American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Ghost story, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, War

Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

Whether you're lakeside, poolside, or inside, summer is the best time to read. Silly, spooky, thought-provoking and engrossing; here are some new(ish) books guaranteed to keep you or the middle grade reader in your life occupied this summer. Wolf Hollow We all have those keystone books in our lives, the ones so deeply affecting that… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

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

Fairytales, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Readalouds, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Wolf Wilder

Katherine Rundell restored my faith in middle grade whimsy with her much-lauded Rooftoppers, so I was very excited to check out this wintry tale of a girl who helps the pet wolves of Russian aristocracy adjust to a wild, wolfish life. Feo and her mother are wolf wilders, humans who take in pet wolves abandoned… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Wolf Wilder

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

Cross over, Historical Fiction, YA

YA to the Rescue: On Therese Casgrain & A Mad, Wicked Folly

This disturbing piece of news about the Harper government erasing Canadian feminist and women's rights activist Therese Casgrain's name from an award (not to mention that her image was also removed from the $50 bill in 2012) made me feel many things. Angry, obviously. But also disappointed, uneasy, and incredulous. It's easy to take the… Continue reading YA to the Rescue: On Therese Casgrain & A Mad, Wicked Folly

Cross over, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized, YA

Three Quick & Dirty Reviews

I have been feeling neglectful of the blog these days, but here are three books I've read and loved this fall. ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME Julie Berry you totally got me. Is this book historical fiction? A poetic literary offering? Mystery? Psychological thriller? The correct answer would be all of these things plus… Continue reading Three Quick & Dirty Reviews

Books for Everyone, Cross over, friendship stories, grief, Historical Fiction, Personal Faves, Uncategorized, WWII, YA

Hard to Read, Harder to Put Down: Rose Under Fire Review

Despite being an avid reader of WWII fiction, I had never heard of Ravensbruck or the Rabbits.  After reading Elizabeth Wein's devastating follow-up to Code Name Verity I know I will never forget them. This book is difficult to read at times, but I was unable to tear myself away. American teenager Rose Justice finishes her… Continue reading Hard to Read, Harder to Put Down: Rose Under Fire Review

Award Winners, Fantasy, Good Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Uncategorized

Nancy Drew and the Cold War: The Apothecary Review

I love all things apothecarial, I always have. Something about creating poultices, potions, and magic out of earthly elements has always appealed to the latent pagan in me. Maile Meloy's middle grade novel is billed as Nancy Drew meets Harry Potter, and while this was more far more Nancy than Harry, it's a fairly accurate… Continue reading Nancy Drew and the Cold War: The Apothecary 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

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Historical Fiction, middle grade, News, Summer Days Starry Nights, Summer Reads, Writing, YA

Summer Loving

I am so thrilled with the response to Summer Days, Starry Nights. Here are some memorable moments so far, starting with hitting the #1 spot on the best-seller list in Woodstock: Here it is recommended in my favourite childhood magazine, OWL: And again in Canadian Family magazine: The June issue of Quill and Quire had this… Continue reading Summer Loving