Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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June 13, 2024
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5.0
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5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
A Must Read WWII Title

It's 1929 in the Bavarian town of Heroldsberg, Germany. Rolf, who is 12, is worried about his older brother, Romer. A brilliant soccer player, Romer is increasingly dissatisfied with life, and fights frequently with their father, who runs a toy factory in nearby Nuremberg that is experiencing difficulties. Rolf knows...

June 05, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Middle Grade Fiction
Martial Arts and Movie Mayhem

Modesty "Mo" Seto is twelve, and hugely involved in Taekwondo. She is especially small for her age, so finds it hard to compete with people like Dax, who is larger. When she is momentarily distracted by her father stepping outside during her competition, Dax exploits her weakness, and she ends...

June 04, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
3.0
Kids Nonfiction
Carson's 1956 Writing Illustrated

Orion nature magazine collaborated with cut paper artist Nikki McClure to produce this beautifully illustrated, picture book version of Rachel Carson's 1956 script for a television programs answering the request for "something about the sky". In poetic language, Carson gave an overview of how clouds and water work together in...

June 04, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Celebrate to the moon and back

Noura has just spent her first Ramadan fasting, and is very exciting to celebrate Eid. Will she be able to see the moon? Her parents are making preparations in case the celebrations can begin; frying pakoras for the evening's iftar, and preparing noodles in milk for the Eid breakfast. Noura's...

June 04, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
"All Men Are Brothers"

Paul Robeson was a man of many talents who overcame many adversities. Born in New Jersey in 1898 to a father who was born enslaved but became a college educated minister and a mother from a Quaker background, his life circumstances changed when he was very young. His mother passed...

June 04, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Indie
Perfect for Snow Day Reading

Stefan and Agnes' village is covered in snow and looks completely different. The two head out to have adventures in the winter weather, clad in snowsuits and mittens and armed with birdseed. They try to identify snow covered objects, make snow angels, taste the falling snow, and track animals. They...

June 03, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
We're on the road to London, Australia, and Hawaii

Once again, Charlie is on the run. Her half brother, Dante, and former agent Milana Moon are also trying to fly beneath the radar, so setting up fake passports. It's not cheap, but then, after Charlie's hacking adventures, she can afford it. This money also allows her to occasionally travel...

June 03, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Authors AND Characters Working Together

The Door is Open is centered around the community center in Maple Grove, New Jersey and follows the adventures of a variety of children there. Since the center is so important to the Desi community, when the building is in danger of being shut down, the children try to find...

June 03, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Of COURSE puppies are magical!

Hocus and Pocus and the oldest and youngest of a slightly magical litter of puppies that a young witch finds and turns in to the local rescue. Because they are adorable puppies, it seems likely that they will be adopted quickly, but the two don't want to be adopted separately...

June 03, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Plans Often Change

As adults, we know how to pivot when plans change, but this is an important skill for young readers to learn. Seeing Rica be grateful (in her prayer journal entries) for situations beyond her control is good modeling of this behavior, and the story points out that even though some...

June 03, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
3.0
Learning Value
 
3.0
McCarthy Era Primary Source Material

Balis and Levy employed their "fly on the wall style" in Bringing Down a President, and utilize again to tell the story of McCarthy era Communist "witch hunts" through short observations about particular occurrences, which are then supported by direct quotes. These come from a variety of sources and famous...

June 02, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Intrepid Mice Down on the Farm

In this sixth adventure of Fergus and Zeke, Miss Maxwell has a surprise for the students, and this mice are interested as well. She brings in apples, and asks the children where they grow. The next day, she brings in vegetables, and even pots and dirt in which the children...

June 02, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fantastic Book about Learning to Ride a Bike!

A little boy is tired of riding in the baby seat on his father's bike, especially since his father is an avid cyclist with a variety of bikes. He tries his brother's old tricycle, which is an improvement, but still doesn't have two wheels. Next his father (who is always...

June 02, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Reading, Writing, and Racism

In 1884, Mamie Tape's parents attempted to enroll her at the Spring Valley Primary School near her home in San Francisco California. Mamie had played with the children in her neighborhood, but was denied admission to the school because of the anti-Chinese sentiments at the time. These had a long...

June 02, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Baking and Celebrating

A child and mother start the long and interesting process of making challah in their sun filled kitchen. The bring out their favorite bowl, mix the ingredients, wait for the dough to rise, braid it, and smell the delicious aromas as it bakes. After the bread has cooled, they...

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