Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2016
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4.0
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4.0
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A Sure Hit with WWII Buffs

Zullo starts out his book with a very helpful explanation of both how the information was gathered for the book and the process he used to write the tales. Like many of his other titles (Vietnam War Heroes, Hurrican Katrina, Young Civil Rights Heroes), Zullo uses a variety of primary...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2016
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Why diets don't work

Healthy takes a critical look at a variety of concerns, and does a good job at balancing information about food with information about the psychology of weight gain. There is a broad range of information as well, on a variety of topics. While some college students will be familiar with...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2016
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5.0
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5.0
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Girl Scout Cookies for Thought

We left the children of Serenity in several bad situations in Criminal Destiny, (the adventure starts with Masterminds) and we pick up right where we left off. Amber and Malik are trying to escape the Serenity police, and are rushing down rapids, only to end up on the top of...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2016
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4.0
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4.0
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N/A

Neighborhood adventure with a twist

Virgil's family calls him "Turtle" because he won't come out of his shell. His parents are both busy nurses, but his grandmother seems to understand him, and comforts him with stories. He has a crush on a girl in his class, Valencia, but doesn't know how to talk to her,...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 27, 2016
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4.0
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4.0
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Epic London Adventure!

Jack, his sister Sadie, and his mother all arrive in London to look for his father, who often travels for business but has been in an accident and is missing. His mother is so distracted that she tells the two children to stay in the hotel while she goes out,...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 27, 2016
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3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Who doesn't want a pet stegosaurus?

Now that Oona's dinosaur egg has hatched, she finds that her "baby", Stacy, is becoming a bigger problem every day. Literally! She takes an enormous amount of food (which is a challenge in a hunter-gatherer society!), and sometimes decides to take her food from the family garden. Oona decides to...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 27, 2016
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

Great folklore resource.

Since the original Tales from the Arabian Nights would include 1,001 stories, this is a well chosen selection of tales. Napoli does a good job at balancing well-known stories with more obscure tales, and also frames the stories within the larger story of Scheherazade's precarious position as a new wife...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 27, 2016
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3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

A more gentle introduction to 9/11

This picture book details a real-life occurrence in the aftermath of the 9/11 devastation. The coauthor, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, visited his home in Africa while he was studying to be a doctor in the US. He told his tribe about the events of 9/11, and they were so moved that...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 27, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Born Free for the New Millenium

From the point of view of one lioness, whom researchers called Lady, the devastation of an African habitat and its eventual restoration is painstakingly covered. The Liuwa Plain National Park is perfect for a variety of animals, but have been damaged due to war, poaching and other human interventions. ...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 27, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0

Historical Cartoons of the First Order

This brightly colored, comic book style is "told" to us by Arthur Inkblot, scribe of Queen Elizabeth's court, and his ferret, Smudge, who adds information in the borders of the pictures. Each page covers a topic of history of this era, such as the Wars of the Roses, Christopher Columbus,...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 27, 2016
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3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

For the love of older dogs

Boscoe is an older dog who has a great life with Mr. Pickett, a retired gentleman who likes to read and learn something new every day. He shares books and frozen yogurt with Boscoe, and the two go on lots of walks. When Mr. Pickett passes away, however, Boscoe ends...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 21, 2016
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Adorable dogs and books

Madeline is a struggling reader. While others around her are getting stars from their teacher, she gets hearts that say "keep trying". This has caused her to declare that she "hates" reading. Her mother and teacher are supportive, but Madeline feels that people are giggling at her when she makes...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 21, 2016
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

Dogs and Snowstorms

Teddy is an Irish wolfhound who has been raised by Sylvan, a poet who worked in his cabin in the woods. Sylvan read to Teddy and talked to him constantly, so now Teddy can converse in human speech. In the middle of a huge snowstorm, Teddy finds two children, Nickel...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 20, 2016
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5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0

Don't play with the creepy dolls!

Sophie seems to have very bad luck when it comes to the supernatural, but she's never entirely sure that unexplained forces are to blame. Is it really the Ouija board app that causes her best friend Jay to drown? Wracked with grief and no small portion of guilt, Sophie is...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 19, 2016
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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Mystery in New York City

Dev, whose mother is the police commissioner in Ne.w York City, has never known her father, a journalist killed before she was born. She is lucky to have a supportive if quirky grandmother, and her mother has surrounded her with friends. These include an older sister figure, Natasha, who was...

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