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Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 21, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Rules of Survival

Tristan's father taught him everything he near about tracking and canyoneering, but after his father disappears during a hike, Tristan doesn't often get a chance to roam outside. His mother won't get out of bed, his father's outdoor outfitting business is foundering, and his uncle can barely help his family...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 21, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Tally Ho!

Kit and her father Rudy are moving from Montana to the posh Covington Academy in England where her father is the new equestrian supervisor. Kit is excited to be in a new country where no one knows about her embarrassing fall from a horse that has left her reluctant to...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 21, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Teenages Assassins

Tyler and Shannon are both foster children with a murky grasp of their past... and a startling alternate identity of hardened killers. When their burner phones ring and someone says "Olympus is rising" to them, they respond with "Pandora's box is open" and go off on their next mission. In...

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

Give Me an A-L-I-E-N!

After the events of Flying, Mana is back, and her situation hasn't improved. Her father is still deceased, her mother is in the hospital, China hasn't answered her texts for days, Seppie is going away to a summer program, Lyle breaks up with her, AND she gets attacked by an...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 20, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Journey with Jules Verne

Max Tilt (short for Trujillo, as his father is Dominican. His mother is African American) is having a number of problems. He is "on the spectrum", and one of the ways this manifests itself is that he has synesthesia-- emotions have smells, and fear always smells like fish. This becomes...

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

Stone Age Housing Crunch

Lucy and Andy struggle when they have to move in with a Neanderthal family because it is winter and they desperately need a place to stay. The two groups get along well, and there are occasional asides from modern scientists who discuss facts about certain facets of life at this...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Companion to the Nightmares! Series

In this companion to the Nightmares! trilogy, a hodgepodge of supplementary material is presented. There are pictures and descriptions of various nightmare entities, listing of their strengths and weaknesses, and Pro Tips on how to deal with them. There are also very short stories involving the characters from the books...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Life Lessons Learned

Flint Hill Elementary is planning a big anniversary celebration. The students decide that painting a mural is a great way to leave their mark on the school, and Jefferson is chosen to organize this part of the celebration. He learns a difficult lesson about making everyone happy when many people...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Fashion, cybersecurity and kindness

Katie and Vanessa are launching their KV fashion line at the school fashion show, and they are excited to find out that a buyer from the local boutique, Lazenby's, is going to be there. Vanessa thinks this might be their big chance, but when she investigates the sort of fashions...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Reunion Time for Fly Guy

Buzz wants to play, but Fly Guy is downcast and drawing pictures of his family. Buzz decides to host a family reunion for his pet. He puts up signs around town, and soon the guests begin to arrive. Once they are assured there are no fly swatters, the flies come...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Fairies doing good deeds

Luna, Ruby and May are back, and this time the glow globes that are to be used to illuminate the Fairy Ball have gone dark. The trio investigates so that the party can continue and the Fairy Queen is not inconvenienced. When they realize that the magic shell that helps...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

For the youngest fairies

Luna, Ruby and May are young fairies who live in Fairy Hill. They are learning magic and hope to get their fairy wings from the Fairy Queen by doing a brave, kind deed. When they go to play in the fairy garden, they realize that it is not doing well....

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

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
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

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
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

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...

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