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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...

August 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Middle Grade Horror

Max’s dad died when he was young so he doesn’t remember much about him. He also never sees his dad’s side of the family. That’s why he’s surprised when his mom tells him he’s going to spend the weekend in Wolf County with his grandparents. As a...

August 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Humorous Body-Swapping Story

All Ezra wants to do is ask his crush Imogen to the prom. But when he and his friend Holden break into their school on the night of a solar eclipse, something strange happen. Ezra wakes up in Imogen's friend Wynonna's body. Soon, they find themselves swapping back and forth...

August 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

When Edie moves back to Mansfield to life with her aunt, uncle, and two cousins, she is reunited with her childhood crush Sebastian. She can't stop her feelings for him from returning with full force, but he already has a girlfriend. She's rich, beautiful, and nothing like Edie who would...

August 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Taming the Bad Boy

When Bea's best friend Katherine and twin brother Atticus start dating, she feels betrayed and can't stand to see them together. Katherine was supposed to be her ride or die, but instead, she'd rather spend time with Atticus whenever she comes over to the house. Bea wants to do something...

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