LitPick Book Reviews:Team

Our team is passionate about

using book reviews to promote reading and writing 

and to help connect authors with readers.


Through LitPick book reviews, we promote reading and writing among adults and students. We also enjoy connecting our book reviewers with authors and publishers of a wide variety of titles and genres.

Tynea Lewis and Gary Cassel lead our book review management team.  When needed, a group of very skilled and dedicated adult LitPick underwriters generously provides feedback to our book reviewers about their reviews. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out how you can volunteer to become a LitPick underwriter and assist us evaluating book reviews before they are posted on social media.

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Meet Our Team

Site Administrator

Tynea Lewis has a degree in elementary education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, along with a Library Science K-12 certification. After teaching for three years in the same district she attended as a student, Tynea left education to raise her two young daughters. Tynea enjoys using her background in teaching to work with LitPick students, offering books to read for free to students she oversees in our online interactive reading program. Because of her passion for online books, reading, and writing, she also edits poetry and writes for a teen magazine. Her favorite place to spend time with her family is around the campfire in the backyard.

Co-founder and Webmaster

Gary Cassel, our webmaster, was co-founder of Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews and LitPick, along with his son, Seth.  Gary is responsible for web development of the site and for the day-to-day management of LitPick’s online reading and writing community of book reviewers, educators, authors, and publishers. 

Production & Marketing Director
As a homeschooler, Gwendolyn began critiquing literature for LitPick in 2012 and has critiqued various forms of media ever since. Ultimately, she is a self-proclaimed observer and chronicler of several sorts who particularly relishes life's seeming simplicities. She can be most commonly found with either a pencil and a notebook, crafting supplies (usually yarn-related), a musical instrument, a camera, or in the presence of a feline. When possible, a few of those mentioned may occur simultaneously.


Content Contributor

Caitlin grew up in Allentown, PA and graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Creative Writing from Lehigh University in 2011. She then moved to Western MA to pursue her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from Simmons College, taking children's literature and creative writing courses at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, and she graduated in spring 2014. Caitlin is currently writing a middle grade novel, two young adult novels, and a picture book. Children's books are her passion, and she is very happy to be working with LitPick to promote the literature that she loves.

Graphic Designer

A graduate of the University of Colorado and an Adobe Certified Expert, Kenneth led the Digital Media department at the Computer Career Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He taught students of all ages and from all backgrounds a comprehensive curriculum that ranged from screenwriting and typography to JavaScript and sound engineering.  Kenneth’s teaching and his work in design and new media production is complemented by his volunteer work.

Video & Media Consultant

   I am a creative rationalist. I like legos and numbers, but also art and logic. I don’t believe in black and white. Everything can be looked at differently. Anything can be great.  I have 16 years of experience in marketing management, but I still curious as the first day. I never cease to challenge myself. I never allow myself to be dull or bored. I never stop looking ahead or asking questions. For me, passion and quality are two faces of the same coin.

LitPick Underwriters Who Evaluate Student Book Reviews

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