Tag Archives: middle grade fiction

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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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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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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Book Review: Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin

I haven’t read a good mystery in a while, but I was taken with the gorgeous cover of Knightley & Son, and was pleasantly surprised by the great characters and intriguing story inside. I’m a big fan of British mysteries and … Continue reading

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New Arrivals: Chapter Books Edition

Some intriguing new chapter books will debut in the department this weekend! We have a few sequels, one of which is being compared to Harry Potter (The Ability). From the action-packed to the fantastical (or both), these could be your next summer … Continue reading

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Favourite Audiobook: The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

I can be sensitive at times, but it isn’t very often that a book has me laughing or teary-eyed at nearly every turn. From the beautiful to the terrible, reading The Mighty Miss Malone, written by Christopher Paul Curtis and read by Bahni … Continue reading

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Book Review: Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl

I grabbed Genie Wishes from the shelf the other day and flew through it. Genie is one of those wonderful characters that you just want to keep reading about. This is also Elisabeth Dahl’s first book, so I am ardently … Continue reading

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Quick Reviews: YA and Middle Grade Chapter Books

Every time I pick up a book these days, it’s been absolute gold. It is hard to choose from this crop of great chapter books and YA that I’ve read recently, so here are some quick reviews that I hope … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Water Castle

I picked up The Water Castle because of its intriguing premise (and admittedly because it was written by a fellow children’s librarian). Three siblings, Ephraim, Price, and Brynn, have been uprooted from their New York home when their father suffers … Continue reading

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