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  • The Wild by Owen Laukkanen
    The Wild by Owen Laukkanen My rating: 4 of 5 stars There’s something about this book that makes me think I’ve read it before. We don’t get deep into main character Dawn’s history before she’s thrown into The Wild, a camp to rehabilitate young people into conforming with society’s standards. Dawn’s story is a familiar one….acting out and self-medicating as a way to cope with grief. Laukkanen handles introducing the secondary characters in the small wilderness group very well, developing […]
  • Zara Hossein is Here by Sabina Khan
    Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really liked this book. I found that Zara’s story was compelling as it was told in first person (without any competing voices) and it flowed through to its conclusion in a present tense, chronological order. I think it would be a great book for teaching with students in grades 7 through 12, and would be especially appealing for groups who want to open the discussion about […]
  • Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor
    Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book! The pace was fine at the beginning, but when Erik entered Eva’s story, I couldn’t put it down. It reads like a grown-up Trixie Belden — sneaking around a private school, having teen morals tested in two generations, secret societies, politics and bomb shelters…what’s not to like? I like Eva’s back story trying to find some confidence and finds The Fives, the […]
  • Blood like Magic by Liselle Sambury
    Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having read some really strong female BIPOC fantasy lately, Tomi Adeyemi Cherie Dimaline Jael Richardson I was immediately skeptical about how much I would enjoy this, but I loved it. It was filled with diverse characters and real settings in Toronto without being heavy-handed or alienating. Author Liselle Sambury taught me what I needed to know about Trinidadian-Canadian culture along the way and I love her for that. […]
  • The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
    The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur My rating: 5 of 5 stars After reading June Hur’s The Silence of Bones last year, I was eager to see what her newest novel would bring. Hur has a way of embedding the reader into her setting that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the mystery that she is creating. In The Forest of Stolen Girls, Hur once again creates a fabulous young female detective who is battling the barriers […]
  • The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales by Emily Brewes
    The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales by Emily Brewes My rating: 4 of 5 stars I want to confess that I’m having trouble reading anything dystopian these days because the truth is just too imaginable during the pandemic. I absolutely loved the setting of this book….something homegrown where I can imagine the PATH system in Toronto becoming a shelter, and the wilds of Northern Ontario becoming a haven. The story itself is bleak and frustrating, and continuously full of dark […]
  • The Montague Twins: #1 The Witch’s Hand
    The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m totally biased towards graphic novels and include a lot of them in collection development. This reads like a cross between Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Road to Riverdale Vol. 1 and Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Castle. For a first in a series, there are a lot of characters to be shown, relationships to be developed, and then the mystery itself, of course. I don’t yet care about […]
  • A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
    A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel My rating: 5 of 5 stars A revisionist historical fiction with a scifi twist…I’m worried about giving away spoilers before you’ve read it. Let’s just say that Sylvain Neuvel handles multiple time periods, and voices, with panache, in a way I’ve rarely seen before. At first I thought it was going to be sort of like Hidden Figures, but then it turned into more like VillainElle. Embedded with real historical (but […]
  • Redefining the Box
    Just like Madonna, I’m reinventing myself again and taking a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design through Royal Roads University. I’m in the last third of my teaching career but I don’t feel nearly done yet. At the same time I’ve been remote teaching since March 2020 and it just isn’t as satisfying as being face-to-face. This introductory video is my first introduction of this new identity to my diverse classmates. I look forward to your feedback.
  • Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson
    Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson My rating: 5 of 5 stars I waited so long to get my hands on this debut novel for the Nordic setting and it’s dip into mythology. It’s just a quiet little Norwegian fishing village …or is it? One of the local fishermen, Pieter, happens to catch a little something extra in his net one day….a beautiful woman named Maeva who tangles him into a passionate embrace. Together they create baby Leidah who is blue […]

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