Under My Skin by Charles de Lint My rating: 3 of 5 stars This Young Adult fantasy begins in Santa Feliz, California in present day. The story unfolds through two voices, Josh and Marina, who are best friends. In this school year, each character has become a Wildling, a shapeshifter from human to animal form. […]

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Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto My rating: 5 of 5 stars This Young Adult fantasy is a sequel to Goto’s Half World, which was nominated for numerous awards in young adult fantasy. Half World is a kind of purgatory where people go who haven’t resolved events in their lives. The first book introduced one such […]

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Book title: The Cat’s Table Author: Michael Ondaatje Bibliographic entry Ondaatje, M. (2011). The cat’s table. Random House Audio. Description An eleven-year old boy, Michael, boards a ship for a long voyage from Colombo to England.  As young boys will do, he befriends 2 other boys and together they explore all the nooks and crannies of […]

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Book title: Jeffrey and Sloth Author: Kari-Lynn Winters and Ben Hodson Bibliographic entry Winters, K.-L., & Hodson, B. (2007). Jeffrey and Sloth. Victoria, Canada: Orca Book. Description Intimidated by the blank page, young author Jeffrey tries to write a story but can only draw.  He creates a sloth who comes to life and starts to give Jeffrey […]

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Book title: The Farm Team Author: Linda Bailey Bibliographic entry Bailey, L. (2006). The Farm Team. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press. Description The animals on Stolski’s farm haven’t won a hockey game against the Bush League bandits in 50 years but they haven’t lost hope of bringing home the Stolski cup.  With some teamwork and determination, […]

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Book title: Under Heaven Author: Guy Gavriel Kay Bibliographic entry Kay, G. G. (2010). Under heaven. Toronto, Canada: Penguin Group. Description Tai is assigned the duty of burying the fallen soldiers of his kingdom in order to put their ghosts to rest.  This strange task takes him two years to complete and leads to a series […]

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Book title: The Adventures of Medical Man: Kids’ Illnesses and Injuries Explained Author: Dr. Michael Evans and David Wichman Bibliographic entry Evans, M., & Wichman, D. (2010). The adventures of medical man: Kids’ illnesses and injuries explained. Toronto, Canada: Annick Press. Description In this non-fiction graphic novel style book, Dr. Evan takes on the role of a […]

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Book title: Nice Recovery Author: Susan Juby Nice Recovery by Susan Juby My rating: 4 of 5 stars Susan Juby’s own story of recovery is fascinating, raw and often hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book. Although I read the rest of the book, I would describe it as opportunistic. This portion, […]

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Resource title: Chickadee Magazine Author: Owlkids, Bayard Canada Bibliographic entry (2012, March). ChickaDEE. Description ChickaDEE is publishes 10 issues per year and aims to make “children interested in the world around them.”  Each issue is focused around a theme which is often seasonal, or subject-based. Reaction The best parts of ChickaDEE are the diversity of the […]

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Book title: Dark Inside Author: Jeyn Roberts Bibliographic entry Roberts, J. (2011). Dark Inside. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. Description A devastating earthquake hits the west coast of North America and a mysterious illness is unleashed causing people to kill each other as if controlled by a hidden supernatural force.  Four teens struggle to stay […]

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Resource title: Canadian Student Research Centre Author: EBSCOhost Bibliographic entry Ebsco Industries. (2012). Canadian Student Research Centre. Description This database is designed for students to access media and book sources through a search.  It is has many features to assist with search terms including a visual search, sorting results and lexile. Reaction This is the […]

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Book title: The Canadian Encyclopedia Author: Historica-Dominion Bibliographic entry Historica-Dominion (Ed.). (2012). The Canadian encyclopedia. Retrieved from The Canadian Encyclopedia database. Description Organized by key people and events in Canadian history, the encyclopedia has fact-based articles searchable by keyword.  It also recommends articles for browsing and links to a live bilingual blog that highlights different topics within […]

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Book title: Pyongyang: A journey in North Korea Author: Guy Delisle Bibliographic entry  Delisle, G. (2007). Pyongyang: A journey in North Korea. Montreal, Canada: Drawn & Quarterly Books. Description  This non-fiction graphic novel is about Delisle’s trip to North Korea to work in an animation studio there. Reaction The black and white drawings are simple and journalistic. […]

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So many of the changes in our library, representing the new Ontario School Library Association’s document Together for Learning, are fundamentally shifting how we see popular culture’s role in education. The document recognizes the need for social networking and meeting the students where they are whether interested in graphic novels, anime or gaming. I allow gaming […]

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