There is a surge in middle grade graphic novels featuring female protagonists that I am totally into. Some of these books are memoirs ( Smile, Sisters, and El Deafo) and others are fiction (Drama, Chiggers, or This One Summer). Fiction or non-fiction, they are all fabulous, and now there is a new kid on the block … Continue reading Skate Like a Girl: Roller Girl Review
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
There are a million and one reasons to love the CBC, including this right here: First of all, what a total thrill to be featured on The Next Chapter, a fantastic program that has taught me so much about books, writers, and Canadian literature in particular. Shelagh Rogers is warm, funny, and a fantastic … Continue reading Tiger Eyes & Days That End in Y: I Heart the CBC
The May long weekend has come and gone, my patio furniture is out, it seems that summer is finally, FINALLY just around the corner! Here are some great YA reads for those summer days, starry nights (*cough* shameless plug)*: We Were Liars I have been a big fan of E. Lockhart for many, many years. … Continue reading What To Read This Summer- YA Edition
I love discovering new writers. There is something exciting about falling in love with a book by a an author you know little about and then telling everyone you know about said writer. My new current obsession is Nina LaCour. I had heard wonderful things about this contemporary YA writer but only recently did I … Continue reading Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?
At this point Jane, The Fox & Me has collected so many accolades that I am just one more voice in the choir. The story of a girl who feels bullied and so retreats into the world of Jane Eyre only to be enchanted by a fox appeals to me in all possible ways. I … Continue reading Melancholic Perfection: Jane, The Fox and Me Review
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!
One of my favourite aspects of British middle grade fiction is the tendency to feature large, kooky families. The Queen of Kooky Families being Hilary McKay, with her wonderful Casson family being the gold standard of fabulous fictional families. The Gadsby's reminded me of a more scholarly, ever so slightly more subtle Casson family. Flora … Continue reading Close Up on Family: After Iris Review
After the death of her grandmother, Katherine is feeling at sea. Her so-called best friend has turned into a mean, boy-crazed stranger and she can't seem to even feign interest in anything anymore. But a chance encounter with Marie, a self-professed straight-edge music lover makes her life colourful again. Over the course of one spring, … Continue reading Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review
Last week was a wonderful blur, starting with the Toronto launch of Summer Days, Starry Nights. I was so touched to see so many friends and readers come out on the rainiest day of the year to celebrate with me. It was exactly what I wanted and you've made me all a very happy lady. … Continue reading Blast From the Past!