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When I think back to my adolescence, my clearest memories are around books I read and how they helped me through certain challenges in my life.  When faced with wearing a back brace at 11, Deenie by Judy Blume prepared me for the doctor appointments, the looks from other kids (and adults), and the loneliness of being the only person in...
 There seems to be a time during the tween and teenage years where kids obsess on reading about war, whether historical or futuristic.  In Grade 6, the Book Club immediately gravitated to Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch.  In Grade 8, it was Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.  Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Divergent are all popular novels (and movies) about dystopian...
With longer summer days comes lazy summer nights 1 - whether it's sitting out by a campfire singing songs or cuddling under a blanket with a flashlight and the book you just can't put down, it's all good! We seem to have an endless number of kids staying at our cottage this summer, so I am always hearing about the...
Nothing says summer better to me than having loads of time to sit back and read under a tree or umbrella! My Summer Reading List is filled with books I have to read for various book clubs, but also my own guilty pleasures.  Really, anything your child reads will help spur their love of reading, whether it's an Archie Comic...
If anyone had told me that my family would read this many books on a week's holiday, I never would have believed them.  I think all my worry about raising reluctant readers (including my husband) is officially over.  Having a full week with no plans brought out the inner reader in all of us to the point that I...
This weekend I witnessed a true marriage between narrative and song - The Peptides' CD Release of reVenGe of tHe viNyL caFe.  The Peptide's CD provides 'theme songs' for each story in Stuart McLean's book, Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe.  The show at The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec was amazingly entertaining and energetic.  The special guest star (Stuart McLean...
We have just gotten home from almost three weeks of traveling in Europe - Barcelona, Paris, the French countryside, and The Netherlands.  It was a wonderful trip filled with amazing sights, sounds and tastes.  Through it all we read:  my oldest daughter started and finished The Hunger Games, I started and finished The Hand that First Held Mine, and we...

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