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Historical Adventure!

SAMANTHA SPINNER AND THE SUPER SECRET PLANS takes you on a historical adventure as Sam and her brother Nipper search for their missing uncle. When their uncle is presumed dead, Nipper gets the New York Yankees, their sister gets $2,400,000,00, and Samantha gets a boring umbrella. ...

Young Adult Fiction
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3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Post-Apocalyptic Setting

TRUE BORN follows Lucy and her twin Margot as they deal with the drama and politics of a post-apocalyptic world. Lucy and Margot are twins and live in a society where a plague is threatening to wipe out the human civilization. The only ones immune to it are the True...

Kids Fiction
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4.5
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4.0
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5.0

Perfect Read for the Family to Share Together

Ella has the coolest mom ever because she's a fairy. Magic and all. The best part? Ella will be a fairy when she grows up too! It has to be kept a secret though so not even Ella's friends can know. Ella's mom isn't the most patient...

Kids Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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Interesting Take on "Time Flies"

Taj is confused when he wakes up to what's supposed to be the first day of summer break, but instead, it's the first day of school. He doesn't understand what's happened until he gets a visit from Eon who claims to be a Time Chaser. Eon claims that Taj's time...

Young Adult Fiction
Bethany Wicker, Listings Manager & Staff ReviewerBethany Wicker, Listings Manager & Staff Reviewer   April 22, 2018
(Updated: April 22, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Negative Side to Social Media

Asha, Emma, and Skye have been best friends for years, but things have been different lately. Skye is only worried about landing an internship with the senator, Emma is focused on screenwriting, and Asha is obsessed with posting things of the social media platform ChitChat. At Asha's...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Perfect for fans of animals

When Mr. Heartwood takes a break, Mona the maid feels like she needs to step up to make sure nothing falls out of line. But things are different now because Tilly's brother Henry is in the picture. He hogs Tilly's time, gets a lot of praise, and is always around....

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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Fairy-Godmother-In-Training

Isabelle is a fairy-godmother-in-training and is so nervous that she's going to wind up being terrible like her mother was. She isn't good at studying and she's even worse at answering questions. Her Grandmomma and sister are a couple of the top-ranked fairy godmothers, so Isabelle has a lot to...

Kids Fiction
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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LGBT Story for Tweens

Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Sensitive Topic

Eli has it all until he falls prey to the addiction of drugs. His last use of heroin nearly kills him, but his girlfriend Savannah saves him. Rehab is the only option to get him the help he needs, but it's hard being taken from your life and having it...

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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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Takes you into the world of Hansel and Gretel

Abby and Jonah take another trip through their magic mirror after being told their grounded from technology. This time, it takes them into the story of Hansel and Gretel. They run into them in the woods and are shocked to see that they look almost identical to Abby and Jonah....

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Epic Fantasy of Betrayal and Loyalty

THE TRAITOR'S GAME alternates between two main characters: Kestra and Simon. When Kestra is called back home to her father's estate after years in hiding, she is both nervous and excited. But after an attack on her carriage, Kestra finds herself forced to search for the mythical Olden blade in...

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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Perfect for Early Readers Who Like Spooky

Sam is the hall monitor at Eerie Elementary, but his job requires more than watching out for students doing things they aren't supposed to. Instead, he, along with his friends Lucy and Antonio, must protect the school from Orson Eerie. He's a scientist who made himself a part of the...

Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Insight into Shakespeare's Life

This book is the perfect way to introduce to children who Shakespeare is. It opens up with what you might've seen on stage during Shakespeare's plays. Then, it goes on to talk about how hard of a time it was when Shakespeare was growing up. Next are some facts about...

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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Another Funny Addition to the Series

"There was an old pirate who swallowed a map. I don't know why she swallowed that map but it wasn't a trap." THERE WAS AN OLD PIRATE WHO SWALLOWED A MAP is written the same way as the previous books. It features an old lady who swallows...

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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

A Book to Make you Laugh

"There was an old mermaid who swallowed a shark. I don't know why she swallowed the shark, but it left no mark." THERE WAS AN OLD MERMAID WHO SWALLOWED A SHARK is a humorous read where an old mermaid swallows all types of sea creatures. It starts...

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