Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 26, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Fantastic summer read!

Connor Reeves has just won a major kick boxing tournament and is on his way home when he tries to save a boy from being mugged. After a fight, the boy disappears and Connor ends up being taken to a police station, where the officers inform him that he passed...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 11, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

If You Only Read ONE Sports Book, Make It THIS One!

Tessa is a great athlete-- she runs in a local race with her friends Marina and Lexie and wins first place, putting her on the radar of the high school cross country coach. She is also passionate about football, which she has played in the park for years with her...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 01, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Riveting WWII Japanese POW Camp Saga

Henry has had a difficult life on the family farm in Minnesota. After the death of his mother, his father took up drinking and abusing him, so at the age of 15, he signs up for the Marines, with his grandfather vouching for his age. He survives basic training and...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 31, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Nuclear annihilation... by grandmother!

David has a fairly ordinary life in Virginia in the early 1980s. He hangs out with his friend Hector, playing Atari and practicing for a trivia contest. It's through the contest that he starts to connect with Scott, who is more popular than David, but who has some issues of...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 21, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Harrowing Historical Adventure

Oliver lives with his father, who is a nasty man and unscrupulous lawyer. His sister, who has been raising Oliver since their mother's death, decides to leave their sea side town and move to London to live with an aunt and uncle. After the family home is destroyed...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 21, 2017
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4.0
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4.0
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A Case of Nerves

Izzy is wary of starting fourth grade and anxious about everything-- her parents' divorce, her older brother's pierced tongue and emotional distance, her friends at school.There are annoying boys, a class play (based on Free To Be...You and Me), and a best friend with a potentially serious health issue. Izzy...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 21, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Agatha Christie Read Alike

Toby's parents were both presumed dead after a boating accident, and after bouncing from relative to relative, he has finally landed with his Uncle Gabriel, who is a detective in the early part of the 1900s. His uncle is not a tremendously successful detective, so Toby has enrolled in Inspector...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 21, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

PTSD Therapy Dog

Daisy is in the pound, and not enjoying it much. When a young boy and a man come to look at dogs, she takes a liking to the man, Victor, even though he is wary of the boy, Micah, and the trainer who accompanies them. Victor is a soldier struggling...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2017
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

Be careful what you wish for!

Joplin never knew her grandfather, the much celebrated author Martin Camrath, but when he passes away, there is a media frenzy around her New York apartment, which she and her mother share with her mother's best friend Jen. The death is hard for Joplin, but only because she must deal...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

For Downton Abbey Buffs

It's the 1920s, and airplanes are not quite as scary as they were before the war. Wealthy Antony asks for one for his birthday, and his father lets him have one-- after all, he is impressed that Antony wants to take flying lessons instead of just trying to bring a...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2017
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

Chevelles in Space!

In 2085, Benny lives in the Drylands. His father didn't come back from a scouting mission, so he lives in a caravan with his grandmother and two younger brothers. When he is picked for the elite academy at the swank Lunar Taj, he knows that the way to better the...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 20, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Great Twist!

Emmie is not comfortable in middle school-- she has curly hair, is a late bloomer, and is artistic. She tries to stay under everyone's radar. In alternating chapters, we also meet Kate, who is fabulous, has everyone as a friend, and is everything Emmie is not. Emmie does have one...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 17, 2017
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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Upbeat Middle Grade Novel

Mattie is not thrilled to have to move from North Carolina to Phildelphia over winter break, even though it means being near her beloved grandmother, Maeve. Her father is working long hours at his new job, her mother can't find work, and she has to start a new...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Timely Time Travel

Abbi is off to college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It's hard to leave her mom, because her grandmother has just passed away from cancer, but she is looking forward to getting on with her life. Her roommate, Jada, seems really nice, and she meets a cute boy named...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   March 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Satisfying Conclusion to Trilogy

After Jamie is badly injured and Alexei is accused on murder in See How They Run (Embassy Row #2), Grace is hiding out with them in a remote woods in the US. When a place lands near them, they panic with good reason-- the Prime Minister is there to try...

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