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Children’s Book Reviews: Cure for Wereduck

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Thirteen-year-old Kate and her family have a secret: during the full moon, Kate’s family become werewolves, and she becomes a wereduck. After an overzealous reporter almost exposes their transformations to the world, Kate and her family, along with another young werewolf, John, escape to her Aunt Bea’s cottage in southern Ontario. Exploring her new home,… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: The Pain Eater

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Gang raped on her way home from a high school play, Maddy tells no one. With no witnesses, no pregnancy and the appalling knowledge that others in her position who reported it have been treated badly, she returns to school in the fall with heightened anxiety. Finding herself in an English class with one of… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: We Found a Hat

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Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Jon Klassen, completes his acclaimed hat trilogy with We Found a Hat.  To recap, I Want My Hat Back (2011) stars a wronged bear who loses his favourite pointy red chapeau, and This is Not My Hat (2012) features a duplicitous little fish who snitches a big fish’s blue bowler. … Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Bad Girls of Fashion

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Jennifer Croll’s Bad Girls of Fashion offers a fascinating exposé on style rebels throughout history.  As Croll posits, clothing is much more than just frivolous frippery, it has the ability to be a “powerful tool for shaping opinions and for challenging the status quo.”  This provocative argument is smartly explored in 43 profiles of female… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Yellow Dog

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Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Cook is horrified when a cruel prank injures the dog of an elderly man who lives in an isolated cabin on the outskirts of Poplar Point, Saskatchewan. As Jeremy tries to make amends, he finds himself strangely drawn to the man, his fluffy yellow dog, and his stories about life on the trap… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: The Swan Riders

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As this is the second book in a series, the following review contains spoilers. In Swan Riders, the follow up to Erin Bow’s award-winning The Scorpion Rules, Greta faces the very real danger of skinning, meaning her mind could lose her humanity and sanity in the process of adjusting to her new AI existence. While… Read more »

Children’s’ Book Reviews: Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol

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Following the success of A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (Scholastic 2014) and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow (Scholastic 2015), the animal friends return once more to decorate for the holidays. In Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol by author Helaine Becker and illustrator Werner Zimmerman, the animals transform a house into a… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Trolled (Sports Stories series)

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Steven Sandor’s latest novel, Trolled, is an intense, fast-paced story about the less attractive aspects of jock culture and how they can play out on social media. Ranked first in Ontario for the 100-metre freestyle, swimmer Andy Kovacs is willing to sacrifice almost anything to qualify for a chance to compete at nationals, even though… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Closing Down Heaven

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In Lesley Choyce’s Closing Down Heaven, Hunter Callaghan has to die before he learns to live. Hunter never meant to die. At sixteen, he finally discovered mountain biking – an activity that ignited his “spark” – and in a fleeting moment on a dangerous trail, his life ended. But Hunter’s afterlife is unlike any he… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: The Wish Tree

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In Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Kyo Maclear’s latest picture book, The Wish Tree, dreams come true for a kind-hearted little boy. Charles is on a mission to find a “wish tree.”  His naysaying siblings do not dampen his spirits, and the child and his trusty sled, Boggan, optimistically journey into the snowy woods.  Along… Read more »