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Perfect for Fans of Thrillers

HIDING LIES is the second installment in the Eleanor Ames series. It begins with Ellie and Miles saying goodbye since Miles has to go to Turkey with his parents. It's not long after that that Agent Sheldon reveals that things didn't work out for Ellie's mom like they'd anticipated. Ellie's...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Best Installment Yet

Apollo, now known as a human teenager named Lester, must restore five Oracles that have gone dark in order to return to his former godly standing. However, he doesn't have his godly powers to help him succeed. THE BURNING MAZE starts out in the Labyrinth where Apollo, Meg and Grover...

Young Adult Fiction
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

Lifetime Drama

When Candice, better known as Candy, discovers that she's adopted, she feels betrayed and angry. These negative emotions make her want to run away. Before she knows it, she winds up in a stanger's car who she learns is Toby. Candy feels an instant connection to Toby...

Kids Nonfiction
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Helping Fish and their Environment

A PLACE FOR FISH teaches about different fish and creatures that live in the water and ways that people can start protecting them. For example, "when people stop dumping pet goldfish into local waters, native fish can live and grow". I love the illustrations and the details...

Kids Nonfiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

The Answer to that Dreaded "Why" Question

NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS explains how certain things work, such as rubber balls, kites, garbage, flashlights, boats, and much more. The pictures that go along with each description are a great visual. There's even a "Words to Know" section in the back to help with the definition of...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Fantasy and Adventure

LULLABY LAKE is the fourth installment in The Last Firehawk series. Tag, Skyla, and Blaze are trying to find all of the pieces of the Ember Stone. It's the only way to defeat the evil vulture named Thorn and save all of Perodia. Their search leads them...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Fun Twist to A Classic

Old MacDonald Had A Farm is a classic that any child will love. Sandra Magsamen changes it up slightly to make it more fun by using words such as tickle, hug, and squeeze. The farm animals the author uses are a cow, a horse, a pig, and a sheep. ...

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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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5.0

A Werewolf Who Doesn't Know He's A Werewolf

Every day after band practice, Oliver James must be home by six o'clock sharp for dinner. However, tonight is different from the usual. All of his friends run away from him and the bus doesn't stop. Oliver James is confused until he notices his reflection in a puddle. ...

Kids Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Emmy and her Mimosa Tree

Emmy likes all trees, but loves the mimosa tree the best. The reason is because her Gramma says they're just like Emmy: stubborn, strong, and a little bit wild. Emmy still likes oak and pine trees, but they aren't like her. When her birthday comes around and...

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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Animals Dancing

What do the animals at the zoo do at night when nobody's around? They dance at the Zoogie Boogie Fever! That's the reason they're all so tired during the day. They dance the night away, but it's a secret! ZOOGIE BOOGIE FEVER is a silly book with...

Kids Nonfiction
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5.0
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5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

More to Animals than You Think

LOVELY BEASTS teaches that animals you may believe to be scary, are actually not so bad and that there's so much more to them. The author uses a negative adjective that is typically used for an animal. Then, Kate Gardner uses a positive one that others may not consider. It...

Kids Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

A Story About Believing in Yourself

In the magical Forever Forest lives unicorns who horns give them a special power. Periwinkle is scared because hers hasn't developed yet and she's worried it never will. Her friend Birdie tells her she needs to believe in magic and follow her heart. As Periwinkle goes through...

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

Even Strays Can Make Great Pets

GOOD DOG stars a lonely dog who has become a stray. It tells us how he feels going through the day: hungry, lost, scared. Nobody sees his potential to be a great pet as he goes through his day. Instead, he's shooed away. This story teaches that...

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

Perfect for fans of rain!

My little girl loved Elizabeth Spurr's other book titled IN THE SNOW. When I saw this one, I knew we had to have it. This book reads as easily as the other one and is all about the fun activities you can do in the rain. "Water...

Young Adult Indie
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4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
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5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Geek Girl Power

Angel is a genius at school and also a talented hacker. She mostly uses her gift of coding to search for her dad. When her teacher Mr. Matthews is in an accident that involves a pedestrian being hit, witness claim he did tried to hit the lady intentionally. With an...

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