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August 21, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Fun with Math and Science

'Sorting for STEM Big Skills Workbook' deals with core concepts. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are the focus in this book, providing simple examples of each of these subjects so children begin to form a better understanding of these topics from the beginning of their school career, or possibly even...

August 21, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Lots to Learn and Do

'Math Practice Extra Big Skills Workbook' has a large variety of fun activities to help students build their math knowledge. From number mazes to pages that contain patterns, shapes, and addition and subtraction exercises, students will learn how easy it is to practice counting, solving problems through drawing, counting by...

August 21, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
A Great Resource

'Handwriting Skills Workbook' does a great job of informing students and parents alike about the importance of focusing on how to form each letter appropriately. Each letter page has animals on it that begin with that letter, and easy alliterative sentences that further comprehension of each page's contents. There are...

August 21, 2019
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0
Getting to Know You

'Little Penguin's New Friend' by Tadgh Bentley is a cute story about the making of a friendship despite misconceptions about the other person. The penguin has heard things about the polar bear that he doesn't know whether to believe. He wonders whether he'll be scary, if his roar will be...

August 21, 2019
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4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Inspirational Advice

'Flights of Fancy: Creative Inspiration from Ten Award-Winning Authors and Illustrators' is a great help to aspiring authors, as it shows how writing can be both effortless and fun, while at the same time instilling the importance of hard work and dedication. There are challenges in the book that come...

August 20, 2019
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Uncertainty and Teenage Angst

'Lily and the Wedding Date Mistake' by Seven Steps is a story of friendship lost and found between main characters Lily and Becks. They travel through uncharted territory trying to figure out how to get their friendship back on track after Becks' faraway move many years ago. They don't seem...

August 20, 2019
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4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Young Adult Indie
Romance and Drama

'Bea and the Bad Boy' by Anna Catherine Field is a page-turning story that evolves from two people who don't really know much about each other into two people who find that they've been thrown together and it isn't all that bad. Actually, it's pretty good, and the fact that...

August 20, 2019
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3.8
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Young Adult Indie
Learning Tolerance and Acceptance

'Igloo High' by Jacinthe Dessureault has many of the typical aspects that young adult novels contain, including a popular girl, a mean girl, and the requisite crush. The novel, however, does not stick to the same tried and true form that other novels do, as main character Ella finds herself...

July 03, 2019
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Famous Transformation

'Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)' by Gary Golio, illustrated by Ted Young, is an interesting look at the life and makings of Charlie Chaplin and his most well-known character, The Tramp. It starts off telling about his life, including how his mother and...

July 02, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Sisterly Perspective

'She's the Liar' by Alison Cherry is about sisters Abby and Sydney and their time together at Brookside Academy. Abby, who has decided to rebrand herself as 'Abbi' and be a newer, cooler version of herself upon entering sixth grade, comes to learn that with her newfound role comes heartache....

July 02, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Entertaining and Fun Facts

'From an Idea to Disney: How Branding Made Disney a Household Name' by Lowey Bundy Sichol provides the inspirational backdrop to Walt Disney's enduring legacy that readers didn't necessarily know they needed, but will be excited to learn. There are facts about Disney's childhood and the beginning of his career,...

July 02, 2019
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4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Young Adult Indie
Online and in Reality

'My Virtual Prince Charming' by Maggie Dallen brings together Suzie and Luke. Neighbors who have never really thought much of each other, they find themselves thrown together by circumstances that Suzie feels are beyond her control, but are entirely working in Luke's favor. When he realizes that Suzie is one...

July 02, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0
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N/A
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4.0
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4.0
Young Adult Indie
Struggle and Heartache

'A Straw Man' by Amalie Jahn is the third and final installment in her 'Clay Lion' series. Melody, the sister of the main character in 'Tin Men' (the second in the series), is now in college. She and longtime boyfriend Nate are having their fair share of struggles, due mostly...

May 30, 2019
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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Great Workbook!

'Counting to 100,' a Scholastic workbook meant for kindergarten preparation, does a fine job of engaging young children and making them interested in the activities. With pages devoted to counting by different intervals or forward and backward, writing out numbers, matching, grouping, and figuring out which option has more or...

May 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
An Honest Glimpse into Middle School

'New Kid' by Jerry Craft follows main character Jordan, a seventh grader who wants to go to an art school, but has his parents end up sending him to an academically-oriented private school. He is one of a few kids of color in his class, and even though he does...

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