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Review Date Title Author Series Grades Rating Teen Comments
04/07/2024 The Superteacher Project Korman, Gordon 5 - 8 Questionable
The seventh grade at Brightling Middle School is being taught by a teacher who is amazingly briliant, sharp and incredible at anything he tries - as perfect as is humanly possible, only - he isn't. He is an AI robot, part of a project being tried out by the government, as his students soon learn. When the robot/teacher begins to develop relationships with his students that veer off the program, the government is ready to dismantle him and the project. The kids come up with a plan to save their beloved teacher from destruction. An excellent, enjoyable book . . . except . . . a newly-divorced mother of one of the students thinks the teacher is wonderful and starts to date him.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
As mentioned, one of the mothers, who is also the head of the PTA, starts to develop a relationship with the robot-teacher. At a field hockey game, she hugs him and later they go out on a date. Although nothing more happens, and of course the entire scenario adds nothing to the plot, a parent would have to be comfortable with their child reading about this.
04/07/2024 Unhooked Maxwell, Lisa 6 - 9 Not Acceptable
Too much violence, explicit physical male/female contact and dysfunctional families. NOT recommended at all!
04/07/2024 Elfie Unperfect Mahoney, Kristin 4 - 6 Acceptable
A very sweet book about Elfie, a super-smart girl who, unfortunately, has trouble making friends. The book describes her attempt to fit in to a new, high-tech middle school, which ends on the first day. She returns to her old school and finally begins to find friendship and acceptance.
03/03/2024 Return of the Dragon Slayers Mull, Brandon Dragonwatch 5 - 7 Problematic
Final book in the series. The good guys finally win. Lots of gory good guy vs. bad guy violence. Man has his arm around his girlfriend. Various esoteric discussions about what happens after you die- mostly conclude that there is something better- no mention of G-d. Ten year old boy asks teenage girl if she wants to be his girlfriend. Hispanic boy learned English by watching movies and listening to songs. Teenage girl gives boy she just met a kiss on each cheek. Teenage boy/unicorn gives teenage girl he likes an "embrace, tilting back until she stood on her tiptoes" One sentence mention of father xmas said in jest. Teenage boy comes to tell his teenage girlfriend that he is no longer a unicorn- he takes her hand "his touch sent a thrill through her... His lips brushed hers..."
Language
weird, dumb, idiot, maniac, stupid, creepy, freaking out
03/02/2024 Champion of the Titan Games Mull, Brandon Dragonwatch 5 - 7 Problematic
The saga continues as the war with the dragons intensifies. , Man tells teenager that a boy she likes "has it bad for you". Giant Queen "mocks romantic attention. Pats her suitors on the head and suggests they get on a stool if they want a kiss." Ask if someone wooing her is a "spurned lover".. Women hugs her boyfriend after not seeing him in a long time "picked him up in her embrace and spun him around". Man leaves his girlfriend "knelt, clasped one of her hands, and kissed it".
Language
gross, dumb, snot, freaky, berserk, hellbroth, stupid, jerk, weird
03/02/2024 Master of the Phantom Isle Mull, Brandon Dragonwatch 5 - 7 Questionable
The saga continues as the boy who has lost him memory temporarily allies himself with an enemy and unknowingly causes problems for his family, friends, and the world. Man hugs girl since he is so happy to see her alive.
Language
jerk, dumb, gross, freaky, weird, creepy, stupid, crud
02/19/2024 The Star Dunes Trueit, Trudy Explorer Academy 6 - 8 Questionable
Folowing the series' theme, Cruz had been searching for an ancient temple in Turkey with his classmates, when he was pushed into a cave, probably a member of Nebula, he suspects. The cave leads him to discover an ancient archeological treasure and he is rescued. When he returns to the home ship, Orion, he receives another video message from his mother in the form of a cryptic puzzle before going on his next mission of saving apes from a human virus that is spreading in the species. This time a different member of the group is poisoned, Bryndis, but Cruz realizes that it was really meant for him. When Cruz finally figues out the clue, he takes, without permission, one f the autocars to find the next piece of the cipher. Once again, he is dogged by Nebula agents, but escapes in time. On the next assignment, Cruz and his friends distract hunters who are aiming at pangolins, an endangered species. At the end, Cruz hears the good news that Bryndis is recovering and he and Fanchon, a lab genius, discover another message from his mother.
Divorce/Dysfunctional Families
Dugan reveals that he and his brother are "shuffled to relatives a lot" because his "parents have problems." He also mentions that his brother is being bullied.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
The problem is that Cruz has lots of friends - including girlfriends. Lani is his best friend, and Bryndis is someone he is clearly emotionally attached to, which is commented on when he charged into the forest to save her. On page 70 there is an emotional encounter between the two of them, ending with Bryndis kissing Cruz on the cheek.
Violence
Cruz is pushed into a cave and left there by a Nebula agent, Bryndis is poisoned, and then Cruz and Dugan are pursued by Nebula agents, first having their car smashed on the road and then being chased on the sand dunes - might be frightening for younger readers.
02/19/2024 The Law of Finders Keepers Turnage, Sheila 5 - 8 Problematic
There's a treasure hiding in Tupelo's Landing and the Desperado Detectives, headed by Mo LoBeau and her friends, Dale and Harm, are up against a professional treasure hunter and have to use all their smarts to get to the treasure first. Mo is also searching for another treasure, - information about her mother, since she was found as a baby drifting in the water after a deadly flood. Following both of these storylines and Mo's sharp wit is intriguing.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
The problem is that Mo's comrades in arms are both boys. Dale is itching to kiss one of the girls in school, every other student seems intent on attracting someone, and Mo herself is very attached to Dale's brother, Lavender, saying outright that she wants to marry him. Mo even tries to cook up a romance between her teacher and the town's policeman. Just a bit much for one book . . .
Violence
Someone tries to scare Mo off by leaving bloody handprints on the window and there is a scary scene when Tinks, the town mechanic, is nearly killed trying to get to the treasure. There is also a robbery at one of the homes of the characters.
02/19/2024 Dragons Vs. Robots Mancusi, Mari Dragon Ops 5 - 8 Questionable
The book opens with Ian having flashbacks of the dragon attacking him which is interfering with his regular activities. He then overhears his uncle saying that Hiro, the owner of the video game Ian had played, is missing, and Ian and Lilli return to the virtual reality world to discover that the main dragon, Atreus, is acting on his own, and that Ikumi has been kidnapped. This time they enter Mech Ops with Starr and Josh, the owner's grandson.It's a world populated by robots and zombies as well, who they have to dodge or destroy to save Ikumi - and themselves.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
In this book, Lilli and Josh, we discover, have been having a meaningful relationship (not physical, but emotional) and Ian is still very much taken with Ikumi.
Religion/Hashkafa
There are many betrayals and confusing relationships, which tie up neatly in the end, but can confuse and upset a younger reader.
Language
Some mild bad language is used - no cursing.
Violence
Similar to the first book, there is a lot of slash and kill type of violence, as there are in typical video games.
02/19/2024 Dragon Ops Mancusi, Mari Dragon Ops 5 - 8 Questionable
The premise of the book is that a gaming company has created a virtual reality park where players can actually feel they are "in" the game. Ian, his sister, Lilli, and cousin, Derek, are taken by Derek's father to try it out before it opens to the public. Once inside, though, they discover that they can't find their way out; they have to figure out how to escape the game using all their smarts. But Derek is kidnapped by a rogue AI dragon, and now things seem more real - and dangerous. As they progress through the game, they meet Yano, a dragon who is their guide, and Ikumi, who is stuck in the game as well. They are given a quest to find four stones which involves much fighting off creatures, to free Derek and eventually, destroying the main dragon himself, In the process, Ikumi "dies"; her father, Hiro, appears, explaining that a disgruntled programmer was responsible for all their difficulties and the gamers are transported back to reality (much to their relief). Ian and Lilli go back to gaming the "old" way - until Ian sees a message on his screen inviting him to play again . . .
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
In the course of the book we discover the Lilli had a deep relationship (although nothing physical is mentioned) with an on-line boyfriend - who turned out to be a made-up person by 2 girlfriends of hers, which was humiliating and embarrassing (highlighting the danger of social media). Lilli also sees that Ian has become enamored with Ikumi, who eventually betrays him but then redeems herself by defeating the main dragon.
Violence
As in today's video games, the violence is constant - constantly destroying creatures, real or mythical. There's definitely violence and gore here - but everyone "knows" it's not real, but it's certainly desensitizes those who consistently play these games to violence in general.
