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October 15, 2019
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0
Unputdonable, Important--Should be Required Reading!

I never wanted to be a superhero as a child, but I wanted to do heroic things. Tristan Strong epitomizes the dreams of young black children who want to do and be both; be heroes/heroines and do heroic things. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is the Harry...

September 30, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Espionage, Action and Ferret-Proof Death Rays Made for an Exciting Middle Grade Novel

Nikki Tesla is an espionage novel for pre-teens. It’s exciting, engaging, and utterly unique. Nikki Tesla is a genius; except she doesn’t feel very smart when she burns a hole through the floor of her house with a death ray she invented. ...

September 30, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Resistance is not Futile

This is the type of book I’d like to see included in school curriculums. The stories are like wide open arms: welcoming, understanding, and accepting. Each story was poignant some more than others, but they did what they set out to do. The stories covered a wide range of...

August 05, 2019
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
How To Read A Book

Wildly original and highly interactive; ‘How To Read A Book,’ guides readers in a poetic, lyrical journey, to do simply that, read. Pages fall loose, and open to vibrant commanding pages of prose that are simple and easy to follow, but are also engaging and deep....

August 05, 2019 (Updated: August 05, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
The Book Case by Dave Shelton

The Book case is a perfectly suitable mystery, with a cast of characters that will amuse readers both young and old. It’s an all-around good time. Daphne is new to St. Rita’s, a private all-girls school. She’s called on unexpectedly and asked to be...

July 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Sarai and The Around the World Fair

Though rich and vibrant in illustrations and culture, Sarai and the Around the World Fair is a slow-mover. The illustrations and the rambunctious liveliness of the story really carry well throughout—hyping up the reader for whatever comes next. However, for a children’s novel, it’s not all...

July 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
The Pepper Party Picks The Perfect Pet (The Pepper Party, #1)

Absolute fun is one way to summarize The Pepper Party Picks the Perfect Pet. Perfectly placed and brilliant illustrations helped to tell a story that keeps the reader enthralled with the busy-body family. Utterly clever and downright laugh-inducing, The Pepper Party Picks the Perfect Pet, is...

July 02, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Truly Madly Royally

Truly Madly Royally was a cute-ish read that lacked a certain something to take it fully over the edge. Zora is a modern day activist, socialist and do-gooder. Zora is attending a prestigious college to prepare for (possible) attendance in the fall. While doing...

May 16, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Dr. Snow Has Got To Go

Dr. Snow Has To Go is a loosely illustrated chapter book with humor that just might go over some young heads. Taking humor in things like the word but (see: butt) being said aloud; and wacky teachers, Dr. Snow Has Got To Go toes the line between...

April 16, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
Colorblind

While Colorblind won’t be shattering barriers, it opens the conversation in racism from a standpoint not yet explored. Colorblind, narrated by the boy it’s inspired by: tells the story of an African American boy in America navigating growing up and being black in America. ...

March 15, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag, #1)

Dragons in a Bag is a whimsical, moving, and magical tale. Perfectly tailored to it’s intended audience, Dragons In a Bag, hits all the right notes. Jaxon and his Mom are in trouble. They’re on the cusp of losing their apartment to an eviction. This is how...

January 07, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
99 Lies (100 Hours, #2)

99 lies pick up exactly where the last book left off, post-kidnapping—at least for most of them. Genesis and Holden are still stuck on the island and everyone that’s made it back on American soil are worrying about their health and safety. In the most unusual way,...

December 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary is as disturbing as its name implies. While, in an effort to not trivialize or pretend as if teenagers don’t go through hard things, I’d timidly suggest this novel for older teens. Macy is disturbed or is she? Forced into...

December 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Easy Prey

Easy prey’s story is directly relevant to its title. It tells the story of how when you prey on others, completely disregard the people you hurt, you just might become easy prey yourself. The internet can be a nasty place. I think many of us have...

December 18, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Lights, Camera, Carmen!

Lights Camera Carmen is a quick-to-read tale of a zealous and outspoken kid destined to make it big. Though she dreams of being on stage, a Dino-Krispies cereal contest thrusts her into a new dream, she’s going to be on tv. With a personal cinnamon-tographer, whose...

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