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Communication, love and meaning of life found within the pages of books for young readers

Separation and divorce, new beginnings, communication and love. Lots going on in these books.

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Speaking with author Amelinda Berube about Canadiana and ghost stories

Book Time interviews Ottawa author Amelinda Berube about ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

Reviewing graphic novel: All Summer Long

All Summer Long graphic novel by Hope Larson is for kids 10 to 12.

A new version of Hansel & Gretel and picture books about animals, friendship and family reviewed

From friendships to the "real" version of Hansel & Gretel, July's picture book reviews may have something for everyone.

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 →

Beautiful, but heartbreaking story in Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

I found Sonia Patel's Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story (PGC Books, Cinco Puntos Press) beautiful, but also absolutely heartbreaking. Each chapter offers a look at Jaya Mehta, a 17 year old who detests wealth, secrets and privilege although he... Continue Reading →

Transgender youth fights sexist dress code in The Pants Project: review

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke ($23.99, Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) was a wonderful book. The book is about a person named Liv (Not Olivia) who is transgender, “which a bit like being a transformer. Only not quite as cool... Continue Reading →

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