Back to the Burgh and Beyond by C.S. McDonald

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Back to the Burgh and Beyond is a fun cozy mystery with a time travel element. The play on the Back to the Future title was a great way to title this story! I thought this was a good clean story that readers of all ages can enjoy.

Alexa Owl is the new owner of The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe. She gain not only a new business, but also a resident angel with the ability to time travel! Bobby was a detective in life, but in death he’s trying to gain his Guardian Angel Squad wings. He needs to solve a murder in 4 days, and enlists Alexa’s help to do it.

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Shoe Wars by Liz Pichon

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is full of fun, laughs, dogs, and an evil shoe villain…what more could a middle-grade reader ask for?

Told through a narrator that grabs your interest right from the start, this is a book that is hard to put down. It’s light-hearted, but still managed to hit on topics of importance. I really enjoyed that this is a chapter book, but had create illustrations throughout the pages to help support the story.

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Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a child, I had allergies to every kind of animal, so my heart went out to Maggie in this book! It’s hard to be a kid and not be able to get a pet when you want one so bad!

I really enjoyed that this story hits on multiple situations that young readers deal with in every day life. There is friendship and fights, new siblings, and of course, our pet drama and allergies. In graphic novel format, this story flew by! This was a well-written, wonderful book, and readers will really connect with Maggie and her story!

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I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you have not yet discovered this fabulous historical fiction series for kids, then you are in for a treat! My son absolutely loves this series, and we excitedly await the release of new books!

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 was originally written as book 9 in the I Survived series. This newly adapted version is in graphic novel format, which is really exciting. We own the original version of this book as well, and found that both formats are exciting, and a great way to tell an important story!

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Hadley and Grace by Suzanne Redfearn

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Loved this book!!! It was very Thelma & Louise, but seriously so much better! I loved the addition of children, and how that changes the choices available to the women. This was a fast-paced, wild ride following two women and their children as they run from one danger after another.

I loved the characters Hadley and Grace. They were an unlikely and accidental partnering that created this amazing dynamic. The two bicker like sisters, and yet clearly care for each other. Their stories created wonderful character growth for each of them, which was honestly, extremely surprising. Running from the law, trying to protect their children, they somehow managed to have their own personal moments of inspiration and change.

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Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mickey on the Move is a story that features a young boy with cochlear implants starting at a new school. I thought this was an awesome story to introduce children to our differences and celebrate them.

I loved the Mickey teaches us about difficulties that he’s already figured out how to overcome, but we also get to experience some with him. It was a nice balance throughout the story.

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What’s Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This was a pretty darn cool book! I know that sounds a little dramatic, but seriously, it’s awesome!

So, why do I like this little gem? It’s got amazing illustrations that are gorgeous, and beg to be looked at. Along with the beautiful artwork, the information provided in this book is great for not only children but adults as well!

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The Winter Song by Saurav Dutt

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From the acclaimed Author of ‘The Butterfly Room’ comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold.

Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in North India, a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his wife.

Unhinged by grief, anger, and guilt, John Perera has set off on a journey, a journey to honour the love of his life and to fulfill the promise he made to her to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of their son. It is a journey of extraordinary self-discovery that will take him to the extremities of his soul and question all he believes about life, death, and faith.

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Battle of the Bullies by Fenyx Blue

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bullying is a topic that needs to continue to be discussed, and I’m so happy to see these types of stories being written. This was an interesting mix of high school drama, bullying, and sisterly relationships.

The Dimes are this terrible group where each member tries to become the number 1 position in the group by bullying other students until they drop out of school. How awful! They are a horrible group that is easy to hate. When their sites are set on the Robertson sisters, they find it harder than anticipated.

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The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to teach children about table manners! I really enjoyed the fork superhero that leads the children in proper behavior at the table, and how to help clean up!

Forkman has a lot to teach this family about their manners. We learn how to properly load a dishwasher, but also about improper noises to be made while eating and electronic use.

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And Then She Vanished by Nick Jones

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Rating: 4 out of 5.
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A man obsessed with the mystery of his sister’s disappearance 20 years ago.
An accidental discovery that time travel is possible.
A chance to save his sister.

I really loved the premise for this book, and the story lived up to my expectations! The time-travel was fun, exciting, and unexpected. I enjoyed the main character’s drive and determination about finding his sister, and I loved how the story wrapped up!

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The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives by Tim Darcy Ellis

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a great book for historical fiction readers that enjoy the Tudor time-frame! It has wonderful characters and a story that draws you right in!

Juan is a Spanish Jew, but is hiding his religion by pretending to be a “New Christian”. His journey was filled with exciting situations and some great romance. I loved his character arc, and couldn’t stop thinking about what was happening while I wasn’t reading the story.

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