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March 08, 2020 (Updated: March 11, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Everything I Have Lost

At age twelve, Julia starts writing in a diary. She writes about what she witnesses in her town of Juarez, Mexico, but also her questions about her father's work that keeps him gone for days at a time. She shares her feelings of the adults withholding secrets from her. Also...

March 01, 2020 (Updated: March 01, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
We Unleash The Merciless Storm

Carmen Santos cover as a La Voz soldier has been exposed. She flees back to the La Voz's headquarters, leaving behind Dani, the girl she loved. A lot has changed in the headquarters and not for the better. Carmen can't forget Dani. Carmen struggles with being the loyal La Voz...

February 25, 2020 (Updated: March 01, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Mall

Cassie Worthy won't let a little thing like Mono hold her back from completing the Plan. It's the summer of 1991 and she plans to work with her long-time boyfriend, Troy at the American Best Cookie at the local Mall's food court before they go off to college. Then her...

February 18, 2020 (Updated: February 19, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Twin

Ivy and her twin sister Iris parents divorced when they were ten. Ivy got to live with their father and Iris went to live with their mother. Then their mother dies tragically when they're sixteen. After the death, Iris moves in with Ivy and their father. But she doesn't cry...

February 17, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Devil Darling Spy

Sarah Goldstein, alias Ursulla Haller, is living right under Nazi rule in 1940 Germany. She's the Shirley Temple of the Nazi regime. No one knows the truth, that she's in fact Jewish. The man she works for tells her that there's a mission in Central Africa where a rumored doctor...

February 17, 2020 (Updated: February 17, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Life Below

Naomi can't help but wonder if there was an ulterior motive behind the decision to kick Leo out of the Final Six. Once in space, she searches for the truth, which includes what might behind the RRB serum.Meanwhile, Leo has been recruited by the renegade Dr. Greta Wagner to use...

February 13, 2020 (Updated: February 14, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Seven Deadly Shadows

Sixteen-year-old Kira Fujikawa loves helping at her family shrine. She also has a paranormal ability. She sees the not only the dead, but supernatural beings. When her beloved grandfather is killed, it's up to her to stop an ancient demon from destroying not only her family, but the world. ...

February 08, 2020 (Updated: February 10, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Lobizona

Sixteen-year-old Manuela, 'Manu' is in hiding from her father's Argentinian crime family. She also runs the risk of being deported back to Argentina which would mean certain death. When her mother is detained by ICE, she flees and finds a secret world that she thought only lived in her vivid...

February 04, 2020 (Updated: February 05, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
On These Magic Shores

Twelve-year-old Minerva "Minnie" Soledad Miranda has big goals. She wants to be the first Latina president of the United States and she wants to be cast as Wendy in her middle school's production of Peter Pan. The day of auditions, her mother goes missing. Minnie doesn't know what to do....

February 03, 2020 (Updated: February 04, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
We Are Not Free

Fourteen friends who grew up together in Japantown, San Francisco find themselves and their families sent off to incarceration camps during WWII. Each of them have their own stories. Stories that show the pain, racism, and fear they feel being uprooted from their homes. But it's also a story with...

February 01, 2020 (Updated: February 03, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Brown Girl Ghosted

Sixteen-year-old Violet Choudhury has a huge secret. During the day she's part of her Midwestern town's cheer squad and at night she's visited by the Aiedeo, Indian supernatural warrior queens. These queens are her ancestors who are given the task to get Violet ready for a huge battle. Violet though...

December 01, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Write to Me

This is a must read book that shows the lives of Japanese American children who ended up being taken from their homes and set to live in internment camps during WWII. Miss Clara Breed, a San Diego librarian, asked the children to send her a postcard when they got there....

November 24, 2019 (Updated: November 25, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Now Entering Addamsville

Zora Novak has been accused of a crime she didn't commit. It doesn't help that her family are known as the town's outcasts and she's been accused of setting a few fires. Her father is in jail for conning people out of their money and her mother disappeared mysteriously. Add...

November 19, 2019 (Updated: November 21, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Babysitters Coven

What worked: This is a quirky, humorous at times paranormal novel where a babysitter's club is really a code name for a group of teens who are in charge of humanity. These teens have super powers that are suppose to help them banish evil from our world. There's lots of...

November 17, 2019 (Updated: November 19, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dangerous Alliance

Lady Victoria 'Vicky' Aston has a good life. Her older sister is married to a charming Viscount; her family estate is secure; and she has more than enough time to worry about getting married. Vicky's life is turned upside down after her sister flees her abusive husband. In order not...

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