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Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Magic in Real Life

'The 11:11 Wish' by Kim Tomsic basks in the power of the unthinkable, yet totally imaginable. Every young person (and adult, for that matter) has moments when they wish that things could go their way, even if just for a little while, to make the universe seem right and in...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   February 20, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Strength in Friendship

'Without You' by Yesenia Vargas had many sweet moments. It told of a relationship between Ariana and Lucas, as well as of the friendship between Ariana and her best friend, Mayra, as well as Ariana's brother, Jimmy. These four main characters spent a lot of time together, and their parents...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   February 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Friendship, Kindness, and Empathy

'Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13' by Barbara Roman, illustrated by Vladimir Cebu, is a sweet and heartwarming story about the beauty of getting to know how ideas shape our lives. When Alicia is magically transported from a department store to Star Factory 13, she begins...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Everything It's Cracked Up To Be?

'The Boyfriend Agreement' by Seven Steps is definitely a hard one to put down! With a mix of romance, intrigue, and even some violent streaks mixed in, this novel is chock full of page-turning goodness. The author also uses plenty of Disney parallels that keep readers thinking and lends a...

Kids Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 31, 2017
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Determination Pays Off

'Peterrific' by Victoria Kann is all about the joys of imagination and lessons learned as a result. When Peter starts building a tower out of his toy blocks, he realizes that he wants to make it bigger and better than ever before. So he takes it upon himself to draw...

Kids Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 30, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Life is What You Make of It

'Switched at Birthday' by Natalie Standiford is a cute fantasy story about the power of empathy. Main characters Lavender and Scarlet are polar opposites. While Lavender tries very hard to stay on the sidelines and live life according to no one's rules but her own, Scarlet is Little Miss Popular,...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Coloring Outside of the Lines

'Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow' by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Sydney Smith is a story about how sometimes it is worthwhile to stray outside of what you ordinarily know and take for granted and see what life is like "outside the lines" instead of staying perfectly inside them in every...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Figuring Out Your Own Path

'Amy the Red Panda is Writing the Best Story in the World' by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Ruth Chan, revolves around Amy and her best friend Mervin, a sloth, and the story they are starting to write together. However, when Amy begins telling the story, she finds unwanted opinions...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Romance Where You Least Expect It

'The Importance of Getting Revenge' by Amanda Abram was a delightful read, chock full of some of the best themes that YA writing has to offer - a lovestruck girl, a deliriously hot guy (of which there were plenty, at least according to main character Lexi), a tried and true...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Emotionally Beautiful

'Here, There, Everywhere' by Julia Durango and Tyler Terrones is a creative and enjoyable read about a spectrum of ideas, from friendship to family dynamics, finding inspiration in unlikely places to first loves. Main character Zeus finds himself stuck in small town Buffalo Falls after having lived in Chicago for...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Trust in the Face of Trouble

'Stray' by Joni Johnson has an interesting premise. When Lila finds out that her father is about to kick her out of the house on the eve of her last day of high school, she isn't quite sure how to react. Despite her father's lack of care of sensitivity toward...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Goodness Prevails

'The Digger and the Flower' by Joseph Kuefler shows the power of goodness when everything else seems to be overtaking what one knows and loves. While the other construction equipment works hard to create buildings and other components of the city skyline, Digger comes upon a flower....

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Reviewing the Past to Enlighten the Future

'It's Not Me, It's You' by Stephanie Kate Strohm provides a unique and somewhat irregular look into the dynamics of breakups. Main character Avery decides to do one of her final senior projects from a historical viewpoint, but not in a way that has ever been done before, at least...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
N/A
Writing Style 
 
5.0

We're All a Little Weird

'You're Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome' by Kate Peterson will allow anyone looking for ideas to stumble upon something great. All people, no matter how normal they think they are, can be classified as weird in some way. There is absolutely nothing...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Historical and Sweet

'Zog and the Flying Doctors' is another great story by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The two have their share of books written and illustrated together, including 'The Gruffalo' and 'Room on the Broom,' two adorable and poetic stories about interesting creatures. In this tale, Zog, a dragon-ambulance,...

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