Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 12, 2018
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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Dogs...in...SPAAAACE

The Laika is on mission Stepping Stone, traveling outside the solar system to set up a new planet. In addition to the human crew, animals, and plants, there are some very loyal dogs, because where there are humans, there HAVE to be dogs! Since the journey is so long, everyone...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 11, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Basketball and Racial Conflicts

Bijan Majidi does okay in high school-- he has a good friend, Sean, is on the basketball team, and while he might be a little clueless about girls, he hopes that things will improve. After doing well enough on the basketball court to be moved to the varsity team, he...

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

Knock Knock

After his attempts to run for class president in Funny Kid for President, Max has decided that his identity is firmly tied to being the "funny kid". When his arch enemy, Abby Purcell, not only calls him "unfunny kid" but gets a laugh when his own joke did NOT, he...

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

Love is all you need

Twice upon a time, once in 1968 and once today, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland. In an elaboration on their famous song, the Beatles and a team of talented artists, musicians and vocalists put together a movie version filled with the groups' trademark word play, humor and psychedelic...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

Take home a Landseer

The Petersons are working together to clean up a camp ground near Loon Lake, where they will be spending time this summer. Charles and his neighbor Sammy are working hard but also having fun, but the day takes an exciting event when their mother calls from home to say that...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

Friends, dogs, and candy

Lizzie is very used to being around dogs, since her family fosters many of them, and has Buddy, their own forever dog. When she walking to her friend Mariko's house on a very cold morning, she is surprised to see a beautiful white German Shepherd puppy out on its own....

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Teachers right the best books about school!

Mr. Wolf is starting his first year of teaching fourth grade. He sets up his classroom and waits for his students to arrive. He is pleased with their behavior on the rug, but struggles a bit when he ventures out to the office. Another teacher steals his stapler, and he...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

A Reimagined Classic

This graphic retelling remains true to the story of the classic 1958 British time slip story. Tom is sent to an aunt and uncle's house because his brother is ill. There is absolutely nothing to do, especially since the city has been built up around his relatives house and there...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

You can check out any time you like...

P.T. and Gloria have saved the Wonderland Motel, and now because of the celebrity tie-in with the Surf Monkey movie, the family of the Marquess of Hereferrshire is staying with them while they visit Disney World to loan the Twittleham Tiara to the theme park to display in the castle....

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Goodbye to Alcatraz

There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother still dresses her like a...

Kids Fiction
Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Friends and Dance!

Bean and Tai are neighbors in a low-income housing project and have been friends for a very long time, but recently things have been strained between them. Tai hopes that when Bean returns from spending the summer with her aunt and sister in the suburbs and the pair start their...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Extreme Sports and Search and Rescue

Matt and his family have moved to Nevada, where his mother runs an Army base and heads up their K-9 Training Unit. His father is deployed, so settling in has been difficult. Matt loves extreme sports like kayaking, but they are hard to do alone. When he gets to attempt...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Tiny carrots wrapped in bacon!

Waldo and Sassy are hard working dogs who scour the floor for meatballs and keep their humans' house safe from squirrels every day, even when the humans give them the Breakfast of Distraction and escape every day. They worry about their boy, Stewart, who seems very sad to go to...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Beware the Metamorphosis

Blue and his sister Luna are very close to going through metamorphosis, after which they will be given jobs and have a very different life. Blue is a rule follower and thinks that his life in Pantala is pretty good. Sure, it would be nice if the HiveWings were nicer...

Karen Yingling, Staff ReviewerKaren Yingling, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2018
(Updated: July 10, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

In order for young people to make sense of the current sociopolitical landscape, it is not a bad idea for them to look back fifty years at the pivotal year of 1968. As volatile and contentious as today, but with the benefit of passing years helping to make sense of...

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