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Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 07, 2018
(Updated: February 07, 2018)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Sunny is PUG-tastic!

Sunny is an older pug who has a comfortable life with her human and her stuffed animals. When Rosy, a new puppy, joins the family, Sunny is not happy. Puppies have a lot of energy and Sunny doesn't care for Rosy's in-your-face personality. Sunny also doesn't like sharing her things...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 06, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

Timely Biography of Social Pioneer

Following Jane Addams life from her well-to-do but uncomfortable childhood, we see that she was interested in helping the underprivileged from a young age. After going to college and traveling the world, Addams set up a settlement house in Chicago that was aimed to help immigrants. Named Hull House after...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 06, 2018
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Portrait of a Folk Artist

Artist James Castle was born with many problems right before the turn of the last century. Raised on a farm, he was deaf, possibly autistic, and had learning difficulties. His family struggled to deal with his issues, and he was often sent to the attic, where he would do drawings...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 31, 2018
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Don't mess with the bears!

Spencer has enjoyed being with the bears in Bearhaven, especially with his friend, Kate, but the bears have not had an easy time of it. After rescuing his parents in Hidden Rock Rescue, Spencer still has to deal with the evil Pam and his sidekick Margo, who have planted microchips...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2018
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4.5
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4.0
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5.0

Mini Pigs with Crowns!

Our friends are back after their exploits in Wedgie and Gizmo. Gizmo has settled in to life with his new family, and has established some routines. His nap schedule is hectic, but he makes sure to spend some time with Abuela, watching television and eating cheese puffs. When Jasmine is...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

3-D printers are dangerous!

After Manny and Freddy's adventures with the 3-D printer in Monsters Unleashed, they are glad things have calmed down. When Trevor, a new student who seems obsessed with bugs, asks Freddy to draw him a bug, he does so without thinking too much about it, but later realizes that Trevor...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Be careful when teleporting pets

Jordie, whose father has been living in an apartment over the family garage since her parents have separated, really wants a dog. Her mother always says no, so Jordie is excited when Professor Reese moves next door with a large dog acquired when a friend had to leave the country...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 29, 2018
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5.0
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5.0
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Lucky to read this book!

Trey is very reliant on his good luck charm; a piece of deep blue sea glass that his grandmother game him before she passed away. He is sure it's what helps him to make the tryouts for the Ravens, a travel baseball team. Things are a little rough in Trey's...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 29, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

Science Fiction Notebook Novel

Olga loves animals of all kings, so when she finds one that looks like a cross between a potato and a hamster, she takes it home and hides it in her room, even though it smells really bad. She tries to find out what it is, even trying to take...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 29, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

More Adventures of Meh

Olga and Meh are back after their exploits in Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere. Olga and her friend Chuck are enjoying playing with the strange and smelly pet, but Olga becomes concerned when Meh starts exhibiting strange symptoms. The creature has weird...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 29, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

One Good Friend

Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, and Ben lives in Louisiana. They've never met, although they have played online Scrabble together on many occasions. When they both have particularly bad weeks, Ben calls Charlotte, and they actually talk. Having one good friend is helpful to both of them in getting through their...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 29, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
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4.0
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N/A
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4.0

Nice Overview of Career and Life

This biography of Jackie Robinson balanced things well. There was information about Robinson's life as a child, which made the historical context of his inclusion on a major league baseball team make more sense. There were enough details to make the story interesting, but not so many that the book...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 29, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Timely look at WWII

While WWI used planes, the technology and use really took off during WWII. It's hard for people today to understand how all-consuming this war was, but Pearson does a fantastic job at setting the scene. Factories of all sorts switched from their regular products to producing for the war effort....

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Bang Your Head

When Malu's (Maria Luisa) mother gets a two year visiting professorship in Chicago, she has to leave her father and his record shop in Gainesville. Malu and her father love punk rock music, and her mother is not a fan, so Malu really wishes she could stay with her father....

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Beware the Old Ones

Nikola Kross is a bit of a social outcast, and her guidance conselour (whom she calls "Ms. Hiccup") advises her to try to make herself less of a target. That's hard for Nikola to do, considering that her mother went missing when she was very young, and her...

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