Reviews written by Kristie Lowry, Promotions Manager

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Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   September 18, 2017
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3.5
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4.0
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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...

Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   September 13, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

A Wonderful Book

Albie Bright’s mom has died after a long illness, and he’s heartbroken. While trying to sort out his feelings about losing her, he asks his dad (a scientist—as was Albie’s mom) if he believes in heaven. “And that’s” says Albie “when Dad started to tell me about quantum physics.”...

Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   September 11, 2017
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Opposites Attract!

Big and Little, an elephant and a mouse, are best friends. But their friendship isn't based on common interests. Big and Little like opposite things, and author/illustrator Michael Garland has created a nice take on a much-done concept. There are the typical up/down and fast/slow comparisons, but as Big cooks...

Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   September 11, 2017
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3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Sweet, Funny, and Full of Action

Oscar Indigo is a bad baseball player, but he’s a very good teammate. And he’s committed to his role of benchwarmer and cheerleader as his team, the East Mt. Etna Wildcats, heads into the Slugger League post season against the West Mt. Etna Yankees. They’re in the first game of...

Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   September 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

An Appealing Middle Grade Book

THE GREAT TREEHOUSE WAR by Lisa Graff is the story of Winnie Malladi-Maraj and her nine friends. It’s told in the form of a collective memoir; the focus is on fifth-grade Winnie, and she’s the primary author, but her friends get to share their thoughts throughout the narrative through post-it...

Kids Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   September 04, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

A Fantastic Debut

FELIX YZ by Lisa Bunker is a creative look at the difficulties of being in middle school, although the title character has challenges far beyond the typical thirteen-year-old. With less than a month to go before The Procedure that could kill him, Felix Yz decides to...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   August 24, 2017
(Updated: August 25, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Fresh Look at Teen Addiction

THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM focuses on Adam Hawthorne, a teen who has lost a lot. His mom and his older sister have moved away leaving him with his dad—and his dad is too immersed in his own post-break-up misery to pay much attention to Adam. Adam doesn’t have friends anymore,...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   August 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Great Debut Fantasy Novel

MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller features Sal Leon, a genderfluid thief who wants nothing more than to exact revenge on the Lords of Erlend—those who ensured the annihilation of Sal’s country of birth, Nacea—and left them as its only survivor. The book starts with a robbery that introduces Sal,...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   August 08, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Sublime Collection

Jane Yolen’s collection THE EMERALD CIRCUS is pure delight for anyone who craves inspired retellings of classics from literature, or re-imaginings of the lives of real literary figures. Yolen takes a slanted look at the lives of Emily Dickinson, Hans Christian Andersen, and Edgar Allen Poe, and she creates some...

Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   August 08, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
N/A
Learning Value 
 
4.0

The story of an exceptional man.

Jackie Robinson was an exceptional man, and in 42 Is Not Just a Number, Doreen Rappaport shows readers why he should certainly be celebrated for not only his baseball prowess, but also for his strength of character. Although the book is brief, it succeeds in that mission. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   July 12, 2017
(Updated: July 12, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Great Main Character

Mary Weber’s THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW follows the titular character as she navigates more challenges than any one teen girl should. Sofi’s father has died. Her mother is wedded to the company she built and runs. Oh, and aliens have brought their planet into Earth’s orbit, and they, the...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Beautiful Book

The date is September 5, 2017 and Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio are both going to die. Thanks to an app called Last Friend, they find each other and commit to spend their day in the best way possible—whatever that means. THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   July 02, 2017
(Updated: August 31, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Brilliant YA Books

Seventeen-year-old Billie McCaffrey and her group, the Hexagon, are what every teenager wants: a tight-knit clan held together by history, laughter, tears, and fun. The four boys and two girls in the Hexagon all belong to the same church, and Billie’s father is that church’s youth minister. He and Billie...

Kids Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

I want a dog like Daisy!

Daisy is in an animal shelter and counting down the days until she may have to walk through the door to what she calls the Bad Side—so named because a dog walks through that door and is never seen again. By her reckoning, she has two more days before she’s...

Young Adult Fiction
Kristie Lowry, Promotions ManagerKristie Lowry, Promotions Manager   June 26, 2017
(Updated: June 26, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A book that teens will love

Scott Wallace prefers to live life in a fog. Alcohol, drugs, and conspiracy theories fuel his existence, and his daughter, Katie, has had to be the responsible adult in their two-person family for far too long. At seventeen, Katie should be worried about things like prom and her grades, but...

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