline, Northwest Branch


The Never War by D.J. MacHale

         Bobby Pendragon has traveled to different worlds. He has been in their past, their present, their future. But he has never explored his own planet, Earth. In order to save the future of Earth, Bobby must stop the evil Saint Dane (not the dog) from destroying the past of our world.
        The Never War shares a description of the 1930s from a modern day teenager's point of view.  Not only does it adventure into the past, it explores into our future.
         It is an easy, light read, and told from a relatable point of view. Anyone would like it, but it was tailor-made for sci fi lovers.

If you think this is exciting, be sure to read the whole Pendragon series!
1merchantofdeath    2lostcityoffaar    3neverwar    4realitybug    5blackwater6riversofzadaa    7quillangames    8pilgrimsofrayne    9ravenrise    10soldiersofhalla

1. The Merchant of Death

2. The Lost City of Faar

3. The Never War

4. Reality Bug

5. Black Water

6. The Rivers of Zadaa

7. The Quillan Games

8. The Pilgrims of Rayne

9. Raven Rise

10. The Soldiers of Halla



Teen Summer Reading Raffle Winner

Moises won the Kindle in Windsor!


Congratulations Moises!



Do you Steampunk?

Everyone is invited to a series of events coming up at the Central library in Santa Rosa.       

Steampunkery Finale and costume contest: Saturday, 8/24 from 12:00 to 4:00.

Teen Book Review

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

The Restaurant At the End of the Universe
by Douglas Adams

Review by Caroline, Northwest Branch

        The sequel to Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is random, funny, and makes you wonder about whether it was a good idea to invent the universe. It is a quirky science fiction with a surplus of British humor. You will journey through the destruction of the universe, how humans really evolved, and the reason why the universe is so messed up.
        I love the author's twisted view on the universe, and his creativeness. Adams created an entire universe from imagination- that, is truly amazing. Restaurant at the End of the Universe explains the universe, what's in it, and everything you couldn't imagine in a matter-of-fact, if not confusing, way.
        This novel is a bit mature, and at times hard to understand. Therefore, I recommend it to advanced readers, 13+. This is a young adult book,so adults will be addicted, too. But read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, first!


Book Spotlight: I Hunt Killers

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga


     Jasper (Jazz) is the son of the worst serial killer that has ever been recorded, Billy Dent.  Unfortunately for him, his father raised him with all the knowledge that a serial killer needs – how to use any kind of weapon, how to select and lure a victim away, how to pick locks and insure privacy for committing torture and murder.  Jazz tries to prove to himself and society that he is just another normal teenager but he can’t get his father’s crimes out of his head and his worst fear is that he might turn out just like his dad.  Billy has been in jail for years, but when the killings start up again in his hometown, Jazz tries to help the police catch the culprit, even when it requires him to confront his father in prison.

     The book is exciting and fast-paced although the content is quite disturbing in parts.  The discussion of torture and murder, while not terribly graphic, is certainly enough to give the reader the creeps.  Jazz is a very likeable character and readers will find themselves rooting for him to succeed!  I get the feeling that this book might turn into a series and I will be looking for future installments to find out what happens to Jazz and how many more killers he will catch.

     This book was nominated for the Teen Top Ten of 2013!

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