Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Humorous Take on the Gothic Novel

Haley is so obsessed with Gothic novels that her language arts teacher has to tell her she can't do a book project on yet another one, bemoaning the fact that Haley can't be like the other girls and like sexy vampires. Disappointed, Haley is traveling home on a dark and...

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Inspirational Photo Biography

This brief picture book offers an overview of Zion Clark's life and a number of inspirational quotations interspersed with photographs.

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A busy and unusual summer

After the events of Love Like Sky, Georgie (who still struggles with family members calling her G-Baby) finds herself traveling from her suburban Atlanta home and all of her summer plans to Bogalusa, Louisiana to help her Great Aunt Vie. Vie runs the local, popular diner, which Georgie's aunt...

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Summer on the Shore

Morgan wants to leave the small island where she has grown up, since she feels that no one really understands her, especially since she has a secret she won't share with anyone. When she meets Keltie, things become even more confusing. Keltie is a selkie who is allowed to be...

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Timely Nonfiction

This is the first book in "The Deadlist" series. In a nicely formatted and illustrated book (available in hardcover and paperback, which will probably show up at book fairs), we see the evolving history of epidemics, starting with extensive coverage of the Great Mortality in the 1300s, with an overview...

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Nine books and holding strong!

Ben's nemesis has been tracked down, and the CIA decides to send him to try to bring in Murray Hill. The young double agent is thought to be boarding the ultra fancy cruise ship, The Emperor of the Seas, so there's a group put together to bring him in. Erica's...

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Awesome Teen Thriller

Katrina is used to being on the run and operating under an assumed identity; Katrina is just the lastest in an alphabetical march through various names. Her father was a scientist who ran afoul of a drug cartel, so the family is in the witness protection program, and gets help...

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Fifth Grade Can Be Hard

Susie B. doesn't think it's fair that the OTHER Susan in class gets to be Soozee and she has to be Susie B., just because the other girl is a "usual genius" and she herself is not. When her class is assigned a hero for a project and instructed to...

September 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
1980s LGBTQIA+ Issues

Bug (Beatrice) is looking forward to spending the summer of 1987 hanging out at Venice Beach with her older brother Daniel, just like they have for the past several years. When Danny wants more "space", their mother decides that she will instead have to hang out at their apartment. One...

September 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Kids Fiction
Mystery series from a great sports writer

Aiden plays soccer on the Thunder team with his friend Daniel, and they are bound and determined to win the trophy this year. When they go to the library with Aiden's twin sister Ava to get copies of Wharton's The Age of Innocence for school, they learn from the librarian...

September 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Don't go near the water!

Just have to say that you should never take small dogs anywhere near where crocodiles or alligators might be hanging out. Just don't! Also, while Hasimoto's The Trail, Goebel's Out of My Shell, and Gemeninhart's The Honest Truth have some similarities to Wild Survival, it really should be compared to...

September 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Gorillas in the Mist

In a format rich in primary source photographs and lovely page decorations of flora, the life and work of Dian Fossey is explained and discussed. Interestingly, Silvey has also given similar treatment to two primatologists who are easy to confuse with Fossey, Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goddall and...

September 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Sustainable Fashion

Here's something that many people have forgotten during the pandemic: "Clothes are one of the first things we see when we meet someone new, and they influence our first impressions of them." (page 10) Even though many of my students spent a year and a half wearing their pajamas, you'd...

August 23, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
You know Stick Dog and Poo-Poo and Karen...

It's cold and snowy, and the dogs are having trouble staying warm in their pipe, and also having trouble finding food. While Stick Dog now feels that he is able to get occasionall assistance from Lucy, the German shepherd at Mike's Magnificent Meats, he prefers that he and his friends...

August 18, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Saving the World... Sort of

Ivy lives in Philadelphia with her mother and older brother, Will. Her father and his partner, Leo, live in a newer apartment close by. Ivy always tries to help others out, and is doing okay in school, with her friends Peyton and Kyra. When she gets a strange e mail...

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