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January 17, 2016
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Kids Fiction
Warm, cozy, and bright

STANLEY’S DINER by William Bee is the kind of book that reminds me of days when my son was just discovering books as a baby. The bold colors pop out of an all white background, making them instantly catching. Even the cover has a softness that reminds me of early...

January 17, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A diamond within tough childhood topics

Sharks aren’t afraid of the dark. Right? Not at all. Certainly not. Or at last that’s what Clark wants to believe in CLARK the SHARK: AFRAID OF the DARK. Clark has invited all of his friends over for his first ever slumber party. It will be...

January 17, 2016
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3.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
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4.0
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3.0
Spunky, fun, and full of feels

There are books out there I like to call my guilty pleasure reads. They are usually swoon-worthy, have adventure, a super cool heroine, are light on the heavy topics and drama, and a wildly out there plot. But they are the most fun books to read! GAIA’S SECRET by Barbara...

January 17, 2016
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4.0
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4.0
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A fun and endearing adventure begins

Underdog stories are my absolute favorite to read, especially when you have a hero who doesn’t have the slightest idea of his true worth or strength of character. THE WATCHMEN of PORT FAYT by Conrad Mason is just that. Told from multiple points of view, Watchmen...

November 16, 2015
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3.8
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Kids Indie
Quirky tale full of heart

What do you get when you mix an unjustly discarded teddy bear, three misfit friends who look like long-lost Adventure Time characters, and a house with a serious case of Casa Pilosa, a degenerating disease that starts with quickly grown hair and ends as the house sprouts legs and walks...

November 15, 2015
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Heart-warming tale of best friends

If you are a dog owner, a dog lover, or just have a child obsessed with getting a pup, then Stay! A Top Dog Story by Alex Latimer is the perfect addition to your library. Ben loves his often-unruly dog, Buster. Buster may be a hot mess...

November 15, 2015
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
SuperBears are SUPER warm and SUPER fun!

The Berenstain Bears Are SuperBears is a timeless classic for all readers. As with the rest of the I Can Read! series of books, SuperBears holds the perfect balance of sight words for your early readers to more challenging vocabulary that encourages growth. Since this is...

November 15, 2015
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0
Cozy fun for the whole family

Mother Goose’s Pajama Party by Danna Smith is the perfect blend of nostalgic nursery rhymes and modern youth. Filled with your favorite Mother Goose rhymes, this book will make you long for a cozy throw and an extra large mug of hot cocoa. It’s time for...

November 15, 2015
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Delightful, fun, and BIG on heart

What if Gulliver’s Travels to Lilliput didn’t go quite the way we’d thought. What if Gulliver went back to London only to be the laughing stock of all England? What if no one believed his tales? What if Gulliver had to prove he’d seen what he had? What if he...

November 15, 2015
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
An epic Magykal journey

Septimus Heap is an ExtraOrdinary Wizard at the Wizard Tower and Alice “Tod” Todhunter Moon is his ExtraOrdinary Apprentice. Angie Sage continues Tod’s epic journey with the second installment, SandRider. Seven years have passed since the Septimus Heap series and a new Orm Egg has been stolen...

November 15, 2015
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Trapping Santa has never been so fun!

When I saw the cover of The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett, I knew I had to read it. From the darkly mischievous boy claiming the throne-like red chair to the background cluttered with contractions of some kind, I knew it would be a fun read. Was...

October 04, 2015
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3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
An interesting and fun twist on a possible future

In the distant future, the world’s population is divided into two groups: the Genetics and the Imperfects. The Gens, also called Priors, are the elite class of civilians, genetically enhanced to be the embodiment of perfection. The Imperfects, or Imps, are not. But no matter how the government separates the...

October 04, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A
Fun, Freaky, and just plain Scary!

There is something so wonderfully satisfying about a good scary book in October. Halloween is just around the corner, creepy Jack-O-Lanterns will soon grace porches, and black cats will be indicative of a witch lurking nearby. What could be a better cherry on a spook-tacular sundae than a collection of...

October 04, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A superb mystery of the fantastical kind

When you find four deeply unique children at the heart of a murder-mystery over a possibly cursed shrunken head in a dime museum, you know things will be fascinating. Oh, and are they ever! Mr. Dumfrey is head master and impeccable ringleader of Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of...

August 23, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Hilarious high-jinx of the Great Ape kind

When you start with a very tidy, very perfect town, you know it won’t stay as such for long. Add in the Great Apes, and APES A-GO-GO is a surefire disaster waiting to happen. When the town’s mayor spots an out of place flower, he receives aid...

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