Reviews written by Lillian McCurry, Indie Co-Manager

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June 07, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Heart-Stopping YA Fantasy

Unputdownable! Rise of the Vicious Princess by C.J. Redwine is the first book in a new YA political fantasy duology. Calera has been at war with its neighboring kingdom Montevallo for 19 years. As a result, the kingdom is reaching the end of its coffers, it’s citizens are losing faith...

June 02, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Continuation of Merida's Story

Absolutely loved this continuation of Merida’s story! Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater isn’t a retelling of Disney’s Brave, but a continuation, picking up a few years after the events of the movie. Merida is stuck, not changing, and so is the rest of Castle Dunbroch. They are comfortable in their routines,...

May 31, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Sweet Summer Romance

Kasie West is a new, favorite author of mine. I first read her book P.S. I Like You last summer in one sitting. I loved the author’s writing style and the emotions she was able to convey into the characters. Because of this, I was so excited when I was...

May 27, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Answers to the Infamous Graduation Party Revealed

Inheritance by Katherine McGee is a prequel novella to her series American Royals which finally gives readers the full inside scoop of the infamous graduation party night. This night is the catalyst for so many things as it is referenced numerous times by various characters. If you are a fan...

March 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Light and Fun Competition

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Where There’s a Whisk by Sarah J. Schmitt follows Peyton, a recent high school graduate, as she competes on Top Teen Chef for a chance to win a full paid scholarship to one of the four top culinary schools. This YA contemporary has something for...

February 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Poignant and Heartbreaking

This is one of those stories that will stick with me for a long time. It left me utterly bereft and broken, and yet I can say that it is one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher is a story full...

February 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Stunning and Educational

Absolutely stunning! NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS WORLD ATLAS, 6TH EDITION is a work of art. Beautifully laid out, with full page spreads and pictures on every page, this atlas will be an excellent addition to any classroom or library. What I Loved: ...

February 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
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N/A
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5.0
Science and Santa

SUPER SANTA: THE SCIENCE OF CHRISTMAS by Bruce Hale is a picture book filled with the wonder of Christmas and the answers to kids' most burning question: how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? Beautifully detailed and whimsical illustrations along with easy to read text make this...

February 04, 2022 (Updated: February 04, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
A Sneaky Goblin is No Match for Westie

This book is adorable! GHOSTS, GOBLINS, AND NINJAS! is the fourth installment of the popular Pup Detectives series that follows a group of junior detectives who are tasked with guarding the ancient scroll of Bark-Jitsu from the Goblin Gus. Westie has been trying to prove to his friends–and himself–that he...

February 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
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5.0
Heading to the White House

GIVE CHEESE A CHANCE by Tom Angleberger is the second book in the DJ Funkyfoot adventures. In this installment, our butler finds himself at the White House filling in for the president's butler. An honor to be sure, however DJ finds himself in over his head with a spoiled horse,...

February 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
A Chilling Read

WHO WANTS I SCREAM? by Andres Miedoso is the 14th installment of his series Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol which features a young Andres and his best friend Desmond as they tackle the paranormal community in their small town of Kersville. Giggles are sure to be heard throughout the house when...

February 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Put the Electronics Down!

FGTEEV: GAME BREAK! created by the FGTeeV family is a fun activity book, packed full of mazes, word games, puzzles, and more. There is a lot to find within the pages with colorful illustrations and references to some of FGTeeV's favorite games. What I...

February 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
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5.0
Old Classic, New Look

DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK by Mary Pope Osborne is the book that kicked off the classic series Magic Tree House. Here, Jenny Laird has adapted it to a graphic novel, giving it a modern upgrade but keeping all the classical fantasy adventure elements that made the series so popular. In this...

February 02, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
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4.0
A Stinky Mystery

THE SEWER RAT STINK by Tom Angleberger is the first in a brand new graphic novel series featuring our favorite mouse, Geronimo Stilton. Geronmino is a staple of children's literature and a go-to for many teachers as children transition into reading chapter books on their own. This new series is...

February 02, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Funny and Informative

JOP AND BLIP WANNA KNOW by Jim Benton is the first in a new graphic novel series for kids that tackles the burning questions every curious child is eager to know: can you hear a penguin fart on mars, did dragons really exist, and why do we need two ears...

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