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Review Date Title Author Series Grades Rating Teen Comments
11/26/2020 Worst Witch and the Wishing Star Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
Girl who keeps getting into funny trouble in witch school is now a senior with more responsibilities, but unwittingly still gets into trouble. One word Hallowe'en.
Language
stupid, manic, weirdo
11/26/2020 Worst Witch to the Rescue Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
A girl who tries to be good at witch school but gets into funny trouble is excited to hand in her vacation project until a classmate steals it and pretends it is her own.
Language
shut up, weird, freaked out, berserk, stupid, idiot, dumb
11/26/2020 Worst Witch Saves the Day Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
A girl who keeps getting into funny trouble in witch school saves the school from the headmistress' sister who is masquerading as a teacher and wants to turn them all into snails and take over the school.
Language
weird, shut up, berserk, stupid, creepy
11/26/2020 A Bad Spell for the worst Witch Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch 3 - 5 Questionable
A girl in witch school tries hard to be a model pupil but keeps getting into funny trouble. When a mean girl in her class turns her into a frog, she befriends another frog and finds out he is really a magician who has been waiting to be turned back into a person for a long time. She gets into even more trouble when she ties up a classmate so she can go to a Halloween celebration in her place and help the magician.
Language
stupid
11/22/2020 Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of the Missing Goop Griffin, N. Smashie McPerter 3 - 5 Problematic
Third grade children are putting on a school performance, but the goop one of their classmates plans to use to style their hair keeps dissapearing. Boy and girl detectives solve the mystery. Boy's father and girl's grandmother love sixties "go go" dances and teach it to the children. Illustrations of them dancing together (not romantic). Many sixties dances named and described. Children get in trouble when teaching the dance called "the jerk" when teacher thinks they are being rude to her. Friend's mother quit her job and tries to make it on her own but is having financial difficulties.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Many mentions of children wondering if a boy and girl classmate "like-like" each other and how people act when they like-like each other. Remember when their substitute (previous book) like-liked their teacher. Boy hugs girl to thank her for teaching him a dance.
Language
frequent language- dumb, stupid, weird, stink, darn, heck, I'll be darned, freak
11/22/2020 The Worst Witch Strikes Again Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
The administration hopes to teach responsibility to the girl who has difficulty in witch school by giving her the job of taking care of a new girl. The new girl ends up getting her into even more funny trouble. One word mention of Hallowe'en.
Language
berserk
11/22/2020 The Worst Witch Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
A girl tries to adjust to witch school but she keeps getting into funny trouble. Many mentions of Halowe'en but no religion- class puts on a broomstick riding display. Mean girl exhibits bad middos towards classmate.
Language
stupid
11/22/2020 The Lost Stone Quinn, Jordan The Kingdom of Wrenly 2 - 4 Generally Acceptable
A prince is lonely and tries to make friends by dressing like a commoner and sneaking into their school. When he is discovered his parents decide to allow him to befriend the dressmaker's daughter. They go on a quest to find the queen's lost jewel.
11/22/2020 The Scarlet Dragon Quinn, Jordan The Kingdom of Wrenly 2 - 4 Generally Acceptable
The prince is given a rare scarlet dragon to raise, but then it becomes sick. In order to save it the prince and his female friend go on a quest to locate mysterious berries that will cure it. Magic and magical beasts.
11/22/2020 Adventures in Flatfrost Quinn, Jordan The Kingdom of Wrenly 2 - 4 Generally Acceptable
The prince and his female friend get in trouble when they play hide and seek with his pet dragon and accidentally melt all of the ice in the larder. The king sends them to the land of the giants where ice is harvested so that they will learn not to take people's possessions lightly.
11/22/2020 The Hidden Treasure Burkhart, Jessica Unicorn Magic 3 - 5 Questionable
Princess' evil aunt tells her that she must find her a hidden memory crystal or she will have to forfeit her unicorn. Princess and friends sneak around castle to find it, even lying to parents. Girl apologizes for making her friends lie- friend responds "We hate lying too but not when it is for the right reasons. Keeping Glimmer (the unicorn) is definitely a right reason". Cartoonish illustration of girls and boy swimming- bathing suits. Girl watches TV.
