Nightschool: The Weirn Books, Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have to admit that this is the first Manga I’ve ever read, although I’m an emerging fan of the graphic novel format. The artwork varies with the characters’ emotions from mysterious and flirtatious, to outraged and scary. The colour […]

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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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“>Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think my favourite thing about the main character, Maggie, is that her personality is so well-developed. Before the ghost is even introduced we find out that: she’s the only girl with 3 brothers, her Dad has a new job, and her […]

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DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 by Darwyn Cooke My rating: 5 of 5 stars I selfishly chose to read DC: The New Frontier because I’m doing an assignment on DC and I wanted more meat. I’m a self-acclaimed noob when it comes to graphic novels and The New Frontier was my first foray into […]

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s not surprising to me that Vera Brosgol, author/illustrator of Anya’s Ghost, has chosen Neil Gaiman’s critique to highlight on her front cover of this graphic novel. I can make a direct comparison between Gaiman’s character Coraline and Brosgol’s Anya who are both ordinary […]

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whenever I’m travelling, I try to read a fiction book set in the place I’m visiting. This summer when I travelled to England for the second time, I brought this book. I didn’t know this little Arthur Conan Doyle trivia […]

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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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Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton My rating: 3 of 5 stars I can’t say this with any certainty but Owly has the feeling of being written for school-aged children. The pictures are sweet and the text is minimal but the stories themselves seem to have a moral […]

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The Arrival by Shaun Tan My rating: 5 of 5 stars The universal human experience of moving or migrating is beautifully illustrated in The Arrival. The fact that the story is told without words somehow brings more emphasis to the language of the new city where the main character travels to. Anyone who has travelled […]

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A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first time ever in the history of me that I’ve said that I’m not letting the BOOK ruin the TV SERIES. So I’m just reading the 3rd installment now because the 3rd season is done. But the book […]

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WARNING: the following response could be seen as a rant.  It probably is. I read the Cochran-Smith & Lytle article with some trepidation.  One of the hard things about being a teacher-librarian in 2013 is that I expect any day now that some policymaker is going to make me redundant.  Ouch.  So when I read […]

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Even after just one week of studying educational research, I find myself reaching for the vocabulary of research as I read to identify patterns in the research papers that match my emerging understanding.  In examining Gallop’s ideas about ethical reading, I am reminded of Derrida’s theories of deconstructing texts and McLuhan’s ideas about the medium […]

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I have been a teacher since 1994, spending 3 years teaching English in Japan, and the rest in Ontario teaching drama, English, and media arts in the classroom and online.  I became a teacher-librarian full-time in 2009.  Currently working ⅚ a teacher-librarian in a large secondary school.  My other ⅙ has me back in the […]

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