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My Secret Sister, Annie’s Cat is Sad, Blue Baboon Finds Her Tune and Room for More reviewed

My Secret Sister, a true story of twins separated at birth, was a good read, but a difficult one. I also review three children's books including Annie's Cat is Sad, Blue Baboon FInes Her Tune and Room for More by Michelle Kadarusman.

Powerful book, great read in Small Things Like These

Small Things LIke These is a powerful, non-fiction story based on the true events of the Magdalen laundries in Ireland.

Heartbreaking but great: Sirens of Memory and Born Behind Bars reviewed

Great books in both Sirens of Memory about a woman who flees an abusive relationships after the Iraqi invasion and Born Behind Bars, which is about child born in jail and released to the streets of Indian when he is nine.

What!? – Earthlings by Sayaka Murata reviewed

Speechless - sort of. Earthlings, by Sayaka Murata, took a weird twist at the end.

Hard read, but great one in Wesley King’s Sara and the Search for Normal

In her quest of being normal, Sara, who has more a series of mental health issues, finds a friend who inspires her to be herself in this middle grade read from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Matilda Woods’ The Girl Who Sailed the Stars is a beautiful, magical read

Oona Britt is an amazing character - brave, strong and determined. A great read in this Matilda Woods' book.

Fast but disturbing read in Toronto resident Jennifer Hillier’s Jar of Hearts

Fast read, great characters, horrific details in this thriller set today and 14 years in the past.

Death, love and doing the right thing lessons in The Boy, The Bird and the Coffin Maker

Death, love and doing the right thing - great lessons in this magical middle grade book.

Spend an afternoon with a host of wonderful characters in The Agony of Bun O’Keefe

  I started and finished The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith ($21.99, Penguin Teen Canada) in one afternoon. Set in Newfoundland in 1986, Bun O'Keefe, who learned about life through VHS tapes her mother, a compulsive hoarder, brings... Continue Reading →

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