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Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   March 14, 2013
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

All-Star Series

As a baseball fan, I enjoy the Ballpark Mysteries series. The All-Star Joker takes place in Kansas City, a stadium that I have been to several times, so I enjoyed the familiarity of the setting. This mystery involves a practical joker at the All-Star game and Kate, Mike,...

Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   March 14, 2013
(Updated: March 14, 2013)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Fun Middle Grade

The kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are at it again. This time they learn about poetry, rhyming and end up saving the day while their teacher gets an exciting new room out of it. Zigzag fans will surely enjoy this cast of characters and their adventures....

Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   March 14, 2013
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

A Groovy Read

I am a huge fan of all Pete the Cat books, so I was delighted to find out that they would be releasing an early reader series as well. I knew my son and my students would enjoy them! What I loved: Even in this...

Young Adult Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   March 10, 2013
(Updated: March 10, 2013)
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4.7
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4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0

From Prince Maxon

I was excited to find out about this Novella told from Prince Maxon's point of view. It made me get even more excited for The Elite. What I loved: I loved that Maxon had a chance to share his side of the story. I enjoyed...

Young Adult Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   March 09, 2013
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Blew Me Away

I have loved all of Miranda Kenneally's books and Things I Can't Forget may have just topped the list as my favorite. What I loved: I loved this book more and more after I finished it and had time to think and digest everything. At...

Young Adult Indie
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   March 03, 2013
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

This Will Stay With You

This is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Wait For You is gut-wrenching, emotional, and packs a powerful message. What I loved: J. Lynn handles a difficult and scary topic in a real and honest...

Young Adult Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 25, 2013
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4.7
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4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0

A Fun Contemporary

What I loved: Miranda Kenneally has a way with words that ultimately suck you into the story. I picked up Stealing Parker and read the entire book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. The relationships that Parker has seem real, regardless if you agree...

Kids Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2013
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Picture My World

I love the look and feel to Picture My World. The illustrations are simple and have an endearing quality to them. This book highlights different events that young children may experience, from a new baby in the family to a trip to the beach. I personally enjoyed flipping...

Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2013
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

In a Blink

I wasn't sure what to expect from this first book of The Never Girls series. I have always loved the story of Peter Pan and Neverland but I wasn't sure about the Fairy aspect of this series. I ended up really enjoying this book and I want to...

Kids Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2013
(Updated: February 21, 2013)
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

10 Valentine Friends

Exchanging Valentines was always one of my favorite things to do when I was younger, which is exactly what this book is about. I loved how each of the children in this book were shown making Valentines cards specific to what each friend would like. My young daughter...

Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2013
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

Willa Bean is Back!

If you have a young reader who has read any of the Little Wings series, then they will be sure to love this installment. And if they haven't read any of these books, then I recommend them! In this book, Willa Bean has to learn an...

Kids Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2013
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Tweet Hearts

Tweet Hearts is a cute counting book that is perfect for your little Valentine. The counting goes from 10 to 1 (counting backwards is a great skill to learn) and the rhyming text flows very easily from one page to the next. The size of this book is...

Young Adult Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Blown Away!

Victoria Schwab captivated me with her beautiful writing in The Near Witch, so I was more than excited to read her latest, The Archived. What I loved: Everything! The story was unique and so were each of the characters. The world of The Archived jumped...

Young Adult Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Vintage Charm

Lindsey Leavitt's Going Vintage was one of the first books I read this year that truly made me laugh out loud. The story is authentic and has a special charm that made me unable to put the story down once I started reading. What I loved:...

Young Adult Fiction
Claire Johnson, Staff ReviewerClaire Johnson, Staff Reviewer   January 14, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Captivating

Just One Day had three of my favorite story lines, travel, friendship, and love. I loved so much about this book and it is one that I will be sure to recommend over and over. First of all, I wasn't expecting the depth that this plot...

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