Reviews written by Kristie Lowry, Promotions Manager

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An Awesome Book!

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning at age 8 and became a math genius as a result. Her diagnosis is called acquired savant syndrome, and she also has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). To say that she's different than other kids her age is an understatement, but now she's 12, and her...

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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

The Start of a Great New Series

MILLA TAKES CHARGE by Erin Soderberg is the first in a new series from Disney and Random House Children's Books called the Daring Dreamers Club. The book features a group of five fifth grade girls who are placed in an advisory group lead by the school's music teacher, Ms. Bancroft....

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

An Incredible Book

Gerta Rausch didn’t know she was Jewish until she and her father were taken from their home in the middle of the night, packed into a train’s freight car, and taken to Theresienstadt. Papa and Gerta’s step-mother, a famous opera singer, had sheltered Gerta by homeschooling her and immersing her...

Young Adult Fiction
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3.7
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0

A Nice Follow-up to LOVE, LUCAS

Lucas Nelson loved Emmy Martin, but he waited until a week before he died of cancer to tell her that. Emmy had loved Lucas for years, but she kept quiet out of respect for their friendship, her friendship with Lucas's sister, and her belief that he only thought of her...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   May 11, 2018
(Updated: May 11, 2018)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

An Amazing Book

Bryan Bliss starts WE'LL FLY AWAY with a quote from the legendary anti-death penalty activist, Sister Helen Prejean. "It is easy to forgive the innocent. It is the guilty who test our morality. People are more than the worst thing they've ever done." That quote sets the...

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Fantastic

Francis is hanging out alone during lunchtime at school--as he does--when a girl who is not appropriately dressed for the weather sits with him. He's worried that she is going to be cold, and he offers her some tea. She's shocked to learn that he can see and hear her...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.3
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0

A Feminist Joins a Frat!

College life is rarely (if ever) simple, and in Kiley Roache's FRAT GIRL, Cassie Davis makes things even harder on herself by tying her full-ride scholarship to an elite school to a controversial secret research project: Cassie becomes a pledge at a fraternity, and she documents everything that happens over...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

Terrific book!

Danny Cheng appears to have it all--a tight-knit group of friends, a full ride to his school of choice, artistic talent, and parents who adore him. Danny Cheng also has a lot of secrets, and those secrets, though buried deep, keep him awake at night. Danny's parents, it turns out,...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

The Story of a Friendship--and More!

Spencer feels like an outsider. His mom left the family when he was five. His dad and brother exclude him as they bond over competitive sports and the outdoors. He's teased mercilessly by kids who think he's a freak thanks to the tics that come with Tourette's Syndrome. And he's...

Ink
Young Adult Fiction
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3.3
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0

The First in a New Dystopian Series

Sixteen-year-old Leora's dad is dying, but Leora and her mom, Sophie, take comfort in the fact that he'll live on through his book--the story of his life that is told through the tattoos he has acquired to commemorate special moments, deeds, and beliefs. Everyone in their town of Saintstone tattoos...

Kids Fiction
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

A Classic Tale with a Twist

Lion is not very nice. He bullies the other animals, and they're all afraid to stand up to him. In desperation, they put out a "Help Needed" ad, and hope that some brave soul will come to their rescue for a reward of "100 BUCKS (mostly gazelle)." In response to...

Kids Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Wow. An Incredible Book!

Jerome's hobby is words. He collects them. He classifies them. He loves them. One day, Jerome's collection is scattered, and his well-organized words are in complete disarray--the mayhem this causes results in... poetry. And songs. And a greater realization of the power of words. Even the most simple of words...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Simple, Profound, and Engaging

Bixby Alexander Tam (AKA Bat) is happy spending time with Thor, the pet skunk kit that his mom has allowed him to nurture, and things are settling into a nice routine that helps Bat feel good about life. Then Bat's older sister, Janie, gets a part in the school play....

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   February 25, 2018
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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0

A Great Second Book in a Series

CHILDREN OF REFUGE is the second in a series by Margaret Peterson Haddix in which the main characters, Rosi and Edwy, have spent the first twelve years of their lives being fostered in Fredtown (along with the other children of Earth their age and younger) by Freds--a peace-loving community whose...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   February 19, 2018
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3.7
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3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
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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...

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