Insta Review: Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! One of my 8th grade study hall girls suggested this book – “I was obsessed. I read it all in one night.” I can certainly see why she got hooked – but I'm torn halfway between wanting to hide this […]

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Insta Review: The Misfits, by James Howe

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! A sweet story of knowing yourself and making peace with the fact that you don't fit in. Bobby and his friends (including Joe from Totally Joe and Addie from Addie on the Inside, popular companion novels) are outcasts, and they […]

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Insta Review: The Princess in Black, by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! “Princesses do not run. Princesses do not stuff frilly pink dresses into broom closets. Princesses do not wear black.” Princess Magnolia is entertaining Dutchess Wingtower in her castle when her glitter-stone ring rings to alert her that a monster is […]

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Insta Review: Hour of the Bees, by Lindsay Eagar

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!  I’m not exactly sure what happened when I was reading The Hour of the Bees. One moment I remember thinking, “Man, this book is off to slow start. I wonder if I’ll make it through…” and the next, it was […]

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Insta Review: Seeing Red, by Kathryn Erskine

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Seeing Red looks like a typical “boy book”. Young man on the cover, standing on a bright red pickup truck, a summary that includes the male hero coming of age and learning to understand his role in the family after […]

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Insta Review: Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! This book was suggested by a fellow middle school librarian on a thread regarding books dealing with middle school bullying. And while the book itself is lovely, it is so abstract – or, in middle school terms, “why is this […]

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Insta Review: The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Can I just write a blanket review for everything Gary D. Schmidt has ever written? It would involve lots of OMG and YES and crying emojis. A companion novel for Okay for Now (maybe you’ve heard me mention how much […]

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Insta Review: Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Red carpet ready 📸 Better Nate than Never is hliarous. Nate Foster (or N-n-nate F-f-foster, as he generally stutters in front of large groups) is a perpetual underdog from small town Pennsylvania who decides to sneak to NYC without […]

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Insta Review: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Be still, my heart. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces had everything a young adult novel should have – love, tragedy, humor, and a nice dose of humility. Gabi is as strong and realistic a heronie as you’ll ever see, […]

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Insta Review: Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Another novel from the author of When You Reach Me and Hello Stranger. Liar & Spy was, honestly, forgettable. I finished this book two months ago and have been putting off writing the review because I didn’t know what […]

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