Book Reviews

In alphabetical order, by title:

(I have these and about 400 other book reviews up and about on Goodreads!)



The 8th Circle by (Danny Ryan Thriller #1) by Sarah Cain (Mystery)

40 Things I Want to Tell You by Alice Kuipers (YA)



Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White (Picture book)

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (YA mystery)

The Anatomist’s Wife (Lady Darby Mystery #1) by Anna Lee Huber (Historical mystery)

Asp of Ascension (Nefertari Hughes Mystery) by BR Myers (YA mystery, Canadian lit)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (Contemporary fiction)

Ava XOX (Ava and Pip #3) by Carol Weston (Children’s)

Avenging the Owl by Melissa Hart (Children’s)



The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Picture book)

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illus. Beth Krommes (Picture book)

Before I Leave by Jessixa Bagley (Picture book)

Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard (Graphic novel)

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall (Literary fiction, Canadian lit)

Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin, illus. Daniel Salmieri (Picture book)

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (Children’s, Canadian lit)

A Blind Guide to Normal by Beth Vrabel (Children’s)

A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel (Children’s)

Booked by Kwame Alexander (Children’s)

The Book You’re Not Supposed to Have (Timmy Failure #5) by Stephan Pastis (Children’s)

Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley (Non-fiction)

A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy (Children’s, Canadian lit)

Boys Don’t Knit series (Boys Don’t Knit and An English Boy in New York) by Tom Easton (YA)

Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt  (Picture book, Canadian lit)

Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry (Picture book)

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda (Picture book)

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin (YA mystery)



The Cabin by Natasha Preston (YA mystery)

Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson (Literary fiction, Canadian lit)

Camp Dork (Pack of Dorks #2) by Beth Vrabel (Children’s)

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand, illus. Sarah Watts (Children’s)

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston (Picture book)

Completely Cassidy series (Accidental Genius, Star Reporter and Drama Queen) by Tamsyn Murray (Children’s)

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (Literary fiction, Canadian lit)

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert (YA mystery)



Dance! Dance! Underpants! (Ballet Cat series) by Bob Shea (Children’s)

Dear Yeti by James Kwan (Picture book)

Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah (Children’s)

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis (Picture book)



Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave (Contemporary fiction)

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (Contemporary fiction)

Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai (Picture book)

Everton Miles is Stranger Than Me (Night Flyers #2) by Philippa Dowding (Children’s, Canadian lit)

Every Word (Every #2) by Ellie Marney (YA mystery)



The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman (Historical fiction)

A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, illus. Qin Leng (Picture book, Canadian lit)

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee (Picture book)

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (YA fantasy)

First Snow by Bomi Park (Picture book)

The Fixer (The Fixer #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (YA)

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd (Picture book)

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle (Picture book)

Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, illus. Meilo So  (Picture book)

Friend or Foe? by John Sobol, illus. Dasha Tolstikova (Picture book)



Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley (Children’s)

The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks (YA mystery)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Mystery)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Mystery)

The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear, illus. Marion Arbona (Picture book, Canadian lit)

Goodnight Already! by Jory John, illus. Benji Davies (Picture book)



Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins (YA fantasy)

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Children’s)

Hooray for Halloween, Curious George! by H.A. Rey (Picture book)

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine (Historical mystery)

How to be a Hero by Florence Parry Heide, illus. Chuck Groenink (Picture book)

How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras (YA)

How to Write a Novel by Melanie Sumner (Contemporary fiction)



If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle, illus. Cale Atkinson (Picture book, Canadian lit)

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (Children’s, Canadian Lit)

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas (Children’s)

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (Contemporary fiction)



Jewel of the Thames (Portia Adams Adventure #1) by Angela Misri (Historical YA, Canadian Lit)

Julia Vanishes (The Witch’s Child #1) by Catherine Egan (YA fantasy, Canadian Lit)



Kabungo by Rolli (Children’s, Canadian Lit)

Killing Trail (A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery) by Margaret Mizushima (Mystery)

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter (Children’s)



The Lake House by Kate Morton (Historical mystery)

Land Shark by Beth Ferry, illus. Ben Mantle (Picture book)

Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead, illus. Erin E. Stead (Picture book)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Historical fiction)

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (Literary fiction)

Little Bird’s Bad Word by Jacob Grant (Picture book)

Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato (Picture book)

Little Master Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles by Jennifer Adams, illus. Alison Oliver (Board book)

