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About the Book... Margaret and the Moth Tree is a wonderful little tale about an orphan girl who finds the strength to stand up for injustice by listening to the smallest of voices.  A more dramatic way to introduce the book would be to watch the following book trailer that was written, directed, filmed and acted in by my daughters...
About the Book... Our school invited author Wesley King to speak to the Grade 7 and 8 students and he was funny, approachable, and humble.  All the kids were engaged and mesmerized by the author of The Vindico and his story of aging super villains that recruit teenagers to take their place in the future.  So when we were deciding...
Looking for a good book? The 2013 Forest of Reading Lists can be found at: http://www.accessola.org/OLAWEB/Forest_of_Reading/2013_Nominated_Lists/OLAWEB/Forest_of_Reading/Current_Program_Year.aspx Or right here: Blue Spruce (JK-Grade 2) Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland Don’t Laugh at Giraffe by Rebecca Bender Ella May and the Wishing Stone by Cary Fagan, Geneviève Côté Here Comes Hortense! by Heather Hartt-Sussman, Georgia Graham JoJo the Giant by Jane Barclay, Esperança Melo Kate and Pippin by Martin Springett, Isobel Springett Larf...
About the Book... Anticipating the Forest of Reading's Silver Birch Awards, we selected Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch as our next book.  I was surprised that the girls chose this book over all the other nominees, but I remember my own obsession with the Holocaust around that 11/12 year-old age.  And having a book told from the perspective of...
Undergrounders is a story about a 14-year-old boy learning to trust again after being on his own since his mom died when he was eight. Johnny is an Undergrounder, not a Streetie who lives on the street, fighting the drunks for a space on the grates to stay alive.  When he sees kids his age playing hockey at an outdoor rink,...
Crossing to Freedom is a story of courage and determination told from the eyes of a child who escapes slavery using the underground railroad. He has to leave his grandfather behind in order to survive and search for his father. This book is a great tool for teaching about the Underground Railroad or Black History Month.  My daughter's Grade 7 teacher used...
In Ghosts of the Titanic, Kevin is an eleven year old boy who doesn't feel like he's living up to his Dad's expectation of being a soccer star. His teachers think he jokes around too much, but he's trying to turn over a new leaf. His obsession with the Titanic combined with a family mystery pulls him to the edge...
Author Jacqueline Guest takes us on a wild ride on the Great Eastern during its voyage to lay the first trans-Atlantic cable between England and Newfoundland in Ghost Messages. Ailish is a thirteen year old Irish fortune teller who stows away on the ship to retrieve her family's fortune from a thief. During her adventure she not only learns about...
This stand alone sequel to Anna Kerz's The Mealworm Diaries continues the story of Aaron Waite, a different boy, who is about to meet his father eight years after his Mother's death when he was just a baby.  Better than Weird brings us along Aaron's journey. Aaron desperately wants to be 'normal' and fit in so his dad will like him...
In The Gargoyle Overhead, Garoth and Ambergine are separated and trying to find each other once again.  This sequel to The Gargoyle in my Backyard tells readers about Garoth's previous life. Set in Toronto, there are many references to landmarks that local readers enjoy identifying. Not much character development, particularly around The Collector and why he is so mean and selfish. The idea...

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