Archive for August, 2013

Stephanie McLellan on the radio for Middle Child Day

August 23rd, 2013

Did you know that Monday, August 12th was Middle Child Day? If you missed the occasion you can still celebrate by listening to some great middle child-themed radio. Stephanie McLellan, author of Hoogie in the Middle, appeared on CBC’s  Metro Morning to talk about her book and about being a middle child. She was also […]

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Quill & Quire praises “Character-rich” Graffiti Knight

August 22nd, 2013

“Alberta author Karen Bass’s latest novel is a character-rich story about a 16-year-old boy struggling with anger, loyalty, and rebellion. What makes Graffiti Knight different is the setting: Soviet-occupied Eastern Germany in 1947. Wilm and his impoverished family live in a tiny flat in war-ravaged Leipzig. His father is a crippled, bitter war veteran, his […]

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The Nervous Marigold reviews Namesake

August 19th, 2013

“…There is simply nothing I love more than offering some real, well-researched, history to kids, through a vehicle that engages them…I loved it, and I will be recommending this book anywhere I can, to any kids, teachers and libraries I encounter.” Click here to read the full review.

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Namesake is “captivating” —Ramblings of a Daydreamer

August 13th, 2013

“…I thought MacLeod did a really good job of weaving the past together with the present. I always worry that books like this will get confusing with the back and forth, but I had no trouble keeping up with Namesake. I enjoyed watching Jane’s life in the present, and I eagerly anticipated each of her […]

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Interview with Jill MacLean

August 2nd, 2013

The emotionally hard-hitting YA novel Nix Minus One will hit Canadian bookstore shelves on February 15, 2013 and US shelves in July. Today the book’s author, multi-award-winning Jill MacLean, sits down to share with us about Nix, writing, and life. Nix Minus One is your first novel written in free verse. What did you enjoy […]

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Nix Minus One is “Refreshing” YA novel—School Library Journal

August 2nd, 2013

“Maclean’s novel in verse has a hypnotic rhythm that pulls readers into the mind of 15-year-old Nix. Formerly known as “Fatty Humbolt,” he is struggling with his crush on Loren Cody, the girlfriend of the best player on the hockey team, and his love-hate relationship with his older sister, Roxy. With her “Vampire Red” hair, […]

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Community Soup a “great choice for sharing”—School Library Journal

August 1st, 2013

“PreS-Gr 2–With echoes of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” this amusing tale set in a Kenyan school garden tells the story of students and their teachers making soup. A girl’s recalcitrant goats, however, do little to help with the process: “Kioni has a herd of goats,/with hair of calico./And everywhere Kioni goes,/those goats are sure […]

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