Spotlight & Giveaway featuring THE MORTIFICATION OF FOVEA MUNSON by Mary Winn Heider!

Disney Book Group is partnering with me for a fun giveaway here featuring a fantastically eccentric middle grade read! Read on for my thoughts on Mary Winn Heider’s children’s novel, The Mortification of Fovea Munson, some spooky talk, and all the information you need to enter this perfect-for-Halloween giveaway, open to US residents! The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary […]

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Great Children’s Fiction (1): Amal Unbound & Wonderland

I have had a terrific spell of reading standout children’s middle grade fiction over the last few months, and hope to highlight them in series of feature posts! To begin, here are two recommended reads from acclaimed authors: Aisha Saeed‘s Amal Unbound*, which has been on the receiving end of tremendous critical praise (starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publisher’s […]

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Must Read Monday (85): Children’s Fiction from Tracey Baptiste, Varian Johnson, Karina Yan Glaser & more!

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday! This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction. This week is another focus on children’s fiction/middle grade literature- one of my favourite genres! […]

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Must Read Monday (84): Children’s Fiction from Nikki Grimes, Charis Cotter, Torrey Maldonado & more!

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday! This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction. Slightly late posting this edition, but too many great children’s fiction/middle grade titles to pass […]

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Review: The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey

Review: The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey, art by Victoria Jamieson Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra Books. Thank you! Publication: June 19, 2018 by Tundra Books (paperback). First published 2017. Book Description: Eddie, a passionate reader and a shiny green bug, saves the school library in this funny, heartwarming tale that fans of […]

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Review: The Night Garden by Polly Horvath

Review: The Night Garden by Polly Horvath Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you! Publication: September 12, 2017 by Puffin Canada Book Description: It is World War II and Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents, Sina and Old Tom, on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina […]

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Review: Missing Mike by Shari Green

Review: Missing Mike by Shari Green Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Pajama Press. Thank you! Publication: May 11, 2018 by Pajama Press (in Canada) Book Description: He’s a rescue, a mutt. Maybe there’s a little golden retriever in him, although he’s not exactly pretty. He’s had a run-in with coyotes and he’s missing an eye. But Mike is eleven-year-old Cara Donovan’s […]

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Review: Knockout by K.A. Holt

Review: Knockout by K.A. Holt Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Publication: March 6, 2018 by Chronicle Books Book Description: Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He’s fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, […]

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