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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Whisker and the Pie Rats compete against other animal pirate crews for a coveted prize in: THE TROPHY OF CHAMPIONS

By Cameron Stelzer
Rating:
5.0 / 5

The Pie Rat crew of the Apple Pie, Whisker, Ruby Rat, Fish Eye Fred, Pencil Leg Pete, Hook Hand Horace, and Captain Black Rat compete...

A young girl faces ridicule and bullying about her birthmark in: HAYLEY’S COURAGE

By Linda M. Steiner
Rating:
5.0 / 5

A true story of one little girl's courage amid adversity.

Human and animal kingdoms interact in: THE KINGDOM OF THE SUN AND THE MOON

By Lowell H. Press
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Nesbit, an outspoken mouse, is banished to the Forest of Lost Life because he says that the König, king of Kingdom of the Double-headed Eagle,...

A child gets to the heart of heroism in: HECTOR’S HEROIC DAY

By Patrick Jones
Rating:
5.0 / 5

A young boy badly wants to be a hero – but what kind?

A Feline Finds A Way to Catch A Criminal in: INSPECTOR DEWEY

By Kristen Heimerl, illustrated by Irene Bofill
Rating:
4.5 / 5

“Inspector” Dewey is a clever cat. In this sweet children’s story, he reveals how he solved the crime that gained him the title “Hero of...

IR Approved

A girl’s trek to a festival becomes a journey to self discovery in: NOTHANDO’S JOURNEY

By Jill Aperson Manly, illustrated by Alyssa casey
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A young girl in Swaziland, as her journey to a very important festival turns into one of self-discovery in this beautifully illustrated and dynamic children’s...

IR Approved

Two children solve mysterious legends and suspicious characters: MARTIN MCMILLAN AND THE SACRED STONES

By Elaine Russell
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Skateboarding duo Martin McMillan and his best friend Isabel, children of archeologists and historians who travel the world.

Empowering sage advice as to living our lives and treating others well in: D IS FOR DUDLEY & OTHER NATURE TALES

By Ron Chandler
Rating:
3.0 / 5

D IS FOR DUDLEY & OTHER NATURE TALES is an entertaining children’s short story collection about animals that share their lessons on life.

A hound at Hotel Del Coronado shares history with a little girl in: OZ, DOG OF THE DEL

By Taylor Baldwin Kiland
Rating:
3.0 / 5

A dachshund who lives at the Hotel Del Coronado escorts a little girl named Izzy around the island, introducing her to famous people and events.

IR Approved

Cooperation and friendship are the key to a safe return in BENJAMIN BIRDIE’S FIRST FLIGHT

By Michael Dotsikas
Rating:
4.5 / 5

An impatient little bird is determined to get the early worm leaves its nest too early in this charming children’s story about cooperation.

IR Approved

It’s a pirate’s life in: CAPTAIN NO-BEARD

By Carole P Roman
Rating:
4.5 / 5

In this delightful journey, Captain No Beard takes children to the world of pirates and reveals the possibilities of imagination.

IR Approved

Experiences in an alternate universe create a wake up call in an average student’s life in: KING OF AVERAGE

By Gary Schwartz
Rating:
5.0 / 5

While on a quest to be a mediocre king in a parallel universe, an underachieving preteen discovers that there's more to life than being average.

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