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Children’s Book Reviews: True Born

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In L.E. Sterling’s dystopian novel, True Born, the world has been decimated by plague, and status is determined by human genetics. Lasters lack the ability to fight the plague, while Splicers smugly prolong their lives through genetic treatments. True Borns, however, have a mysterious immunity, and are feared for their animal-like characteristics. Teenagers undergo protocols… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Dan Versus Nature

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Don Calame’s latest novel, Dan Versus Nature, is a hilarious coming-of-age story centred around a camping trip gone horribly wrong. Nerdy, quiet Dan Weekes spends most of his time creating graphic novels and trying to avoid getting beaten up at school. Unhappy when his mother gets engaged to her latest boyfriend, Dan is even more… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: In the Swish

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In the latest offering from YA author Dawn Green, In the Swish, Bennett Ryan is fresh off winning the championship with the Lincoln High Lady Lions basketball team when her mother announces that they must move to a different school district for her job. Turns out it’s not just any school district, it’s the home… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: OCDaniel

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OCDaniel, by Wesley King, is a realistic and compelling middle grade novel about living with obsessive compulsive disorder.  Daniel Leigh is a self-described “thirteen-year-old social oddity.”  As backup kicker for his school’s football team, he prefers arranging water cups into pleasing patterns instead of playing on the field.  He has other peculiar habits that he… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Chasing the Phantom Ship

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Chasing the Phantom Ship by Deborah Toogood is an adventure story in the tradition of the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Four children — Matt, his cousin Adam, his best friends Danny and Emma — set out to solve the mystery of a burning ghost ship seen off the coast of Nova Scotia. They brave… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling

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Jane Austen meets Indiana Jones in Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling, an action-packed romp through 19th century England where swordfights, elegant balls and espionage are all in a day’s work for the globetrotting adventurer, Delilah Dirk. In the second installment of Tony Cliff’s graphic novel series, Delilah returns to England and her life as… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Most Valuable Player

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When Jeremy moves to Nicholas’ neighbourhood, the two boys discover their common interest in robots, biking, and comics, and become fast friends. But at school it’s clear that sports matter most to Nicholas’ old friends, and try as he might, Jeremy is just not good at them. Nicholas knows he has to do something to… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush

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The life and writing of Canadian pioneer Susanna Moodie is the focus of Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush, a new graphic novel from Second Story Press. Adapted from the screenplay by the late Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe and illustrated in full colour by Selena Goulding, the book follows Susanna Moodie and her… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Love, Lies and Spies

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In Cindy Anstey’s debut novel, Love, Lies and Spies, eighteen year-old Juliana Telford is caught between the life she wanted overseeing her father’s estate and an unexpected attraction to the mysterious Spencer Northam. When Spencer rescues Juliana from a dangerous predicament, the romance Juliana never thought she wanted begins to grow unbidden between the two… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Buddy and Earl Go Exploring

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In Buddy and Earl (2015), Winnipeg author Maureen Fergus introduced the inimitable friendship between a dog and a hedgehog.  The pair returns for more sublime adventures in Buddy and Earl Go Exploring.   After enjoying a full day of tail wagging, and head pats, Buddy curls up on his blanket for a peaceful snooze.  Nocturnal Earl,… Read more »