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Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   April 06, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Couldn't Put it Down

The Seclusion is scarily wonderful. I couldn't put this book down and ended up finishing it all in one day. Reminiscent of great dystopian novels like WE and 1984, it takes the sci-fi dystopian feel and makes it seem incredibly realistic and frighteningly plausible. What I liked...

Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   April 06, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Riverdale

Riverdale: The Day Before features the perspectives of the four main characters of season 1: Jughead, Archie, Betty, and Veronica. It all takes place the summer before the first episode of season 1. It is a well-written TV tie in. Each character is off on their own, not interacting...

Kids Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   November 18, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

What Matters Most is Who Picks Us Up

I want to hug this book and never let go. Louisiana Elefante is cursed. She is hopeful yet skeptical, naive yet wise beyond her years. She is a like all of us, a complex character. While some may have first met Louisiana in Raymie...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   September 30, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Captivating Thriller

At first The Lying Woods reads more like a contemporary fiction piece than thriller. Then all of sudden it hits you with all the punches. Ashley Elston eloquently weaves clues along the way that are so subtle. Plot twists and surprises divert your mind from the clues until...

Kids Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   September 30, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Learning how to accept ourselves and others

Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan is must read that should be on every school library shelf. Fans of Wonder, Out of My Mind, and Fish in a Tree are sure to love reading Save Me a Seat. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   April 02, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Oh My Heartstrings

Marquardt brilliantly weaves together a beautiful story about family, friends, and finding yourself. She shows how people facing very different struggles can learn from one another by just taking the time to get to know them for who they really are. To be honest,...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   March 30, 2018
(Updated: March 30, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Destiny Can Bring You to Tears

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes is a tear-provoking story about Tareq and his family as they struggle to find their way to safety. His story is narrated by Destiny who struggles to deal with the dark side of humanity. In many ways, the narration reminds me of the way Death...

Kids Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   August 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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Inspiring

I absolutely feel in love with this book. I was always a big Alan Gratz fan, but after hearing him speak this past April I knew I had to pre-order both Ban This Book and Refugee. So this past week was officially Alan Gratz week at my house. I read...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   August 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Must Read

Many of the stories out there deal with girls who go against the grain and want to do what society claims is "boys' stuff." While I love those stories and can easily relate, it is super refreshing to see Molly Ostertag take a look at the other side of...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   August 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Swings it out of the park!

Again Jennifer and Matt Holm prove they are the dynamic duo when it comes to graphic novels and story telling. Swing It Sunny takes place in the late 1970s in America to a young girl in middle school. It is the sequel to Sunny Side Up, but works well as...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   August 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Mesmerizing Story Told in Verse

Told entirely in verse, Solo is a story full of love, loss, addiction and music. Like Kwame Alexander's previous books, each character in Solo have elements that you can relate to and see in the people you know. Blade is a musician dealing with family issues...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   August 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Brilliant!

Alan Gratz does it again with Refugee. Gratz knows how to weave historical facts and great story telling flawlessly. Refugee will tug at your heartstrings. Refugee is the story of three very different kids experiencing the hatred and fear that is a real part of our ...

Kids Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   June 06, 2017
(Updated: June 06, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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Pick up this book now!

Hilarious and Heartwarming- a fun read from beginning to the end! Maz Evans is reminiscent of Roald Dahl in her vivid character descriptions and wacky plot twists. Who Let the Gods Out takes you on a fantastic adventure ride filled with wacky versions of all our favorite Greek...

Young Adult Fiction
Joanne Mumley, Twitter ManagerJoanne Mumley, Twitter Manager   May 20, 2017
(Updated: May 28, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Couldn't Put it Down

The Ship was a surprising read for me. Many Post-Apocalyptic novels jump right to the main events surrounding the action or rebellion of some sort. The Ship takes a different approach. From the first page, the reader goes on the journey with the main character Lalla. This is life right...

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

Intriguing Read

But Then I Came Back is a beautifully written contemporary YA novel focuses on the main character Eden, who has an accident that leads to her falling into a coma. BThe Story focuses on Eden’s struggle to make sense of where she was while in the coma and how to...

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