Independent Reading, Series

Dory Fantasmagory: Dory, Dory, Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon

Grade 2


Dory, also known as Rascal, lives in two worlds: in real life with her family and friends at home and at school, and her imaginary world that includes her best friend Mary, a friendly monster that lives under her bed. Dory has a loose tooth, and she thinks that Mrs. Gobble Gracker, her imaginary enemy is going to prevent the Tooth Fairy from coming. To find out what happens, Read Dory Fantasmagory: Dory, Dory, Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon.

ARC Reviews, Memoirs

I Was Saved by the Bell: Stories of Life, Love, and Dreams That Do Come True by Peter Engel

Ages 18+
bellPeter Engel, the creator of the 90s TV show Saved By the Bell, tells of how hard he worked to make it happen, as well as stories from his life and what he learned along the way. Fans of the show will love reading this memoir about Engel and gain behind the scenes insight about Saved By the Bell.

Thanks to for a review copy of this book.

Animals, ARC Reviews, Memoirs

Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed A City Girl’s World by Lonnie Hull Dupont

Ages 16+


Kit Kat and Lucy were two cats who arrived in their humans’ lives a year apart and gave them what they’ve been missing. Lonnie and her husband Joe were long-time city people who moved to the country and settled in Michigan. Each cat having her own “personality,” Kit Kat and Lucy had to work their way into Lonnie and Joe’s hearts, and learn to get along with each other. The four became one big family, and Lonnie and Joe couldn’t imagine their lives without their furry friends.

Thanks to for a review copy of this book.

Books, Romance

Bear In Love by Daniel Pinkwater

Ages 1-7


Bear finds a present outside his cave. It is orange, long and pointy, and sweet and crunchy. As he eats it, he wonders where it came from. The next day, two more of the same gift appears. He knows that someone who cares about him is leaving him the treats. But who? Bear wants to be able to leave a present for his secret admirer, too. He follows clues and eventually meets his special someone.

LGBTQ+, Romance, Tear Jerkers, YA Fiction

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Grades 9-12

Fifteen-year-old Kendra has been seeing a therapist since the ugly memories of being raped at the age of two began to resurface. Try as she may, though, she is unable to remember the most important detail of the abuse: her rapist’s identity. She has the utmost trust in her therapist, but she can’t shake the feeling that someone is following her. To ease her fears, she cuts, but not one person in her life knows about it; not her therapist, her art teacher, or her friend Meghan who she hopes will soon turn into something more. Will Kendra heal before it’s too late?