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September 28, 2020
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5.0
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5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
highly compelling, character-driven YA LGBT contemporary

FENCE: STRIKING DISTANCE is a charming YA contemporary fiction that takes place at a boys' boarding school. We follow different members of the fencing team in alternating chapters. The team is not really a winning team, but they have so much potential. Their coach is trying to get them to...

September 27, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
charming high-seas adventure about a love for reading

PIRATE NELL'S TALE TO TELL is a charming picture book about Nell, who has always dreamed of being a pirate. She is finally given the chance on Captain Gnash's ship, but it is not exactly what she expected, when her tasks are to clean pots, pans, and the ship. Her...

September 26, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
fun stickers related to voting

BE A VOTER! is a delightful collection of stickers that encompass the power of voting, the democracy, and the reasons why individuals may vote. There are multiple artists that have contributed to the collection, with each having a few sheets of stickers each. These different styles compliment each other to...

September 26, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming book of encouragement

I BELIEVE IN YOU is a delightfully encouraging book with bright colors and a charming story. While the main text is a general encouragement, the pictures tell the story of a unicorn who is helping a dragon to fly. The dragon is having trouble flying on his own, and comes...

September 25, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
enchanting sequel in a fairytale retelling series

THE GLASS QUEEN is an intense and fantastically written fairytale retelling of Cinderella. In the kingdom of Enchantia, fairytales are prophecies and the roles that people will play are murky - anyone could play any role, and it is only when the dust settles that it becomes clear who was...

September 20, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
delightful board book to explore touchable textures

FUN IN THE JUNGLE is an adorable board book great for infants and young toddlers who are exploring the world through touch. Each page spread has a simple sentence, followed by an invitation to touch a textured item, and a question about the touchable item. The length is perfect for...

September 20, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
fun, modern take on a classic poem

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS modifies the original poem to be more modern and easily understood by young children. The classic poem is a staple of Christmas celebrations, and this new iteration is great for young kids today, maintaining the rhymes and magic of Santa. The book is full of large,...

September 19, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
deep character study of a flawed but genuine young woman

BREATHLESS is a book about change, secrets, and the aftermath. Claudine (Claude) is about to graduate high school, and she knows her life will change with college, in no small part because she will be far away from her BFF who she relies on for emotional support. Then, her parents...

September 17, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
lush and compelling YA sci-fi

SKYHUNTER is an enthralling and lush YA fantasy. Lu really paints the story with her words, and this new novel is every bit as enchanting and captivating as her earlier works. Talin is a refugee in a land that barely acknowledges them, leaving them to fend for themselves outside the...

September 14, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
engaging, dark YA fantasy

KINGDOM OF ICE AND BONE picks up where the first book left off. Lira and Reyker are separated and each believes the other to be dead. Their grief is palpable as they fight the monstrous gods in their lives. Lira was saved by the Fallen Ones, and she is beholden...

September 14, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
compelling and heartfelt YA contemporary

HOW IT ALL BLEW UP is an absolutely riveting coming-out story. Amir Azadi is an Iranian American who has always felt a bit on the outside, even in his own family who he is sure would not love him if he comes out. When another boy at high school blackmails...

September 13, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
charmingly fun middle grade fantasy

THE FOURTH SUIT is a fantastically magical finale. Ridley begins with a inventor's fair which she is entering with the help of her teacher, but then something goes terribly awry. Her teacher seems to be mesmered, and the clues point to Kalagan. The Magical Misfits are secretly meeting and investigating...

September 13, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
overall cute book about sleepovers and the things we do for our friends

DUCK AND PENGUIN DO NOT LIKE SLEEPOVERS is an overall cute book about two stuffed animals whose owners are BFFs - but they do not like each other. Betty and Maud are thrilled to be having a sleepover in a teeny-weeny tiny tent in their backyard. Duck and Penguin would...

September 13, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
cute book about flamingos and picky eaters

FUSSY FLAMINGO is an adorable fictional tale about a flamingo named Lola that doesn't want to eat shrimp. Instead, her leaves turn green from eating avocados and pink-red from eating dragonfruit! Eventually, she tries shrimp and finds that she loves it! The accompanying illustrations are delightfully lovely...

September 13, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
fast-paced spy adventure

THE SHADOW MISSION is an even better sequel to THE ATHENA PROTOCOL with lots of action and spy-related danger. In this one, Jessie travels to Pakistan to take down a horrible man involved in human trafficking and other terrible things, but that leads her to Mumbai where a school for...

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