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Young Adult Fiction
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3.7
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4.0
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Scholarly Graphic Retelling

Long ago in Ancient Greece, a prince of Troy, Paris, steals the most beautiful woman in the world from another prince, Menelaus of Sparta. Unfortunately, when Menelaus won Helen as his bride, he made all the other Greek leaders swear allegiance to him. Paris' action puts the Greek war machine...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 25, 2019
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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0

Fascinating Look at WWII Espionage

During WWII, there were dozens and dozens of departments and units doing things that 95% of the population still has no clue about. Whether it was the art units or African-American women sorting mail, the Fly Girls, or the Candy Bombers, I am always amazed by the things I read...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2019
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

Murder Mystery Solved by Pets

Arthur, an enthusiastic but somewhat misguided mixed breed dog, and Queenie, a particular and discerning cat, both live with their humans at the Blackberry Hill Inn, which is near some mountains (in Maine?). Harmony and Bro are the children who play hockey, and Mom runs the bed and breakfast. When...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2019
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Unsettling Speculative Fiction

The Greystone kids have a good life, even if their father died when they were all very young. Chess remembers him, since he was four, but Emma and Finn have no memories. Their mother is very supportive; she's able to work from her home office in the basement and be...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Rare book about child with ADHD

lea really wants to do well in school, and thinks it is her own fault that she doesn't get all of her work done and forgets to study for some things. It's hard enough to get out of the house in the morning, but if she would just buckle down...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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Much needed story of Vietnam POWs

Jeremiah Denton was a naval aviator who was shot down and captured by the North Koreans in 1965, and was held for eight years. This follows his time in various prisoner of war camps, including the Hanoi Hilton. Since Denton was an admiral, he managed to secretly contact other prisoners...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Riveting Conclusion to Moriarty Saga

Moira and James, still reeling from the death of their father and of Ralph in The Downward Spiral, are back at school, working on school survival competition in the woods. During the game, they happen upon the injured Mr. Lowery, the family lawyer. This is decidedly odd, but also very...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

I JUST LOVE STICK DOG!

When Karen comes back from looking for barbecue potato chips in a garbage can that a dog is being abused, the whole group takes off to save it. Karen says that children are hitting it with a stick. And it's in a tree. Stick Dog has his doubts, but the...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 24, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

The best kind of puppy treat!

Sunny and Rosy's human packs for vacation, but doesn't take her beloved dogs with her! Instead, they get to visit Grandma and Grandpa, who dote on the pups. Sunny explains that there will be all sorts of head rubs and extra treats, so Rosy thinks this is a good plan....

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

Much Needed Update on Scoliosis

Rachel is very concerned about starting middle school and getting a good position on the soccer team. She is struggling with that fact that her mother is pregnant and her friends are not always all that nice to her. When her doctor tells her that her scoliosis is getting worse...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Timely story about what makes "home"

Rachel's summer is not off to a good start; her parents don't remember her 13th birthday right away, and new neighbors move in across from her family's run down farm. They are very wealthy, and while Rachel is angry that their new home took away the sledding hill she always...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Coding for Fun and Profit

Allie gets tickets to Game On Con because of her previous coding experiences, and wants her friend from coding camp, Courtney, to visit and go with her. The plane ticket is very expensive, so both sets of parents say no. When a school assignment to recycle code ends...

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Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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Alternate Steampunk 1930s England

Christopher is an orphan boy who works for Mr. Absalom, an engineer who creates mechanicals, a 1930s version of robots. These mechanicals are not perfect, and are all children, according to the English laws of the time. The group ekes out an existence, doing work and repairs for income. Mr....

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Adventures in Indian Culture

Kiran has survived her ordeals in The Serpent's Secret, and is back in Parsippany, New Jersey. and is trying to settle back into school. However, Neel's mother, the burping, rhyming demon queen, finds her at school and says that Neel is being held captive by Kiran's serpent birth father, and...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Historical Book about the Choctaw Nation

Martha Tom lives in a town in the Choctaw Nation in 1804, right across the Bok Chitto River from a plantation. She ventures across the river one day and meets Lil Mo, whose family is enslaved by the owner, Mr. Kendall. The two become friends, and when Lil Mo's mother...

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