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August 04, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
beautiful story of loss and grief

IF YOU MISS ME is a beautiful picture book about loss, love, and grief. Charlie loves to dance, and she especially loves to dance with her grandmother under the moon. Other nights, they make wishes. When Charlie moves to the city, her grandmother tells her to look at the moon...

August 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
intriguing combination of fairy tale and facts

LEARNING ABOUT THE GARDEN WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY is an intriguing combination of fairy tale and nonfiction facts about gardens. On the pages a reader would normally flip through, there is the story of Sleeping Beauty who loves her gardens and all the things that grow within it. When you fold...

August 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
silly graphic novel for middle grade readers

SQUIRREL DO BAD is an entertaining graphic novel about the consequences of small actions. The book begins with Wendy the Wanderer, who cannot actually wander due to her strict father, who wants to keep her safe inside and always protected. He worries about everything, so he has found a very...

August 03, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
fairy tale plus facts about the underground

DISCOVERING THE UNDERGROUND WITH SNOW WHITE contains the fairy tale of Snow White along with fold open pages that detail interesting information about underground. The book teaches about different things found underground, the mineral and rock makeup, animals that live underground, and mythology of the underground among other cool facts....

August 03, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
interesting nonfiction picture book

After the separation of Pakistan from India, Nek Chand moved from Pakistan to India. Even though he left, he missed the village he left behind. Soon, he begins collecting small rocks and makes a small garden, but it isn't quite like he remembered. Nek then collects other materials and begins...

August 03, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
colorful and fun book about family and Carnaval

BISA'S CARNAVAL is a colorful and delightful celebration of Carnaval and family. Bisa loves Carnaval and is happy to show Clara her past photos of all the amazing outfits for Carnaval. Together, they find some perfect fabrics and sew outfits to wear for the celebration. When Carnaval comes, Clara realizes...

August 03, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
enchanting and stunning YA fantasy duology conclusion

REDEMPTOR is a stunning conclusion to an atmospheric and imaginative YA fantasy duology. Picking up where the first book left off, Tarisai now must fulfill her pact with the Underworld, creating her council and cementing her rule alongside Dayo, before she must descent as the final Redemptor. The time she...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
sweet and adorable board book of love

Beginning with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. about love, COUNT TO LOVE! is a cute poem that encourages counting to L-O-V-E (1-2-3-4). With short and sweet phrases, the book encompasses baby fun with counting on fingers and toes, belly kisses, and simple messages of adoration. With colorful images...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
fun and action-filled graphic novel

THE MYSTERY OF THE MEANEST TEACHER is an adventure-filled graphic novel about Johnny (Kid) Constantine. We start by meeting Kid as he is on a mischievous caper to get some candy from a ghost - what he doesn't realize is that the chocolate he ate takes years to make, and...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
lovely picture about embracing yourself as you are

BIRD BOY is a sweet picture book about being yourself and embracing your differences. Nico is the new kid in school, and although he feels left out, he finds his own things to do at recess, including attracting the birds. Soon, the other children call him Bird Boy, but birds...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
lovely book of unconditional love

LOVE YOU BY HEART is a simple but beautiful story of love. Featuring a big and little heart, the book expresses unconditional love, with love regardless of time, good or bad day, and triumphs or fumbles. Written in a lovely poetic style with simple illustrations, this is a sweet read...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
festive and charming Christmas board book

FA-LA-LA LLAMA is a delightfully festive board book song. The book features llamas getting into the spirit of the non-religious Christmas season, decorating hats with holly, joyfully singing, ice skating, and juggling lots of presents among other things. Each page features a line to be sung to the tune of...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
compelling and charming YA contemporary

OUR WAY BACK TO ALWAYS is a beautiful YA contemporary romance about two best friends, Sam and Lou. After a truly embarrassing incident in middle school, Sam and Lou stopped talking, but as they are now about to be seniors in high school, Lou has unearthed their bucket list from...

August 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
engaging graphic novel

POISON IVY: THORNS is an intriguing graphic novel that takes us back to the origin story for Poison Ivy. Pamela, whose mother had wanted to name her Ivy, is living under her father's cruel thumb. At school, she is being harassed by the guy who took her to homecoming, Brett,...

July 30, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
chilling and slow-building YA horror read

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE is a dark YA horror that creeps up on you. The book follows two teens, Eliot and Tess, who are brought together when Eliot requests books from the library where Tess is working from the summer. As they search for these occult magical texts in the...

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