Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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August 08, 2021
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Magical Academy in a Graphic Novel

Manu has lived at a magical school for girls that is staffed by nuns since they found her as an abandoned infant and took her in. There has always something different about her, but most of the nuns put up with her irrepressible behavior since she has very advanced magical...

August 08, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Kids Fiction
From an Emerging Horror Master

Stella and Alex aren't thrilled to move to Frost Meadow from Brooklyn, but are glad of a change of scenery after their father's death. They like their new stepfather, and Wildwyck is a cool, spooky former boys' school that their mom hopes to turn into town homes. What they can't...

August 07, 2021
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Kids Fiction
Fresh Take on Middle School Music Group

Nimra is excited but a little apprehensive about going to the public middle school earlier than expected. Her parents had her enrolled in Guided Light Acadamy, a private Islamic School, while she worked on the Hifz program, but now that she has memorized the Qur'an and had her celebration, they...

August 04, 2021
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4.0
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4.0
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N/A
Cold Case at Christmas

Myrtle's small English village is like many who seem to suffer from far too many murders, especially for the late 1890s! The latest unfortunate demise is that of local shop keeper and former professor Mr. Leighton, who is found deceased right before the unveiling of his shop window's Christmas display....

August 04, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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Know When to Hold 'Em

Anthony "Ant" Joplin is in his last year of elementary school (where his aunt is principal-- not at all awkward!), and enjoys hanging out in his small town with his best friend, Jamal. The two are very into the card game, Spades, so sneak a deck of cards into school...

August 02, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Essential Collection of African Biographies

In her introduction to this book, Ms. Baptiste mentions that every February, for Black History Month, her children would bring home a single sheet of paper about Black history, that usually doesn't even venture outside of the US. Given the impressive range of African history, this is quite a gap...

August 02, 2021
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Living in a sibling's shadow

Grace is just entering 6th grade, and will be rejoining her older brother Kyle at school, where he is a popular and athletic 8th grader. Grace resents him, especially since her friend Jay has a crush on him. Their friend, Amy, often pushes Jay out of her comfort zone, and...

August 01, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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Kids Fiction
Sadly Needed for the Twentieth Anniversary

This book delivers the stories of both Brandon, a nine year old in New York City during the 9/11 attacks, and 11-year-old Reshmina, who lives in Afghanistan in the present day. Brandon has to go to work with his father, who works in Windows on the World in the World...

August 01, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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Sci Fi and Video Games

Yared Heywat has lived with his Uncle Moti since the death of his parents. They have moved around in very mysterious ways, often living in abandoned buildings that they fortify heavily. Yared has learned many skills from his uncle, along with a lot of mythological tales about Addis Prime and...

August 01, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
My Tweendom-- But Better!

It's summer just outside Philadelphia in 1978, and Sunny is faced with the tedium of watching her younger brother Teddy while her mother is spending the entire summer cooking and doing laundry and being super stressed, maybe because she's drinking too much Tab so she can fit into her double...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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5.0
Realistic bullying with fantasy twist

Nadia and her best friend Adam are excited about starting 6th grade. After spending the summer with cousins in Egypt, Nadia is all set to up her fashion game, and she's confident in her academic abilities, since she is a whiz at trivia. Her new teacher, Ms. Arena, seems nice,...

July 30, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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Kids Fiction
Must-read Football Title

Ben Redd enjoys playing football with his 6th grade friends, especially Tuna, even though sometimes the way they act worries him. When the group has a sleepover and plan to go egging houses, his older brother Rich gives him an out-- Ben can text him and tell his friends that...

July 30, 2021
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4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Unique Architectural Overview

This book is an interesting overview of a variety of architecture, although the vast majority of it is from western Europe. Divided into two main parts, this takes young readers through a very conversational introduction to architecture and then introduces them to ways "How to Build a Beautiful City". There...

July 30, 2021
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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4.0
Treasure Awaits?

Kyle has settled in to life at Windrose with the help of camp mates and friends Vic, Beth, Harry, and Nate. The Pathfinders Society has created more questions than it has solved, and they are involved in another mystery as the town prepares for its annual moon festival. They have...

July 30, 2021
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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4.0
Moving to a mysterious town

Kyle and his mother move back to Windrose, where his mother was raised, and she sends him to Merriweather's camp so he doesn't spend the summer playing video games. The town is a quirky place, with odd gaseous eruptions and strange weather, and the camp is quirky, too. There, he...

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