American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Canadian, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized, Writing

Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a day dedicated to busting taboos and myths around periods. Fifty percent of the population gets a period, and yet people are still uncomfortable talking about it. There are lots of great non-fiction books for kids that cover puberty, but what about fiction? Most girls get their periods between 10-15… Continue reading Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?

American contemporary, Author Interview, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Funny Books, grief, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, The Penderwicks

Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

How can a book that is ultimately about an eleven year old's belief that she is responsible for the death of those she has loved be so funny and charming? Such is the magic of The Penderwicks in Spring, the fourth in the truly classic and heartwarming Penderwicks series. We throw words like "modern classic"… Continue reading Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

American contemporary, Classics, Personal Faves, YA

New Classic Alert: The Miseducation of Cameron Post Review

I am in love with this book, which falls under my favourite category, Poignant Coming-of-age Story. Cameron Post is the mother of all coming of age stories. I have been unable to stop talking or thinking about since I first read an advance reading copy in September. I have thrust it into the hands of everyone… Continue reading New Classic Alert: The Miseducation of Cameron Post Review

Fairytales, Fantasy, middle grade

Snow Queen Revisited: Breadcrumbs Review

The Snow Queen is one of my favourite fairytales. It is the one I would love to rework, if reworking fairytales was one of my writerly strengths (it's not). It has everything a girl could want- evil queen, friendship, strong heroine, weird and wonderful kingdom, etc. Anne Ursu, the author of The Cronus Chronicles (aka Percy Jackson… Continue reading Snow Queen Revisited: Breadcrumbs Review