Language
gross, weird
11/22/2020 Green with Envy Burkhart, Jessica Unicorn Magic 3 - 5 Questionable
When princess' cousin comes to visit , she finds herself jealous of how quickly she becomes friends with her friends and with her unicorn. Girls are excited to watch a movie at a party. Girl pretends not to feel well and goes to watch TV. Girl shakes boy's hand when she meets him. Boys and girls dance at a party but described in a romantic way.
Language
weird, dumb
11/21/2020 Where's Glimmer Burkhart, Jessica Unicorn Magic 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
Children search for the princess' missing unicorn without telling her parents so that the stable boy doesn't get in trouble. She ends up lying to her parents to protect him. In the end she apologizes for lying to them. Princess ends up making a deal with her evil aunt to get the unicorn back. . Father takes mother's hand to reassure her.
Language
gross
11/21/2020 Bella's Birthday Unicorn Burkhart, Jessica Unicorn Magic 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
A princess is worried about her eighth birthday. That is when she finds out f there is a unicorn that matches her aura and will become her lifelong companion. Girl doesn't like when her parents make "googly eyes" at each other. She finds out she has an evil aunt that her parents never told her about when her aunt shows up at her birthday celebration. Princess gives an interview to TV reporters. Father takes mothers hand during a ceremony.
Language
creepy, brats, weird
11/21/2020 The Missing Magic George, Kallie The Magical Animal Adoption Agency 3 - 5 Questionable
The head of the magical animal adoption agency goes away for a few days and the girl is left to run things with the help of an annoying boy training to become a wizard. A teenage witch flirts with the boy and tells the girl she would understand if she had a crush on him too - very minor.
Language
freak out
11/21/2020 Clover's Luck George, Kallie The Magical Animal Adoption Agency 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
A human girl accidentally comes across an agency that specialized in finding owners who want to adopt magical animals. Girl is convinced she is very unlucky, until she realizes she really is lucky. Mentions of lucky charms- horseshoe, wishbone, etc. At one point she is captured by a scary witch but eventually escapes.
Language
weird, stupid
11/10/2020 Pop Goes The Circus Klise, Kate Three Ring Rascals 2 - 5 Generally Acceptable
Girl is miserable since her parents are focused on their baby who will be born soon so she mails herself to the circus- she ends up in a dead letter warehouse. Mouse from the circus accidentally gets carried away by balloon. The girl and the mouse find each other and try to survive by impersonating a ventriloquist and confronting robbers. It all turns out fine at the end and they learn their lessons. Mentions of mouse liking comic books and movies.
11/10/2020 Marge In Charge and the Missing Orangutan Fisher, Isla Marge In Charge 3 - 5 Questionable
Continued adventures with the wacky babysitter when she takes the children to the zoo. Childen comment on babysitters size "Marge is so small that she could be a hobbit. She even told us that Santa Claus once mistook her for an elf and asked her to help him deliver xmas presents". They also say she looks like "an Oompah Loompah from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Boy is upset his mother won't let him watch the Lego Movie. Boy searches for lost tooth so he can put it under his pillow for the tooth fairy. Cartoonish picture of busty babysitter in a ballet leotard.
Language
weird, poop, weird, stupid
11/08/2020 Marge In Charge and the Stolen Treasure Fisher, Isla Marge In Charge 3 - 5 Problematic
Children and their babysitter have more zany adventures with their naughty baby cousin, at a public swimming pool and at their cousin's wedding. Baby cousin pulls down boy's pants- cartoonish illustration of him in his underpants. Boy said a "bad word" to his teacher so now mother has a chart to help him not say bad words anymore. Babysitter convinces little boy to wear sunscreen by telling him it will stop ladies from falling in love with him. Humor as children try to change babies dirty diaper since the babysitter doesn't know how. One of the stories in this volume takes place at the pool. A few cartoonish illustrations of busty babysitter in a bathing suit and young girl in a bikini. At wedding, the babysitter cleans paint off the back of the bride's gown and it becomes seethrough- after that the children refer to her as "Annie underpants". Boy avoids chores by saying he is temporarily blind from watching too much TV. Describe babysitter as "no smaller than an xmas elf". Cartoonish illustration of mother wearing a sleveless gown and another woman wearing a strapless gown. Groom kisses the bride "gently".
