Drama by Raina Telgemeier My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am so thrilled that there is a female protagonist who loves theatre and isn’t dying to be onstage. Callie is a great role model for pre-teens and teens alike as she is the master of her own learning of stagecraft in order to help […]

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Skim by Mariko Tamaki My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was actually first turned on to Mariko and Jillian Tamaki when I read Hiromi Goto’s young adult novel Half World, which was nominated in Ontario for a White Pine award. I just can’t get enough of Tamaki’s style of elegance and simplicity in her […]

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare My rating: 4 of 5 stars I can totally see why this is a young adult hit….female protagonist who is struggling with identity as she discovers some deep dark family secrets all the while learning that she has some new magical powers. I will definitely put it in my […]

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Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not sure why I never read this book when it first came out, but I just found it this year. It is an incredibly moving story of what it was like to attend a residential school. More importantly, it made […]

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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: 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: 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 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: 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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