02/19/2024 Project F Duprau, Jeanne 4 - 6 Acceptable
The book depicts a post-apocalyptic world which no longer relies on fossil fuels. Thirteen year old Keith travels to another city to pick up his cousin, Lulu, whose parents died in a sudden accident. While he is on the train he discovers that his seatmate took Keith's bag by mistake. On the way home, Keith gets off with Lulu to return the bag, only to discover that the man and many others are working on "Project F" (for freedom), which will introduce the ability for people to fly individually, using fossil fuel powered rockets. Keith is offered to "fly" and is exhilirated by the experience. /soe time later he receives a message asking him if he is willing to demonstrate his flying ability in a public gathering where the rockets will be sold. Keith realizes that he is going against the society's ban on fossil fuels although he greatly enjoys flying. In the end, he does the demonstration but the head of Project F, Malcolm, wants to fly, too and tries to outfly Keith. Malcolm forgets his fuel is limited and tumbles to the ground, barely alive. When the authorities visit Keith after the event, Keith reveals the entire plan of Project F, knowing it's the right thing to do, and so the entire group involved in the project is disbanded.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
This book is very "clean"; Keith does notice how beautiful Amity is but their only interaction is at the end of the book when they discover a sunken car in a pond nearby.
02/12/2024 Wrath of the Dragon King Mull, Brandon Dragonwatch 5 - 7 Problematic
The saga continues. Boy kisses girl's hand. Teenage boy comments that the girls in the city are pretty- his cousin responds teasingly "I bet a bunch of them want a thirteen year old boyfriend..." Teenage girl says she loves a boy/unicorn.
Language
stupid, weird, gross, dumb, blasted
02/12/2024 Dragonwatch Mull, Brandon Dragonwatch 5 - 7 Problematic
Children try to save th world from dragons. Unicorn/teenage boy takes girls hand to help her from a boat. Girl wonders if he will someday "proclaim his love" for her. They hug when he leaves. Satyrs love to watch TV especially war shows and superhero movies. An intelligent horse likes to read "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin. Girl thinks a boy looks "adorable" when he smiles- then she feels guilty for noticing how attractive he is when the unicorn/teenage boy is her "one and only" then she thinks" wasn't it natural to notice when somebody was attractive? Glaringly, relentlessly attractive". Younger boy likes younger girl but when its commented on he says "don't be gross". Small man says he already found his true love.
Language
stupid, gross, dumb, weird, creepy, jerks, creeps
01/29/2024 Keys to the Demon Prison Mull, Brandon Fablehaven 5 - 7 Problematic
Final book in the series. Children save the world against all odds. One word xmas. Magical creatures are happy to go on an adventure with an unusually beautiful woman- they tell boy "we've been chasing babes since the world was flat". Girl wonders if the fairy queen has a "crush" on a handsome man (turns out he is her son). A brief conversation about who "likes" who. Unicorn in teenage boy form puts his arm around teenage girl who he "likes". He takes her hand. She isn't sure she is ready for a romantic relationship.
Language
weird, creepy, dumb, gross, jerks, stupid, idiot, maniac, freaking me out, blasted, sicko, freaking out
01/21/2024 Jake Reinvented Korman, Godon N/A Not Acceptable
Inappropriate romantic negiah
01/15/2024 Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary Mull, Brandon Fablehaven 5 - 7 Problematic
The saga continues as children and their allies try to locate magical items to prevent the world's destruction. DIscussion of xmas presents, no religion. Boy wants to watch TV but there is nothing on but talk shows so he turns it off. Girl tells man that lady has a crush on him. A magical creature has a crush on a teenage girl and has hopes of "winning her affection" even though he has "come to terms with the sobering reality that we can never be a couple". xmas gifts, family etc. no religion.Girl hopes to see a boy she likes but and hopes that "if romantic feelings ever arose between them it would happen as a natural outgrowth of their friendship." Girl squeezes boys hand when she is scared. Boy admits he is "very interested" in the girl and wants to see where their relationship goes. (It goes no where since he turns out to be an imposter) Dragon likes drive in movies especially "action movies". .
Language
freaks, weird, dumb, psycho, idiots, freaked, creeps me out, idiotic, weirdo, jerk
01/09/2024 Grip of the Shadow Plague Mull, Brandon Fablehaven 5 - 7 Problematic
A brother and sister work with the adults to battle a plague that turns creatures of light into evil creatures of darkness. Boy sells goblins batteries to use for their portable tvs- they list all of the "delights" of watching tv "dramas, sitcomes, cartoons, soap operas... so many lovely ladies... even the commercials are amazing" Details of a man's wooing a dryad who eventually became human to be his wife- "a lifelong romance". Boy makes fun of his sister for reading their love story- she likes to read about them "smooching". Teenage boy sees teenage girl for the first time "and for a moment appeared absolutely awestruck, staring at her with such naked admiration that she wanted to hide behind her mask before she blushed". One word xmas. A satyr flirts with a teenage human girl- kisses her hand, tries to get her attention etc. A man meets his wife after many years and they kiss. Tale of a brief but "passionate"courtship between a man and a mythical tree creature. Girl is excited to get letters from a teenage boy who signs them "your friend and admirer."
