Reviews written by Rose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer

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April 23, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
No Longer Hidden Figures

“… with hard work, perseverance, and a love of math, anything was possible.” Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were once hidden figures in one of the United States greatest accomplishments. However, thanks to a best-selling book and box office hit movie, they no...

April 23, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Celebration of Young Women

“Women and girls have been sharing things up for a long time, resisting those who would box them in.” Shaking Things Up, introduces us to 14 bright and bold young women whose lives impacted history forever. These stories, told by Susan Hood, and illustrated by 13...

December 10, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
An Addictive, Exciting Journey

Everything about this book is so glamorous, dramatic, and intriguing. Right down to that stunning cover. Katharine McGee has created a book so exciting, it was nearly impossible to put it down. This fast-paced world filed with secrets and betrayals kept me turning the pages and...

October 03, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Absolute Favorite of this Year!

This review is so difficult for me to write because I can’t seem to properly put into words how absolutely beautiful this book was. After Emmy & Oliver, Robin Benway completely won me over. Now after Far from the Tree I can easily say that she...

October 03, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
An Epic Finale

RINGER, was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and it did not disappoint. Everything that I loved from the first book was there, and way, way more. I stated it in my review for Replica as well, but I’ll say it again. The way...

September 09, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Weird, Witty, and Brilliant

No Good Deed is the book you didn’t know you needed in your life. Goldy Moldavsky has been an author that has really stood apart from other authors because of her unique and refreshing books. Everything about them, from the writing style, to the plot, to...

September 09, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
The Perfect Halloween Read

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING is a tale that will take you into the weird, fascinating, and adventurous world of Prosper Redding. From the beginning, I was instantly hooked by the slightly clumsy, but lovable Prosper Redding. Prosper is a 12-year-old boy from Redhood, MA, which...

August 28, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
For the Animal Lovers!

Ranger Rick: I Wish I Was A Lion was a fun, educational, and an interactive book that is perfect for all those who want to know more about lions! I Can Read! books have always been the best books to introduce children to new topics, species, etc....

August 28, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Start Exploring!

I’ve said it many times now, but I absolutely love National Geographic’s books for children. Each one is very different from the next, but always entertaining and informative! National Geographic knows how to make their readers interested in any topic they write about, for both children and adults. ...

July 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Inspiration for Young Readers!

This is one of the many “100 things” books I’ve read by National Geographic, and like with all the rest, I absolutely loved this one. All of these books can be about completely different topics, and yet they all hold one thing in common: they help to inspire our newest...

July 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A Pug-Lovers Must Have!

This book is a winner (no pun intended). This hilarious story paired with the most perfect illustrations will definitely leave an impression on you. Pig, our main character, should have been completely unlikeable and yet his outrageous actions and imperfections are what make him so lovable! ...

June 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Young Adult Nonfiction
YOU NEED THIS BOOK.

I wish I could accurately put into words how much I adored This is Really Happening. I didn’t know a lot about this book when I first read it, but I had seen great reviews so I was hoping it would be good. It wasn't until...

June 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Everything You Love in One Book!

Kasie West has done it again (for the millionth time)! She has created another perfect YA romance! Besides her Pivot Pivot series, I have read every one of Kasie’s books and I have adored them all. Every time a new book of her’s comes out I’m always terrified about...

April 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0
Enchanting Fantasy

I went into this novel not knowing what to expect at all. Thankfully, I was happily surprised! The Dream Traveler is the first book of the The Cardonian Chronicles by Katherine LaFleur, and it is definitely a strong start! This book does not start off slowly. As...

April 10, 2017 (Updated: April 10, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
For the Adventurous Ones!

Writing a review for this book is definitely bittersweet! The Ship Beyond Time was an incredible sequel, I couldn’t have asked for a better book to follow up The Girl from Everywhere. At the same time, I’m so sad that this is the end of one of my favorite series....

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