Category Archives: Fiction

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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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a very thinly disguised autobiographical look at Plath’s own mental breakdown. While I realize that this book has become a canon for some in regards to mental health and feminist issues, I have … Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird

When I was in grade nine, every other class read Harper Lee’s only published book: To Kill A Mockingbird. My class read The Pigman by Paul Zindel. I have no idea what Irene Bergeron’s (our English/Reglion/Something-else-that-I-can’t-remember-right-now teacher) rational was. Now … 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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The Samurai Mysteries

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler‘s Samuai Mysteries are quick and interesting mysteries set in early 18th century Japan. These books contain a lot of good history and many interesting facts about medieval Japan. Japanese is scattered throughout the books, but the … Continue reading

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Folly

This very dark book, by Marthe Jocelyn, set in Victorian England follows 4 characters over the course of a decade-and-a-half-ish. The story jumps from person to person and from time to time with three of the view points told with … Continue reading

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Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

This book was lent to me by my friend, Kathryn. She really liked it because it is set in Toronto where she lived for a long time. She liked literally seeing the actual settings in her mind again. While I … Continue reading

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A Mass of Mini-Reviews 2

Save Queen of Sheba In this book by Louise Moeri, a wagon-train travelling to the American frontier is attacked. Two children, King David and Queen of Sheba, (yes, you read correctly; their names are King David and Queen of Sheba) … Continue reading

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The Mockingjay

Buy this book. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Seriously, do the following: Take tomorrow off work. Go out tonight and buy The Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins. In the … Continue reading

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Picture Book Recommendations-August 2010

Flags Simply but beautifully written by Maxine Trottier, Flags reflects on a period in our history that we should be ashamed of: the incarceration of North Americans of Japanese descent.This book is told from a young girl’s perceptive. While visiting … Continue reading

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