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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...

November 14, 2019 (Updated: November 15, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
This Light Between Us

In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki is disgusted when he finds out that his pen-pal Charlie is a girl. Still, they continue writing to each other. Then in 1941 Alex's life changes when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. His family is forced from their homes and sent to Mazanar, a Japanese...

This Light Between Us
November 07, 2019 (Updated: November 07, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Echoes Between Us

Veronica can see the ghost of her dead mother. She also suffers from debilitating migraines that hold her back from engaging with others. Behind the popular boy mask, Sawyer hides a secret addiction. He's drawn to Veronica, but will her own secret be enough for them to stay together? ...

September 05, 2019 (Updated: September 05, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Fountains of Silence

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson goes to Madrid, Spain with his family in order for his mother to reconnect with the country of her birth. He wants to be a photojournalist, much to the dismay of his oil tycoon father. It's 1957 and the country is under the fascist rule of General...

August 25, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Missing Season

Urban legend in the town of Pender has it every October the Mumbler snatches a kid. Local authorities brush the legends off and say the kids died of either overdoses or other excuses. New kid Clara doesn't know what to think of the grisly stories. She becomes friends with the...

August 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
The Burning Shadow

What worked: I'm a huge fan of the Lux series and LOVE Daemon. The relationship between Daemon and Kat is sizzling hot. I loved the first book in the new series, intrigued on who Evie might really be and why at first stand-offish Luc was so attracted to her. ...

August 18, 2019 (Updated: May 18, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream

Sixteen-year-old foster kid Elle Zoellner's life turns topsy turvy when a father, she never knew about, wants her to move to Tokyo. Elle feels as if she's living a real version of Cinderella's life. Her father, when he's around, is charming, funny, and someone she wants to know more about....

August 16, 2019 (Updated: August 16, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
House of Salt and Sorrows

Annaleigh just wanted to be in charge of the lighthouse close to her island home. Rumors circulate on the island that her family is cursed. There used to be twelve sisters, but four of them died tragically. Then her father comes home with a new wife who doesn't want to...

August 01, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Gods of Jade and Shadow

Eighteen-year-old Casiopea feels trapped in her rich grandfather’s home in southern Mexico. She wants to leave their small town and experience life, but she's in charge of caring for her grandfather who treats her as the ‘poor’ relative. What keeps Casiopea going is her grandfather’s promise of receiving money at...

July 03, 2019 (Updated: July 06, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Where The Heart Is

The start of thirteen-year-old Rachel’s summer doesn’t go as she planned. Tensions are high at her home and she knows that her parents are having financial problems. Then there’s her BFF Micah, who wants to be more than friends, but she doesn't feel the same way. She’s not sure what...

June 23, 2019 (Updated: June 23, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Cleopatra In Space

I'm a huge fan of graphic novels and this series is one that is sure to appeal to those who love an engaging tale set in outer space. I recommend readers start with the first book in the series to read how Cleopatra is transported to the future and...

June 22, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
My Ideal Boyfriend Is A Croissant

Sixteen-year-old Bluebelle, or BB/Big Bones, loves herself. Forget that others say she's fat. After a recent asthma attack, she has a doctor's visit and is told she must lose weight. The doctor suggests she write in a food journal. Only the journal becomes much more than just about food. ...

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