Monthly Archives: November 2014

Symphony City

In Symphony City, a young girl gets lost in the subway and street music shows her the path back home. Spare text coupled with Amy Martin‘s bold lines and contrasting colour scheme make this picture book a visual treat. Also, find the … Continue reading

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The White Darkness

If you liked Chime by Franny Billingsley, you’ll love The White Darkness. It has an unreliable narrator, and while not set in a fantastical world, it is set mainly in Antarctica (a world I knew nothing about before this book). There’s also an invisible friend, Titus, strong … Continue reading


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The Birchbark House

When I was a child, I read The Little House books, mostly because many raved about how good they were. My sister’s read them. I got through them all. Louise Erdrich has outdone them, though, with The Birchbark House, the story of Omakayas, an Ojibwa girl, as … Continue reading

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Annie runs barefoot with Max, her neighbour, and sits with her grandfather who doesn’t leave the house much anymore. She jokes with her mom and dad about the alien baby which grows into a pumpkin baby which grows into the baby … Continue reading

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My Teacher is a Monster! No, I Am Not!

When Bobby goes to the park, the last thing he expects to see is his teacher. It’s his nightmare come true, and his teacher’s too. My favourite part shows Bobby on the park bench beside his monster teacher, raising his hand. By the end … Continue reading

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Bread and Roses, Too

A historical novel about both the mill strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts and how the people of Barre, Vermont provided help for children of the strike, Bread and Roses, Too, written by Katherine Paterson, follows Rosa and Jake and their vastly different experiences. … Continue reading

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