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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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Book Review: Sign of the Cat by Lynne Jonell

Sometimes, you pick a book off the shelf because it has a great cover. When I saw Lynne Jonell’s The Sign of the Cat had arrived, I decided to take it home in spite of the cover (which I found looked a … 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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Book Review: Spirit’s Key by Edith Cohn

Spirit’s Key, the first book by Edith Cohn, is a middle-grade story that was as lovely as Eliza Wheeler’s beautiful cover art. Spirit Holden lives on the remote Bald Island, where she is considered an outsider (or “Dingbatter”) because she was born on … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy

Last fall, I had read some reviews that promoted The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, a middle grade novel by Dana Alison Levy, as a fun and worthwhile read. I considered taking it out, but it wasn’t until a patron (who … Continue reading

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Book Review: How to Outrun a Crocodile When your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating

After reading a review of How to Outrun a Crocodile When your Shoes Are Untied that stated the novel was a “fun-filled, pitch-perfect book about one of the most fraught stages of life” (Kirkus Reviews), I decided to give it a try. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

What if every time you closed your eyes, you saw someone else’s life , someone living in a world entirely foreign to you, full of magic and danger? That is the premise of Corinne Duyvis’ debut novel Otherbound, a book which surprised me and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Curiosity by Gary Blackwood

Can you imagine a hoax so successful, that Napoleon Bonaparte, Benjamin Franklin and Empress Maria Theresa were all duped by it? That very thing actually happened, and the hoax revolved around an automaton named the Turk, that was said to be … 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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A Valerie Favourite: Anton and Cecil Cats at Sea by Lisa and Valerie Martin

It will probably come as no surprise at all to those who know me that I was drawn to Lisa and Valerie Martin’s novel Anton and Cecil Cats at Sea as soon as it arrived. As I read it, I was … Continue reading

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