Language
stupid, poop, stinky, weird
11/08/2020 Marge In Charge Fisher, Isla Marge In Charge 3 - 5 Questionable
A brother and sister meet their new babysitter who seems responsible when around adults, but when they leave she takes off her hat to reveal rainbow colored hair and a personality to match. She specialized in bending their mother's rules and making things fun and somewhat out of control. Things always work out in the end. Boy love dinosaurs. Babysitter is very short and boy wonders if she is an Xmas elf. Boy wears a blazer he got for xmas. Babysitter tells stories about her supposedly royal upbringing, including a earl who taught her to tango with a rose between his teeth.
Language
stupid
11/05/2020 The Year of the Baby Cheng, Andrea 3 - 5 Generally Acceptable
Chinese American girl worries about her adopted baby sister who isn't gaining weight. She and her friends do a science fair project to help her gain weight and succeed. Discussion about mothers milk (not worded that way) being nutritious . Grandmother comes for Thanksgiving. One word xmas.
Language
poop
11/05/2020 Kylie Jean Fashion Queen Peschke, Marci Kylie Jean 2 - 4 Problematic
Girl enjoys staying up late to watch the movie awards on TV with her mother and commenting on the (not tznius) fashions worn by the actors. She is thrilled when her cousin asks her to wear a gown she sewed in a fashion show which is a fundraiser for the high school prom. The only redeeming value is that her mother tells her one also must be pretty on the inside, not only on the outside.
11/04/2020 Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters Beaty, Andrea The Questioneers 2 - 5 Generally Acceptable
Girl who loves to use engineering skills to create inventions figures out a way to help an artist paint in a painting contest even though her arms are in casts. She learns that the neighbor she thought was mean is actually very nice and learns not to judge people. A lot of mention of women who did men's jobs in factories during the war. Mild promotion of women's lib type thinking.
Language
weird, goofball, funky
11/04/2020 Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants Beaty, Andrea The Questioneers 2 - 5 Acceptable
Girl who loves to find the answers to her questions using science works with her friend to help rescue her uncle who floated away in helium pants. A lot of humorous mentions of her brother's "stinky" shoes.
11/01/2020 Of Enemies and Endings Bach, Shelby The Ever Afters 6 - 8 Not Acceptable
Final book in the series. Same issues as previous books in this series. Same language. Same boy/girl middle school romance/ negiah. Same magical violence and death.
10/30/2020 The Sorcery and Snow Bach, Shelby The Ever Afters 6 - 8 Not Acceptable
The saga continues as the characters try to defeat the villains and save the world. The boy/girl relationships become more intense. Include escalating feelings, hand holding, more pairing off of eighth-graders and descriptions of high schoolers kissing. Frequent language similar to the first book.
10/27/2020 Of Witches and Wind Bach, Shelby The Ever Afters 6 - 8 Problematic
Girl attends a school for future fairy tale characters with her best friends (a girl and boy) and has adventures while trying to find the magical cure for her friends who were poisoned. Lots of magical violence. One word xmas. At the end of the book is a long excerpt from the next book in the series with the same issues as this one.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
boy looks at girl "gooey-eyed", boys "fawn over" the new girl. Father has a girl friend- later daughter finds out they are engaged. Girl falls asleep with her head on boy's shoulder- kids wonder "if they are a couple". Boy pulls chair out for a girl when they sit down to eat at a school party. Boy hugs girl affectionately. Boy puts his arms around girl's shoulders - she "leans into him smiling".
Language
frequent language- stupid, crap, sucker, weird, sucks, dummy, freaked out, sucking up, creepy, snotty, weirded me out, jerk, idiot, freaking, shut up, bastard, screwed up, sucky, idiotic, kick your butt
TV, Movies, Rock Music, Internet and other Media
Girl's parents (divorced) are movie stars- a lot of movie culture- kids in girls class bully her by reading tabloids that reflect on her family badly. Girl's father asks her to try out for a movie. A lot of the action on a movie set. Kids use a magic mirror much like a cell phone.
