Category Archives: Favorites

Favourite: Plain Kate by Erin Bow

I’ve been reading a whole lot lately, especially in young adult fiction. I always feel a bit guilty when I give one part of the collection preference, so I decided to challenge myself to read a book from our middle-grade … Continue reading

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Favourite: Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel

I’m always looking for great middle-grade realistic fiction, and Beth Vrabel’s Pack of Dorks is a winner. The story starts with Lucy, the heroine, declaring, “This was the biggest recess of my life. Today, I would become–officially–the bravest, most daring, and by … Continue reading

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Favourite: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I have read a few books lately that I’ve really fallen for, but Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe tops my list of recent reads. This is a quiet, beautifully written story about friendship that was so … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book : The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

I’m a big fan of Ashley Spires: her quirky, adorable illustrations perfectly match her multi-faceted, amusing, and relatable characters. Her new picture book, The Most Magnificent Thing, is an ode to perseverance and resilience, and it’s as sweet and fun as her plethora … Continue reading

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Critical Favourites: “Best Of” 2014 in P, J, and YA

“Best Of” lists are some of my favourite things this time of year. I will inevitably read a great book too late to add it to my own yearly list (it just happened with Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future). … Continue reading

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Valerie’s “Best of” 2014: P, J and YA Favourites

At the end of each year, I take great pleasure in revisiting the books that swept me up and reminded me how much joy reading can bring. While there were so many books that were a lot of fun to read, … Continue reading

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Bronwen’s “Best Of” 2014: J and YA Favourites

Is 2014 really almost over?! It’s December, and once again I’m thinking about my absolute favourite books that were published this year for middle-grade and young adult readers. Many of them have inspired me to write blog posts already. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Favourite: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

“Three hours before the avalanche hits, William Everett is sitting on an upturned crate, waiting for his father.” Kenneth Oppel’s The Boundless starts strong, gripping, and full of adventure, and the pace doesn’t let up until you’ve read the book cover to cover. … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: Splat! Starring the Vole Brothers, by Roslyn Schwartz

The Vole Brothers are enjoying a leisurely stroll, when…SPLAT! A pigeon leaves a very unpleasant surprise on one of their heads. I wasn’t yet familiar with Roslyn Schwartz’s illustrious Vole Brothers, but I have found a new favourite! This is the … Continue reading

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Favourite: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

I have a soft spot for monster stories, and find myself gravitating toward monster-themed storytimes as often as I can. Some monster books are the perfect way to be silly and to turn the scary monster into something nonthreatening and even … Continue reading

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