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Sunnyvale Librarians have reviewed books for all ages, so feel free to browse and pick some titles for the right age range. Visit our Goodreads page for a full list of book reviews.
 

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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:14:02 -0700

Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks Sunnyvale Librarian gave 4 stars to Two By Two (Kindle Edition) by Nicholas Sparks

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:13:57 -0700

See Me by Nicholas Sparks Sunnyvale Librarian gave 5 stars to See Me (Hardcover) by Nicholas Sparks

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:13:39 -0700

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks Sunnyvale Librarian gave 5 stars to The Choice (Kindle Edition) by Nicholas Sparks

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:13:18 -0700

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Sunnyvale Librarian gave 5 stars to The Notebook (The Notebook, #1) by Nicholas Sparks

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:27:05 -0700

Here We Are by Kelly  Jensen Sunnyvale Librarian gave 5 stars to Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
bookshelves: teen-nonfiction, teen, wendy, non-fiction
This is a fantastic anthology of memoirs, stories, poems, photos and more with a running theme of feminism. Appropriate for the current political climate, this collection is down-to-earth and on point for teen and adult readers alike.

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:19:46 -0700

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner Sunnyvale Librarian gave 5 stars to Goodbye Days (Hardcover) by Jeff Zentner
bookshelves: teen, wendy, diverse-characters
Can you imagine losing your 3 best friends all at once? And that it probably happened because of something you did? That's what happened to Carver Briggs. He blames himself for sending a text that probably caused the fatal accident, "Where are you guys? Text me back." This novel is a beautiful tribute to friendship, guilt, remorse, and moving forward when tragedy strikes.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:26:50 -0700

Science Comics by Maris Wicks Sunnyvale Librarian gave 3 stars to Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean (Paperback) by Maris Wicks
bookshelves: non-fiction, graphic-novel, grade-3, grade-4, grade-5, amy
This is a cute, informative, non-fiction graphic novel all about coral reefs! Wicks does a great job introducing the reader to coral reefs, the animals that live in them, and the threats they are under due climate change and human interference. The art is bright and colorful, and the cute fish narrator does a great job drawing the reader into the subject.

This would be great for 8-12 year olds who want to learn more about ocean ecosystems or readers reluctant to pick up a traditional non-fiction text.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:22:51 -0700

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Sunnyvale Librarian gave 5 stars to The Hate U Give (Hardcover) by Angie Thomas
bookshelves: teen, diverse-characters, strong-female-protagonist, amy, realistic-contemporary-fiction, favorites
This book is timely, moving and poignant, without being heavy-handed or too tragic. This is the perfect novel for helping teens figure out a little about the race relations in this country. I think this is a book that everyone can benefit from reading.

There is swearing, mentions of sex, and a teen being shot by a police officer.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:14:47 -0700

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan Sunnyvale Librarian gave 3 stars to The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan
bookshelves: teen, grade-6-8, grade-5, grade-4, fantasy, amy, audiobook
This was an enjoyable fantasy adventure by the author of The Lightning Thief. It's funny, action-packed, and doesn't have any content that would be inappropriate for grades 4 and up. It might be a little scary for a sensitive reader, but it's perfect for Percy Jackson fans (who have all probably already read it).

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:14:36 -0700

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz Sunnyvale Librarian gave 4 stars to Not Otherwise Specified (ebook) by Hannah Moskowitz
bookshelves: teen, lgbtq, diverse-characters, realistic-contemporary-fiction, amy
This is a great book that deals with the intersectionality of Etta's blackness/bisexualuality/mental health. Etta a great strong character who learns and grows throughout the book, and I enjoyed watching her relationships develop and change.

Discussion of Etta & Bianca's eating disorders is a big part of the plot, which could be triggering for some readers, but Moskowitz was careful never to glorify their disease. There are also scenes of underage drinking/partying, as well as strong language, so this is probably best for more mature readers.

 

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