10/25/2020 Isadora Moon Has a Birthday Muncaster, Harriet Isadora Moon 2 - 4 Questionable
Girl who is half vampire and half fairy asks her parents to make her a human-style birthday party with hilarious results. In the back of the book is a section showing favorite costumes- cartoonish picture of girl in a bikini top and a tail dressed as a mermaid.
Language
weird
10/25/2020 Isadora Moon Goes on a Field Trip Muncaster, Harriet Isadora Moon 2 - 4 Generally Acceptable
Girl who is half fairy and half vampire goes on a field trip with her human class to a historic castle. Her unusual parents volunteer to come on the trip and help. They befriend a lonely ghost and convince her classmates and teachers that there is nothing to be afraid of.
10/25/2020 Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet Muncaster, Harriet Isadora Moon 2 - 4 Questionable
Girl who is half-fairy half-vampire goes on a class trip to a human ballet. When her live stuffed rabbit goes missing she finds him backstage and helps an injured ballet dancer. Girl watches her favorite ballerina dance on TV. Cartoonish illustrations of dancers in leotards.
10/22/2020 Isadora Moon Goes Camping Muncaster, Harriet Isadora Moon 2 - 4 Questionable
Girl whose mother is a fairy and father is a vampire goes camping with her family. She loses her father's valuable comb at the beach and finds it with the help of a mermaid. Cartoonish pictures of mother in a very skimpy bikini and a child mermaid in a bikini top.
10/22/2020 Isadora Moon Saves The Carnival Muncaster, Harriet Isadora Moon 2 - 4 Generally Acceptable
Girl whose mother is a fairy and father is a vampire goes to a human carnival with her family. Since the carnival is run down and not doing well they use magic to make the rides more exciting and help the carnival attract new customers.
07/30/2020 Princess Princess: Ever After O'Neill, Katie 4 - 6 Not Acceptable
This book was on LGBTQ Pride reading recommendations
07/30/2020 Julian Is A Mermaid Love, Jessica N/A Not Acceptable
This is a picture book intended for preschool age. A boy wants to be a mermaid - female- his grandmother helps him dress up as such. Gender identity people love this book.
07/30/2020 Ivy Aberdeen's Letter To The World Blake, Ashley Herring 4 - 6 Not Acceptable
This book was on a LGBTQ Pride reading recommendations
07/30/2020 The 57 Bus Slater, Dashka 8 - 10 Not Acceptable
This book was on a list of LGBTQ Pride reading recommendations
07/30/2020 Carry On: A Novel Rowell, Rainbow 8 - 10 Not Acceptable
This book was on a list of LGBTQ Pride reading recommendations
06/28/2020 Skyborn Anders, Lou Thrones and Bones 5 - 7 Questionable
Final book of the trilogy. Friends play in a deadly game to save the kingdom.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Girl reaches up her hand to help her best friend (male) dismount. Children go mixed swimming. Giantess gives her male best friend a "bear hug" after not seeing him for a long time.
Religion/Hashkafa
many mentions of gods and goddesses
Language
stupid, idiot, moron, shut up, gross, dung, jerks
06/28/2020 Nightborn Anders, Lou Thrones and Bones 5 - 7 Questionable
Boy goes on a quest to rescue his friend, a small giantess. He encounters many characters along the way, some good and some evil. Good guy vs. bad guy violence. Injured boy leans on girl who rescues him.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
girl pulls her best friend who is a boy into the water with her and they have a small splash fight. Boy and girl "cling to each other" on the back of a dragon so they don't fall off. Girl punches boys arm "affectionately" to thank him for saving her. Girl gives boy "a tight hug" goodbye.
