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August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
filled with fun facts about everyday technology

AWESOME ACHIEVERS IN TECHNOLOGY is an approachable middle grade non-fiction book about people behind every day inventions that you may have never heard about. The book gives the facts before also giving the author's take with funny stories, jokes, and sometimes even activities (like a maze). The book is relatively...

August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
engaging comic book

This comic book is an interesting print form of a webtoon series that captures season 1. Natali Presano was born to her mother and father in a hospital, but only her father left with her. Her mother died with a secret about her past. As Natali got older, her father...

August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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engaging middle grade fiction

NAKED MOLE RAT SAVES THE WORLD tells the story of kit, whose name is lowercase because she was too small for an uppercase letter. Her mother was a famous singer whose anxiety now keeps her indoors, and her mother named kit after the tattoo she has that is keep it...

August 20, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
engaging middle grade fantasy

AMELIA FANG AND THE BARBARIC BALL is the first book in the Amelia Fang series, a fantasy/magical middle grade series that features so-called creatures of the dark, e.g. yeti, grim reaper, vampires, as they go on quests and adventures together. Amelia Fang, a vampire, lives with her parents Countess Frivoleeta...

August 20, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
delightful quest with fun characters

AMELIA FANG AND THE UNICORNS OF GLITTEROPOLIS is ultimately about harmful stereotypes, problems with misinformation, and the subversion of overly autocratic/dictatorship governments. On the surface, it is an adorable story about Amelia Fang, a vampire, and the seemingly dark monsters (yeti, grim reaper, pumpkin pet) of Nocturnia who travel to...

August 20, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
gorgeous book about following your dreams and growing up

SMALL WORLD is a gorgeous celebration of growing up and following your dreams. When Nanda was born, her world was very small. As she got bigger and older, her world continues to grow, including more people and ideas. When she grows up, she goes to the moon, and now the...

August 20, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
cute take on an old song!

ON THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER VACATION uses the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas to present the fun of summer (for instance, "On the first day of vacation, I had so much playing all day in the sun."). With colorful, full-page images, this book is an ode to...

August 20, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
fantastic, scientific fun!

Budding scientists, rejoice! The Questioneers is the perfect series to show you the how and to have some extra scientific fun! ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS is a delightful book that follows Ada Twist, a scientist who may borrow her brother's stuff too much without asking. Her experiments can...

August 19, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
creepy and fun page-turner

THE HAUNTED is a really fascinating YA horror that follows Hendricks, a teenage girl, after she moves into a haunted house. Hendricks and her family have moved to this small town for a clean start after an event which is not fully described until later in the book. Hendricks has...

August 19, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
cute celebration of sleep and animals

BABIES CAN SLEEP ANYWHERE is a cute rhyming book about sleep. The book goes through where animals sleep (e.g. puppy dogs sleep in a pile on the rug), before declaring (repeated) that babies can sleep anywhere! The images are full page and colorful with plenty of animals throughout. The text...

August 19, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
fantastic illustrations and fun, action-packed plot

This episode of THE BAD GUYS has the crew planning for a way to stop the aliens and help the big bad wolf, who is now Godzilla-sized and tearing down buildings. Told in an easy-to-read comic book style, most of the action is in the illustrations rather than the text....

August 18, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
charming and odd story that will appeal to the middle grade audience

A SMALL ZOMBIE PROBLEM is a charming story in the vein of A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS and Tim Burton. August is a boy who has lived his whole life in a dilapidated house. He likes to create skeleton figurines. His family had an empire based on hot sauces, which...

August 18, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
a book about not judging others too quickly

MY FUNNY BUNNY is about dealing with disappointments and not judging others too quickly. It's the main character's sixth birthday, and they have been hoping for a dwarf bunny for a long time. Their favorite uncle gives them a present, and they just know it's the bunny they dreamed of....

August 18, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
delightfully fun way to teach manners basics

KINDNESS RULES! is a fun new manners book, perfect for preschoolers. Magic Manners, an elephant who knows her stuff, teaches toddlers about manners in different situations along with her animal friends. For instance, the book covers the basics of what to do when meeting someone you don't know or what...

August 18, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
delightful and adorable Halloween fun!

Be prepared to fall in love with the tenacious TEENY TINY GHOST in this sweet book, perfect for Halloween. The teeny tiny ghost lives in a teeny tiny barn with a teeny tiny mouse. Her voice may be small, but with some work, she produces a teeny tiny boo, which...

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