Sep 20, 2021

Iron Man 3 was my favorite Iron Man movie throughout the whole Avengers timeline. In this movie we see Tony Stark instead of Iron Man. After the first Avengers movie when Captain America said, “without that suit who are you” this movie came out with Tony Stark losing everything. I liked this movie because it showed that Tony Stark did not need a suit to save the world but he needed his brain. The main villain in this movie is the Mandurian who destroys every suit Tony Stark owned. He was left with a broken suit and had to face an army with a group of people he either recently met and his

Iron Man movie

Iron Man

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Sep 19, 2021

Iron Man, one of the first Marvel Avengers movies, is an amazing, funny, truth-telling movie where Tony Stark, Iron Man, is kidnapped and is injured. He escapes by building a suit and then learns a semi-valuable lesson from his experience. Throughout the movie Tony Stark learns new things and improves himself. My favorite part about this movie is his suit. His suit was not made out of iron but yet he is Iron Man. I recommend this movie to many people who love watching superheroes fail while trying to fly.

Sep 18, 2021

I would recommend Captain Marvel for people who like Marvel movies where a superhero struggles to find himself/herself. In Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was struggling with her ability to hold her powers in. Over time, throughout the movie, she learned to control her power and met Nick Fury, who became her friend, on Earth. This movie is between the timeline of the Marvel Verse from Captain America the First Avenger to Iron Man. It sets back to when she started her journey. Then she returns in Avengers Endgame. I recommend this movie to everyone because it is an amazing movie to watch.

Ant-Man movie


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Sep 17, 2021

Ant-Man was marvelous. It has action, comedy, soul-searching, and adorable features. From many comics Hank Pym is Ant-Man but in this new Marvel Movie Scott Lang has been chosen by Hank to be Ant-Man. At the beginning of the movie Scott Lang came out of prison for a 5-year sentence for cat burgling. He steals the Ant-Man suit because he wanted money to see his daughter again. This movie is funny and has amazing battle scenes with Yellow-Jacket, the villain. I recommend this movie to those who look for comedy in superhero movies.

Sep 16, 2021

Captain America the Winter Soldier is an amazing movie to watch if you loved the first movie. It displays a new life where Steve Rogers works for Shield and learns that Hydra has been hiding under their noses inside Shield for years. Captain America teams up with Black Widow and the presumed to be dead Nick Fury to stop the Winter Soldier and to take down Hydra. I loved watching this movie because it was different from the first one. The first movie explained how Steve Rogers became Captain America but this movie shows how Captain America adjusts to the new world he lives in. I recommend this

Sep 15, 2021

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Georgia M.. has won second place in the early age group for the Sci-Fi Spring 2021 Youth Writing Contest with her piece "Not So Boring."


Not So Boring 

Of course we get stuck on the worst planet, Aerial. Out of the 116 planets my family discovered in the past year, we had to get stranded on the most boring and cold one.

I spend most of my time on the ship playing with our munden, Tuerto. He’s a mix between a dog, a cat, an elephant, and a tiger. White with black stripes, he has pointy ears, a short, stubby trunk, and a dog-like

Sep 15, 2021

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Parsons H. has won first place in the early age group for the Sci-Fi Spring 2021 Youth Writing Contest with her piece "The Bad."

I love writing and sharing stories. I love to let my creativity show! In my free time I love to read, write, listen to Christian and 80's music, and play dolls. 

The Bad

There are a group of kids, the lonely, the bad, the forgotten, the hidden, the sad, and the blamed. These are not a normal group of kids, they wanted and did get revenge. The lonely wanted revenge on whoever had the chance to become

Sep 15, 2021

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Anna Grace V. has won third place in the early age group for the Sci-Fi Spring 2021 Youth Writing Contest with her piece "Turkey and Della"

My name is Anna Grace.  I am 10 years old and I live with my 2 brothers, my 2 dogs, and my mom and dad.  I like reading, especially Greek Mythology and fantasy books.  I also like drawing and creating fantasy stories. I hope you like “Turkey and Della.” 

The Spectacular Journey of Turkey and Della

This book is dedicated to my teacher; Ms.Westerman, for being an awesome teacher and on awesome

Sep 15, 2021

The Avengers is an amazing movie and has every hero from the previous Phase 1 movies. I love this movie because it connects to a masterplan instead of a one movie – one battle story. In this movie Loki is the villain where he does Rohan’s bidding. The Avengers is the first movie to a sequence of greater movies ahead and without watching this movie you will not be able to understand every single detail in the other three movies. I recommend this movie to everyone because this movie has already been watched by many people in the world.

Thor movie


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Sep 14, 2021

Out of every Marvel Movie in their Phase 1 collection, this was my favorite. It was funny, action packed, and adventurous. The movie starts with an introduction to the overconfident God of Thunder and the God of Mischief. Thor is banished to Earth where he meets Jane Foster and others. A Destroyer came to Earth and Thor had to use his powers and learn how to be a hero to go back to Asgard. This is the first movie in Marvel Studios that shows Hawkeye and introduces him in a brief time. I recommend his movie to many Marvel fans and many comedy fans.

