Book Reviews

Reviews here are divided only by recommended reading level and have been placed in the lowest level that would appreciate the material. According to the Ontario curriculum, there are 4 groups: primary (kindergarten to grade 3; ages 3 – 9), junior (grades 4 to 6; ages 9-12), intermediate (grades 7 to 10; ages 12-15), senior (grades 11 and 12; ages 16-18).  I’m including an adult category because the themes and subject matter in the book would be best left to a venue outside of a school library.


  1. In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
  2. Augustine by Melanie Watt
  3. You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
  4. The Farm Team by Linda Bailey
  5. Jeffrey and Sloth by Kari-Lynn Winters and Ben Hodson
  6. Just a Second: A different way to look at time by Steve Jenkins
  7. Children’s Transportation Encylopedia
  8. Chickadee Magazine
  9. Bats: Furry fliers of the night (ebook)
  10. Owly by Andy Runton


  1. The World Almanac for Kids 2013 (World Almanac Books)
  2. The Adventures of Medical Man by Dr. Michael Evans and David Wichman
  3. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
  4. The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber (audiobook)
  5. The Arrival by Shaun Tan


  1. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  2. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Changeling by Philippa Gregory
  4. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  6. From Then to Now: A Short History of the World by Christopher Moore
  7. Nice Recovery by Susan Juby
  8. The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
  9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  11. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
  12. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  13. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
  14. Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  15. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
  16. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
  17. Pyongyang: A journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
  18. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  19. Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto
  20. Under My Skin by Charles de Lint
  21. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  22. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  23. The Taming by Eric Walters and Teresa Toten
  24. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  25. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  26. DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
  27. Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
  28. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  29. The Bear by Claire Cameron
  30. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  31. The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley by Jan Andrews
  32. A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached
  33. I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
  34. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
  35. A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee
  36. The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston
  37. Delusion Road by Don Aker
  38. Trillium by Jeff Lemire
  39. The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor


  1. Life by Keith Richards
  2. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  3. Triptych by J.M. Frey
  4. The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric
  5. Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway
  6. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  7. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  8. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  9. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  10. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
  12. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  13. This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
  14. We Are Water by Wally Lamb
  15. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  16. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese


  1. Misconceptions by Naomi Wolf
  2. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
  3. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Professional Development

  1. Comprehension & Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels
  2. Becoming a Great High School by Tim Westerberg
  3. The Third Teacher by OWP/P Architect
  4. Grown Up Digital: How the net generation is changing your world by Don Tapscott
  5. Design Space for Children and Teens in Libraries and Public Places by Sandra Feinberg
  6. Research methods & methodologies in education by Larry Hedges
  7. Literacy is Not Enough by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes, and Andrew Churches
  8. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr