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)
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
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
We’ve all heard the stories of children who have gone away. Gone to Oz, gone to Narnia, gone to Neverland. This is the story of the children who came back.
By Julie Berry The seven young students of St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls are facing quite a displeasing dilemma. Their headmistress, Mrs Plackett, and her bothersome brother have inconveniently dropped dead at their Sunday dinner. The girls are horrified - now they shall have to be separated! It simply won't do. The Scandalous Sisterhood Of … Continue reading Book Review: The Scandalous Sisterhood Of Prickwillow Place