Religion/Hashkafa
boy wonders why his friend has a statue of a goddess when she doesn't believe in gods. Boy does believe in gods and often prays to them, especially the god of luck. Many other mentions of gods throughout
Language
stupid, idiotic, dumb, gross, pee, freak
06/26/2020 Deadlock Walden, Mark H.I.V.E. 5 - 8 Problematic
Students of villain school rescue students from evil villain school
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Lots of boy/girl discussions, thoughts, kissing. Could be edited. page 34, 178-179, 200, 208, 288, 289
Violence
Violence

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Cecile & Marie-Grace - Gates of Gold
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
A poor French girl is sent to work in the royal court. Before she goes she imagines that if she lived at court she would "charm her suitors" and "dance by the light of a thousand candles". Discussion of the king having a "secret wife". Mention that the king had "fathered" many children, not all by his wives. Women is hired to take care of king's "illegitimate" children. Poor girls sent to a convent. Detailed descriptions of dress in court "women wore dresses that cinched their waists and left their shoulders and necks bare". Greek myths, Greek gods, Zeus. Priest sends her a letter about death of father who was given "last rites". Huguenots are "tormented" and forced out of the country for refusing to follow the Catholic faith. Go to mass. Mention of xmas ball, coed dancing.Husband kisses wife. Girl has a crush on a boy- he surprises her by calling her "rosebud" and giving her "a light kiss" on the lips. She blushes and isn't sure if she should slap him or kiss him in return. In back of book detailed description of women's gowns including underlayers.
Kit - A Kit Mystery - Danger at the Zoo
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Children solve the mystery of who is trying to steal a baby monkey. A lot of intergender handshaking- completely non romantic. Minor Language - darn (once).
Josefina - A Josefina Mystery - Secrets in the Hills
American Girl
Series:
Grades: -
Not Acceptable
Series
Girl helps locate a buried treasure- turns out to be the cross from a church that was hidden to keep it safe. A lot of glorifying religion and descriptions of church. A lot of old fashioned boy/ girl- courting, mixed dancing, etc.
Josefina - Beforever - Song of the Mockingbird
American Girl
Series:
Grades: N/A
Questionable
Series
Reader chooses own ending.Reader is encouraged to go to an unreviewed website for the ending to one of the scenarios. Lots of religion described, but mostly not explained- church, church bells, praying at the family altar, saints, sewing a fancy altar cloth, xmas, sign of the cross. Mention of play Annie. Movies, TV. Plays song on flute "When the saints go marching in". Coed dance. Older sister is "whisked away" to dance with a "handsome young man", later on she "floats past with a handsome boy, glancing up at him through her eyelashes." Language- freaking out
Neela - Victory Song
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 4 - 6
Problematic
Series
A girl grows up in India during the time India is trying to gain independence from the British. A lot of detail about marriage customs- girl has no say in it, girl's family pays a huge dowry, girl has to live with boy's family and work for them, etc. Protagonist questions these customs and feels they aren't fair. Girl becomes friendly with a boy who is a freedom fighter- not overtly romantic other than a sentence where she wonders if he likes her and a shiver goes through her when she thinks of this.. Indian religion- bring offering to temple for goddess, believe cattle sacred, good luck, etc.Non romantic negiah.Poem about beautiful dancing girl who falls in love with a young monk. Language- damn (pg 104,151), idiot
Addy - Happy Birthday, Addy
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Acceptable
Series
A blind lady helps a black girl cope with discrimination.
Spring Pearl - The Last Flower
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 4 - 6
Questionable
Series
An orphaned Cantonese girl finds her place when she helps protect the family who took her in when the British attack Canton. A servant boy befriends her, but not overtly romantic. Non romantic negiah. Boy is briefly chutzpadik to his mother. RIch girls display poor middos. Chinese religion including belief in kitchen god, alter, temples, festivals, etc. Language- idiot. stinking, blasted, freak, stupid.
Molly - A Molly Mystery - The Light In The Cellar
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Girls try to figure out who is stealing war rations. Children go to the movies. In back history section, discussion of wartime shortages- mentions it was difficult to purchase underwear with elastic at the waistband. Language- dumb, creepy
Felicity - Very Funny Elizabeth
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
Companion to Felicity books. A girl from a Loyalist family tries to convince parents not to send her away to England by behaving badly. Embarrasses sister many times; Book seems to justify it. Dance described. History section about courtship and marriage in 1775.
Isabelle - Designs by Isabelle
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
Girl performs in a professional production of the Nutcracker ballet- story of ballet summarized Similar problems to the previous book. Girl is upset and is mildly chutzpadik to parents. Mean girl displays bad middos. One word mention of santa and xmas.Father hides holiday presents. Language- freak out, screw up, weird..
