Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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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....

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Hesitation Moves

Brian has anxiety at the best of times. He manages at school, and was on the basketball team, but he craves quiet and finds navigating the hallways of middle school difficult. It doesn't help when jerks like Victor call him "Ghost" and poke fun at his quiet ways. Ezra doesn't...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Just One Spark

In very spare poetry, we see how the spark of a book encourages one girl to investigate the information in a book, to seek education, and to use the skills she obtains through study and reading to share this spark with others.

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
You'll never lose affection

Based on the Lennon and McCartney Beatles' tune, this picture book showcases the lyrics against a background of a family in a coastal setting. We see a little girl getting a bike as a present, and her mother helping her to learn to ride it with a lighthouse in the...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Seventy Six Trombones!

Shira is a really good singer, but she is nervous about performing in front of others. When her best friend Cassie wants to try out for the middle school production of The Music Man, Shira goes along to support her. Cassie ends up with a part in the chorus, but...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Well done "doggerel"

This comically illustrated book doesn't have a plot, per se, but is a fun romp through lots of different "kinds" of dogs. I was expecting this to tell about different breeds, but it is more an exploration of how dogs act. We have dogs playing, frolicking, and even doing things...

June 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A Mystery at Yellowstone

Teddy and his family, along with Summer and her family, head off to Yellowstone Park. J.J.McCracken is interested in buying a bison ranch owned by some friends, hoping to set it up like a prairie safari park. The owners approach Teddy to ask him to find out who is stealing...

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