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Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Low Red Moon by Ivy DevlinAlthough Avery witnessed the brutal murder of her parents at their home in the woods, she cannot remember anything about that night.

I devoured this book. From the beginning, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop reading. Avery suffered a grand loss, and Ben comes into the picture. Though, he isn't allowed in smoothly. There are many secrets lingering around; some aren't even solved until the very end of the book. If you enjoy a story that keeps you engrossed and suspicious as you search for the truth, Low Red Moon is for you.

Submitted by: Jazmin B.

Incantation by Alice Hoffman

During the Spanish Inquisition, sixteen-year-old Estrella, brought up a Catholic, discovers her family's true Jewish identity, and when their secret is betrayed by Estrella's best friend, the consequences are tragic.

I couldn't put the book down. Estrella's story is inspiring, enthralling, and heartbreaking. It has everything you look for in a narrative. Even if it's set in the past, I could still understand and relate to what I read. Moreover, Alice Hoffman's style of writing just sucked me right in from the very first page. She has a way of making her writing simple and sweet yet meaningful. Overall, Incantation is a rather memorable piece.

Submitted by: Jazmin B.

Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba

Bakuman volume 1 by Tsugumi OhbaMoritaka loves to draw but is hesitant about teaming up with his classmate to publish manga.

I have to say, this book really surprised me...in a good way! I never really thought about reading this book until one of my friends recommended it to me. I fell in love right away! The mix of comedy, school life, and romance fit so well in this series! Who knew the creators of Death Note could create something like this? I totally recommend this book to both boys and girls, so don't miss out on the action.

Submitted by: Gabby G.

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino

Vampire Knight volume 1 by Matsuri HinoThere are two groups of students at Cross Academy: the Night Class, which consists of vampires; and the Day Class, which has no idea of the Night students' true identities.

"Oh man, not another vampire story." That's what most would say. But in this case you should definitely not judge this book by its cover (or title). Yuki is a normal girl who goes to a normal high school, but when things get dark, the Night Class students are out and about. The thing is, all the Night Class students are vampires, and little ol' Yuki here has to make sure the Day Class doesn't interfere with the Night Class. It's a very intense series complete with cute vampire boys. :)

Submitted by: Mariel L.

Matched by Allie Condie

Matched by Allie CondieCassia lives in a world where The Society decides everything for you, including who you marry.

I have to admit that this book took me a while to read, mainly because I thought the pace was slow. As I kept reading I wanted to know if Cassia would choose Xander or Ky! I enjoyed the way the government was portrayed, and it really shook me up. This book made some really interesting points such as the way people were not able to write in cursive because they were only taught to type. It makes me wonder what life will be like in 10, 20, or 50 years. Overall I loved this book and I cannot wait to read Crossed!

Submitted by: Amerisa K.

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

Dark Flame by Alyson NoelEver must rescue her beloved Damen, even if it means going deeper into the world of dark magick.

5 out of 5 stars. Some parts made me mad, but in a good way. It is easy to connect with the story.

Submitted by: Malari R.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch WilliamsThirteen-year-old Kyra, who lives in a polygamist compound, finds out that she is chosen to become the seventh wife of her uncle.

The Chosen One tells of a story of a 13-year-old girl named Kyra. Unfortunately, she lived in a community where she had to follow all the rules. She was not able to go beyond her boundaries or do any sorts of things kids her age were able to do beyond her community. But as time passed, she decided to break some rules and live. But when a meeting came up on her house, she panicked. At first she believed the meeting was about her and all the things she did wrong. But in reality, she was chosen. Now, she had to face the idea that she had to marry, and live with her uncle. Finally, the race is on. She had to decide what is right for her family or else they would pay the consequences she had made. I recommend this book to people who like drama, action, and adventure books.

Submitted by: Ingrid A.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareClary witnesses a mysterious murder and discovers she has the ability to see demons and shadowhunters.

4 out of 5 stars. At first it was a little confusing, but this book is one of my new favorites!

Submitted by Megan S.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaHaruhi forms a club dedicated to all things paranormal and learns that the new club members are aliens, time travelers, and psychics.

5 out of 5 stars. The infamous character, Haruhi Suzumiya is a girl who LOVES esper rangers, time travelers, and aliens, and her sole goal is to find them. She's weird, bossy, and a freak. And she loves to drag others into the drama! If you love a random book, this is what you should read! It's an amazing series! :)

Submitted by: Mariel L.

Cool Off @ Your Library

polar bear underwaterNeed a break from the heat? Although your library doesn't have a pool to submerge in like this smart polar bear, we do have air conditioning, water fountains, and seating so you can cool off a bit. We are open until 9 PM Thursday, 9AM-5PM Friday & Saturday, and 1PM-5PM Sunday. With temperatures approaching 100 degrees, we are another place in Franklin Park for you to chill out with a book or a computer and hope for cooler days to come!

  • Visit the Village of Franklin Park's website for other cooling places.
  • Here are some tips on taking it easy during extreme heat.
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