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

Review: The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

Review: The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

From Tundra Books: Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn’t think he’s real. He WANTS to believe in Harold—after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold’s letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer…what would Christmas be without that? But Santa’s just … Continue reading

Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

From HarperTeen: Queen Song Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead … Continue reading

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

From HarperTeen: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and … Continue reading

Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

From Doubleday Canada: When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her—to play Batman to her Robyn—whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents … Continue reading

Review: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Review: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

From Random House: For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, … Continue reading