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Middle Grade Monday: The Wild Robot

You may know Peter Brown as the author-illustrator of the very funny Children Make Terrible Pets, My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) or the earnest and lovely The Curious Garden. In his first middle grade book The Wild Robot Brown asserts himself as a deft novelist, with a fresh twist on the classic… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Wild Robot

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Classics, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, picture book, Readalouds, Uncategorized, YA

Kids’ Books Recommendations- Classical 96.3 FM

This week is my book birthday and boy am I spoiled girl! Check out the incredible cake made by colleague Barb, senior manager of advertising and design at Penguin Random House Canada. It was just as delicious as it was beautiful and certainly made this author feel loved. On Thursday I dropped by the Classical… Continue reading Kids’ Books Recommendations- Classical 96.3 FM

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Classics, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Personal Faves, War

Middle Grade Monday: Pax

I have always wanted a Direwolf of my own, so perhaps it is of no surprise that the last two books I've read have featured wild dogs: wolves in Wolf Wilder and foxes in Pax. What better way to explore humanity, our relationship with the wilderness, and our kinship with animals? I am a long-time Sara… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Pax

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Early Chapter Books, Fairytales, Fantasy, middle grade, Personal Faves

Middle Grade Monday: The Enchanted Egg

  I tend to recommend middle grade that falls in the 11-13 range, or "upper middle grade." It's a bit more  issue-driven and appropriate for kids with a certain emotional maturity. For a great discussion of what this age group encompasses, check out the re-cap of the Middle School is Hell panel  featuring Mariko Tamaki, Kate… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Enchanted Egg

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Middle Grade Monday: The Story of Diva and Flea Review

I picked up the charming The Story of Diva and Flea  from Book Culture  while acting out my Kathleen Kelly fantasies in New York. It had been on my list for awhile (because Mo Willems) but with Paris so front-of-mind it felt particularly poignant. At its heart, this story is about making new friends, and how those… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Story of Diva and Flea Review

American contemporary, Classics, friendship stories, middle grade, Mystery, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations

Middle Grade Monday: The Doldrums

I dare you to look through this book without a) gasping b) petting the cover and c) calling over your friends or colleagues so they can also gasp and pet the cover. Of course it is the untenable thing-the story-that counts, but when the package is this deluxe, it certainly doesn't hurt. Luckily Nicholas Gannon's… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Doldrums

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Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

How can a book that is ultimately about an eleven year old's belief that she is responsible for the death of those she has loved be so funny and charming? Such is the magic of The Penderwicks in Spring, the fourth in the truly classic and heartwarming Penderwicks series. We throw words like "modern classic"… Continue reading Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

American contemporary, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized, Writing

Thank You for the Borderlands: RIP Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 1927-2014 When I was a kid I got a box of books at a garage sale. I don't remember how old I was. It was the summer, possibly between grades 3 and 4, or 4 and 5- but I do remember that box vividly. I discovered some of my favourite authors in… Continue reading Thank You for the Borderlands: RIP Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Canadian, Classics, Cross over, Fairytales, Ghost story, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Personal Faves, Spectacular Illustrations, YA

Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

It's my favourite time of year! Pumpkins, black cats everywhere, clever costumes, and amazing ghost stories. What's not to love about Halloween? Here is a round-up of some spooky, atmospheric and down-right terrifying books perfect for those of us who wait all year for October: The Swallow by Charis Cotter If you've read Summer Days,… Continue reading Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

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Of Ghosts, Mice & Manors: Goth Girl Review

There are ghost stories and there are mouse stories, but to my knowledge Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the first book to weave both together and boy is it a charmer! One of our favourite gems at the Flying Dragon Bookshop was the Ottoline series by UK National treasure, Chris Riddell. These deluxe little… Continue reading Of Ghosts, Mice & Manors: Goth Girl Review