Reviews written by Kristie Lowry, Promotions Manager

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Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   February 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Good Start to a New Series

Rosi is twelve-years-old and she and the other children of Fredtown were taken from an unsafe situation with their birth parents to be raised by Fred-moms and Fred-dads. The Freds don't tell the children that their parents are dead, but Rosi and the other twelve-year-old in the community, Edwy, have...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   February 15, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

A Really Good Book!

BELIEVAREXIC is the fictionalized memoir of author JJ Johnson's stay in an eating disorder unit (EDU) in the 80s. The book begins with the fifteen-year-old main character, Jennifer, asking her parents to admit her to the hospital for a disease that they didn't realize she had. Jennifer is taken...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   February 12, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Beautiful Book

Alice Nightingale is broken. It's been three years since the horrific act that left her under the "spell of twelveness"--a head injury that doctors said would leave her forever twelve-years-old with (as Alice says) "messed up electrics" that cause her to have seizures when she's under too much stress. Alice's...

Kids Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   January 20, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

First in a new MG SF series

Kelvin Klosmo's family has moved to a new intergalactic community so that his genius parents can continue their important scientific work. Starting a new school is always hard, but for Kelvin it's going to be especially difficult since his classmates and teachers will all be different species--plus he's expected to...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   January 17, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Sports Book with Broad Appeal

GAME CHANGE by Joseph Monninger follows its main character Zeb Holloway for one week in his life--and what a week it is. The book opens as Zeb watches T.T. Monroe, the starting quarterback for his high school football team and one of the top five players in the country, get...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   December 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

This Collection is a Gift

WELCOME HOME: AN ANTHOLOGY ON LOVE AND ADOPTION features stories by some of the best voices in YA literature (or at least some of my favorites), and the stories revolve around adoption in all of its forms. Edited by Eric Smith, the collection covers a range of genres, and they're...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   December 15, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Sweet YA Romantic Comedy

JUST FRIENDS by Dyan Sheldon is a sweet YA romantic comedy featuring Josh Shine, a music-loving, ponytailed, chess-playing, short high school student who falls for new girl Jena Capistrano the first time he sees her. By happy coincidence, Jena lives across the street from Josh's long-time friend, Ramona, so Josh...

Kids Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   December 10, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

A Gorgeous Adventure

Aissa is the first-born daughter of the Lady of an island, and as such she should be raised in a life of privilege and learning--destined to be the Lady when Aissa's mother is too old to do the duties that come with the title. But Aissa is born with extra...

Kids Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   December 02, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Great MG Historical Fiction

HERO ON A BICYCLE by Shirley Hughes is a middle grades novel set in 1944 in Florence, Italy and its surrounding area. The title character, Paolo Crivelli, is a thirteen-year-old boy who sneaks out at night to ride his bike into the city in an effort to escape the boredom...

Kids Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   November 30, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Superbat to the Rescue!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a bat in a costume! Pat the bat is a fan of comic books and superheroes, and rather than hanging up-side-down during the day like other bats, Pat decides to create a superhero outfit and become Superbat! When they wake...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   November 30, 2017
(Updated: November 30, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Second Book in a Great Series

THE RIDDLE by Alison Croggon is the second in the author's Pellinor series, and it picks up right where book 1 left off. Maerad and Cadvan continue their quest for the Treesong--even though they have no idea what it is or where they should look for it. As in...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Great YA Sci Fi!

New Canaan is home to the Knowing, a group of people descended from colonists from the planet Earth--sent to a new planet to try to create a utopian civilization. The Knowing believe that they have succeeded. They never forget anything--and not only do they not forget, retrieving their memories mean...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   October 11, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Wonderful Epic Fantasy

Alison Croggon’s THE NAMING: BOOK ONE OF PELLINOR is a high fantasy tale that draws from and rivals some of the classics in the genre. The book’s central character, Maerad, is a sixteen-year-old slave, and she has resigned herself to that fate—until she’s found by Cadvan, a Bard who discovers...

Young Adult Indie
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   October 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A

Paranormal, History, and Science -- all in one book!

REFLECTIONS by Clifton Kenny follows Shane Sullivan as he discovers that he has the ability to talk to people from the past—specifically the ancestors of whomever is nearby when he starts to “reflect.” With this gift, Shane (accompanied by his friends Paige and Jimmer) discovers that the history lessons he...

Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   September 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

June Sparrow has a puzzle to solve...

In JUNE SPARROW AND THE MILLION DOLLAR PENNY, June Sparrow is a very rich pre-teen living in New York City with her best friend, a miniature pig named Indigo Bunting... until she's not rich anymore. On her twelfth birthday, June learns that the fortune her parents left to her when...

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