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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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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak My rating: 5 of 5 stars The most unique aspects of this book are the narrator (the voice of Death) and the protagonist (Lisel). The interplay between the constant but playful voice of Death as he studies and admires Lisel, makes them an unlikely pair. Of course the historical […]

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Book title: Divergent Author: Veronica Roth Bibliographic entry Roth, V. (2011). Divergent. Harper Collins. Description On Choosing Day, Triss chooses to leave her faction and join another where she is faced with challenges of physical and mental limits to be ranked amongst her peers. Her training is immediately put to use after graduation, as a conspiracy […]

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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: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Author: Stephen Chbosky Bibliographic entry Chbosky, S. (1999). The perks of being a wallflower. New York, NY: MTV Books. Description Charlie is a freshman in high school.  He is dealing with the recent suicide of his friend Michael and changes in his family as his brother has left […]

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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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Book title: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane Author: Suzanne Collins Bibliographic entry Collins, S. (2004). Underland Chronicles: Gregor and the prophecy of bane. New York, NY: Scholastic. Description In this 2nd book of the Underland Chronicles series Gregor reunites with his bat, Ares, and together they must overcome a new quest together.  Gregor is more greatly […]

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Book title: Story of a Girl (audiobook) Author: Sara Zarr Bibliographic entry Zarr, S. (2008). Story of a girl. New York, NY: Random House. Description 16 year old Deanna can’t get her life back on track after an incident at 13 when she was caught by her Dad naked with her boyfriend Tommy.  The story is […]

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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: Bats: Furry fliers of the night Author: Mary Kay Carson Bibliographic entry  Carson, M. K. (2012). Bats: Furry fliers of the night. Bookerella. Description This book app or bapp is a brand-new hybrid non-fiction book mixed with an ipad app.  It is broken into seven chapters starting with descriptions of bats and their habitats […]

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