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June 02, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
intriguing YA contemporary

DOWN WITH THIS SHIP is an intriguing YA contemporary read about pursuing your dreams and embracing yourself. Kole is a fanfiction writer for The Space Game, a popular show about space pirates, and she dreams of writing TV shows someday. When she finds out that she has won a major...

May 31, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
fantastic YA contemporary with important themes

THE (UN)POPULAR VOTE is a fantastic YA contemporary about embracing your differences, standing up for what you believe in, and the power of acceptance. Mark is trans, and his coming out was really difficult. His mother believed in him and fought for him, while his father made him a bargain...

May 31, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
intriguing YA contemporary

AGAIN AGAIN is an intriguing YA contemporary that tells the story of Adelaide's summer. Adelaide is still reeling from her brother's addiction and rehab stays as well as her boyfriend who told her he loved her and then said he had lied when he unexpectedly dumped her. The first part...

May 31, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
emotional YA contemporary

WE ARE INEVITABLE is a YA contemporary read about grief, fate, addiction, and small business. Aaron owns the independent bookstore his parents had been running together after their bankruptcy and until his brother's death unraveled them. Now, Aaron feels like he is living like the dinosaurs after the asteroid hit....

May 31, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
thought-provoking YA contemporary

TROUBLE GIRLS is an intriguing reimaging of Thelma and Louise. Told from Trixie's perspective, the story begins with Trixie working her difficult job at the diner, dealing with the hog men who are constantly trying to get something more from her. She is excited that she will heading out on...

May 25, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
atmospheric and compelling YA fantasy

THE NATURE OF WITCHES is a riveting YA fantasy read. Taking place in the Eastern school for witches in the US, the book presents an alternate present, where the weather is controlled by witches, people who were born on the equinoxes and solstices. Their birthdate dictates what season of witch...

May 22, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
engaging YA fantasy/adventure

THE IMMORTAL GAME is an adventure-based YA fantasy stemming from Greek mythology. Mount Olympus is run by the gods and goddesses we all know, but their children also compete for immortality through a battle trial. The book begins with Galene, daughter of Poseidon and Aphrodite, competing for her immortality. When...

May 14, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
charming YA contemporary

SISTER OF THE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE is an engaging YA contemporary read about sisterhood, family, and community with a dash of romance. Mini, short for Padmini, loves fashion and her family. Her sister, Vinnie, has just announced that she is getting married while in the process of switching from medical school...

May 14, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
beautiful, bilingual picture book

NOSOTROS MEANS US is a beautiful bilingual picture book about the enduring and unconditional love between mother and child. The book is written like a poem, first saying that if the mother was an animal, such as a rabbit or mole, then the child would be a baby animal, such...

May 11, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
shocking and riveting YA thriller

THE HOLLOW INSIDE is a shocking and riveting YA thriller. Phoenix and her mother Nina have been living out of their car around the country, just trying to survive. Someone broke Nina a long time ago, and now they have gone back to Nina's hometown to make him pay and...

May 09, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
engaging YA fantasy

SPELLS TROUBLE is a thrilling YA fantasy that takes the reader from Salem during the witch trials to the midwest in the modern day. Descendants of an actual witch accused during the trials, twins Hunter and Mercy Goode are learning the practice from their mother in Goodeville. They are tasked...

May 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
charming and fun middle grade

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES: THE ROAD TRIP is a fun book that compliments the show by diving into the characters more with a cute story. The theatre students are excited when they find out there is a HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL convention in the next state. Of course,...

May 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
beautiful book about familial love

I'LL MEET YOU IN YOUR DREAMS is a gorgeously illustrated picture book about parental love that spans space and time. With lyrical prose and beautiful images, the story conveys the enduring love of a parent for a child. The book contains full-page, imaginative illustrations that convey a beautiful story. Some...

May 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
3.0
Kids Nonfiction
great artistic guide

COLORS OF HABITATS is a beautifully illustrated oversized book of inspiration for artists. The book walks through different habitats from the artic to coral reefs to deserts. Each page spread gives a short poem about the habitat and features illustrations of different animals who live in each habitat with some...

May 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
charming and cute YA contemporary

10 TRUTHS AND A DARE is a book about family and owning up to your mistakes. Olivia is about to graduate high school as salutatorian and excited to have some time away from her overbearing mother as she takes a trip away. Olivia's plans are thrown for a loop when...

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