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June 11, 2021
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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Kids Indie
Heartwarming and Sincere

'Fiver Finds Home' by Jill Bugbee, illustrated by Jennifer Davison, is a story of friendly Fiver, a blue giraffe who is half the normal size of other giraffes. As a result of these traits that make him "different," he doesn't see how he fits in with the other giraffes, and...

June 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Engaging and Fun

Flip Flap Snap: Farm by Joanna McInerney, artwork by Carmen Saldaña, will immediately engage young readers. While lifting the flaps to read about each type of farm animal the book describes – cow, dog, rooster, pig, and goat – one can also see the sounds that each animal tends to...

June 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Adorable and Engaging

Flip Flap Snap: Dinosaurs by Joanna McInerney, artwork by Carmen Saldaña, is an adorable book for young readers. While lifting the flaps to read about each type of dinosaur the book describes – Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Oviraptor, and Pterodactyl – one can also see the sounds that each dinosaur...

June 04, 2021
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
Sweet Flirtations

‘The First Holidays’ by Cait Marie is a sweet story of friendship and love. Readers will feel the warmth between the characters as they come to terms with how they feel about each other. Despite the short nature of the book, it shares the beauty of how friends can come...

June 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Finding Oneself

‘Merci Suarez Can’t Dance’ by Meg Medina follows main character Merci Suárez through seventh grade. She has a lot to live up to, from her brother Roli's influence on her academic career, to holding her own against Edna Santos, the girl who is in charge of the annual Heart Ball....

April 27, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Revealing the Past

‘The Missing: The True Story of My Family in WWII’ by Michael Rosen shares the story of a family who disappeared during WWII and the Holocaust. The narrative, written more for a juvenile audience than an adult one, does a nice job of connecting with both children and adults. At...

April 11, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Adventure and Bravery

‘The Mother of Monsters’ by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, tells the story of Ntombi, the chief's daughter. She lives her life without fear, doing what she likes when she likes. However, her father, the chief, wants her to be married. As she tries to cross adventures off of...

April 11, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Monsters and Princesses

‘Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail’ by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, is great for younger elementary readers and anyone who enjoys a good story. When the king gets upset with his daughters, he decides to turn them into oranges. Yes, oranges. While far-fetched, it showcases how the...

March 05, 2021 (Updated: March 05, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Kind, Relatable Morals

‘The Story Blanket’ by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz, illustrated by Elena Odriozola, is the story of Babba Zarrah, who tells stories to children who come to visit her. They love to sit on her story blanket to hear the tales. Babba Zarrah, the...

March 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Friendship and Love

‘My Best Friend Prince Charming’ by Cindy Ray Hale tells the story of Ryker and Shannon, two best friends who care deeply about each other, but are too afraid of their relationship unraveling if either reveals the truth. While Ryker has known of his feelings for Shannon for some time,...

March 02, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Questioning Perceptions

‘Admission’ by Julie Buxbaum is a modern and definitely current read on a topic that has been in the news. When Chloe Berringer is admitted into her college of choice, she is thrilled. Or, she should be, but she just can’t help but feel that something is wrong. Her SAT...

March 02, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Transformative Anthem

‘Running’ by Natalia Sylvester is a trend-setting anthem for anyone who has ever wanted to be the change they wish to see in the world. When Mari’s father decides to run for president, she gets a lot more than she bargained for in return. She learns that it isn’t just...

January 07, 2021
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
Perception vs. Reality

'My High School Royal Boyfriend' by Kylie Key follows new River Valley High students Blaire and Alex, as they try to escape the troubles that plague them by starting anew. While Blaire comes from an extremely wealthy family who owns the town's well-to-do ice cream shops, she has been accused...

November 12, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Generous and Engaging Compilation

'Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA,' edited by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, includes a generous compilation of stories and essays, alongside writing advice and story prompts that any young adult reader or writer will appreciate. There are thirteen options to choose from...

November 12, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fun with Travel

'Amazing Islands' by Sabrina Weiss and Kerry Hyndman is a beautifully illustrated book, chock full of valuable information about islands around the world. From discussion of what an island is to how islands are made, on to people who live on islands, and a world map that shows a smattering...

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