Reviews written by Lillian McCurry, Indie Co-Manager

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September 09, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Exciting, Humorous Adventure

What a fun adventure! QUEST KIDS AND THE DRAGON PANTS OF GOLD by Mark Leiknes is a middle grade graphic novel featuring four friends who seek out those who need help and attempt to provide it. Narrated by Ned, the de facto leader of the group, the story unfolds. Bristolburg...

August 31, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
The Underdogs are on the case!

THE UNDERDOGS CATCH A CAT BURGLAR by Kate & Jol Temple is the first in a new series about the Underdog Detective Agency and their newest recruit Fang. Growing up in Dogtown as a cat wasn't the easiest on Fang. While she learned all the things her dog friends learned,...

August 31, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A Mystery in the Aquarium

MERMAID YOU LOOK by Andres Miedoso is the sixteenth installment of his series Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol which follows a young Andres and his best friend Desmond as they explore the paranormal activity in their town. In this installment, summer has come to Kersville, and it is so hot that...

August 30, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Heartwarming Story About a Dog Finding His Family

ELMER AND THE TALENT SHOW by Danny Robertson & Ron Danta is the first in their children's book series inspired by real life rescue dogs. Here we meet Elmer, a ten year old dachshund who was severely mistreated and neglected by his former owners. Multiple surgeries later, Elmer doesn't look...

August 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Infinite Possibilities For Multiple Readings

As a child, one of my favorite genres was the choose-your-own-adventures. POWER OF FLIGHT by Hena Khan & Andrea Menotti is an exciting story that stars the reader who is attending the Summer Science Academy. Clawed by a mysterious bird, you wake up after a night of fever dreams to...

August 26, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Beautiful Story About Grief

TIPS FOR MAGICIANS by Celesta Rimington is a beautifully written story about a preteen boy and how he copes with the loss of his mother. Harrison Boone wants to be a magician like his father, and he used to enjoy singing like his mother. But after her death, singing makes...

August 12, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Adventure in the Swamplands

SPINELESS by Samantha San Miguel is a fascinating story about a preteen boy who travels to the swamplands of Florida with his family to convalesce during the winter months. Algie Elmsworth is 12 at the start of our story and over the moon to visit the resort known for its...

July 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
A Trek Across an Arctic Tundra

THE SNOWY OWL SCIENTIST by Mark Wilson is a fascinating exploration across Alaska's North Slope with scientist Denver Holt who is observing and studying the Snowy Owl. This book is as much about the snowy owl as it is about the scientist and surrounding town. Told through full page, color...

July 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Perfect Addition to Home/Classroom Library

Want to be a know it all? That's the question on the back of National Geographic Kids' ROCKS & MINERALS. This addition to the Weird but True series would be an excellent addition to any home or classroom library. Thoughtfully laid out with index and glossary at the back for...

July 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning a New Trick

FENWAY AND THE FRISBEE TRICK by Victoria J. Coe is the second book in a delightfully clever series about Fenway and his humans. In this installment, while at the big park with Fetch Man and Hattie, Fenway meets Carmen, a Rottweiler who is catching a frisbee midair. Impressed and a...

July 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Sneaky Squirrels and Buried Bones

FENWAY AND THE BONE THIEVES by Victoria J. Coe is the first in a brand-new chapter book series featuring Fenway from the popular series Hattie and Fenway. In this first installment, we meet Fenway and his humans. Fenway is heading to the treat store and hoping for a yummy treat...

July 12, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.8
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
A Spark of Jealousy

A dangerous thing is lurking in Cinder and it is up to her friends to save her in this thrilling installment of the Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly. CINDER'S FLAME by Jordan Quinn is the seventh adventure of the series, and this time the little dragons have to save their friend...

July 12, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Renaissance Faire Mystery

A fun-filled mystery is a foot in the newest installment of Zoo Patrol Squad. MEDIEVAL MAYHEM by Brett Bean is the fourth book in the series and follows Fennlock Fox and Penny the Pig who are returning from their vacation in Harmony Plains to find a castle where Wild Zoo...

July 11, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Showdown with the Supreme Leader

HOLLYWOOD VS. THE GALAXY by Lin Oliver & Henry Winkler is the third (and final?) book of their series Alien Superstar which follows Buddy Burger and his rise to stardom after escaping his home planet. After Citizen Cruel failed to capture Buddy, the Supreme Leader is left with no other...

July 11, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Modern Day Witch Addresses Bullying

WITCH FOR HIRE by Ted Naifeh is an urban fantasy / YA contemporary mash-up that addresses the harmful effects of bullying during high school in the form of a graphic novel. This thrilling mystery begins on Cody's first day of high school when her older sister refuses to let her...

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