Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 13, 2018
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Good Poetry Book for Spring

This picture book sized poetry book follows Mama and Dad bird as they hatch a clutch of eggs, supervise raising the chicks, and send them off into the world. The rhymed couplets give brief information about how the nest is built, eggs are laid and hatched, and some of the...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 12, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Vacation under a modern volcano

Kenzie, Brianna, Wyatt and Todd have all have won the opportunity to study with Dr. Grier in Yellowstone National Park, observing the volcanoes. Aided by Ms. McNamary, the children get settled into their camp, find out a little bit about each other, and learn what they will be doing for...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 12, 2018
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3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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3.0

Friends stand up to a bully

In this sequel to The Midnight Meeting, we rejoin Bismark the sugar glider, Tobin the pangolin and Dawn the fox. Bismark is waiting for his friends, who are late to arrive, and plans to lead them on an exciting nocturnal adventure. The plan runs into trouble when the group runs...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 12, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

Using Beatles' Lyrics to Teach Life Lessons

Illustrated with stills from the television program with light colored font, children will enjoy identifying the characters they know from the show. Some are named, but there are many faces on each page. This book offers the message that even though people (and bugs!) may change...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 12, 2018
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4.0
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4.0
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Don't all librarians have super powers?

Alex is struggling as the apprentice to an elderly librarian at a castle filled with old, musty diaries and laundry lists, and when Master Farnsworth dies under suspicious circumstances, the Dowager Duchess Purslane has had enough of him and sends him away. Not wanting to go back to his militaristic...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 12, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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Who doesn't like doughnuts?

Tristan's family decides to move from New York City to a small town after his father loses his job and his mother decides to open a restaurant. Tristan is so upset that he doesn't even tell his best friend, thinking that his magical thinking will somehow stop the move from...

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

Beware of Cute Babies

Canine configuration engage! August, a cat, has created a robotic dog that his friend Charlie helps him run. With the advanced robotics the two are able to save babies who are down wells, pull people out of the path of tornadoes, and perform other heroic deeds. They are being pursued...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 11, 2018
(Updated: April 11, 2018)
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Sci Fi with some 1950s undertones

The children in the Killbots whose plane went down have suffered from having friends die, being stuck in all sorts of treacherous situations, and losing their confidence in their survival. Just when they are faint with hunger and about to give up, they hear the voices of other humans. They...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 11, 2018
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

Great babysitter, evil cousin

Jemima and her little brother Jakey are being bedeviled by their baby cousin, Zara. Their Aunt Sally claims that her "baby-waby" is "easy-breezy", but from the devastation that is wrought on their toys and other possessions, the children know that this is not the case. They hope that their babysitter...

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

Rosie's BFF's Birthday

In this sequel to Party Time, Princess Rosie finds out that her best friend (and cat-in-waiting) Cleo's birthday is coming up. Since the two have such a royally good time together exploring the castle, Rosie wants to find the perfect gift for her friend. She asks her family and the...

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

Saving the world with butt lasers

Victor Spoil is back after defeating Dr. Deplorable in How to Be a Supervillian. He's still struggling with wanting to be good even though his parents are supervillains, but now he at least has some friends who understand how he feels. He has gained a lot of information about how...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 11, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Lucy in the Sky with Problems

Lucy lives with her supportive grandmother, and frequently sees her uncle, who is young, fun, and a bit misguided. Lucy has been homeschooled, but her grandmother decides that it is time for Lucy to acquire the social skills that middle school will provide. Why? Lucy was struck by lightning when...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 11, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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Bringing history to life

Paloma Marquez has to spend the summer in Mexico City with her mother, who has gotten a fellowship to study there. Paloma would rather be back home with her friends in Kansas, but she is somewhat interested to be living just a few streets away from the home of her...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   April 11, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Mystery, divorce, and civil rights

Candice's grandmother was a city official in the small town of Lambert before she fell into disrepute. She thought there was treasure buried under the tennis courts and had them dug up. When no treasure appeared, she was relieved of her duties. Candice and her mother are spending the summer...

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

Butterfly Life Cycle

In this level one beginning reader, Pete and his friends adventure into the back yard to look for bugs. They find ants, ladybugs, and spiders and are able to observe their actions, but it is the caterpillar that most interests Pete. He brings one home, andhis parents help him set...

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