Alicia Connected: Tricked With Treats by Derek Fisher

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"Childrens" Genre Block - 4 kids laying on stomachs looking at book
Book Genre "Learning" with "Learn" spelled in blocks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is a wonderful learning book for middle grade readers! It’s an easy-to-read chapter book that tells a story and teaches the dangers of our connected electronics.

Alicia and her friends love to play Tully Town, an online game where they earn game money to buy outfits and items for their characters and their homes. When they decide to throw a Tully Town Halloween party at Cathy’s house, Cathy joins a different site to get free Tully Town money. To do so, she provides her login, and soon Cathy can’t access her Tully Town account.

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Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by​Rachel B. Wellner

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting story. The characters are excited to travel to America to solve a mystery! They get to meet new friends on their adventure in Washington DC, and they learn some interesting facts!

The story is told through rhyme, which I always enjoy in kid’s books. The plot takes the characters on a mission to solve the case of the mission hot dogs and missing marshmallows, but they also get to learn about healthy food choices as well! Overall, this was a good story with a really fun resolution that my daughter loved!

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The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Okay…this one is full of steamy fabulous heat! These two characters had great chemistry that had me nodding my head and saying, “yes you should be together”! The business talk had me much less interested though…

The one night stand happened pretty fast, and led into what I thought would be the enemies part of the story. It didn’t feel like an enemies to lovers though. For me, it was really a lovers with an obstacle to overcome to be together, and that was fine. I was there for it!

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Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Captivating, beautiful, and dangerous, Daughters of War is a historical fiction that you won’t be able to put down!

Three sisters living in France in 1944 are living with a German occupation. Hélène, Elise and Florence live together after the loss of their father. The sisters are each living their own lives, and we get to know each one’s personality throughout the story. As the story progresses, we find that each sister has to make decisions and actions that could put everyone at risk.

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Ponce: What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth by Jim Halveron

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo
"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ponce is a story told through two different view points. We have Ponce and Juarez giving their perspectives on this adventure. I liked that this is told with moments that made me laugh, and yet, I also took time to consider the statement that opens the book.

“History is written by the winners.”

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Em’s Awful Good Fortune by Marcie Maxfield

Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Okay, this book was an absolute delight! I got to experience the life of an expat, but through the lens of how it affects a marriage and the individuals involved.

I felt like Em was sitting down with a cup of coffee and telling me the stories of her life. It was a conversation weaving fun moments with ones of heartbreak. Em’s experiences as the wife of someone who chooses to live outside the US for extended periods of time for work was so interesting. I’ve traveled to China, and I found those parts of the story something I connected to, and laughed at, as I had some of those experiences. Other locations though were completely new for me, and I loved learning more about them! I loved the entire story, and I highly recommend it!

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Thrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings by Dr. Mark Smutny

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"Non Fiction" words carved into wood
"Non Fiction" words carved into wood

Imagine meetings where everyone is heard and all people matter.

Picture organizations that embrace all voices and are committed to justice, equity and opportunity. Imagine businesses, nonprofits and the public sector creatively engaging people in thousands of ways—seeking their best ideas, empowering the silenced, and building communities where all are treated with dignity and respect.

That’s what “Thrive” seeks to create.

Each chapter contains practical insights and accessible stories that transform meetings from dull to dynamic.

You will learn how to:
• capitalize on diversity’s strengths.
• keep meetings task-oriented and collegial.
• facilitate effectively in polarized or conflicted settings.

“Thrive” includes chapters on privilege and power, multilingual meetings, and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Whether you are a skilled practitioner or new to leadership, Thrive will teach you techniques for facilitating more effective, inclusive and energizing meetings.

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The Good Kings by Kara Cooney

"Non Fiction" words carved into wood
Book Genre "Learning" with "Learn" spelled in blocks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This has been a period in history that has always interested me, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book! Author Kara Cooney takes a look at five Pharaohs in this book and how their power and rule has impacted our modern day politics. The Pharaohs focused on throughout this book are Khufu, Senwosret III, Akenhaten, Ramses II, and Taharqa.

I found the lives, successes, and reign of these Pharaohs to be really interesting! Khufu was one that I was especially interested in because I find the Pyramids fascinating! It was interesting to learn about how the building was constructed and how Khufu dictated over his people to keep his secrets even in death.

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Slothy Claus by Jodie Shepherd

"Childrens" Genre Block - 4 kids laying on stomachs looking at book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Slothy Claus has instantly become a family favorite, and a book we will read over and over again! Christmas time has kids and adults alike excited and impatient for the big day to get here. We can FINALLY open our gifts and play! But what happens when Santa is a sloth? The speed and timing of delivering gifts is maybe not so fast. When Slothy Claus doesn’t make it to homes on Christmas Eve, families find the true meaning of Christmas.

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Night Night, Angel by Amy Parker

"Childrens" Genre Block - 4 kids laying on stomachs looking at book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Night Night, Angel! is a short board book perfect for reading to children through preschool. This is a Christmas themed story with a strong focus on the Christianity of Christmas. It has beautiful illustrations that are fun for little ones to look at while enjoying listening to the story.

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The Jennifer Files by Isla Moore

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a spicy romance with some moments of laughter, seriousness, and of course, heat! The southern setting made this feel intimate in a small-town setting. The characters are easy to fall in love with. They have great personalities and really stand out within the story.

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Baby, Unplugged by Sophie Brickman

"Non Fiction" words carved into wood
Book Genre "Learning" with "Learn" spelled in blocks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is here to help a parent work their way through a world filled with apps and technology that are supposed to “help” you parent…and maybe some that aren’t. While my babies are a bit older now, I really connected with this book. I struggle to balance electronics with non-screen time for my kiddos (and myself if I’m being honest)! I think that many parents have those same struggles, and I know that it can be incredibly stressful and frustrating for many moms and dads. Sophie Brickman takes the reader through advice from experts on how we can figure out how to survive in a world filled with digital everything.

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