Little Miss Evil by Bryce Leung & Kristy Shen (Children’s)

Little Robot by Ben Hatke (Children’s graphic novel)

The Little World of Liz Climo by Liz Climo (Comics)

Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold, illus. Matthew Cordell (Picture book)

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (Children’s)



A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (Historical YA)

Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan (Historical YA)

Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp (Picture book)

Max the Brave by Ed Vere (Picture book)

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Historical fiction)

The Ministry of Ghosts by Alex Shearer (Children’s)

Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor (Historical fiction)

Mo and Beau by Vanya Nastanlieva (Picture book)

Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott (Comic strip)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (YA fantasy)

The Moon Inside by Sandra V. Feder, illus. Aimée Sicuro (Picture book)

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins (Picture book)

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond (Literary fiction)



The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (Mystery)

Nine Lives (A Lily Dale Mystery) by Wendi Corsi Staub (Mystery)

Ninja Baby by David Zeltser, illus. Diane Goode (Picture book)

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke (Children’s)

No Virgin Island (A Sabrina Salter Mystery #1) by C. Michele Dorsey (Mystery)



Once Was a Time by Leila Sales (Children’s)

Ooko by Esme Shapiro (Picture book)

The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig (Historical fiction)

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (Historical YA)

Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond (Picture book)



Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty by A.N. Kang (Picture book)

The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell (Contemporary fiction)

Peggy by Anna Walker (Picture book)

Peppa Pig and the Little Train by Neville Astley & Mark Baker (Picture book)

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks (Contemporary fiction)

Pigloo by Anne Marie Pace, illus. Lorna Hussey (Picture book)

Pippa Morgan’s Diary by Annie Kelsey  (Children’s)

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (YA mystery)



Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Children’s)

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (Mystery)

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (Children’s graphic novel)

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (Contemporary fiction)

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Children’s)



Saffy and Ollie by Paola Opal (Board book)

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (YA)

A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (YA fantasy)

The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1) by Erin Bow (YA fantasy, Canadian lit)

Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl (Historical YA)

Shine by Lauren Myracle (YA mystery)

Silent City (A Claire Codella Mystery) by Carrie Smith (Mystery)

Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood #1) by Jessica Day George (YA fantasy)

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (YA)

Sing a Season Song by Jane Yolen, illus. Lisel Jane Ashlock (Picture book)

The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear, illus. Katty Maurey (Picture book, Canadian lit)

The Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly (YA, Canadian lit)

Stanley at School by Linda Bailey, illus. Bill Slavin (Picture book, Canadian lit)

Starring Shapes! by Tania Howells (Picture book, Canadian lit)

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illus. Holly Clifton-Brown (Picture book)

The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty, illus. Thomas Docherty (Picture book)

Summer Days, Starry Nights by Vikki VanSickle (YA, Canadian lit)

The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson (Children’s, Canadian lit)

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder, illus. Julie Morstad (Picture book)

The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson, illus. Julie Morstad (Board book)



The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi (Picture book)

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illus. Eliza Wheeler (Picture book)

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John, illus. Kevin Cornell (Children’s)

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel (Picture book)

This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illus. Julie Morstad (Picture book, Canadian lit)

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty (Contemporary fiction)

Thrice Burned (Portia Adams Adventure #2) by Angela Misri (Historical YA, Canadian lit)

Timmy Failure (Books 1, 2 & 3) by Stephan Pastis (Children’s)

Toby by Hazel Mitchell (Picture book)

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (YA)

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby (YA, Canadian lit)

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery #1) by Denise Grover Swank (Mystery)

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons (Rose Gardner Mystery #2) by Denise Grover Swank  (Mystery)



Unicorn on a Roll (Heavenly Nostrils #2) by Dana Simpson (Comics)



Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (Historical YA)



Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold, illus. Renata Liwska (Picture book)

Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski (YA, Canadian lit)

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Children’s, Canadian lit)

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (Picture book, Canadian lit)

We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones (Literary fiction, Canadian lit)

What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Historical fiction)

When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illus. Genevieve Godbout (Picture book, Canadian lit)

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (Mystery)

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner (Contemporary fiction)

The Widow by Fiona Barton (Mystery)

Wild by Emily Hughes (Picture book)

The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear, illus. Chris Turnham (Picture book, Canadian lit)

The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach (Children’s)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Children’s)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Children’s)

The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll (Comics)



Y by Marjorie Celona (Literary fiction, Canadian lit)



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