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June 16, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Surfing in Bangladesh

In 2012, Samira and her family are members of the Rohingya people. Because of the oppressive government in Myanmar (or Burma, as her family prefers to call it) that denies citizenship to Rohingya, Samira's family undertook a treacherous journey at a great personal and emotional cost to come to Bangladesh....

June 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Don't Ignore Disease Transmission Risk Protocols!

Georgie and her friend Ramzy enjoy hanging out in their seaside English town, romping with Georgie's rescue dog, Mr. Mash, who has a gas problem. When her father's girlfriend, Jessica, turns out to be allergic to dogs, Mr. Mash finds himself on the way back to the St. Woof's dog...

June 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Band Camp in Another Universe

In the near future, Dev's family has moved from California to Conroy, Ohio because of the problems being caused on the coast by climate change. Ohio is not immune, but Dev is struggling to adjust to his new school. Luckily, the marching band is a safe space filled with students...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
A story behind the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act

Born in 1947, Heumann had polio at a very young age, leaving her legs and arms very weak. She was used to being in a wheelchair, and went about her daily life as a child with modifications that she just took as normal for her, in the way that some...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
All the popular kids are reading THIS.

Lily has decided she really needs to leave her private school after an embarrassing incident with mean girl Courtenay, so she plans to use her scientific bent to study how to be popular. Her older sister, Maisie, who is going to high school, is impressively upbeat and popular, and Lily...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Great selection of creepy stories

Ghosts are something that middle school students still think might be real; we have a lot of conversations about this when I declare that speculative fiction involves "things that are unlikely to happen in your backyard", and sometimes students try to prove that ghosts are real by citing the fact...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Teen Seeking Purpose in Life

Luc Ponti comes from a strong Italian family, and his father (an NCAA point guard, Princeton grad, Special Forces and lieutenant) is especially high powered. He comes to every one of Luc’s basketball games for his school, and expects Luc to do well. When Luc is badly injured when fouled...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Timely Political Discussion

Starting with Vladimir Lenin's evolution in the early 1900s, Marrin gives a really complete overview of Communism and the reaction to it in the world and in the US specifically. Starting with the parameters and role of Communism in the USSR, it then covers the spread of the political belief...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Now With Extra Background Information!

This graphic novel memoir chronicles the author's experiences with hearing loss. After a childhood bout with meningitis at age 4, Ms. Bell had limited hearing and was taught to lip read. She had a variety of hearing aides, some which worked better than others, and a variety of friends, some...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Based on the Popular Podcast

Mars Patel idolizes Oliver Pruitt, a powerful tech giant who also runs Pruitt Prep. Mars and his friends Toothpick, JP, and Caddie (who may have telepathic powers!) attend H.G. Wells Middle School. When their friend Aurora goes missing, Pruitt's podcast seems to be giving clues about it. When other students...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
It's elementary... in high school

In this fourth book set at Reginald R. Hero High, we meet Huck and Win, the brother of Curtis from Talk Nerdy to Me. Huck has struggled with coming to the school a bit later than most students, and has tried not to draw attention to himself. Once he takes...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.2
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
4.0
Characters (if applicable)
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
High-Stakes Mission to Save the World

Three roommates at Edmonds University all face different challenges in settling into college life. Biologist Simone is very young to be away from home, and feels that people don't take her area of scientific interest as seriously. Math oriented Maya is used to the support that boarding schools offer, and...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
The Insider's Spider

From the creative team that brought us Amphibian Acrobats and Superlative Birds, we now have this poetic treatment about every ones' favorite... arachnids! There are fifteen poems different categories, each of which combines an informational component (such as "On the prowl") with several short poems relating to it. This is...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
There's No Place Like Home

Sami has a happy and secure life in Damascus, Syria. His mother is a teacher, his father is a doctor, and he enjoys hanging out with his younger sister Sara and his grandmother, Tete. He is obsessed with video games and doccer, and spends a lot of time with his...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Hooray for Bollywood!

Sonali misses her grandfather, who ran a video rental store that specialized in Bollywood films, so she enjoys the family movie night that her parents and younger brother Ronak have. These are harder, however, since her parents' fighting has escalated. They constantly bicker, and have ever since Sonali was young....

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