Aug 26, 2021

If I could, I would give this book more than a five-star rating. I think that my favorite book will never change because I do not think anyone can make a storyline better than this. The first book I read in the DC icons series was Batman Nightwalker and I liked that. I thought that was going to be my favorite book forever until I read Catwoman Soulstealer. This book is more than a masterpiece because of its storyline, plot, writing, and characters. I learned a lot from this book about Catwoman that I did not know.

In this world Catwoman trained with the League of Assassins and came back to

Aug 16, 2021

I read this book for a school project and ended up liking how DC Icons focused on how these main anti-villains and heroes came to be. When I read the first chapter of Batman Nightwalker I could not put it down because it had a suspenseful grasp on me. There were so many clues and mysteries to whom the nightwalkers were led by but with every chapter it felt astounding to read. I read that book two times since I finished it the first time on a weekend; I did not completely understand it so I read it again. It had an impressive mystery plot and suspenseful storyline that kept me engaged in it and

Aug 10, 2021

After months of scheming and fighting, Alosa has finally retrieved all three pieces of the treasure map from the leaders of the pirate families — Vordan, Jeskor, and Kalligan, her father. The assembled map shows a path to the Isla de Canta, where unspeakable treasures are guarded by sirens, waiting to be claimed. Alosa plans to work with her father in order to collect the treasure, but when she discovers a terrible secret that her father has been harboring for years, she begins to question everything she’s ever known. After escaping from her father’s ship, she and her crew find themselves in a

Aug 8, 2021

Kaz Brekker is the worst of the worst in the Barrel, where all the thieves and thugs lie. His harrowing past has made him cruel beyond belief, and he’s known for being able to steal anything. When a prospering merchant offers him thirty million Kruge to hold the biggest heist of his life, he has no other option but to take it. Forming a team with a marksman who loves high risks, a treasonous convict barely surviving, a nationalistic witch with heartrending powers, a wealthy dealer’s son, and an assassin that survived the pleasure houses, Kaz sets his eyes on his biggest job yet. An

Jul 31, 2021

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, is the final novel in The Hunger Games trilogy. After being rescued from the Quarter Quell, Katniss must adapt to life in District Thirteen while mourning the loss of Peeta. Katniss, forced to be the face of a revolution that she does not lead, suddenly finds herself in the middle of political chaos as the rebels of District Thirteen aim to overthrow the Capitol.

This book was great in some places but boring in others; while it was filled with twists  and turns, especially near the end, it was pretty slow in the middle. I enjoyed how Collins chose to end her

Jul 19, 2021

The fifth book in George R.R. Martin’s famous A Song of Ice and Fire series was just okay. This novel is essentially a repeat of the events from A Feast for Crows but from different characters’ perspectives. I was excited to revisit some of my favorite characters that I didn’t get to hear from in the last book, but they didn’t really add anything to the story. Daenerys had the most exciting scenes, in my opinion, but even she didn’t further the storyline; basically, in over 1,000 pages, nothing was accomplished. Overall, I was disappointed in this novel. After reading the previous books in the

Jul 18, 2021

Dragonslayer follows the story of three children and their experiences with dragons in the land of Pyrrhia. Wren was left by her village as a sacrifice for the dragons. She runs away and finds a lost dragon, and the two of them travel the world together. Leaf is distraught by her sister being eaten by dragons, and swears revenge against them. He sets out to become a dragonslayer and protect humans from what happened to his sister. Ivy thinks her father, Dragonslayer, is not trustworthy. She teams up with her friends to find out the truth about her father and what happened when he killed the

Jul 17, 2021

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a story about friendship in the face of adversary, a story about loyalty to others, a story about destiny. Tolkien’s world building and character development is extremely well executed. Bilbo Baggins as a character works extremely well with the obstacles presented to him and the characters that he meets, allowing the reader to get engaged with the story and with Bilbo. The descriptions of the fantastical areas in this world are extremely detailed, allowing for more immersion in the story.

While the book excels in these two departments, there are some

Jul 10, 2021

Illuminae follows Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, two teenagers living on the planet Kerenza in the year 2575. They broke up the day before a fleet of BeiTech ships attack their planet, where they are forced into three different ships; the Alexander (where Ezra ends up), the Hypatia (where Kady ends up), and the Copernicus. The Alexander is damaged and unable to make a wormhole gate, meaning the three ships have to travel six months to the nearest jump station, the Heimdall. In close pursuit by BeiTech destroyer Lincoln, the three ships are tasked with trying to make it to the jump station before

Jul 6, 2021

Ender’s Game is a Science Fiction movie which tells the story of a boy named Ender Wiggen. This futuristic film takes place years after aliens invaded Earth almost causing the end of the world. In order to be better prepared to take on the aliens, the government created a battle school for brilliant children to learn how to fight, fly fighter jets, and take down the aliens. Ender Wiggen is one of the most brilliant kids in this program. As he makes his way up to leadership, the government wonders if he is going to be the one to save the human race.

