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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: A Dog Day for Susan

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A Dog Day for Susan, by Winnipeg author Maureen Fergus, is a humourous picture book about two pooches from very different packs.  When Spencer’s Great-Aunt Alice comes for a family visit, she brings her regal Lhasa Apso, Susan. Spencer and his faithful mutt, Barney, look forward to some rough-and-tumble play, but Susan has much more… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Lightning Lou

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In Lori Weber’s middle grade/YA cross over, Lightning Lou, twelve year-old Lou must leave childhood behind because of World War I. With conscription looming, Canada is a nation divided by language as the French believe they are seen as expendable soldiers in an English war. Wanting no part of a war they didn’t start, the… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Pax

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Pax, by Sara Pennypacker, is a compelling and thoughtful story about a boy, his pet fox, and the ravages of war. Peter lives in a world that seems very much like small-town North America, except that a deadly war is encroaching on everyday life. Peter’s father, who is joining the army, takes Peter to live… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Heartache and Other Natural Shocks

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In Glenda Leznoff’s debut novel, Heartache and Other Natural Shocks, fifteen-year-old Jules Epstein does not want to leave her life in Montreal. But the FLQ crisis heightens the tension that already exists between separatists and Anglophones in Quebec, and Jules – whose family is Jewish – is forced to move with her mother and brother… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Malaika’s Costume

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Malaika’s Costume by author Nadia L. Hohn and illustrator Irene Luxbacher explores community, family, and resilience. Malaika’s mother has moved to Canada where she is trying to get a good job so life can be better for Malaika and her Grandma back in the Caribbean. They’ll be celebrating Carnival soon, and this year, her mother… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: The Dark Inside

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In The Dark Island, the sixth graphic novel in Scott Chantler’s award-winning Three Thieves series, Dessa continues her search for her lost twin brother, Jared. Together with her two companions, Fisk and Topper, she finally manages to land on the mysterious floating island of Astaroth where she discovers three other children living in an elaborate… Read more »

Children’s Book Review: With Malice

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Eileen Cook, author of Remember and The Almost Truth, delivers a suspenseful new thriller in With Malice, whichchallenges concepts of friendship and faith in the justice system. Waking up in an unfamiliar place, eighteen year-old Jill is disoriented and confused. Because of her amnesia, Jill has no memory of her school trip to Italy and… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: Fluffy Strikes Back

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In Fluffy Strikes Back, author and illustrator Ashley Spires introduces readers to Sergeant Fluffy Vandermere, commander-in-chief of P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel).  The grumpy Persian tomcat has devoted his life to protecting the world from alien (aka bug) invasion.  In his younger years, Fluffy was a crackerjack agent, living dangerously on… Read more »

Children’s Book Reviews: If I Were a Zombie

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If I Were a Zombie is a boisterous trip through the twisted and often gory delights of a child’s imagination. Written by Kate Inglis and illustrated by Eric Orchard, this is a picture book that is fun and gross at the same time: what could be better? The premise of the book is that Evan… Read more »