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Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Very young soldiers in WWII

When Colton's brother Danny is injured by a U Boat while out fishing in the Outer Banks, Colton decides to take his brother's papers and go into the navy in his place. Their father is dead, and their mother can use the navy pay... even though Colton is only 12!...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2017
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4.0
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4.0
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I can fly!

Livy has missed months of school because her best friend Mahalia died of leukemia. When her father is suddenly offered the librarian position at the prestigious Temple College in London, he is excited to take it, and glad that she will get a fresh start when she is accepted as...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2017
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4.0
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4.0
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Literary Tale vs. Fairy Tale!

This had several interesting twists for this series. I did enjoy the fact that the difference between a fairy tale and a literary tale was pointed out; it will be interesting to see if perhaps Abby and Jonah travel into some of Hans Christian Andersen's stories in later books! The...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 11, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Take home this adorable pet mystery!

It's the end of the school year, and Jimmy Bishop is busy making plans for summer. He wants to volunteer at the local animal shelter where he got Abby, his crime solving pooch, play lacrosse, and hang out with his friends Irwin, Baxter and Daisy. Things become complicated when Baxter...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 11, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0

Yes, I'll have fries with this!

David is interested in competitive eating-- he can eat a pizza pretty quickly, and he's watched a lot of competitions and thinks he could probably do pretty well. When he accidentally bids $2,000 on a half hot dog and his bid wins, he turns to several local competitive eating events...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 27, 2017
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Twenty years of protecting presidents

Emmett was a young, impressionable boy growing up in the South when President Kennedy was assassinated. The event made such an impression on him that he enlisted in Marine Corps, served his time there, and then made a concerted effort to break into the ranks of the secret...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 27, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Trouble in River City... in 1937

Brothers Pete and Gus live with their family in Ironton, Ohio in 1937. Practical Pete, the younger brother, is the one the father counts on to help around the house, and Gus is the more poetic, distracted, romantic type. When the Ohio River starts to rise after a warm and...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 22, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

French Criminal Gangs

In 1961, Charlie Fisher is a poor little rich kid whose mother has decided that she's tired of caring for him, so he gets shipped off to stay with his father, a diplomat living in Marseilles, France. He has a tutor, and gets to go to lots of posh events,...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 22, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0

Adventure in Africa

After his harrowing experiences in Andakar and his discovery that his parents are involved in the Emergency Rescue Committee in Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape, Ryan is back in New York City for Christmas break. His parents seem to have something on their mind, but aren't telling him. When...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 22, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
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4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

WWII Russian History

Valka has trained as a pilot, and idolizes some of the Russian women who have made the news for the aviation exploits, but has had no luck finding a job. When the Germans attack the Russians, Valka answers a call for a women's air unit. Her long time friend, Pasha,...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 22, 2017
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4.0
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4.0
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Fly like a bird! Sting like a bee!

After getting involved with Project Chimera in Going Wild, Charlie and her mother and brother Andy are struggling with the kidnapping of her father. Maria and Mac are both having problem controlling when they change into animals, and Maria frequently sprouts a tail. When Charlie finds in formation her father...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2017
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4.0
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4.0
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A Modern Day Melendy Story

The Vanderbeekers family of five children, parents, dog and rabbit have lived on two floors in a brownstone in Harlem. The father grew up in the same neighborhood. Just before Christmas, however, their landlord, Mr. Beiderman, decides not to renew their lease, and they have to move right after Christmas....

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Excellent Exploration of the Cold War

Richard and his family live near Washington, D.C., where his father does something secretive for the government. They live in a solid, middle class neighborhood with J. Edgar Hoover and other government employees. When a new boy Richard's age moves in, he's glad to find another kindred spirit who liked...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Offering from a Master Storyteller

Maverick's mother has trouble keeping a job due to her alcohol consumption, which probably also influences her bad taste in men. When her current boyfriend becomes abusive, Maverick vows that he will try to help out the people around him the way that super heroes do, and he carries a...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   August 08, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Just in time for Valentine's Day

Josh is into old movies, old music, and doesn't mind taking yoga classes with his best friend, Ramona. He also has a two friends who are equally off-the-beaten-path for high school students, Sal and Josh. When Jena Capistrano moves to town, Josh falls for her hard. He wishes that she...

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