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April 19, 2018

Reads by Age

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...

Baby Reads

With two new babies here or on their way this year for my family, I've reacquainted myself with some of my old favorites: Peek-a-Moo! by Maria Torres Cimarusti has wonderfully bright and big faces for babies to see and react to.  I always try to find this and give it as a first-baby gift. If You Were My Bunny by Kate...
 About the Book... When we were selecting this next book, I was glad we picked this one. The back of the book described a society where everyone was given plastic surgery at 16 to be turned from an Ugly to a Pretty.  When the book asked if you would betray your friend to become a Pretty and two of our...

Reads by Age

Separating books by age category was hard for me.  I'm over 40 and I still love a great fairy tale!  But here's my attempt to help you find the book that's not too old, and not too young, but just right!
About the Book... In honour of how much I love Halloween, we read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman as our October book.  Members in my adult book club told me how much their own children loved this book and the story intrigued me - a baby escapes from the house where someone has just killed his family (a very short...
The Bookworm Bookclub began its fourth year welcoming two new members.  The seven girls are in Grades 6 and 7 - a hard combination to navigate with interests ranging from toys to boys and differences in reading levels.  But with everyone's huge enthusiasm about reading is general, it all seems to work out. The first meeting back was more of...
About the Book... Our final book for the season was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The girls were bugging me for months about doing it and once the movie came out I had no other choice! Given the violent nature of the book, I wanted to wait until my daughter was twelve to let her read it (although I...
About the Book... As 22 is my lucky number, it seems fitting that Book #22 was one of my most favourite books so far.  The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is an amazing tale of two twelve-year-olds caught in a dying community, trying to find a way out.  It was the perfect reading level for our club, the perfect ...

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