Category Archives: Children/Teen

Search of the Moon King’s Daughter

Warning: This is a PG book review. Emmaline, the strong and almost believable protagonist, carries an incredibly heavy load in Linda Holeman’s Search of the Moon King’s Daughter. The first half of this good-but-not-great book is all introduction and scene … Continue reading

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Tweaked

I grabbed Katherine Holubitsky’s Tweaked at the library. I wanted a quick light read and thought that the slim tome from Orca books would fit the bill. I was wrong.  This White Pine 2010 contender is an amazing story about … Continue reading

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Z for Zachariah

Ann Burden has lived in a secluded valley her whole life. Farming, setting up a hidden camp in a cave behind her house, looking after the cows and chickens, cooking, getting groceries, cooking, playing the piano and, best of all, … Continue reading

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A Mass of Mini-Reviews 6

Lisa and Lottie My 2-year-old picked out this book in her random attempt to bring home every book in the public library. I would never have considered grabbing it if it hadn’t been in her “Bring Home!” pile. But it … Continue reading

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After the Bomb

In Gloria D. Miklowitz’s After the Bomb, an accidental nuclear blast occurs over downtown Los Angeles. This book centres around Phillip, his family and their struggle. Although it very much had a 70s feel, it was a quick read and … Continue reading

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A Mass of Mini-Reviews 5

Candyfloss Flora Barnes (aka Flossie) lives with her mom, her mom’s husband and their son. She loves her mom, but she also loves her Dad. Her Dad, Charlie, loves her more than anyone or anything in the world. When Flossie’s … Continue reading

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A Mass of Mini Reviews 4

Seabiscuit: An American Legend This examination of the history of Seabiscuit, a race horse that defied all odds, by Laura Hillenbrand was interesting and entertaining; reading more like fiction than history normally does. Even though I know absolutely nothing about … Continue reading

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A Mass of Mini-Reviews 3

The Tales of Beedle the Bard J.K. Rowling‘s compilation of the tales featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) are not for children. Beedle the Bard’s stories are violent and quite scary. The book’s premise is that … Continue reading

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Picture Book Recommendation – November 2010

My regular readers will have noticed that there wasn’t a picture recommendation for October. The reason for this is simple: we didn’t read a single good picture book in all of October. We did read a really great piece of … Continue reading

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Picture Book Recommendation – September 2010

The Good Garden: How One Family Went From Hunger to Having Enough. Eleven-year-old Maria Luz lives in on a farm in a small rural Honduras village with her parents and little brother, Pepito. When the farm does well, the family … Continue reading

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