Category: Young Adult & Middle Grade

Building a Team (Baseball Buddies) | Critical Book Review

Aaron Derr’s Building a Team (Baseball Buddies) unfolds as a nostalgic homage to the spirit of baseball, exploring the enduring values it imparts on players. In this critical review, we delve into the layers of this Red Chair Press novel. The Pitch-Perfect Start Derr sets the tone with the infectious joy of the baseball season’s…

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The Mystery Next Door | Critical Book Review

Michael Rodney Moore has woven a literary enchantment, and it’s casting its spell effectively! The Mystery Next Door taps into the allure of southern mysteries, invoking a childlike sense of wonder. Moore seamlessly intertwines tales of piracy and long-lost treasure, reminiscent of cinematic adventures like The Goonies (1985) and Tom & Huck (1995). Who hasn’t…

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Curse of the Anito | Critical Book Review

Curse of the Anito by Isabelle R. Duffy presents a narrative deeply entrenched in ancient mysticism and cultural exploration. Angela, the protagonist, embarks on a journey to reconnect with her Filipino heritage during a summer spent with her family. The narrative takes an intriguing turn when Angela finds herself entangled with the Anito, an ancient…

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Changing Tide | Critical Book Review

Nothing is as straightforward as it seems in Robert Joncas’s Unraveling Realities, a speculative sci-fi rollercoaster that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. For Skye, life becomes a series of jarring wake-up calls, tearing her from the comfort of Arizona into a world of multiple deaths, a drug-addicted mother, and a potentially unfaithful…

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Ferren and the Angel | Critical Book Review

Fasten your seatbelts, dystopian enthusiasts, for Richard Harland’s Ferren and the Angel is not your typical stroll through post-apocalyptic landscapes. With its riveting pace and a tapestry of captivating lore, this young adult fantasy promises an immersive journey into a world where angels and humans engage in an endless struggle for supremacy. A Glimpse into…

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Maybe There Are Witches | Critical Book Review

Maybe There Are Witches by Jude Atwood, published by Fitzroy Books, takes readers on a bewitching journey filled with misdirections and surprises. Samantha Hui explores the mystical depths of this middle-grade fantasy, uncovering a tale that captivates and spooks in equal measure. The Town’s Secrets Unveiled Clara Hutchins, a newcomer to the historic town of…

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Facing the Beast Within | Critical Book Review

In Mark Cheverton’s “Facing the Beast Within,” we delve into the life of Cameron Poole, a sixth-grader grappling with bullies and battling his own anxieties at Camp Pontchartrain. The relentless mockery from peers exacerbates Cameron’s struggles, setting the stage for a tale of courage, honesty, and supernatural intervention. A Burst onto a New Scene The…

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The Moon’s Eye | Critical Book Review

The Moon’s Eye by Blake Miller invites young adult fantasy enthusiasts on a captivating journey through a realm of magic and mayhem. Alexandria Ducksworth delves into the depths of this indie epic fantasy to uncover its exhilarating essence. Unpredictable Genre Blend Miller’s narrative mastery shines in The Moon’s Eye, where genre boundaries blur and merge…

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Ranbir: Folding Nebraska | Critical Book Review

In Mona R. Semerau’s RANBIR: FOLDING NEBRASKA, the narrative revolves around the peculiar yet charming journey of two seven-year-olds, Buck and Ranbir. This indie middle-grade novel invites readers to delve into a world where mathematics becomes the cornerstone of a unique friendship, offering an escapade filled with decimals, exponential growth, and logarithms. Unconventional Friendships and…

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Before Jon | Critical Book Review

IndieBookView brings you a delightful escapade in Isaiah Fransen’s “Before Jon,” a middle-grade action and adventure novel that refuses to play by the ordinary rules. With a brisk 74 pages, this indie gem promises a high-stakes journey into the hidden world of Ralph, a wizard, and his eclectic group of magical comrades. Unveiling the Hidden…

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