Reviews written by Melissa A. Craven, Indie Manager

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March 16, 2019
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Mr. Finch

The Flight of Mr. Finch is a sweet story about the power of friendship and the importance of self-sacrifice. Lovely illustrations in a watercolor style flow in a red and green motif throughout the story. The book includes a pull out section revealing a beautiful jungle illustration as well. ...

March 16, 2019
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
Meet The Artist

J.M.W. Turner was a landscape painter and student of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1789. As a young teen during the Romantic Period, he studied the fine arts and ultimately became one of Britain’s most loved artists, proving you’re never too young to become an artist. This...

November 28, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
This is one of those books I wish more people knew about

Privateer themed books can so easily go the way of the ridiculous and over the top. Not so with Privateer’s Apprentice. As surprising as it is authentic, young Jameson’s story reaches out to grab the reader and pull them along on his exciting and sometimes harrowing adventure. ...

November 17, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Massive Mountains! Supersize Storms! Alien Atmospheres!

Dr. E’s Super Stellar Solar System reads like your child’s favorite comic book. Each chapter begins with a graphic novel style story with beautiful illustrations and fun characters. Behind the comic book guise, the author does a great job teaching potential young science enthusiasts all about the amazing...

November 17, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
How Space Science and Sea Science Interact

Jennifer Swanson does a great job teaching potential young explorers all about the amazing similarities between space exploration and deep-sea exploration. Astronaut Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact is a beautifully presented book with full color images and illustrations. The information is educational with...

November 11, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
A dark and gritty adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, the Call of Cthulhu

This vibrant retelling of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story has been artfully adapted into a beautifully illustrated graphic novel that captures the cult-like mythology of the “old ones” and the creepy atmosphere of the story itself. Shephard has captured the look and feel of a modern graphic...

November 11, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
A retelling perfect for reluctant readers

The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of Arthur Conan Doyle's finest Sherlock Holmes novels, written years after “The Final Problem” a short story intended to be the last Sherlock Holmes story. This most famous of Sherlock Holmes’ stories has been carefully adapted into a beautifully...

November 11, 2018
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
3.0
A good reading exercise for newly independent readers

Time Jumpers: Escape from Egypt offers lengthier chapter book reading, while still offering delightful illustrations more familiar to young readers just beginning to read all on their own. Large fonts with only a few short paragraphs per page, Time Jumpers is easy reading, yet the story...

November 11, 2018 (Updated: November 11, 2018)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A quirky, dark, compelling and sometimes frustrating read I could not put down

Adrienne Cahill finds herself on an expedition to remote Siberia looking for the fabled Osinov family with her stepfather, Dan, a scholar who is convinced he knows where this notorious family of hermits lives. Adrienne sees it as the perfect opportunity to write an article about her experiences—debunking Dan’s theories—and...

November 11, 2018
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fun and familiar faces

Fans of Riordan will find lots of familiar faces from the Magnus Chase series in this clever collection of short reads. With his signature humor and melting pot of humans, gods and creatures, readers new and old will laugh out loud at the hilarious antics of Thor and friends as...

November 11, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dark, funny and fantastic!

A gory, dark thriller with all the things we loved about Hunger Games plus a delightfully creepy twist of something new and totally addicting. From page one, Dee Guerrera finds herself in the killroom of the Postman’s executioner, Prince Slycer. She’s been convicted of the murder...

November 03, 2018 (Updated: November 03, 2018)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A raw but beautiful tale of one girl’s journey back to herself after experiencing sexual assault

A raw but beautiful tale of one girl’s journey back to herself after experiencing sexual assault. Grace is a survivor. She doesn’t remember her assailant, but all evidence points to the one person she thought she could trust. Then after the death of her father, things take a...

November 03, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
An enchanting tale of love and loss amid the swirling fog and dark legends of the real Sleepy Hollow

A romantic, female-driven gothic tale of star-crossed lovers with a real-world twist on Washington Irving’s classic ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.’ The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel is an enthralling read for any historical fiction fan—at any time of the year—although this spooky, haunting tale is perfect...

July 23, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Divinely creepy and worthy of the master of horror himself

The perfect gift for any Poe fan, Gareth Hinds breathes life—and gory death—into some of the greatest works of Edgar Allen Poe, American master of horror. These stunning illustrations guide the reader into the twisted realm of the classic horror genre with the familiar stories of The Pit and The...

July 23, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
The birth of America and the notorious 13 colonies that started it all

A Kid’s Guide to the American Revolution is full of intriguing facts and details about the struggle that gave birth to our great nation. From the origin of each of the original thirteen colonies to the onset of the Revolutionary War, A Kid’s Guide is an excellent educational resource, and...

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