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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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THE LAST SURVIVING DINOSAUR: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris

By Steven Joseph, Illustrated By Andy Case
Rating:
3.5 / 5

THE LAST SURVIVING DINOSAUR: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph is a unique tale about cranky behavior from the very last dinosaur, from whom humans are...

IR Approved

TRYGG, THE DINOSAUR

By Paula Louise Salvador, Illustrated by John Bindon
Rating:
4.8 / 5

Opposites attract in TRYGG, THE DINOSAUR, a bittersweet middle grades novel about orphaned dinosaurs — one a tiny carnivore, the other a huge herbivore —...

TINSEY CLOVER

By Chelsea Flagg
Rating:
3.7 / 5

TINSEY CLOVER is an enchanting children’s book ideal for intermediate independent readers or read-alouds with children ages eight through 10.

IR Approved

CHUG AND THUG RIDE TRIKE

By Gemal Seede, Illustrated by David Macedo
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Beautifully illustrated by David Macedo, CHUG AND THUG RIDE TRIKE is a rhyming children’s book ideal for little ones aged 3 through 5.

IR Approved

WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE

By Written by Jared E. Parsons, Illustrated by Ivan Marecic
Rating:
4.5 / 5

WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE, a heartwarming story about the importance of family and tradition.

IR Approved

COCO

By Marie-Paule Mahoney
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Orphaned bear cub Coco experiences adventures and friendship as she and protector Babou traverse the Adirondacks in this beautifully illustrated story.

IR Approved

THE KING OF PAWLEYS

By David Bernstein
Rating:
5.0 / 5

THE KING OF PAWLEYS tells the story of a ten-year-old whose summer vacation transforms into a week filled with mystery, life lessons, and budding romance...

IR Approved

I LOVE YOU FOR YOU

By Heather Lester
Rating:
4.3 / 5

I LOVE YOU FOR YOU reminds both parents and children that everyone is unique and wonderful the way they are.

IR Approved

PIERRE FRANCOIS: 5TH GRADE MISHAPS

By Lori Ann Stephens, Trevor Yokochi (Illustrator)
Rating:
4.6 / 5

A bedwetting French-American boy faces his fears and goes to camp in PIERRE FRANCOIS: 5th GRADE MISHAPS.

DYNOMIKE

By Frankie B. Rabbit
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Little Dynomike catches the "love bug" from a friend, and spreads it around via hugs.

THE MAKER

By D. F. Anderson
Rating:
3.7 / 5

THE MAKER follows thirteen year old Nate Smith on a whirling space adventure to save the world and discover himself.

OLIVER GRIFFON AND THE WITCH’S CURSE

By Stephen Huggins
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Follow Oliver Griffon and his friends as they fight to break a curse and defeat an evil witch in OLIVER GRIFFON AND THE WITCH’S CURSE.

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