Indie book reviews

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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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IR Approved

THE GHOST OF WALHACHIN

By Ramona Nehring-Silver
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Hired to keep an eye on his little cousin, Kean has no idea what adventures are right around the corner in THE GHOST OF WALHACHIN...

IR Approved

TORO

By Andrew Avner
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

There is nothing Alicía the cow wants more than to participate in the fiesta of San Fermín, their family's time-honored tradition and their fate. Except...

IR Approved

MEET DUKE AND BRODY!

By Melody Cooper
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

MEET DUKE AND BRODY! is a children’s picture book with a good moral story at its heart.

IR Approved

THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS (If Not You, Then Who? Book 1)

By David and Emberli Pridham
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

David and Emberli Pridham's THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS is an educational picture book that teaches kids about inventions and inventors.

LITTLE BLUEBIRD

By Erin Murphy Welch
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

LITTLE BLUEBIRD by Erin Murphy Welch is an beautifully illustrated tale that shows kids how differences make us special.

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DRAWN IN

By Jillian Her, Kevin Cook
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

DRAWN IN is a unique and colorful story that will inspire children of all ages to explore their own imaginations .

THE TIGER LIKE ME

By Kelsey Lee
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

THE TIGER LIKE ME by writer and illustrator Kelsey Lee is a picture book for early to intermediate readers.

SWALLOWED BY A SECRET

By Risa Nyman
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

With the help of a new friend, Rocky investigates what is being hidden from him about his father's death in SWALLOWED BY A SECRET by...

COOPER GOES TO THE VET: Golden Retriever

By Donna Santini
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

It’s time for Cooper’s regular check-up at the vet. But this golden retriever isn’t happy about it! Will his owners manage to get him there?

AMANDA’S WHALE TALE

By Kerrie Elizabeth Godding
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

Written and illustrated by Kerrie Elizabeth Godding, AMANDA’S WHALE TALE tells the story of a girl who drifts out too far at sea and is...

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GNARLYS OF THE NORTH WOODS

By Mary Cuffe Perez
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

This spirited tale--presented from the viewpoints of Gnarlys, Gnomes and other creatures--explores daily life in the woods including the impact of humans on nature.

MADAME X AND THE WORLD BENEATH

By Eileen Conway
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

MADAME X AND THE WORLD BENEATH is a captivating children’s book ideal for intermediate independent readers or read-alouds with children ages eight through 10. Ten-year-old...

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