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June 04, 2020
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
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4.0
Young Adult Indie
When You Least Expect It

'The Path We Take' by Kylie Key shows how the choices we make and the things we think we want are not necessarily what make us happy in the end. Dominique is crushing hard on a boy in her school, and when things seem to be going her way with...

April 27, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Heartache and Honesty

'Dating My Nemesis' (formerly called 'The C Word') by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven is just as engaging as 'Dating My Best Friend' and 'Dating the Boy Next Door,' the two novels that come before it in the series. Mean girl Addison and loner Julian both were hurt by...

April 12, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Interesting Facts

'Ranger Rick: I Wish I Was a Bison' by Jennifer Bové tells a lot of interesting facts about what bisons are, what they can do, and how you may or may not enjoy doing those same activities. Even though there are lots of great facts and activities, along with a...

March 16, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Cute and Sweet

'Otter: What Pet Is Best?' by Sam Garton introduces Otter to a variety of pets that he might want, but the trouble is that he can't decide which pet is best for him. From a lion that's too scary to a skunk that he fears will be too smelly, he...

March 16, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Interesting Details

'I Want to Be a Pilot' by Laura Driscoll, pictures by Catalina Echeverri, takes readers on a journey through an airport and airplane as they learn about many different kinds of pilots. The main character goes with her Aunt Ro to the Air Fair where she gets to meet pilots...

March 16, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
So Much to See!

'All Aboard! The Airport Train' by Nichole Mara, illustrated by Andrew Kolb, is a neat, lift-the-flap book that turns into an airport train when fully open. The book helps with a variety of elementary-level topics, including counting, recognizing shapes, looking for images, much like in a 'Where's Waldo?' book, and...

March 15, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Electric Chemistry

'Kissing Lessons' by Sophie Jordan is a well-written, entertaining story about a variety of main characters, including Hayden Vargas, Nolan Martin, Emmaline Martin, and Beau Sanders. While Hayden is known to be the “bad girl” at school, Emmaline is much more on the opposite end of the spectrum, always thought...

March 15, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Tension, Romance, or Both?

'Perfectly Misunderstood' by Robin Daniels tells the story of Jayden and Mike, two high school students who seem to be polar opposites. While Jayden works hard, she finds herself struggling in Spanish and needing the help of a tutor. When she gets paired with Mike, she can't help but feel...

February 24, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Trying to Fit In

'TBH, This is SO Awkward: A Novel in Text' by Lisa Greenwald is quite interesting in that it is written almost entirely in text messages. In this day and age, text messages are the norm, and kids would often rather talk via text than spend time on the phone. Even...

February 23, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Wonderful Sequel!

'Dating the Boy Next Door' by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven is a wonderful sequel to the first book in the series. Nari and Avery, the two main characters, are written well, and it is quite nice to see how the way in which they interact with each other...

January 25, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Appreciating New Things

'Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party' by Kimberly & James Dean is a cute story about friendship and learning to appreciate different foods. While Pete is content with pepperoni, his friends are interested in trying pretzels, papaya, pickles, and more on their pizza. Despite their questioning of the...

January 24, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Adorable YA Romance

'Girl at Heart' by Kelly Oram is a sweet, entertaining, easy read that any lover of YA romance will adore. Charlie Hastings, the main character, is the only girl on her high school's baseball team. Her dad, a former baseball player himself, is the only parent in her life since...

January 07, 2020 (Updated: January 07, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fun Exploring

'Hey Grandude!' by Paul McCartney, illustrated by Kathryn Durst, is a fun, colorful, and exciting adventure. The illustrations enhance the story, taking Grandude and the children all over the world. Their travels include a beach, a mountainside, and they even get to go to the Wild West and meet a...

January 06, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Inspiring Characteristics

'The 47 People You'll Meet in Middle School' by Kristin Mahoney is an endearing look at an often hard time in young people's lives. It is at this time when kids are starting to come into their own, learning about themselves and others and how perceptions can make or break...

January 06, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Writing Through Experience

'No Map, Great Trip: A Young Writer's Road to Page One' by Paul Fleischman tells the story of the author and how he learned to love writing. While his stories were interesting enough, the book was more of a memoir than a writing guide. Since the book's subtitle bills it...

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