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October 09, 2019
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4.0
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4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Spinoff of Alice In Wonderland

Bernard Pepperlin is the doormouse from Alice in Wonderland. After being forced into a teapot, Bernard climbs out to find himself in the Hudson River. Here, he meets several different creatures, the first being a cat named Mittens. He's a cat who eats fish, not mice, and has some advice...

September 17, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautiful, Rich Read

Lou is on the run from her family and she lives a thieving life with her friend Coco. Both of them are witches, but their magic is completely different from one another because they aren't from the same coven. When Lou finds herself in a sticky situation, she has no...

September 17, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
You can camp anywhere!

When Dad tells Nancy stories about when he and Mom used to go camping, Nancy knows it's something she has to try. However, she doesn't want to wait. Even though it's too late to go into the woods, Dad pitches a tent in the backyard. At first,...

September 17, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
Origami Mees Harry Potter!

Scholastic Inc brings origami and Harry Potter together in this book with fifteen foldable crafts! Each one has a different difficulty level so you can work your way up to the harder items. In the very beginning, they have the basics to give you a starting base. ...

August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Superheroes and Cats for Early Readers

Kitty wants to be a superhero like her mom, but she's afraid to go out in the dark. Her mom tells her she's braver than she thinks, but Kitty doesn't feel like it once the lights turn off. At night she feels anxious, so she puts on her superhero costume...

August 20, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Retelling of The Lady, or the Tiger?

All Kateri wants to do is impress her father, become the queen she's meant to be, protect her people, and avenge her mother's death. She was killed by one of The Desert Boys, a group of people who live in the desert. They steal from the town's wells and the...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
The Friendship of A Girl and Her Tree

MY TREE AND ME follows a little girl who's made a friend in the tree in her backyard. She can tell her tree all of her problems and secrets and it's a great listener. They sing and dance in the wind together as the leaves create their music. If she...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
N/A
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Perfect Way to Introduce Math Skills

MATCH TRACE & WRITE NUMBERS introduces and helps build math skills at an early age. It's teaches them counting, simple addition and subtraction, writing, recognizing numbers, and reading. The write and wipe marker comes off easily and is perfect for you to reuse over and over. I...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Retelling of the Original Ballad of Mulan

When Mulan's father receives a summoning to join the emperor's army, Mulan knows he's too old to make it through the war. She insists to go in his place because she is a strong and able woman. Reluctantly, her family agrees so Mulan disguises herself as her father to join...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
The Life of Gyo Fujikawa

IT BEGAN WITH A PAGE brings us through the journey of Gyo Fujikawa, an incredible Japanese artist and author. Since she was a child, Gyo loved to draw. Whenever a blank white page sat in front of her, she filled it with picture after picture. Drawing came naturally and was...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Never Too Little To Help!

Wilma the witch is so excited to participate in the broom flying demonstration for the Halloween Bash this year. However, things don't go as planned when she realizes she is still too little to hold onto the broom and perform all of the tricks. So, Wilma sets off to find...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Gets You into the Halloween Spirit!

It's Halloween time and the Super Monsters are putting together a carnival! The Halloween spirit is lacking in Pitchfork Pines, so it's up to them to bring them some fun. They get dressed up and put together all of the necessary decorations. Everyone's excited, except for Albert. He's afraid that...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
A Day in the Life of a Fireman

I'M A FIREFIGHTER takes us into the daily life of a firefighter. While they're working, they sleep at the fire station. When the alarm sounds, they have to race to the firetruck to go put out a fire. Everyone has their own job to do, both putting out fires and...

August 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Learn More About Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman

O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN teaches us more about Walt Whitman's life and his time spent during the Civil War. To him, Lincoln was the president the US needed with all of the slavery and corruption spreading through the streets. He even caught glimpses of the president here and there and...

August 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Monster Mash!

When Fisher’s parents get a divorce, he finds himself with his mom back in her hometown. Even though he wants to make friends, his mom tells him their stay is only temporary. After meeting fellow Halloween lovers, Fisher feels like he’s right where he belongs. He’s asked to join a...

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