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August 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
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...

November 06, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies relies heavily on its interesting characters, not-so-original plot, and captivating writing to keep its reader--but as for the thrill, it just doesn't sizzle enough. YA novels don't tend to be too wowing in the thrill department and while this one is not...

November 01, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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Zora & Me:The Cursed Ground

Reading stories set during the time of slavery twists the stomach into a knot. Though most of us have never and might never have to experience such a cruel era of servitude and dehumanization it’s a sore spot. A spot that smarts at the mere mention....

October 30, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Pride (A Pride & Prejudice Remix)

Pride is flavorful, a cornucopia of culture, a coming-of-age story with characters so well-developed they practically leaped off the page. Zuri Benitez is just a girl with words in her heart, Brooklyn nestled in her veins and dreams bigger than the neighborhood she’s grown to love. ...

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