Language
moron, idiot, dumb, stupid, idiotic, jerks, freaky
01/05/2024 The Forbidden Island Trueit, Trudy Explorer Academy 6 - 8 Generally Acceptable
Cruz and his fellow explorers at the Academy go on hi-tech scientific missions all over the globe. Cruz's mother, who was involved in critical scientific research, is thought to have been killed in a blast in her lab by an evil businessman who goes by the code name Nebula and has agents everywhere. Cruz's mother left a holographic journal with clues for pieces of a cipher Cruz needs to gather together. In this book, Cruz is trying to find the last piece, but Nebula's agents are dogging his footsteps and trying to kill him as well.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Cruz's aunt is a professor at the Academy and seems to have a relationship with another professor, who she kisses (pg. 89). Cruz is also enamored with one of the other students, Bryndis, who kisses him (pg. 142) and there are a few references to his feelings about her in other chapters. There is also Cruz's somewhat platonic relationship with a different girl, Lani, which seems to get deeper as the book progresses.
01/05/2024 The Chaos King Ruby Laura 5 - 8 Questionable
The sequel to The Wall and the Wing, Gurl, now Georgie, is getting acclimated to living her life as the Richest Girl in the World. Her classmates, though, have taken a real dislike of her. Bug, also, has become a celebrity, affecting their friendship. But strange things are happening in the city; inanmate objects from the museum are coming to life suddenly and Georgie and Bug are now facing a self-proclaimed Chaos King who wants to control the world.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
The boy/girl relationships feature more prominentl in this book. The girls in Georgie's class want to date Bug; when one of them succeeds to get his attention, she kisses him in public. There are also the feelings that Georgie and Bug express more openly for each other.
01/05/2024 The Wall and The Wing Ruby, Laura 5 - 8 Generally Acceptable
The story is set at a time when people have learned to fly - or at least some of them. Gurl, a resident of an orphanage who does not know anything of her past, is considered a "leadfoot." She discovers accidentally, though, that she does possess the ability to disappear at will, which the head of the orphanage uses to her advantage, forcing Gurl to steal in exchange for Gurl having the privilege to spend time with a cat that she found. When a new boy joins the orphanage, Bug, who is particularly talented in opening locks, Gurl finds an ally to help her discover her past, as well as Bug's.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
There's a reference to a wife running off with a plumber and there's definitely a lot of hand-holding between the two main characters which is at first a necessity (so they can share Gurl's invisibility, for example), and gradually segues to something more meaningful and emotional. The final vision is of Gurl and Bug dancing together in the air.
Language
There is definitely some bathroom language here, some name calling but no cursing or swearing.
01/03/2024 Unplugged Korman, Gordon 5 - 8 Generally Acceptable
Jett Baranov is the son of a famous billionaire who finds himself dropped off in Oasis, a health resort in the middle of the Arkansas wilderness after one of his "practical jokes" go too far. Aside from a focus on healthy food and exercise, all the residents are not allowed to have any technology. Jett can't wait to break all the rules and get out until he bonds with some of the other kids over a baby lizard they find and turn into a pet. But Jett also begins to notice some strange things around Oasis and doesn't stop investigating until he gets to the bottom of the mystery.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
One of the boys at the resort has a sister who is corresponding by mail to her boyfriend (since phones are not allowed). There is also a developing friendship between Jett and one of the girls.
Language
There are some mild vulgarities used here and there - no explicit cursing at all.
01/02/2024 Slacker Korman, Gordon 5 - 8 Generally Acceptable
Cameron Boxer is a "slacker" who works on it - he does everything possible to avoid work and focus on his video gaming, until the day he ignores his mother's instructions and almost burns his home down. His parents insist that he actually do something with his time and he and his friends come up with a fictional school club, the P. A. G., which they post on the school website, just to satisfy Cameron's parents. Unfortunately for Cameron, somehow some kids and the school guidance counselor get wind of the club and now Cameron is pushed into doing some good deeds, such as saving a beaver. The challenge is that the high school crowd is competing for the do-good opportunities and start trying to sabotage the P. A. G., which forces Cameron to really use his brains and resourcefulness to succeed.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
An almost non-issue is that Cameron's younger sister has a friend who wants a "date" with Cameron and sends him a note, which he disregards. More problematic might be the two high school kids who are most intent on destroying the P. A. G. - a girlfriend and boyfriend duo. While nothing explicit is mentioned, there is a clear connection between the two of them; he puts his arm around her shoulder consolingly, she wears lipsticks to match the color of his car, etc.
Language
There is some mild bathroom language (as well as scenes happening in the bathroom) but no actual curse words.