This movie is based on the novel version w

Jun 29, 2021

This fantasy novel by Rick Riordan (Book 3 in The Trials of Apollo series) is a book that lifted my spirits and crushed my soul. In The Burning Maze, we go back to Meg’s roots and the “people” there help Lester (Apollo) and his friends defeat the burning maze. Lester and his friends help him get on the enemy’s ship to steal a valuable object. The most compelling aspect of this book is when we meet two old characters from Riordan’s other series.

Personally, I recommend this book to anyone who would like a good laugh and a good cry. I rate this book 5/5 stars because I can’t imagine a better

Jun 13, 2021

Steelheart is an amazing book written by Brandon Sanderson.  There is no way to predict what is going to happen in this novel. It is action packed, funny, and a good overall book.

David has seen Steelheart bleed and he intends to see him bleed again. David is on a mission. Today he is trying to find the Reckoners (those opposed to superpowers) and after a long time of research he has observed the Reckoner’s path and has sought them out. David finds them but they are in the middle of an assignment. David tries to prove himself to resist and help in the fight against the Epics and the High

Jun 12, 2021

Suzanne Collins’ YA dystopian novel, The Hunger Games, is absolutely perfect. Panem, future ruins of North America, is ruled by the rich in the Capitol and split into twelve districts. Each year, two tributes of ages ranging from twelve to eighteen years old, from each district are forced to compete in a deadly competition known as the Hunger Games.

The main character, Katniss, was amazing; she was unique in a way that made her more tangible, but not unlikable. Collins’ whole world was utterly astounding, and the premise of the games and the points she made about society were phenomenal. I

Jun 8, 2021

One of Using Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, is a Mystery/Thriller novel. The story unfolds around four teens after their classmate, Simon Kellhelro, dies. Brownyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper become suspects in the murder. The four suspects each had a motive to kill Simon. Slowly by slowly, the supposed murder reveals the secrets of the four students. The four suspects become closer and vouch for each other.

I really enjoyed this book because the story has many twists and turns. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Having that said, I think everyone would enjoy this book, especially

Jun 3, 2021

You-Know-Who is back. Harry did not think he would return, but he did. Harry has to go back to Hogwarts, thankfully, and has protection from his professors. Until he doesn’t. A new professor has joined the Defense Against the Dark Arts class, where Harry learns all about new spells and new techniques to defend himself from Voldemort. But, this professor is not a good one. She teaches in the “safety” of her classroom. The pink might look like she is friendly, but trust me, she is not. Harry goes through a lot in this book, and if you want to find out what happens to Harry and Voldemort, read Ha

August Snow cover image. Skyline of Detroit, Michigan.

August Snow

By Stephen Mack Jones
Rated by Kari E.
Jun 2, 2021

August Snow is a former Marine, police officer, and a product of a loving Mexican/African American family. He loves his hometown of Mexicantown, Detroit and hates seeing the decay, drugs, violence and corruption running through the city.  He’s bought and renovated a number of houses on the street to bring them back to their former glory. After being fired by the police for uncovering high level corruption, August wins a $12 million lawsuit against the city for unfair termination. Traveling the world for year to regain his perspective and deal with his parents deaths, August yearns for his city

May 14, 2021

Restore Me​ is the fourth novel in Tahereh Mafi's ​Shatter Me ​series. This book is primarily based around Juliette's struggles as she tries to lead with almost no knowledge of how to do so. As the children of the other Supreme Commanders come to visit and her past is uncovered, Juliette must figure out who to trust. My opinions on this book are mainly based on structure. I loved the excerpts that Mafi included from Juliette's journal and dual perspective in this novel; insight into Warner's thoughts is always exciting. However, this book was slower than the others and a little bit all over

May 3, 2021

Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel which focuses on a group of British schoolboys who are stranded on a remote island. They start off with rules and a form of government, but their situation quickly turns chaotic and savage. They split into two groups, one more civilized and attempting to follow a basic moral code under the leadership of Ralph, and the other wild hunters under the control of Jack. These two groups clash with each other and this results in more than one death. As the situation escalates, their humanity begins to deteriorate. At the climactic ending, a Naval ship rescues

Apr 30, 2021

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic historical fiction novel about a mysterious figure, after whom the title is named, who rescues French nobility from the guillotine. He is famous both in France and England for his cunning disguises and daring rescues of the aristocrats from under the very noses of the people who want them dead. His identity is a secret which both his archnemesis, Chauvelin, and his great admirer, Marguerite Blakeney, desire to know. Marguerite, who is unsatisfied in her marriage to the foppish Percy Blakeney, becomes entangled in the fate of the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel by

Apr 27, 2021

Lone Survivor is a true eyewitness account of Operation Redwing written by SEAL Marcus Luttrell. In it, he tells the remarkable and tragic story of how he became the only surviving member of SEAL team ten. Near the beginning of the book, to help explain the phenomenal stamina, strength, and courage SEALs have, the author describes his experiences in SEAL training. Both the physical and mental capacity of those who make it through must be enormous, as only six percent of those who attempt to pass the extremely physically demanding exercises, sleep deprivation, and stressful environment actually