The Taming by Teresa Toten My rating: 3 of 5 stars I expect high things from anything that Eric Walters puts his name on. After the Ontario Library Association nominated this as one of the best Canadian young adult fiction of the year, I expected even more. Until halfway through I thought I had found […]

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Penny Kittle speak about reading and how complex it is for intermediate/senior teachers to teach. ¬†Kittle estimates that in 1st year college/university that the average pages a student reads is 500. ¬†She proposed that the #1 reason that students drop out after first year […]

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini My rating: 3 of 5 stars It’s a solid first novel …. lots of world-building and the dragons are introduced well. Paolini’s writing style is juvenile …. self-indulgent in terms of cryptic vocabulary use, and the plot is predictable. The best part about this book is …the dragon. View all my […]

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The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb My rating: 4 of 5 stars I rate Wally Lamb’s other two books as some of my all-time favourites. The Hour I First Believed has his usual depth into emotional hell (which I love!) but it was not something that I could read all in one sitting. […]

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Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf My rating: 5 of 5 stars After 10 years of struggling with fertility, 2 miscarriages, and a healthy boy born by emergency C-section, I still turn to Misconceptions. Whenever I feel abnormal for questioning the rights of women in our health […]

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Triptych by J.M. Frey My rating: 5 of 5 stars Triptych’s exploration of heteronormativity touched me in places that I didn’t even know existed. The characters and their relationships make the sci fi problems Frey creates, very real and very relevant to the human reader. It is a very brave first novel, and I found […]

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