01/01/2024 Mixed Up Korman, Gordon 5 - 8 Generally Acceptable
Reef and Theo are two boys who live in opposite ends of a neighborhood yet seem to share a strange phenomenon: they remember each other's memories. While this is difficult for Theo, for Reef it is exceptionally hard because his mother died suddenly and he is losing all his memories of her. Theo makes the effort to find Reef and together they try to resolve the problem. The book is well-written and emphasizes the values of friendship and loyalty.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
While the book is almost whistle clean regarding foul language, there is a female character who Theo is attracted to ("has a crush on her") and which Reef also had a connection to (although he no longer really remembers why). There is also one scene where one of the daughter's of Reef's adoptive family has a boyfriend over at the office. There is nothing explicit or physical depicted about these relationships.
12/31/2023 Rise of the Evening Star Mull, Brandon Fablehaven 5 - 7 Problematic
Children return to their grandparent's magical preserve and battle a traitor while trying to find a magical artifact. In the beginning, a stranger who pretends to know them convinces them to come into his car and do some dirty work for him which brings them no end of trouble later on- lesson learned. Goblin masquerading as a good-looking eighth grader asks girls to go to the movies with him. Girls say he is a "hottie". They go to see a movie about "a nerdy girl who gets to date the guy of her dreams..." Boy sits at movies with his arm around a girl, later they hold hands and he kisses her but she is repulsed by his bad breath- this whole episode is rather minor to the story and can be torn out. Boy tries to sell his batteries to satyrs who want to use them to power their portable tv. A young man was turned into a catatonic albino by demon, but he responds a bit to a girl - they ask her to kiss him on the lips to see if he would respond- she feels funny about it since he is "cute" and it reminded her of the crush she had on a teacher a few years ago. Later on when he is back to himself she remembers the kiss she gave him and scolds hersel for having a "silly crush"
Language
nerd, puke, creepy, freaked out, dumb, stupid, gross, berserk, freaky, shut up, heck
12/27/2023 Chasing the Prophecy Mull, Brandon Beyonders 5 - 7 Problematic
The final book of the trilogy. The boy and girl help save the world against the evil emperor. Man holds girl "close" to comfort her after she was almost killed. Boy hugs girl goodbye. Boy feels "flutter of nervus excitement" every time he talks to a "ridiculously pretty" girl. Women speaks to a good looking ghost - a "dashing" soldier- another women sizes him up "appreciatively". Girl escapes on horseback riding behind the boy "He enjoyed the wind on his face and the fell of Corinne's arms around him"
Language
crackpot. freak out, hellish, gross, weird
12/22/2023 Anya and the Nightingale Pasternack, Sofiya N/A Not Acceptable
Male character has romantic relationship with another male
12/22/2023 Anya and the Dragon Pasternack, Sofiya N/A Not Acceptable
In sequel, male character has romantic relationship with another male.
12/20/2023 Seeds of Rebellion Mull, Brandon Beyonders 5 - 7 Problematic
The saga continues as the boy hero returns from the Beyond to try to save the girl he left behind and defeat the evil dictator. The words to a song sang in a bar are written - a man returns from sea to find his wife drowned so "he kissed all the local girls". Description of a courtship between a giant and a midget- "made his amorous intentions known early on, showering me with compliments and staring at me as if I were a vision of lovliness...I had always longed for romance...secret nupitals... I told him I was expecting a child... he flew into a jealous tirade. I assured him I had been a faithful wife..it would mark the first time a giant had successfully mated with a human." When the boy finally reunites with the girl he "lunged forward throwing his arms around him "she gives him "an exuberant hug". GIrl thinks a man has "handsome features- more boy band than rock star but undeniably cute"
Language
stupidity, weird, berserk
12/10/2023 A World Without Heroes Mull, Brandon Beyonders 5 - 7 Problematic
Thirteen year old boy and a girl suddenly find themselves in another world and joined to complete a quest to defeat the evil dictator of the world. There seems to be a budding romance but nothing explicit in the first book. Book begins with boy "liking" a girl but having the courage to ask her to "grab a snack" with him. Man looked like he was playing a part in an Xmas pageant. Girl thinks the boy isn't real- he is a character in her dream, but not her "love interest" because if he were he would have "better hair". On the quest the boy meets a beautiful girl who gives him something to help him - he likes it when their hands touch. When boy is imprisoned in a box he hums "songs form the radio, television theme songs...themes from movies". The back of the book has an excerpt from a series by the same author "Five Kingdoms" which starts with a boy having a crush on a girl.
Language
stupidity, jerk,creepy, weird, stupid, oh crud, freaked out, weirdo, shut up,pee
12/03/2023 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (all) Kinney, Jeff Diary of a Wimpy Kid N/A Not Acceptable
Extremely unrefined.
11/30/2023 York: The Clockwork Ghost Ruby, Laura York 6 - 10 Generally Acceptable
Teen
Religion/Hashkafa
passing mention of cultures that existed for 13,000 years, dinosaurs
Language
Dork. :'"Oh sugar" he said but he didn't actually say sugar.'. heck. butt
Language
Middos
Kids repeatedly defy parents' instructions to stay safe
11/30/2023 York: the Map of Stars Ruby, Laura York 6 - 10 Generally Acceptable
Teen
Children continue to solve ciphers.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Sleazy bad guy asks his pretty assistant if a woman is pretty. She admonishes him that she is married (which he knew)..Former girl friend of sleazy bad guy explains to children that sometimes you fall in love with a person because the person ISN"T good or kind, but because you were treated unkindly when young etc.Mention of cartoon about a skink who falls in love with a cat and won't stop grabbing her and kissing her no matter how much she tries to get away - boy tells father the skunk is a criminal.
Language
heck. kick-butt.dork. snotty jerk. a living hell.
Middos
Kids repeatedly defy parents' instructions to stay safe
11/30/2023 York: The Shadow CIpher Ruby, Laura York 6 - 10 Generally Acceptable
Teen
Children try to solve mystery of the twins who engineered their society, and prevent its destruction.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Discussion of the ridiculousness of typical female superhero outfits - clearly meant to be feminist perspective. p. 152. Implication that woman in olden times was put into an insane asylum for "attacking her boyfriend" / "defend herself against disreputable men". "Abused a would-be suitor for trying to kiss her".Reference to girl who knocked out the teeth of a boy who tried to kiss her after she told him no.Children give friendly hug goodbye
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
References to movies including Wonder Woman.
Language
pee (describing color)., screwy
Middos
Kids repeatedly defy parents' instructions to stay safe
11/16/2023 The Deceivers Haddix, Margaret Peterson Greystone Secrets 5 - 8 Questionable
The second book about the Greystone family who are searching for another way to enter the alternate world and find their mother. Through cryptic messages their mother left, they discover a different way to reach the other world. They end up in the parallel house that belongs to Natalie's parents (before their divorce) and Natalie's finds that her grandmother is still living in this world. They are drawn into an intrigue where Natalie's father is trying to become president and the Greystones are faced with the challenge of knowing who is on their side. They are able to escape with their mother, Natalie's mother and grandmother back to the "normal" world but decide that ultimately they have to try to create a better wolrd for those residing in the alternate one and choose to return. The level of violence, fear and intrigue is ramped up in this book - the second of the series. Chess and Natalie's relationship also becomes more complicated emotionally, although theire is no physcial contact.
11/16/2023 The Strangers Haddix, Margaret Peterson Greystone Secrets 5 - 8 Generally Acceptable
The Greystone kids discover that their mother has gone to an alternate universe to save children with the same names as the Greystones who were kidnapped. The Greystones are determined to rescue their mother and the kidnapped children. With the help of a friend, Natalie, they discover the tunnel that leads to the other world and succeed in rescuing the kidnapped children, but not their mother or Natalie's, who had followed them to help. The book is suspenseful and well executed and there are allusions every so often of Chess, the oldest Greystone, having an interest in Natalie, a friend from school, but there is no physcial interaction between them. The depiction of the alternate world may be scary for younger children in terms of the mind-control and fear that pervades that world.
11/16/2023 Riverstar's Home Hunter, Erin Warriors 5 - 7 Problematic
A cat makes a new home on an island and discovers what it means to become a real leader. Some recollections of his almost mate who died and how it felt to lie near her etc. and how he found a new mate with whom he had kits.
11/16/2023 Dragon Curse McMann, Lisa The Unwanteds Quests 5 - 7 Not Acceptable
The series continues as the formerly peaceful magical world comes under attack both from within and without. Quite a bit of romantic kissing, dancing, holding hands etc.
10/22/2023 Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium Atari, Rona 4 - 6 Questionable
A Jewish brother and sister come to America with their mother and their pet dragon to find their missing father. The Judaism depicted is relatively accurate but the people in the shtetl are extremely mean- they tell the children that the reason they have t heard from their father in America is because he has started a new family and has abandoned them (turns out he was kidnapped). Girl calls adults “yentas” to their face. The most immaculate thing is the children’s English tutor studied the classics in university and then came back to the shtetl at the invitation of the rabbi to tutor English. When they arrive in America their aunt and uncle steal their money. When they find their father the mother “took her husbands face in her hands”. Discussion about magic and if it is real or not “magic is what you believe it to be”.
Language
Shaddap (shut up), stupid
10/22/2023 The Super Cup Face-Off Stilton, Geronimo Geronimo Stilton 2 - 4 Questionable
Mouse figures out who is sabotaging soccer games. Men’s teams and women’s teams. A lot of information about soccer. Make mouse shakes female mouses hand. Discussion about being a tv sportscaster. At one point the clumsy mouse sits in wet paint and his pants get stuck to the bench so he needs to wiggle out of them- cartoonish image of him wearing boxers.
10/18/2023 Mermaid Princess Hale, Shannon and Hale, Dean The Princess In Black 1 - 2 Questionable
Two girl princesses and a boy try to help a mermaid defend her kingdom. Both the mermaid and the princess are not terribly tzanua but they are drawn as little girls- not provocative but illustrations are full color and on every page. Very Very minor violence.

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The unexplained disappearance of Mars Patel
Various authors
Series:
Grades: -
Not Acceptable
Series
Detailed and explicit gender identity issues
The Extradimensional reappearance of Mars Patel
Various authors
Series:
Grades: N/A
Not Acceptable
Series
Detailed and explicit gender identity issues
The Race to Doobesh
Abbott, Tony
Grades: N/A
Generally Acceptable
Series
Children prevent beasts from creating powerful armor. Unimportant mention of children seeing a movie in a theater.
Mondo Meltdown
Abbott, Tony
Series:
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Mention of watching TV, reading comic books, Language- freak,weird, stinky,stupid,nerd, dorky, gross.
Wade and the Scorpion's Claw
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 4 - 7
Questionable
Series
Shorter books that continue the story between the fatter Copernicus Legacy books.Told from the viewpoint of one character. Make many references to the thicker books, so they don't really stand alone.Violence, technology. Girl jokingly "shoves" boy. Man is killed on airplane- kid sitting next to him discovers he is dead- description. One sentence mention of an xmas ornament. Many mentions of church bells.Kids look for clues in a church- described. Language- dumb, geek, freaky, weird, freak out, stupid, idiot, creep
The Genie King
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Questionable
Series
Children try to find a medallion in a city that is in a bottle. Very subtle boy/girl, some children might miss it. One accidental hug (p66 chapter. 5) some blushing, goodbye hug (pg. 167 chapter.12) language- dummy, dumb, minor bathroom humor. Subtly alludes to Santa Claus but never mentioned by name.
Quest for the Queen
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children help save the queen.
The Great Ice Battle
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children help save the city from an ice curse.
The Sleeping Giant of Goll
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Children prevent the bad guy from getting more power. An innocent hi-five between boys and girl.
Escape from Tabar-Loo
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children help rescue the king and queen.
Flight of the Blue Serpent
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Children battle bad guys and give a dying serpent back his scale. Girl holds hand of boy she thinks is dead and cries. Somewhat scary.
The Treasure of the Orkins
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children help recover a stolen treasure
The Riddle of Zorfendorf Castel
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children try to stop bad guys from using a portal to their world.
The Crown of Fire
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 5 - 7
Problematic
Series
The conclusion of the saga. Similar to previous books in violence, technology. The mild romantic interest continues as boy still can't find the courage to tell girl that he "likes" her. However another boy and girl become more of a couple after she almost dies, though nothing happens between them other than hugs when they realize they are safe , when girl isn't feeling well boy puts arm around her shoulder- it feels good to her, etc.Mention of Greek gods. Hide out in a church- boy thinks stained glass windows are beautiful. Temple with statue gods. Sistine chapel- analysis of the symbolism in the painting "The Last Judgement" with the help of the Pope- many mentions of yoshka- this is very detailed and specific, but only a minor part of the story- a parent needs to use careful judgement. Language- idiotic/idiot, shut up, gross, dang,stupid, dumb, jerk, stinky head, weird, bloody 'ell, hell,
The Mysterious Island
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children help save magical world.
The Golden Vendetta
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 5 - 7
Problematic
Series
The saga continues along the same lines as the previous book. Violence. A lot of cell phones, tablet, internet, technology, movies. A mild romantic interest beginning to develop- Boy realizes he likes girl when they are forced to stand "pressed up against each other" when they are hiding from a killer- but he is afraid to tell her.Girl is miserable because of her parent's impending divorce. Man daydreams about the time he held a woman in his arms for "countless seconds". Husband and wife kiss and hug "for a long time" in front of the children. Woman kisses boy on both cheeks in greeting he blushes. Mosque described in detail in very positive terms. Language- weird, stupid, creep, dumb, brat, freak, blast it all, idiot.
