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April 19, 2018

Reads by Age

Handing a preschooler a new picture book is like watching the world wake up on a new day.  Their eyes take in the colourful cover, they start turning the pages to see what comes next, and (if it's the right book) they're hooked.  There are so many amazingly beautiful picture books out there that I don't know if I can come...
Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters is the first in the Seven Series and nominated for The Red Maple Award in the 2014 Forest of Reading.  I first heard about this series from Wesley King when he graciously Skyped with our Bookworm Bookclub in September about his latest novel.  Given my amount of book browsing and buying, it...
For any kid struggling with the challenges of starting a new school year, dealing with bullies, or just growing up in general, Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur is a great book.  Elise is at that precarious age between play-fighting as knights with her life-long friend, Franklin, and fitting into middle school with all the drama that entails.  Is she...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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