The Winners!

This summer we received 186 reviews–a new record! The following middle school and high school students were selected as this year’s winners. With the exception of the Librarians’ Choice Awards, the winners were selected using the random number generator on

Wren R. (10th grade), Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, High School Librarians’ Choice Award 

Aden B. (5th grade), The True Meaning of Smek Day by Adam Rex, Middle School Librarians’ Choice Award

Amy A. (5th grade), Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown, gift card to the mall

Areej M. (7th grade), The Menagerie: Kraken and Lies by Tui T. Sutherland, complete set of Harry Potter

Awa M. (5th grade), Wings of Fire: Winter Turning by Tui T. Sutherland, gift card to the mall

Cierra C. (5th grade), Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicksgift card to the mall

Emma H. (7th grade), Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, Divergent trilogy

Kate A. (6th grade), Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli, gift card to the mall

Mazie D. (6th grade), The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab, gift card to the mall

The following students reviewed three or more books and earned a pizza coupon.  Congratulations and please pick up all prizes at the front desk!

Amy A. (5th grade)
Amy W. (12th grade)
Anna Lee (9th grade)
Areej M. (7th grade)
Arianna H. (5th grade)
Awa M. (5th grade)
Caleb Z. (5th grade)
Cierra C. (5th grade)
Edward G. (5th grade)
Emma H. (7th grade)
Erica B. (6th grade)
Hennisy C. (6th grade)
Jenny W. (8th grade)
Julia B. (10th grade)
Kate A. (6th grade)
Matthew L. (6th grade)
Paige H. (5th grade)
Mazie D. (6th grade)
Sage S. (6th grade)
Sara K. (6th grade)
SarahAnn N. (8th grade)
Sean K. (6th grade)
Shanalee N. (6th grade)
Victoria P. (12th grade)
Wren R. (10th grade)



Pizza Prizes & Party Invites

We’ve got about a month left to get those reviews in! The last day we will accept reviews for the prize drawing is August 22. We will draw names for gift cards to the mall, gift cards to Desert Rose, and complete hardback sets of popular books. One review from the middle school and one review from the high school will also be selected as the “Librarian’s Choice” for special mystery prizes.

So far the following middle school and high school students have earned a pizza from Stageline Pizza in Belgrade by writing 3 or more reviews. If you haven’t claimed your coupon, please be sure to stop by the library.

Anna L.
Areej M.
Awa M.
Caleb Z.
Cierra C.
Emma H.
Erica B.
Hennisy C.
Jenny W.
Matthew L.
Mazie D.
Paige H.
Sage S.
SarahAnn N.
Sean K.
Shanalee N.
Victoria P.
Wren W.

The following teens have earned an invite to the After Hours Minute to Win It party on Friday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m.  You’ve got one more week to get a review in and gain admission to the fun!

Aden B.
Anna L.
Areej M.
Arianna H.
Aspen C.
Awa M.
Brenna V.
Caleb D.
Caleb Z.
Cierra C.
Emma Ha.
Emma Ho.
Erica B.
Haley M.
Hennisy C.
Jenny W.
Kaydence M.
Matthew L.
Paige H.
Mazie D.
Rebecca M.
Riley M.
Sage S.
SarahAnn N.
Sean K.
Serena S.
Shanalee N.
Victoria P.
Wren R.
Zac H.


The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

the true meaning of smekdayTitle: The True Meaning of Smekday

Author: Adam Rex

Star Ranking: ***** (Everybody should read this book)

Reviewer: Aden B. (5th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: Aliens invade Earth and call it Smekland in tribute to their leader Smek.  The mom of  a girl named Gratuity  is taken before the invasion and forced to do the alien’s laundry and to teach them English.  When the invasion happens every person  in the U.S.A except Gratuity is taken to Florida while the aliens live on the rest. Then Gratuity accidentally runs into a unlikely partner that helps her find her mom.

What did you think: Awesome! It’s the kind of book that’s hard to put down.  It’s suspenseful funny and has complex characters. Not to spoil the ending but my favorite part was when J.Lo cloned Gratuity’s cat and defeated the Gorg.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to people that are into aliens and magic and to people who like mystery and action.

Vet Volunteers: Fight for Life by Laurie Halse Anderson

Vet VolunteersTitle: Vet Volunteers: Fight for Life

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Star Ranking: **** (Loved it)

Reviewer: Riley M. (6th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: This book was about how people were bringing in sick puppies that they had just bought.  Some middle-schoolers volunteer to help find the person who sold the sick puppies.

What did you think: I thought the book was really sad in some parts and really happy in some parts so it was overall pretty good. My favorite part was when they found who was selling the sick puppies.

Who would you recommend it to:  I would recommend this book to someone who likes sad books with a happy ending.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

harry potter and the sorcerers stoneTitle: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Star Ranking: ***** (Everybody should read this book)

Reviewer: Areej M. (7th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: A celebrity is born in the wizard world, but he is raised in the human world.  Harry Potter only knows a world of cobwebs, cupboards, and escaping fists from Dudley Dursley, but one morning, when he gets the mail, he finds a letter addressed to him. Dursley’s dad snatches it from him, but he finally gets that letter. Soon he discovers a better life, a magic school, and friends at Hogwarts, the magic school.

What did you think: I think it was awesome! My favorite parts were when Harry didn’t get in trouble for not following directions in broomstick flying training, getting his own broomstick and getting on a Quidditch team, and going to stop Snape from getting the sorcerer’s stone, but it turns out to be Professor Quirrell.

Who would you recommend it to: Magic, mystery, and action lovers as well as middle school students.