Journey to the Volcano Palace
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Children go into a secret volcano to steal back a magical jewel. Lies to his mother to protect magical land. Language-weird, stinky, dumb, creepy.
Into the Land of the Lost
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children go to a ghost land to save their friend.
The Mask of Maliban
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Children try to prevent bad guys from getting a magical mask. One of the children discovers that he has magical powers. Non-religious mention of Halloween. Minor language: doofus.
Moon Magic
Abbott, Tony
Grades: -
Not Acceptable
Series
Children go to the future and the past to save the magical world. In the future a boy and girl hug "it was an embrace that never seemed to want to end"; page 127 illustration.
Search for the Dragon Ship
Abbott, Tony
Grades: N/A
Acceptable
Series
Children rescue world from evil princess.
Space Bingo
Abbott, Tony
Series:
Grades: 2 - 4
Questionable
Series
Note on series: Children travel to the future and try to save the world. A lot of juvenile slang. In each book preview of the next book in the back. In this book middos among classmates and siblings. A few brief references to a meteor crashing into earth sixty five million years ago and killing all the dinosaurs.Brief mention of rock band.Non Romantic negiah. Language:nerd, weird,
The Golden Wasp
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children accidentally bring something from the magic world into their world, thereby upsetting the balance between the worlds
The Tower of the Elf King
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Unimportant mentions of children mixed swimming.
The Final
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Questionable
Series
Conclusion to series, children save the magical world. Language- creepy. Non-religious xmas, non romantic negiah.
Under the Serpent
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Picture of a sea serpent/lady in low cut outfit on cover - somewhat cartoonish.
In The Shadow of Goll
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Kids unsuccessfully try to rescue their friend from being transformed into a villain. Sad. Language- creepy.
The Hawk Bandits of Tarkoom
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Children help destroy an evil city that reappears from the past. Girl is happy to see her friends (boys) so she hugs them- not romantic. Language- weird, creeps.
The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
2 boys and a girl help save a magical world that they accidentally find when they clean up the boy's basement.
The Serpent's Curse
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 5 - 7
Questionable
Series
The saga continues along the same lines as the previous book. Violence. A lot of cell phones, tablet, internet, technology. Children visit monastery/monks, church,mentions of saints, christian art work, kneeling in prayer, . Opera described. Non romantic negiah. Language- stinking/bloody (as an expletive), weird, stupid,snot, blast it all, freaking out, freak, idiot
Voyage of the Jaffa Wind
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children help rescue their friends
Knights of the Ruby Wand
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Generally Acceptable
Series
Kids try to find a magical wand to rescue their friends. A bit convoluted for younger readers. Non romantic negiah. Language- weird, dudes
The Moon Dragon
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children join townspeople in battle with the bad guys. A bit more violence than the other books in this series, but still pretty tame.
Pirates of the Purple Dawn
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children prevent bad guys from the past from building an evil city.
Becca and the Prisoner's Cross
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 4 - 7
Questionable
Series
See comments about first book in series above.Man says if go by view of some biblical scholars world is 6,000 years old, if go by big bang notion it is 13.8 billion years old. Children look for relic that is shaped like a cross. Husband quickly kisses wife goodbye. Girl wonders why boy keeps staring at her, friend says it's because he "likes" her.Girl holds boys hand when she is scared. Kids search tombs in churches for relic. Old movies referred to by title. Language- stupid, gross, dummy
The Chariot of Queen Zara
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children rescue world from evil genie.
The Coiled Viper
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children chase bad guys who came into their world from the magic world.
The Isle of Mists
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Kids help prevent evil man from taking over the world.
Queen of Shadow Thorn
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 2 - 4
Acceptable
Series
Children are not sure if they should trust a queen from the future. Book ends very uncertainly - are the children OK or not?
The Forbidden Stone
Abbott, Tony
Grades: 5 - 7
Questionable
Series
2 boys and 2 girls search for items that were parts of Copernicus' time machine, and run away from the bad guys. Put themselves in dangerous situations, sometimes with encouragements of adults. Books do not stand alone, a reader will want to read them all. Very mild references to boy's admiration of girl, not developed in this book, appears to be more as a friend than romantic; mentions of them being in close physical proximity or brief touching, no romance. Boy's parents are divorced, mention that he wished they would get together again, but now he is happy in his new blended family. Mention of girl wearing shorts and 'stylishly slashed t-shirt'. Man hugs woman who saved them - not romantic. Language: screwy. Passing mention of temples for Greek gods. Evil woman kisses precious artifact; her male employee briefly wishes he was the artifact. Violence.