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Elephant Journey “…will appeal to young readers…who love animal stories”—The Calgary Herald

Posted on July 14th, 2016 by pajamapress

ElephantJourney_WebsiteThis is the story of Toka, Thika and Iringa, the last three surviving elephants at the Toronto Zoo. Animal protection activists, fearing for their health, appealed to the zoo to have them sent to a sanctuary in California. It follows their journey of 4,100 kilometres. This book will appeal to young readers ages eight to 10 who love animal stories.

A Year of Borrowed Men “reminds us that friendship has no borders”—The Calgary Herald

Posted on November 9th, 2015 by pajamapress

A Year of Borrowed Men | Michelle Barker & Renné Benoit | Pajama Press“This book, based on true events, looks at a German family during the Second World War who are given French soldiers on loan to help with their farm. Seven-year-old Gerda can’t understand why they must be treated like enemies and when they are shown kindness, her mother is threatened with prison. This story reminds us that friendship has no borders. Beautiful watercolour drawings and original photographs make this a great book for youngsters. ages six to nine.”

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“This moving book will enlighten,” The Calgary Herald says of Dance of the Banished

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by pajamapress

DanceOfTheBanished_HR_RGB“Based on true events, this story takes place in Anatolia and Canada in 1914, during the break-out of the First World War. When Ali moves to Canada to secure a better life for himself and Zeynep, they communicate by journals. It’s a love story filled with tragedy when Ali is forced into a Canadian internment camp, and Zeynep faces horrors as the Ottoman Army marches through her villages. This moving book will enlighten and appeal to readers ages 12 to adult.”

—Barbra Hesson

Bear on the Homefront is “Heartwarming,” says The Calgary Herald

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by pajamapress

BearOnTheHomefront_RGB_72dpi“In the first book of Teddy, A Bear in War, we follow the little bear as he’s shipped off to keep Aileen’s Daddy company during the war. Her father never returns but Teddy does, and he now sits in a glass case at the Canadian War Museum. In this second book, Aileen is working as a nurse. She presents Teddy to children who have come to live temporarily in the safety of Canadian homes. These two heartwarming stories, with softly coloured illustrations, will be read and appreciated by ages five to adult.”

—Barbra Hesson

The Calgary Herald reviews Peach Girl and When Emily Carr Met Woo

Posted on May 27th, 2014 by pajamapress

PeachGirl_C“A young girl springs forth from a giant peach declaring she is here to make the world a better place. Dressed in peach attire, she heads off with her three animal friends to confront the local ogre. Vivid pictures and fun characters remind the reader that looks can be deceiving. This quirky Japanese tale will appeal to ages five to eight.”
—Barbra Hesson

WhenEmilyCarrMetWoo_C“This true story follows the famous painter Emily Carr as she struggles to make a living from her art. In addition to her dogs, cats, a parrot, and rat, she gets a mischievous monkey and names [her] Woo. This touching story will appeal to adults who want to share art and Canadian history with young readers ages five and up.”
—Barbra Hesson

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MacLean’s book is “Beautifully descriptive”— The Calgary Herald

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by pajamapress

“Nix used to be ‘the fat kid’ and although he has lost the weight, he endures bullying every day.  Written in free verse, this sensitive story follows Nix as he deals with all life has to throw at him; his desire to help an abused dog, frustration in trying to protect an older sister heading for disaster, an old infatuation and a blossoming new friendship. Beautifully descriptive, with some mature content, this book is recommended for mature readers ages 12 to 16.”—Barbra Hesson