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Dive into these 10 books in the McNicholas library

Before school, after school, and during both lunches, the McNicholas Library is buzzing with activity. As the center of the school, it is a favorite place for Rockets, filled with young adult books to meet the preferences of all students. But which books are the best to read? With the help of librarians Mrs. Anne Jones and Mrs. Jane Ray, The Milestone is here to help students find the top 10 checked out books in the library.

  1. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

The third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mocking Jay is divided into three parts: The Ashes, The Assault, and The Assassin. When the book opens, the Arena was destroyed and only three victors could be saved: Finnick, Beetee, and Katniss. The Capitol has captured Peeta, Katniss’ ‘boyfriend’, and she is concerned for his life. District 12 has been destroyed. Gale and the other survivors take refuge in District 13 while the war between the Districts and the Capitol rages. Read the full synopsis here.

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the Glade, all he knows is his name and that he is not alone. Kids surround him as he comes out of the lift. The only things they know is that every morning the door to the maze opens and every night is closes tight, and every 30 days a new boy is delivered to the Glade. However, life in the Glade changes when a girl is delivered for the first time. To read full synopsis click here.

  1. The Death Cure- James Dashner

WICKED promised a cure for the Flare, the pandemic that threatens to wipe out humanity, to everyone who survived the Scorch Trials, but WICKED was lying. Again. It is now up to the Gladers to help them find a cure. But Thomas and his friends do not trust WICKED and they must weigh a life of avoiding sun flares and the Flare or trusting WICKED to find a cure. To view full synopsis click here.

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray first meets the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line, when she heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City. There she sees three teenagers with odd markings on their bodies drag a person into a back room and murder a man.  This is also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within a day of the event, her mother disappears, she is attacked by a demon, and the Shadowhunters want to know why she suddenly got the Sight. To view full synopsis click here.

  1. City of Ashes- Cassandra Clare

As it turns out, Clary Fray is actually a demon-slaying Shadowhunter. Her job now is to find Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries and slay them. She could leave the Shadowhunting world behind-it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, but she is not quite ready to quit Shadowhunting. Not to mention, Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is insane, evil, and also her father. To view full synopsis click here.

  1. If I Stay: a Novel by Gayle Forman

Mia has everything going for her: a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, an amazing best friend, and a promising career in music ahead of her. However, all of that changes when she and her family are in a car accident and she is caught between life and death. As she watches people come in to visit her in the hospital, she realizes she must make a critical decision- wake up and live a very difficult life, or slip away and die. Read full synopsis here.

  1. Where She Went- Gayle Forman

It’s been three years since the devastating accident and three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.  Now, Mia is Julliard’s rising star and Adam is a rock star in LA with a celebrity girlfriend. But that changes when Adam gets stuck in New York by himself and he runs into Mia. The two explore the city that has become Mia’s home and they revisit their past and open their hearts to each other and the future. To read synopsis click here.

  1. Matched by Ally Condie

In the Society, Officials decide who you love, where you work, and when you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly a price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, and the ideal mate.  Everything is working out fine as her best friend’s face appears on the Matching screen until the face changes. For just a split second, another face flashes on the screen. Now she must choose: her best friend and perfect choice, Xander, or the new impossible guy, Ky. To view full synopsis click here.

  1. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Kira, orphaned and disabled in a civilization that shuns and discards the physically weak, faces an unstable future. Everyone is hostile to her except on small boy. When she is summoned to the Council of Guardians for judgment, she fears the worst. However, the council has plans for her and her magical talent that keeps her alive. The young girl now has to face new responsibilities and mysteries deep within the world. On her quest for answers, Kira discovers thing that will change her life. To view full synopsis click here.

  1. Ender’s Game- Orson Scott Card

Andrew “Ender” lives with his parents and his sadistic brother, Peter and his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program, but they didn’t make the cut.  As one of the government-bred geniuses, Ender is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. To read synopsis click here.

“These are the most checked out books in the library. If a student is looking for a good book to read in their free time, this is a good place to start,” librarian Jane Ray said. Books are available both in print form and on one of the many Nook books available for borrowing.

About Miranda Roesel

Sophomore Miranda Roesel is a Journalism I student. She is involved in soccer and is an Ambassador for McNicholas. Outside of school, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and hanging out with friends.

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U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presents WWII veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier with the French Legion of Honor Medal on Nov. 10 during McNicholas's Veterans Day assembly. Following the assembly, McNick hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast to thank veterans and active service-members for their service to the United States.

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