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Children’s Book Reviews: Double Trouble at The Rooms

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In Double Trouble at The Rooms, by Lisa Dalrymple, a class field trip offers plenty of excitement and surprises.  Nat and her fellow students head to Newfoundland and Labrador’s famous Provincial Museum, The Rooms.   Not wanting to be left behind, Nat’s polar bear (appropriately dubbed “Bear”) also tags along on the excursion.  The motley crew… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Sea Change

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In Frank Viva’s new graphic novel, Sea Change, twelve-year-old Eliot Dionisi is about to have the worst summer ever. Eliot’s plan to spend two carefree months with his best friends is ruined when his mother ships him off to Point Aconi, Nova Scotia, to work on his Uncle Earl’s fishing boat. But Eliot doesn’t really… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots

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Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots is the second in the Tank & Fizz series written by Liam O’Donnell and illustrated by Mike Deas. The book is about one-third graphic novel and two-thirds text, a very accessible mix for reluctant readers. Tank, a techno-savvy troll, and Fizz, a smarty-pants goblin, have another… Read more »

I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

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Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books for and about young people with disabilities. This biennial selection draws attention to books published around the world that address special needs and situations and which encourage inclusion at every level. Outstanding titles, including the one below, become part of… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: You Are One

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In You Are One, author Sara O’Leary and illustrator Karen Klassen celebrate common first-year milestones and a caregivers’ love for their growing child. This is the first hardcover picture book in the You Are series, with You are Two and You are Three set for publication in the upcoming year. Sara O’Leary has co-created several… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

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Jonathan Auxier’s Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, is a continuation of the adventures of Peter Nimble and his talking cat-horse companion, Sir Tode, who first appeared in the award-winning novel Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes. Peter and Sir Tode are still important characters, but twelve-year-old bookmender Sophie Quire is the centre of the… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Transphobia: Deal With It and Be a Gender Transcender

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The latest edition in Lorimer’s Deal With It series, Transphobia: Deal With It and Be a Gender Transcender seeks to dispel myths about being trans and encourage greater acceptance through cartoons, question and answer sections, “Dos and Don’ts”, and quizzes. Parts of the book are geared toward kids who think or know they are trans,… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: The Girl in Grey

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A ghostly girl in grey appears in the rain in Regent’s Park—and then vanishes. A wealthy young woman is engaged to be married—but something is fishy. A mysterious code is engraved on a tomb — but no one can decipher it. It looks like the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, featuring girl detectives Ada Byron and Mary… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Fifteen Lanes

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In S.J. Laidlaw’s Fifteen Lanes, a chance encounter between two very different girls sparks a friendship that will change both of their lives. Eleven-year-old Noor has only ever known life in Kamathipura, a slum in the red light district of Mumbai. The daughter of a sex trade worker, Noor lies about her family in order… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Skunk on a String

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In the middle of a city, in the midst of a grand parade with floats and costumes, a skunk passes by, caught on a helium balloon’s string. In a panic, ice cream cones fall, soda spills, and floats drift away while people scatter. In the wordless picture book Skunk on a String by Thao Lam,… Read more »