Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Trying new things

Ellie's grandfather Melvin, who turned himself into a teenager in The Fourteenth Goldfish, has gotten tired of traveling and has returned home. He's antsy, not being able to drive, and not having fun with "the Puberty" since he is always tired, hungry, and can't tell everyone he has TWO PhDs....

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 18, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Rare, prehistoric setting

Snub is a young gorilla living in prehistoric times. She has a family that included Silverback, Brother, Wrinkle and Teased, and they are very close. When Snub's mother has a new baby, Snub feels unloved, but that is a small tragedy compared to the eruption of a volcano. The lava...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

No-holds-barred Villain

Wyatt has a decent life, but when his dad takes off, it dissolves into chaos. His mother doesn't function well, his younger brother is clingy, and his aunt Narcissa moves in and is only really helps if you consider snacking on the couch helpful. Wyatt does some stupid things and...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 15, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Everything you could possibly want to know about soccer!

"Coaches" Alex and Ben introduce the reader to their school that is all about soccer. Every class, from biology to business studies, deals with fun facts and information about how each topic pertains to soccer. My favorite part of the book was probably the two page spread detailing...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 12, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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Beware of exploding fruit!

Both the members of the robotics team whose plane went down and the members of the Cub-Tones from the 1950s are still surviving in the scary land of the blue broccoli forests, dealing with exploding fruit and scissor birds. They do find a statue and a tree village,...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 12, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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All the better to read with you, my dear!

Abby is excited that her nana is coming to stay with her and Jonah while her parents are away, but when she gets an invitation to come to a sleepover at Penny's house, she's mad at her grandmother for not letting her go. She plans to sneak away via the...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 12, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Perfect for Halloween

As fall approaches, Geronimo is busy working in his newspaper office when he starts to see strange things-- his co workers whispering about scary things, coffins being moved outside, and everyone trying to distract him when he investigates. Thinking he needs a break, he's glad to see his friend Creepella...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 11, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Fighting Dinosaurs AND Aliens

To recap the adventures of the Bad Guys so far: they were saving Earth from an alien invasion when their escape pod became a time machine and they ended up in prehistoric times! While being chased by a variety of dinosaurs, the group manages to find a time portal, but...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 11, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Is it the End? Ask Total.

As Christmas approaches, Timmy is ready to give up his detective business, but he has one last mission: to help Total find his brother. He's also not entirely happy to be living with Doorman Dave, since his mother married him. When he is assigned a film project for class, Timmy...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Beware of parents in bike shorts!

There are few things in Tom's life that are NOT made better by caramel wafer biscuits, and after he sees his sister Delia without her sunglasses, it makes him crave them desperately. He's late for school and completely off his game, especially since he also sees his dad in a...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Dogs as protection and comfort

Stubby was adopted from the streets of Boston by Bob Conroy, who managed to sneak him on the ship his unit took to Europe. Once they arrived, the commanding officer allowed the dog to be the mascot of the group as long as he didn't interfere. Stubby proved his worth...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Latkes are dangerous to make.

It's Hanukkah on New York's Lower East Side in 1912. Young Gertie, who is four, is very excited about all of the preparations that her parents and four older sisters are making. Making latkes is especially intriguing, since they are made only once a year. Gertie wants to help, but...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Ms. Acevedo, scientist by training and CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, grew up in New Mexico in the 1960s and 70s. Her father was a scientist who had some personal issues, and her mother struggled with English when Sylvia was young. Her younger sister was left with...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Multigenerational Family Problems

Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity. Merci finds it a bit...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Quest with Talking Swords

Sir Eleanor and Sir Odo are back with their respective talking swords. After the death of Sir Halfdan and the appearance of the former king Egda, the kingdom of Tofte is in turmoil. Egda's sister Odelyn is acting as regent for Prince Kendryk, but is going to have her crowned...

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