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May 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
charming and fun middle grade

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES: THE ROAD TRIP is a fun book that compliments the show by diving into the characters more with a cute story. The theatre students are excited when they find out there is a HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL convention in the next state. Of course,...

May 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
beautiful book about familial love

I'LL MEET YOU IN YOUR DREAMS is a gorgeously illustrated picture book about parental love that spans space and time. With lyrical prose and beautiful images, the story conveys the enduring love of a parent for a child. The book contains full-page, imaginative illustrations that convey a beautiful story. Some...

May 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
3.0
Kids Nonfiction
great artistic guide

COLORS OF HABITATS is a beautifully illustrated oversized book of inspiration for artists. The book walks through different habitats from the artic to coral reefs to deserts. Each page spread gives a short poem about the habitat and features illustrations of different animals who live in each habitat with some...

May 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
charming and cute YA contemporary

10 TRUTHS AND A DARE is a book about family and owning up to your mistakes. Olivia is about to graduate high school as salutatorian and excited to have some time away from her overbearing mother as she takes a trip away. Olivia's plans are thrown for a loop when...

May 02, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
delightful and educational picture book about sharks

I AM THE SHARK is a fun and educational picture book about self-confidence. A great white shark is introducing the reader to himself, but he is soon to learn that he is not the biggest, smallest, fastest, or other superlative shark. Through conversations with other sharks, who hold those superlatives,...

May 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
delightfully charming YA contemporary

MADE IN KOREA is a sweet romantic-comedy about competition, family, and reaching for your dreams. Valerie runs a very successful business at her high school along with her cousin, which they named V&C K-BEAUTY. They sell Korean beauty products that are sent by her cousin's father out of a locker...

April 29, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
charming and delightful YA contemporary

PERFECTLY PARVIN is a laugh-out-loud, charming YA contemporary fiction read. Parvin is about to begin her freshman year of high school and excited about having her first boyfriend. Over summer, she met Wesley, who helped her with her pranks and kissed her. At freshman orientation, she is excited to see...

April 29, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
new adult leaning contemporary

THE LOVE SONG OF IVY K. HARLOWE is a new adult read about love, pining, and friendship. Andie is 19 years old and not going to college. Instead, she works during the day and spends the nights partying with her friends - really, it's one friend, her best friend. Andie...

April 27, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
intriguing YA contemporary about family

THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE is an intriguing YA contemporary about how we define family. Calliope is nearly 18 years old, the age when she can reach out to the donor agency and contact her biological father. She has had a happy life with her two mothers, but she has always...

April 25, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
delightful gift book for book lovers

BOOK NERD is a delightful gift book for book lovers everywhere. The book is filled with colorful artwork and fun text of lists, quotes, and definitions related to a love of reading. Bookish people will definitely see themselves in the artwork and book problems (where can you put all those...

April 23, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
wild NYC adventure

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT is an unexpected YA contemporary read, told from three perspectives. Kat, Stevie, and Teri are all good friends from the intense theater club at their Connecticut high school. The book begins with them eagerly anticipating the casting list (well, at least for Kat) for the Shakespeare...

April 21, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
secret writer in a high school romance

GUTTER GIRL is a unique YA contemporary romance that follows two main characters, Jace and McKenna. McKenna is an outcast by choice. After her father abandoned her, leaving McKenna to hold her mother and life together, McKenna put up walls in the form of her bubble that she won't let...

April 20, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
lush and thrilling middle grade fantasy

THE LAST FALLEN STAR is a thrilling epic fantasy. Riley Oh is a saram, a person without magic, adopted by a family with healing magic. She is so excited for her sister, Hattie, who is about to be initiated and who can begin to use magic on her own. Riley...

April 18, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
approachable and educational journey to the forests of the world

TAKE ME HOME: FORESTS OF THE WORLD is an approachable nonfiction book that teaches about different kinds of forests, from kelp forests to rainforests to deciduous forests. The book is an interesting combination of fiction and nonfiction, beginning with a story of a boy named Charlie finding a bunch of...

April 18, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
intense and compelling YA contemporary

HURRICANE SUMMER is a sweeping coming-of-age story that captures the difficult and at times dangerous transition to womanhood. Tilla is recently eighteen and heading with her nine-year-old sister, Mia, to Jamaica, a place where her father spends most of his time and where Tilla has not visited since she was...

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