Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thunderstorm

Arthur Geisert‘s Thunderstorm was recommended to me and it did not disappoint. A wordless picture book, or nearly wordless (there are dates and times for some pictures), account of a thunderstorm and tornado through farm country shows the rush to get the … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Paul Goble’s classic picture book retells a Native American legend about a girl who loved wild horses so much, she lived among them and understood them. When her family came looking for her, she had to go back for a … Continue reading

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave, a novel-in-verse by Katherine Applegate, is a moving story about Kek, who as a refugee from Sudan who as seen atrocities never loses hope of seeing his mother again. This story has an authentic and perceptive voice, beautiful language and … Continue reading

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The Plot Chickens

If you are looking for a funny book about writing, pick up The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. Full of egg humour and silly chickens, this picture book still manages to instill sound plot writing tips as well as … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Heard Colors

Since I just reviewed a middle grade book about synesthesia, I wanted to highlight this picture book. It has non-fiction elements in a narrative format, telling the story of Jillian who could hear sounds and how she and others deal with this. … Continue reading

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We Were Liars

What can I say about We Were Liars by E. Lockhart? It’s an amazing read. It’s suspenseful, psychological and there’s a surprise that makes it hard to review. The teens featured in this book are cousins (and one honorary cousin) who summer … Continue reading

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A Mango-Shaped Space

Thirteen-year-old Mia can see colours, colours in words, colours in sounds, but no one knows because of one incident when she was in grade three. She keeps this mystery to herself until she finds out what she has: synesthesia. (Find … Continue reading

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Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

It takes a mouse to inspire history. Ever resourceful, imaginative and persistent, a little mouse decides to escape mouse traps and cat predators by flying like bats. He just has to figure out how to build a set of wings. … Continue reading

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