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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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Summer camp fun juxtaposed with lessons about race in: COLOR WAR

By Bruce McCandless
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A teenager in an idyllic summer camp in the 1970s American South must suddenly face some harsh realities about race in America and about life.

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Indecision and dilemmas about sexuality in: A PASSING PHASE

By J. Paul Devlin
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A young man tries to figure out who he is in the process of undergoing therapy to make him heterosexual.

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Montana in a Minor

By Elaine Russell
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A young aspiring cellist must alter her plans and spend her summer in Montana instead of practicing - but finds that there are unexpected benefits.

Black Wolf

By Andrés Aloi
Rating:
3.5 / 5

BLACK WOLF is an effective depiction of youth from a male point of view in all its natural, yet crude, splendor.

The Reality Master

By PM Pillon
Rating:
2.0 / 5

Ten-year-old Joey Blake can’t wait to go camping again with his grandpa Karl in nearby Big Sur, California. But while hiking in the area, a...

Bobby Ether And The Temple Of Eternity

By R. Scott Boyer
Rating:
3.0 / 5

BOBBY ETHER AND THE TEMPLE OF ETERNITY continues the adventures of Bobby Ether, a boy with incredible talents, a family with secrets, and a penchant...

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Escape From Killarney

By Angela Graham
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Welcome to Killarney. Graham and his little sister Evelyn had their reservations about going on this trip. But their mom thought a hiking trip in...

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The Frailty of Perception

By Joey Rawlings
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A young teenager discovers magical talents and a world he's never known about - but is immediately thrown into the dangerous remnants of a bitter...

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Flat-Out Celeste

By Jessica Park
Rating:
5.0 / 5

The third volume in the popular “Flat-Out” series, FLAT-OUT CELESTE explores the budding romantic relationship between two social misfits.

Addison’s Mark

By Matt Kuvakos
Rating:
3.0 / 5

A cynical young man with bizarre visions finds himself caught up in the struggle between Good and Evil when he's hired for the presidential campaign...

School Days

By Carlos Perez
Rating:
3.0 / 5

SCHOOL DAYS is a loosely-bound series of vignettes concerning the lives of students at Weeping Willow High, a school that is aptly named indeed.

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