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

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

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Contests, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, WWII, YA

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Under-sung Series

Nothing breaks my heart more than a truly outstanding series that for whatever reason does not achieve the success it deserves. As a busy reader and writer, I rarely get to sequels or subsequent books in a series. When I do, I know the series is a winner. And so I present to you ten… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Under-sung Series

Books for Everyone, Cross over, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Personal Faves, WWII, YA

Friendship & Espionage: Code Name Verity Review

When I was 12 all I wanted to read were stories about WWII. I was fascinated by the incredible feats of survival and bravery the average person was able to accomplish and couldn't wrap my head around the scope and horror of the war. I wasn't alone; many children gravitate to books about war, which… Continue reading Friendship & Espionage: Code Name Verity Review

Bullying, Good Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, WWII, YA

Heavy-Hitter for Boys: Berlin Boxing Club Review

There has been a lot of estrogen in my reviews of late. In a summer of sassy female sleuths, The Berlin Boxing Club was a nice change of pace. In 1930s Berlin, Karl Stern is uneasy about the growing resentment towards the Jews, but feels it has little to do with him. Although he is… Continue reading Heavy-Hitter for Boys: Berlin Boxing Club Review

Canadian, WWII, YA

An Unforgettable Journey: Hunger Journeys

Wartime, Amsterdam. Things are pretty bleak for Lena. The whole of Amsterdam is slowly starving to death, her only friend Sarah, who happens to be Jewish, has disappeared, and her mother has just had another baby. So when the opportunity arises for Lena to leave Amsterdam and go to Almelo on a hunger journey with her… Continue reading An Unforgettable Journey: Hunger Journeys

Good Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Uncategorized, WWII

Children of War: The Silver Sword

When it comes to WWII middle grade novels I thought I had the market covered, but this one slipped under my radar. Thank goodness it was brought to my attention. This book came highly recommended from a wise teacher librarian who told me how beloved this book is in her school and so naturally I took… Continue reading Children of War: The Silver Sword