American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Graphic Novel, grief, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Positive LGBT characters, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, War, WWII

Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview

This has already been a staggeringly good year for middle grade (don't call it a comeback), with personal favourites such as Raymie Nightingale, The Wild Robot, Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts, and Pax garnering all sorts of buzz and attention. Here is a sampling of the new kids on the block this fall: Ghosts … Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview

Canadian, Fantasy, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Horror, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Flickers

Middle grade horror is difficult to pull off. Some authors go for camp, with lots of gore and over-the-top scenarios that are almost humorous, therefore defusing any terror the reader might experience. Governor-General award-winning author Arthur Slade is the other kind of author-genuine thrills created by uncanny situations, eerie coincidences, and a slow-burning sense of… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Flickers

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire lives with her father, a bookmender, in Bustleburgh. Her mother died mysteriously years before. Bustleburgh is becoming a dangerous place for Sophie and her father. All nonsense, particularly that found in books, is outlawed. So when a blindfolded boy and a cat with hooves show up with one of four magical books promising… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

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

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads

What to Read This Summer: Middle Grade

Here are some great recent/upcoming middle grade titles for the tween in your life, or, if you're like me, your own inner tween:   The Glass Sentence Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series gets comped  a lot in fantasy, but this is the only book I've read in recent memory that lives up to it in… Continue reading What to Read This Summer: Middle Grade

Award Winners, Classics, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Ghost story, Gothic, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Personal Faves, Uncategorized

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

Cross over, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, YA

Once Upon a Time in N’awlins: Out of the Easy Review

Forgive the hiatus. I've been busy summering, and by summering I mean working, writing, reading, and New Yorking (a positively gushy review of Matilda the Musical coming soon!) I have read some fantastic new novels that I can't wait to share with you, including this one. There's something about New Orleans. I seem to have… Continue reading Once Upon a Time in N’awlins: Out of the Easy Review

Cross over, Fantasy, Ghost story, Gothic, Mystery, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, YA

Love in the Time of Influenza: In the Shadow of Blackbirds Review

I am a sucker for all things Gothic. The Victorians may have had some weird ideas about things, but they certainly make for excellent fiction. Such is the case in this debut YA novel, In The Shadow Of Blackbirds, which lacked a little in richness and depth but nevertheless was a compelling and original story.… Continue reading Love in the Time of Influenza: In the Shadow of Blackbirds Review

American contemporary, friendship stories, Ghost story, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story

Perfectly Creepy: Doll Bones Review

I don't know what it is about dolls, but they are the perfect subject for creepy stories. One of my favourite scary stories is The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Wren Wright, which I recommended on Bookish Notions last Halloween . Doll Bones is a rare breed, a true cross-genre tale with both literary and commercial appeal. Zach, Poppy and… Continue reading Perfectly Creepy: Doll Bones Review

Cross over, Fairytales, Fantasy, Gothic, Magic, Urban Fantasy, YA

Angels and Demons in Prague: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review

When this book originally hit the market, the internet was flooded with raves and fangirls who just couldn't get enough. I admit I steered clear because of the angels and monsters, neither of which I generally enjoy reading about. But after Lisa Doucet from Woozles in Halifax told me that it was one of her… Continue reading Angels and Demons in Prague: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review