This is one of those times that the sequel is that much better than the first and you can't wait for the next one to come out!  As the runner up to the Red Maple award winning The Vindico, the bookworm bookclub was dying to read The Feros by Wesley King.  Procuring some first-run, autographed copies from the author himself we...
Encouraging a love of reading in your young child can be as simple as reading them a bedtime story.  I loved reading aloud to my kids at this age; I got to visit some of my old favorites (Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry) and discover some new ones (Robert Munsch, Phoebe Gilman).  Allow your inner actor to come out and...
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...
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...
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...