Book title: The Witch’s Boy (audiobook) Author: Michael Gruber Bibliographic entry Gruber, M., & O’Hare, D. P. (2005). The witch’s boy. New York: Harper Children’s Audio. Description Long long ago a boy named Lump is born to a witch.  The prejudice he experiences his whole life, because of his facial deformity and strange behaviour, turn him into […]

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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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Book title: Beauty Queens Author: Libba Bray Bibliographic entry  Bray, L. (2011). Beauty Queens. New York, NY: Scholastic. Description  50 contestants for the Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant are heading towards their first tropical photo shoot, when the plane crashes.  The survivors bond together to survive learning how to be smart, deal with pirates and exfoliate […]

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Book title: Atlas of ancient worlds: People and places from the past Author: Peter Chrisp Bibliographic entry Chrisp, P. (2009). Atlas of ancient worlds: People and places from the past. New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley. Description  Organized by continent, this atlas conveys textual and visual descriptions of ancient people.  It is filled with maps and historical artifacts […]

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Book title: Changeling Author: Philippa Gregory Bibliographic entry Gregory, P. (2012). Order of Darkness: Vol. 1. Changeling. Toronto, Canada: Simon Pulse. Description  The setting is Europe in 1453 and Luca, having grown up in a monastery, is asked to take on the work as an inquirer for the church.  He meets Isolde, a young woman trapped by […]

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Book title: The World Almanac for Kids 2013 Author: World Almanac Books Bibliographic entry  World Almanac Books (Ed.). (2013). The world almanac for kids 2013. New York, NY: World Almanac Books. Description  This almanac is filled with pictures and facts.  It highlights popular culture in the year 2012 and is organized by topic alphabetically from animals to […]

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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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Book title:  In the snow: Who’s been here? Author:  Lindsay Barrett George Bibliographic entry Barrett George, L. (1995). In the snow: Who’s been here? New York, NY: Greenwillow Books. Description Barrett George explores North American winter animals through a simple repetitive theme.  The illustrations are very realistic and descriptive.  The book concludes with a fact sheet about each […]

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Book title:Just a second: A different way to look at time Author: Steve Jenkins Bibliographic entry Jenkins, S. (2011). Just a second: A different way to look at time. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Description  Jenkins provides infographic style pictures that focus on time: the history of time, comparisons with examples of different lengths of time starting […]

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This week I’ve been weeding the picture books in my library which date from the 1960s forward.  Luckily, I had some readings to help guide the process:  Kay E. Vandergrift’s webpage Notes for the Analysis of a Picture Book and John Sciezka’s article Design Matters.  So although I’ve been weeding the 250 picture books that we have in […]

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Book title: Bossypants Author: Tina Fey Bibliographic entry  Fey, T. (2011). Bossypants. New York, NY: Hachette Digital. Description  Tina Fey describes her rise to fame through humourous anecdotes. Reaction Tina Fey’s autobiography is a nice addition to my collection. The first third is going to be an exemplary tale of development as students journey through Tina’s […]

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein My rating: 5 of 5 stars Code Name Verity is Elizabeth Wein’s debut novel. Sure to be a winner of many awards, Code Name Verity highlights women’s role in World War II through the eyes of two friends: Maddie, a pilot, and Queenie, a spy. Full of honest and […]

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Book title: The Calling Author: Kelley Armstrong Bibliographic entry Armstrong, K. (2012). The calling. Toronto, ON: Doubleday Canada. Description  Maya’s adventures continue as she attempts to get home and find her parents after her mishap in The Gathering.  Maya learns more about her skin-walking tendencies and her companions also discover their own abilities.  The plot thickens […]

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