Caroline - Captain of the Ship
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Redo of first 3 Caroline books. Girl helps her mother run the family's shipyard when her father is captured by the British. Xmas- xmas dinner, read the xmas story from the bible (no details) calls it a "comforting" story, brief mention of a traveling minister giving a service.
Samantha - Changes for Samantha
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Wealthy girl's friend loses her parents and is placed in an orphanage together with her younger sisters. Girl sneaks them out of the orphanage and hides them in her wealthy aunt and uncle's attic. She sneaks food from the kitchen to feed them (calls it stealing). When she is caught her aunt and uncle decide to adopt the girls. There is a minor side story of making valentines for "Saint Valentine's Day"- no religion. Girl makes a valentine for her newly married grandparents who are away on their honeymoon. GIrl says it is "so romantic". Aunt cuts out pictures of cupids. Girl's uncle took them in after parents died, stole their money, "sold it for drink" and then abandoned them.
Samantha - Manners and Mischief
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 4
Problematic
Series
Redo of a few Samantha books. Uncle brings girlfriend to his parents house- eventually get engaged. Boy exhibits bad middos -teases girls. Girls wonder how it can be that a stork brings babies. Girl remembers when her mother had a baby there was a midwife not a stork. A girl passes a note in class asking "what the dickens does (a french word) mean"- girl is worried she will get in trouble if teacher finds note with an"almost swear word". A few chapters making xmas seem wonderful- decorations, gifts,tree, carols, parties, Brief mention of collection plate at church. mild chutzpah. Language-dumb, stupid
Kit - Read All About It
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Redone first 3 Kit books. Girl learns to make do during the depression when her father loses his job. Boy shakes lady's hand (good manners).Middos between classmates. Children curious about border's boyfriend- imagine them going on a "romantic date" where he asks her to marry him. Boy teases girl that she has a boyfriend (who is really her boarder) and he lives with her because she will marry him (she gets really mad) A lot of xmas, no religion. Girls go to the movies- girl is enchanted by glamourous movie star Language- stupid
Josefina - Sunlight and Shadows
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
Redo of first 3 Josefina books. A lot of religion- every morning family prays in front to the altar "dedicating their day's work to G-d", kneel in front of the altar to pray, A lot of description of getting the church ready for the priest to come on xmas, a lot of church bells, family works hard to prepare and "altar cloth" for xmas, sing a lullaby to baby yoshka on xmas eve. People play out the xmas story- go from house to house asking to be let in, everyone says no, finally they are let in at church. Mentions that xmas commemorates yoshka's birth. Navajo legend about when the "world was new". Family has a hard time coming to terms with mother's death.
Josefina - Meet Josefina
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
A girl in New Mexico struggles to deal with her mother's death when her aunt comes to visit. A short description of a dance with an illustration of men and women dancing together but not touching. A few mentions of Catholic religion including praying at an alter. History section in back has photos of religious painting and statue and another picture of men and women dancing but not touching.
Saige - Saige Paints the Sky
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Girl organizes a demonstration to encourage her school to start an art class and overcomes her shyness to speak at a press conference- ends up on TV.One word non religious mention of xmas. Language-darn (p5), butt out, stupid,
Emma Moves In
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
A girl moves in with her cousins while her mother fixes up a house to be a bed and breakfast. Girl is very worried when it takes her father longer than planned to join them- she overhears her parents fighting and sneaks a look at her mother's text messages, and worries that her father will never join them (he does, and she apologizes for looking at her mother's phone without permission). Middos among classmates. Book "The Giver" and "Because of Winn Dixie". A few very brief mentions of xmas.TV. Cellphones, movies. Find grandmother's corsage from her high school prom (no explanation).Language- stupid, weirdo, freaks out, dumb, jerk, gross
Julie - A Julie Mystery - The Puzzle Of The Paper Daughter
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
A girl reunites two elderly Chinese women and discovers a treasure in a rag doll. Mentions of girl’s parents divorce. A lot of talk about a Valentine's Day Disco party the high school kids were making for the community. Description of the coed dance –not romantic (P163-166 chapter 15). Brief description of ball gown with skinny straps. Teenager hopes she will get a date to the dance. Girls listen to rock music. Some Chinese culture. A few mentions of xmas cards-no religion. Language-weird, creepy, dang.
Kit - Turning Things Around
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Redone last 3 Kit books. Girl's thrifty aunt comes to stay with her family and helps them learn to make-do during the depression- at first girl is embarrassed by her but eventually comes to appreciate her. Girl clips picture of Robin Hood style birthday party given for movie star's child. Aunt offers to make girl bloomers out of flour sack- girl responds "I couldn't wear underwear made out of a flour sack!" Aunt quotes a lot of Shakespeare.Sad and slightly scary description of hobo's lives. Discussion if one is allowed to steal if he is hungry. Language- stupid, dumb.
Addy - High Hopes for Addy
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Acceptable
Series
Short story. Girl gets the opportunity to go to high school but worries she can't afford it. Comes to understand the real meaning of family.
Molly - Brave Emily
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
A companion to the Molly series. A war refugee finds herself lying about her musical talents to fit in - eventually owns up and finds that children like her for herself. Some tame mentions of difficulties caused by war. In back History section mentions that a million Jewish children were killed in the war. Language: stink, stupid. In preview of "Meet Molly", minor middos between siblings. Minor mention of Halloween costume.
Kirsten - A Kirsten Mystery - The Runaway Friend
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Girl tries to locate missing neighbor. Minor description of co-ed dance (pg. 18-19). Adults decide it's OK to open someone else's mail without permission if it will help them locate the missing neighbor.
Nanea - Prints in the Sand
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Reader chooses own ending. Modern day girl journeys back in time to Hawaii during World War 2. Hawaiin culture including stories of Hawaaiin gods and goddesses. Nancy Drew books. Sherlock Holmes movie. Girls dance hula in front of coed audience. Younger sister says older sister must be in a good mood becuase of the "cute" sodier joining them for dinner.
A Girl's Best Friend
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Reader chooses the endings- a girl decides what to do about a dog she believes is not being kept safely by it's owners. In most of the scenarios she decides to keep the dog, even though the family is frantically looking for it. In most scenarios she learns her lesson, though it's not entirely clear in all of them.
Language
freaking me out.
TV, Movies, Rock Music, Internet and other Media
Reader is encouraged to go onto a (unreviewed) website to find one of the endings to the story.
The New Girl
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Reader chooses the endings- a girl tries to overcome her jealousy of a new girl. A lot of middos issues but with a purpose.Reader is encouraged to go onto a (unreviewed) website to find one of the endings to the story Many non provocative illustrations of girls in t shirts and shorts. Small cartoonish illustrations of dancer wearing a sleeveless dress and a trapeze artist wearing a leotard and tights. Girls go to see a movie.
Nicki - Thanks To Nicki
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Girl copes with her sadness when it is time to give up the dog she has been training. Deals with 2 best friends who don't like each other.A lot of discussion about the "puberty talk" given in school to fifth graders- girl is embarrassed it is coed- but description is rather neutral. Halloween- detailed trick or treating- text and full page illustration- Halloween party- no religion. Language- idiot, dumb, weird
Samantha - Meet Samantha
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Innocent discussion about where babies come from - does the stork bring them or the midwife?
Gabriela - Gabriela Speaks Out
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Girl with a stutter runs for school leadership position. Befriends a girl who is mean to her.Seventh and Eighth Graders very mean to sixth graders. Middos among classmates. Very good friends with a boy- not romantic. TV. Names of poets whose poetry may or may not be appropriate. Book "The Giver". Nuetral quote by Saint Francis of Assisi. Language- gross, weird, shut up
Marie-Grace - A Marie-Grace Mystery - The Haunted Opera
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
Girls figure out who is trying to ruin the opera. A lot of detailed opera culture.Gossip that lead male opera singer is" in love" with the lead female singer- she takes his arm, he "put his arm around her protectively". A different singer is also "in love" with her but she doesn't notice him. One word mention of going to church. In the back history section, portraits of women in very low cut gowns.
