Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 14, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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Vivid account of the 1970s

It's 1975, and while some middle school problems are the same (weird teachers, school lunches, annoying parents), some are very different. Charlie lives in upscale Laurel Canyon, and right before 6th grade is to start, he finds out that many of his friends are going to other schools. The reason?...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 14, 2017
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

To dragons, you are crunchy and good with catsup!

I love the world building in this one. I've never been to Asheville, but there are lots of details that bring the setting to life. It was very easy to imagine myself riding Sir Horace through the woods, and wandering the treacherous halls of the school. All of the descriptions...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 04, 2017
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

A Must Read Biography

The first sentence of this book sets the stage for Douglass' impact on history: "This is the story of how one man's careful decisions and many accomplishments not only made his own life better but in many ways changed the history of America." This is a great lesson for children...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 04, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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A Sweet Fairy Tale Treat

Abby is having a bad day-- she and her brother Jonah break a lamp playing duckball in the house, they have to eat asparagus at dinner, and there's no dessert because Abby has had a note sent home about her being disruptive in class. Going through the magic mirror sounds...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 03, 2017
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4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

A GREAT Biography

When Cassius Clay was 12 years old, his brand new bicycle was stolen. When he went to report it to a police officer, he ended up in a local gym. There, Officer Martin told him that before he went to look to beat someone up about stealing the bicycle, he...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   February 01, 2017
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0

Recipe for a great winter break.

After their adventures in Cupcake Cousins and Summer Showers, cousins Willow and Delia are back with their family in Michigan, this time preparing for the wedding of Cat and Mr. Rickles. It's Christmas vacation, and they are glad to be back together, but the two are struggling to decide what...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

Mental Health Days in NYC

Callie lives in New York City, having moved from New Jersey to a very swanky apartment after her father got a much better job. Her mother, having been stressed out by being a social worker, now makes artisanal soaps. Callie has moved from a crowded, struggling school to a private...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Opportunities for Women

This narrative nonfiction title follows the lives of several women who worked at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in Langley, Virginia. NACA later became NASA, so some of the women who were instrumental in working with calculations for airplanes during World War II also went on to work with...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Super Squirrels!

Doreen Green (who loves that her name rhymes) moves from California to the suburbs of New York City and has a little bit of trouble fitting in-- and not just because she has a squirrel tail that she must keep hidden! She eventually makes friends at school with Ana Sofia,...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Dedicated therapy dog

Chester is a chocolate lab who is trained as a puppy to be an assistance dog by Penny. When he fails the test because he startles significantly at loud noises, he is offered to a family with a severely autistic son. Penny is not pleased, because Chester is very bright,...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 29, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Fun Notebook Novel

Marty loves to draw, and is very fond of his cat, Jerome, even when Jerome licks his face repeatedly. He's less fond of his older sister and her Neanderthal boyfriend, Peach Fuzz. When Marty finds a cryptic message that claims he is being observed by aliens, he comes to the...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 24, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

The Super Corn Nuts Crazy Pants Conclusion

Like the other books in this series, there are plenty of car chases, things exploding, and a fabulous gamer geek flash mob in Times Square. Roy does an excellent job of pacing the story, interspersing tense moments of survival with humorous exchanges, which helps the story move along quickly even...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   January 24, 2017
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

Timely Story about the Concept of Home

Amina (AH min ah) lives near Milwaukee, and enjoys being with her friend Soojin. She loves to sing, but doesn't like to do so in public. Things are changing in her world-- Soojin has decided that once she and her family have become citizens, she will change her name to...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2016
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

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
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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...

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