Category Archives: Character-driven

Counting By 7s

What makes a home? Is it a sister? Parents? A brother? A backyard filled with plants, plants you love? This is what I thought about as I read Holly Goldberg Sloan‘s Counting By 7s, a beautifully, thoughtfully written book about twelve-year-old … Continue reading

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The Last Free Cat

A cat dystopian? I picked this up because I love my cat and now I love this book as well. The Last Free Cat is written by cat-loving Jon Blake, who lives in England and peppers the novel with a delightful British … Continue reading

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When No One Is Watching

Contrary to popular portrayal, not all interesting girls are sassy and loud. Eileen Spinelli’s character wrestles gorillas, tickles white sharks and dunks with a whoop, but only when no one is watching. There’s no need to feel sorry for this … Continue reading

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The House of the Scorpion

Nancy Farmer‘s multi-medaled book about human clones, The House of the Scorpion, is celebrating its tenth anniversary and there isn’t a better time to read this teen dystopian about the perils of power. Matt is the human clone of El Patrón, … Continue reading

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A Beginning, A Muddle, And An End: The Right Way to Write Writing

Although it’s a sequel, Avi’s A Beginning, A Muddle, And An End is easy to pick up in the midst of a very good friendship between Avon, “a rather small snail” and Edward, an ant. Avon has decided to write. Conversation … Continue reading

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Coraline

“Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.” Neil Gaiman‘s first sentence offers a glimpse of the fascinating story to follow. It has a slightly creepy vibe–you know there’s a strange door that was hidden … Continue reading

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The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Two families in Houston, Texas, 1968, struggle through civil rights issues that permeate their communities. Larry and his family are black, and suffer false accusations, a targeted hit-and-run-accident and humiliations of segregation. Jack and his family struggle through changing perceptions … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Are

Today, Maurice Sendak passed away. In honour of his legacy, read Where the Wild Things Are or any of his other amazing books. Watch photos of his accomplishments.

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Waiting for the Magic

Okay, here’s a book recommended to me by my nine-year-old. I admit, I didn’t expect to like it. The cover didn’t draw me in, but the first paragraph, and then the first chapter and then the next chapter filled me … Continue reading

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Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy

elegy n. 1. mournful poem  2. poem in elegiac couplets or stanzas 3. music, musical or lament for dead person Written in prose, Jacqueline Woodson‘s Beneath a Meth Moon reads as smoothly as a poem and manages to work in Hurricane Katrina, loss … Continue reading

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