Category Archives: Hidden Gems

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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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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Focus on Film: Studio Ghibli Favourites

When rumours started that Studio Ghibli (the makers of some of my favourite anime films) was closing, I was pretty upset. I have been a fan of their work for a very long time, in no small part thanks to the imagination of … Continue reading

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Hidden Gem: The Ability by M.M. Vaughan

In a recent new arrivals post, we featured Mindscape as an intriguing new addition to the collection. I also mentioned that the first book, The Ability, has been compared to some very popular middle-grade series. Being a big fan of … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

There are some writer/illustrators that are so tremendously talented that it feels necessary to read everything they have written. Shaun Tan is the perfect example of an author and illustrator who is not to be missed. His books are beautifully rendered, … Continue reading

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Favourite: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Six-year-old Matt has grown up in a tiny cabin, locked away from the world and watched over by his loving caregiver, Celia. He lives on the Alacrán Estate in Opium (once called Mexico), which lies on the U.S. border. The only view … Continue reading

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Second Look: Florence & Giles

After I read this book, I was inspired to write about it; little did I know that Valerie had beat me to it with her great review here! I read John Harding’s Florence & Giles more than a year ago, … Continue reading

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Hidden Gem: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing is the first in a two-part series that has really flown under the radar, as far as the YA reading habits of those around me go. It was originally recommended to me by a … Continue reading

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From the experts: Best Teen Books of 2013

2013 was a year full of interesting, innovative, and captivating books. Now that the year is drawing to a close, lots of great book reviewers are sharing their “best of” lists for 2013. Today, I wanted to feature some critically … Continue reading

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Hidden Gem: Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Holly Black’s Curse Workers series ended last year, much to the dismay of her many fans. Readers loved that series and were enchanted with the great characters and the very interesting and fascinating world of organized supernatural crime. For all … Continue reading

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