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November 22, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
A Classic Retold with a Twist

Betsy is determined to be the best shepherd Bray Valley has ever knownand the Valley has known some lousy shepherds! Then Betsy faces Zimmo, a wolf with a plan and a growling stomach. Somehow she alone must protect her sheep from this very hungry fellow. But as it turns out,...

November 22, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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0.0
Update of Little Red Riding Hood

Betsy is finally old enough to walk to Grandmas by herself! So she takes her sheep and her fellow shepherd, Zimmo the wolf and sets off to deliver some cupcakes to Grandma. Then Zimmo takes off in the middle of the walk! Is he hurrying ahead to eat Grandma? (Wolves...

November 13, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
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Young Adult Fiction
How Cards Build Bridges

Poor Alton. His summer has been turned upside-down. Not only has his girlfriend thrown seventeen-year-old Alton over for his best friend, but now his money-hungry parents have lassoed him into driving his old, wealthy and blind uncle to his bridge games. Alton must be his uncles cardturner, reading the cards...

November 07, 2010
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2.0
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2.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
Paranormal Adventure

British ghost hunter Alannah Malarra uses her psychic abilities to banish demons and collect the treasure they protect. The wealth she accumulates allows her to search for her renowned psychic parents who have gone missing while on a ghost hunt. Her companion, a professional burglar named Wortley, reluctantly helps Alannah...

November 04, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
All About the Class Clown

From the day he set foot in the school, Justin Fisher was funny. He had to be. When he slipped in the lunchroom and spaghetti landed all over him, he could look like a loser or crack up the cafetorium. Ever since, Justin creates amusement and havoc wherever...

October 26, 2010
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3.0
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3.0
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0.0
Comic book fantasy

Raised in an orphanage, Jack Blank doesnt know who he is or even his real name. The teachers and other students shun Jack but he finds solace in his secret stash of contraband comic books and his mysterious powers that just make things happen. Then a mysterious robot appears and...

October 14, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
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Young Adult Fiction
The Cuban Missile Crisis from a Pre-teen Perspective

Franny Chapman has a loony, veteran uncle, a practically perfect little brother, an Air Force Major father, an older sister who may or may not be a Communist and a backstabbing best friend. The cute neighbor boy who just moved back to town complicates life still further. Not only has...

October 11, 2010
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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0.0
Helping Hungry Families Farm

María Luz Duarte and her family own a farm, but when the land loses its goodness and food supplies run low, her father must leave home to find work. María Luz must tend the garden on her own. Then a new teacher moves into the area and shows her how...

October 11, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
Prairie picture book

Born and raised in the city of Boston, Elsie knows no other life but the clop of horse hooves on cobblestones and the screaming of gulls at fish boats. Even after her mothers death, the city remains her home. That is, until her father decides to flee old memories and...

September 26, 2010
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2.0
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2.0
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0.0
Miniature Rooms Come to Life

While on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, Ruthie and Jack discover the Thorne Roomssixty-eight intricately miniature rooms of varying time periods that captivate both of them. As they visit the rooms, they happen upon a magical key that shrinks them to a height of five inches....

September 20, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
A Look at Valley Forge

Abigail Stewart lives a simple life in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, but the War for Independence quickly intrudes on her family when General George Washington leads his troops to winter in the area. The Stewart family takes in the Generals laundry in order to help serve the Continental Army and becomes...

September 20, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
Sensitive Portrayal of American and Japanese-American Relationships during WWII

Like the rest of the country, twelve-year-old Piper Davis is horrified when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. She anxiously waits for news of her sailor brother while the country prepares for war. As rationing, drills and blackouts begin to sweep the nation, Piper worries for her brother and...

September 17, 2010
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3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
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0.0
Trip on the Titanic

When her brother left her sick and weak on an orphanage stoop in Whitechapel, England, Margaret Ann Brady wondered if she would see him again. Years later, after her brother seeks his fortune in America, Margaret is offered the opportunity to become a ladys companion to Mrs. Carstairs, an American...

September 17, 2010
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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0.0
Fascinating Look at Pilgrim Life

Twelve-year-old Mem Whipple and her family have endured a difficult trip to the New World aboard the Mayflower. Sickness and deprivation mar their trip. When they arrive in the new land, they hope to forge a new, better life, free from religious persecution, but their new home proves to be...

August 17, 2010
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3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
A Poetic Pig with a Problematic Name

Sidney loves to write poems, but when he creates one for a friend, he realizes his own name wont rhyme with anything but kidney. Sidney searches for a new rhyme-able name and settles on Joe, but when his friends and his mother tell him they prefer his original name (he...

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