Reviews written by Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
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4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A beautiful love story to friends

THE WONDER OF US is a beautifully told story about friendship and what it means to love someone. Riya and Abby have been best friends their entire life, but after Riya’s entire family moves to Germany for the year, Riya and Abby begin to grow apart. They aren’t talking, they’ve...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die

I don’t even know how to explain how much I loved THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED. This was the first book I have ready by Becky, and I was worried but I am so glad to say that I am officially hooked. So much so that I went out and bought...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Weirdly magical

When I was a kid Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite Disney movies. I fell in love with a character who loved books as much as I did. So every time I hear that someone is writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling I know I have...

Kids Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Bright and beautiful

PENGUINS LOVE COLORS is such a bright colorful lovely story about six penguins who want to surprise their mother. They want to use each of the colors they were named after to paint a picture for their mother. I loved how this story uses the colors and how bright and...

Young Adult Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 28, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Unable to put down

SEVEN DAYS OF YOU is an adorable contemporary that follows Sophia as she spends her last week in Tokyo. She fills the days hanging out with friends and questioning the feelings she has for two very different boys. What worked for me If...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 28, 2017
(Updated: February 28, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Magical and fun

PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO UNICORN TRAINING is the second book in the Pip Bartlett series. After an accident back home Pip has been sent to spend the summer with her Aunt who owns a magical animal clinic. With a new best friend Thomas, and all the magical animals she could...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Perfect for those Dino loving kids

DINING WITH DINOSAURS is amazing, educational, and great for dinosaur lovers. This book is filled to the brim with amazing facts. From dinosaurs size to what time period they lived. I loved that in the very back they have a key on how to pronounce the names in the book....

Kids Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Lovely book

What immediately drew me to this book was the cover. Quentin Blake’s drawings are so distinct and beautiful that I would just buy them for the art. I fell in love with this book and the story. It’s simple and beautiful. LOVEYKINS is about this woman who finds a baby...

Kids Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Silly, with a great message

I AM NOT A CHAIR is such a great book. It's silly and funny and has a great message for kids. I loved reading this book for myself and my nephew. Giraffe spends the book learning that if he doesn't want to be sat on he must speak up for...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Beautiful message

SAMSON THE PIRANHA WHO WENT TO DINNER was such a fun story about staying true to yourself and knowing who you are. Samson isn’t like other Piranhas. While they stay home and scare others, Samson wants to explore and try new things. Samson hears about new restaurants opening near him...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Adorable from start to finish

DUCK, DUCK, DINOSAUR is such a cute book about mama Duck’s family and growing up. Her three children, two ducks Feather and Flap and a dinosaur Spike are getting too big for the nest and will have to find their own place to nest soon. While trying out different places...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    January 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Family and Magic

HUBBLE BUBBLE’s cover is what instantly drew me towards this book, but the amazing characters are what sealed my love for it. This book is separated into three different stories The Super-Spooky Fright Night, Teddy Trouble, and Granny Makes A Splash. All three follow Pandora and her Granny Crow as...

Young Adult Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    January 28, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Keeps you on the edge of your seat

High school students Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are at it again in the follow up to an amazing and brilliant new twist on the classic Holmes and Watson. THE LAST OF AUGUST picks up with Charlotte and Jamie on their break. When Charlotte’s Uncle Leander goes missing Charlotte is...

Kids Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    January 23, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Funny and Creative

BOB AND JOSS GET LOST is an adorable book about two boys, Bob who is bored and Joss who seems to take it easy, after taking a boat trip they get lost. Causing Bob to panic and Joss to relax on the beach. There are so many...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    January 22, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Friendship at its best

Tugboat Bill was a great story about Bill and his friend Mabel. Bill is a tugboat who works very hard and Mabel is barge who is loyal and brave. It’s a great story about friendship, and bullying. Bill and Mabel get picked on by the bigger, “better” looking boats in...

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