Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Classics, CTV Your Morning, Fantasy, Funny Books, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Positive LGBT characters, Post-Apocalyptic, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Storytime, Uncategorized, YA

CTV Your Morning: Quarantine Reads for Kids

With kids out of class and parents suddenly finding themselves juggling working from home and managing their kids' education, now is a good time for comfort reading. Remember that you are not your child's teacher, the most important thing you can do for your kids is establish routine, provide comfort, and keep them entertained. With… Continue reading CTV Your Morning: Quarantine Reads for Kids

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Contests, Cross over, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing, YA

Giveaway: The Winnowing Book Club Kit

The only thing better than reading books is talking about books! That's why I'm a big fan of lit circles, book clubs, and reading groups. I'm putting together a Winnowing themed book club kit including: One copy of The Winnowing The Winnowing stickers The Winnowing bookmarks Official The Winnowing Discussion Guide Discussion Fuel (aka candy)… Continue reading Giveaway: The Winnowing Book Club Kit

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, Fantasy, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing

The Winnowing Book Launch

Fall is just around the corner which means sweater weather, pumpkin pie, and The Winnowing! I've been busy working on some guest posts for The Winnowing blog tour and booking events for the fall. Full details coming soon, but for now here is everything you need to know about the Toronto book launch! When: Tuesday,… Continue reading The Winnowing Book Launch

Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Cross over, Events, film, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Post-Apocalyptic, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized, YA

My Favourite Book is Coming to TIFF!

How I Live Now  by YA literary darling Meg Rosoff, who basically bleeds award nominations, is on my top 5 books of all time, regardless of genre. I'm terrible at describing it because I love it too much: haunting, gorgeous, sexy, violent, heartbreaking, spectacular- so many adjectives! It's the only book that I reread on a semi-regular… Continue reading My Favourite Book is Coming to TIFF!

Cross over, Good Books for Boys, Personal Faves, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, YA

The Passage for Kids: The Fifth Wave Review

Those of you who have heard me say 'I don't really read much sci-fi or fantasy' probably have a hard time believing me given the number of speculative books I've reviewed recently. The truth is I LOVE a well told fantasy or sci-fi novel, I'm just EXTREMELY picky about what I read. The Fifth Wave… Continue reading The Passage for Kids: The Fifth Wave Review

Award Winners, Bullying, Cross over, Good Books for Boys, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, YA

Out of This World: Maggot Moon Review

The always fabulous Sally Gardner has outdone herself with a chilling speculative vision of a fascist 1950s regime in her Costa award-winning novel, Maggot Moon. Standish lives in Zone 7, a forgotten slum of The Motherland where every day is bleak and violent. Without Gramps and his friend Hector, life would be unbearable. But when… Continue reading Out of This World: Maggot Moon Review

Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, YA

Hungry for More Dystopia? Prepare for Divergent Nation

Say good bye to tributes and hello to factions! If you are at all interested in YA you should have heard of The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth by now. This series is taking over the blogosphere like nothing else in recent memory. Check out the #DivergentNation tweets on twitter or the Divergent series page on facebook… Continue reading Hungry for More Dystopia? Prepare for Divergent Nation

Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, YA

Crazy Love: Delirium

What is so appealing about dystopian or post-apocalyptic romances? Perhaps for teens, more so than adults, 'what would you do for love' is a defining question. Love is elusive and hard enough in the real world, imagine if it happened under a fascist, totalitarian regime? Of course there are many realistic novels set in oppressed countries that… Continue reading Crazy Love: Delirium

Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, YA

Mockingjay Mockingjay Mockingjay

  The third and final installment in Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games trilogy was released at midnight last night to much fanfare. Say what you will about the series, but it's hard to find fault with midnight release parties for books. Particularly well-written books.* It warms my heart when books transcend an individual reading experience and become cultural… Continue reading Mockingjay Mockingjay Mockingjay

Award Winners, Good Books for Boys, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, YA

Violence, Riots, and a Glimmer of Hope: Salt

...sounds like I'm talking about Toronto over the weekend, doesn't it? Sigh. As much as I love The Hunger Games and Maze Runner, I don't immediately gravitate towards speculative fiction in the post-apocalyptic vein. I need to be in the mood. Sadly, the G20 riots this weekend  put me in the mood for a violent, post-apocalyptic… Continue reading Violence, Riots, and a Glimmer of Hope: Salt