Review: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

Review: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

From Roaring Brook Press: One day, a grandmother shouts, “LEAVE ME ALONE!” and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats, and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops … Continue reading

Review: Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane

Review: Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane

From Penguin Teen: For the first time ever, a young novel about the teen years of L.M. Montgomery, the author who brought us ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery — Maud to her friends — has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. … Continue reading

Review: Jungle Jitters by Lisa Dalrymple

Review: Jungle Jitters by Lisa Dalrymple

From Orca Currents: Even though he’s secretly terrified of deep water, and all the scary things that swim below, Tate wants to shake his boring reputation, and he agrees to travel with his class up the Amazon River to help build a village school. He has his fingers and toes crossed that he won’t see … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book (41): Before I Fall

Popcorn and a Book (41): Before I Fall

The Book: 2010 Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Harper) The Film: 2017 Before I Fall directed by Ry Russo-Young (Awesomeness Films) Sam Kingston is at the top of the high school food chain. Her life is perfect. Until the car she’s in crashes. Sam wakes up caught in a loop of living the same … Continue reading

Review: The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie

Review: The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie

From Second Story Press: She hadn’t told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone’s lips. She’d thought about it at first—had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the shame, and the intimidation from the boys … Continue reading

Best Books 2016

Best Books 2016

It’s that time of year again when I take a look back at my favourite reads from the past year. This year there were some clear forerunners that I want to pay tribute to. Aaand here they are: Best Picture Book: If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle, illustrated by Cale Atkinson The perfect … Continue reading

Review: My True Love Gave to Me

Review: My True Love Gave to Me

From St. Martin’s Griffin: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with “My True Love Gave to Me” Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La … Continue reading