Caroline - A Caroline Mystery - Traitor in the Shipyard
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Girls help capture British spies. Minor romance between a man and woman- they walk arm in arm, he gives her a necklace- girl comments that he is "smitten" with her. Girl notices that her father's fingers "linger" on her mothers after mealtime prayers. A bit scary. Language-blast/ blasted (used as a curse), stupid.
Julie - A Julie Mystery - The Silver Guitar
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
Girl helps boy figure out who replaced an expensive guitar which belonged to a famous guitar player, who was killed in a motorcycle crash, with a cheap imitation. Children attend an auction with celebrities and try to get autographs of stars. Children admire a soap opera star, a TV producer, and a football coach.Mention of rock music. Brief mention of parent's divorce. Boy lies around all day making a mess and watching TV. Hides his girlfriend in the curtains when he thinks his aunt and uncle came home. Non romantic negiah. Language- weird, stupid, creepy. In back history section discussion and illustration of rock musicians.
Addy - Meet Addy
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
A slave girl and her mother escape from their master after her brother and father are sold. Cruel descriptions of how slaves were treated. Girl is chutzpadik to parents but immediately feels bad. History section in back - talks about the spirituals the slaves sang - mentions one called "Steal away to J-" (p 66)
Molly - Happy Birthday Molly - A Springtime Story
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
A girl's family takes in an evacuee from London during WWII. History section - 1 picture of teenage girl and boy dancing together.
Kirsten - Changes for Kirsten
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Generally Acceptable
Series
Family moves in with relatives when log cabin burns down. When they find an old trapper dead in his cabin they decide that since he has no family it is OK for them to sell his things to buy a new house. In history section in back of book one small photo of farm dance with men and women dancing together but not touching.
Samantha - Lost and Found
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
A redo of a few of the old Samantha books with some things eliminated. Uncle often kisses and hugs niece (innocent). Girls are mean to boy-call him a nincompoop- he plays a practical joke in revenge. Grandfather's best friend comes to his summer home for a long vacation every summer- after he dies he keeps coming and spends summer with grandmother- he proposes to her every year- eventually she accepts. A Lot of mixed gender swimming (innocent) Sad when friend's parents die of influenza. Girl finds her dead mother's sketch book and tries to revisit the places she went with her parents before they died. Girl makes valentines for Saint Valentine's Day. Girl makes valentine for newly married grandparents and says "it's so romantic" and cuts out cupids.One word xmas. Women rally for the right to vote. In the back section discusses how women of those days were looking for more rights and raised their hemlines for comfort so they wouldn't be "hemmed in" to old fashioned clothing and attitudes. Language- stupid, dumb
Samantha - Samantha Learns a Lesson
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Acceptable
Series
Rich girl finds out truth about child labor. Helps servant girl.
Chrissa - Chrissa Stands Strong
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Problematic
Series
Girl is a victim of cyberbullying and with the help of her parents stops the bullying. A lot of techonology and discussions about bullying over the computer and email- this book may be important to a child with a lot of access to technology, but parents of more sheltered children may want to skip this book. Fourth grade girl is part of a coed swim team- many full color illustrations of girls in bathing suits. A lot of swimming and diving information. Language- weird
Lea - Lea and Camila
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Girl is excited when her friend from Brazil comes to visit, but then feels left out when her friend seems to prefer her best friend.Brief mention that girl's mom is black and her dad is white. Explanation of debutante ball- a ball or dance, where well to do young ladies turning 16 were formally introduced to young men.One sentence mention of a movie star by name. One word xmas. In museum sign directs you to "world's largest underpants". Father puts comforting hand on mother's arm. Girl communicates via email. Language- weird
Gabriela - Time for Change
American Girl
Series:
Grades: 3 - 5
Questionable
Series
Girl with a stutter feels overwhelmed with all of her commitments and wonders which she should drop. Girl says that when she does ballet she feels like she is in church. Kids plan a Halloween party- a lot of detail about Halloween- no religion.Girl dresses up as "Bride of Frankenstein"- says she looks like a character from a movie. Girls dress up as a social butterfly- one dresses like a butterfly, the other like social media. A few mentions that boy's mother is a "single mom"- no explanation. Boys and girls are in a poetry group together and good friends- nothing overtly romantic. Language- heck, creepy, stupid, weirdness