Posts Tagged ‘middle-grade’

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess is “clever, engaging, and accessible” says School Library Journal

May 25th, 2017

“The novel-in-verse structure is clever, engaging, and accessible. Macy’s deafness is skillfully woven into the story, adding depth and complexity to her characterization and relationships with others….With candor and angst, Macy shares her sorrow over an argument with her best friend, her desire to stop her mother from getting married, her determination not to like […]

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess is a “quick read” with wonderful characters says Booktime

May 14th, 2017

“I love books about people who love books. In the words of Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables  by Lucy Maud Montgomery), the characters are kindred spirits, who understand the happiness books bring, and that the stories within its page give readers exactly what they need. Canadian author Shari Green must be a true book lover because her […]

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Waiting for Sophie is “Highly Recommended” by CM Magazine

March 22nd, 2017

“Sarah Ellis is one of Canada’s most successful writer of children’s books (Back of Beyond, Ben Overnight, and several volumes in the “I, Canada” series). She is also a critic, a teacher and a librarian. Utilizing the trope of “new baby – concerned older brother – problem with new baby – happy ending”, Ellis begins her […]

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Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles “is in itself a miracle” says CanLit for LittleCanadians

September 6th, 2016

With her parents’ marriage in need of repair, her friend and neighbour Daniel suffering with cystic fibrosis, a community divided and occasionally hostile, the compassionate Jasper being disgraced and driven out of town, and the church’s chalice missing, Bailey and Felicity Bay need a miracle or two. …Good and bad may ebb and flow like […]

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Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles a “lovely and poignant novel”—School Library Journal

August 9th, 2016

Eleven-year-old Bailey keeps her eyes open for miracles. She and her younger brother, Kevin, are spending the summer with their grandmother while their parents are in a marriage counseling program. Bailey’s fear that her parents may separate along with concern about her new friend, Daniel, who has cystic fibrosis, leads her to look for magic […]

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Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan is “a wonderfully clever read,” says I Am, Indeed

November 10th, 2015

“…On the whole, I found Evie engaging and solidly voiced, while she worked through her grief she did find many intriguing and new things, and animals galore—from exotic (Iguanas and snapping turtles) to ordinary dogs and cats.  Well developed, you can see the city through Evie’s fresh eyes, and understand her needing to keep busy […]

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Booklist praises the “lyrically written” Revenge on the Fly

September 15th, 2014

“In 1912 Ireland, 12-year-old Will Alton has lost his mother and baby sister to disease. After immigrating to Canada, Will’s father gets a job in a stable, while Will goes to school. When a local newspaper claims that flies are the harbingers of disease and runs a contest with cash prizes for the most flies […]

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