‘I’m sorry, ma’am. Can you tell me what happened?’ Maddi Bellucci sits calmly. She stares down at her hands, watching them change colour – blue, red, blue – by the light of the ambulance outside. The paramedics are no longer in a hurry. In fact, one has made Maddi a strong cup of tea and … Continue reading Short Fiction: The Biscuit Box
My daughter, who is unequivocally a fantasy-genre girl, came home from school telling me about a historical fiction book she was reading. It’s a story, she said, about a Jewish boy in a Polish orphanage in WWII. I bolted to the library.
By Kelly Gardiner Hold onto your hats, kids of all ages; this one's double the fun. In her new children's fiction series, The Fire Watcher Chronicles, Kelly Gardiner introduces us to not just one period of history, but two! For someone who loves historical fiction as much as I do, this was an incredible experience. … Continue reading Book Review: Brimstone (The Fire Watcher Chronicles #1)
"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."C.S. Lewis … Continue reading 5 Reasons To Read Children’s Books
Sarah Mlynowski sends sister and brother team Abby and Jonah into the middle of our favourite fairy tales in her Whatever After series. But no damsel spends very long waiting for her knight in shining armour once Abby and Jonah show up. Mlynowski manages to pay homage to the classic fables but still adds a modern twist.
By Glenda Millard. Illustration by Stephen Michael King I don't quite understand my feelings for this book. Reading The Duck and the Darklings is a dramatic venture. There is a yearning, much the same as the moment cool water enters thirsty lips. Relief, perhaps, and a longing. It's the same anticipation when a beautiful operatic … Continue reading Book Review: The Dark and the Ducklings
"When was the last time you really read it?" If you're anything like me, you have a favourite of the Harry Potter series. This is a book that has been so well read that every page is dog-eared. You know it so well that you can jump in anywhere and easily find your bearings. Yes, … Continue reading Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) was the wife of Louis XVI and the Queen of France between 1774 and 1792. Marie Antoinette’s fate has made her the best-known of her 15 brothers and sisters who included the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II and Queen Maria Carolina of Sicily. Early Life Born in Vienna on 2 November 1755, Maria Antonia … Continue reading Marie Antoinette
Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, ruled France for 72 years. This made him the longest reigning sovereign of any European country at the time. He ruled from 1638 to 1718. Early Life and Reign of Louis XIV Born on September 5, 1638, Louis was the son of King Louis XIII and his Habsburg … Continue reading Louis XIV
By Johanna Spyri Heidi is not just a book for children; adults will find joy here too. You really need to read this book to appreciate it. While we can love the idea of the little girl on the mountaintop, we can't love her without getting to know her. And I did love her. The … Continue reading Book Review: Heidi