Category Archives: Fiction

41. The Clay Girl (Heather Tucker)

Every once and a while, a book that is unknown and that comes with no pre-conceived expectations blows me away.  The Clay Girl is an amazing story, sadly disturbing yet hopeful.  It is a book that I will continue to … Continue reading

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39. Sister of Mine (Laurie Petrou)

Thank you to Harper Collins for sharing a review copy of Sister of Mine for an honest review.   Sister of Mine is a book that should be read in one sitting.  It is a page turner and it is … Continue reading

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38. The Immortalists (Chloe Benjamin)

It is not often that I choose a book by its’ cover but The Immortalists’ cover was a deciding factor.  I was also intrigued by the “teaser” (what my daughter calls the cover description) asking “If you were told the … Continue reading

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33. The Woefield Poultry Collective (Susan Juby)

By coincidence the Woefield Poultry Collective is the second book detailing the experience of  city dwellers moving to the country that I read this weekend.  It is the book of the month for the CanadianContent Goodreads group, chosen for the … Continue reading

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29. Brother (David Chariandy)

Brother helps to open reader’s eyes to the grit, tenacity and struggle of growing up in the housing projects of Scarborough.  It describes the challenges of a single mother, raising two boys between the cultures of Trinidad and Scarborough.  The … Continue reading

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27. The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)

The One and Only Ivan is a terrific, middle-grade book that inspires kids to talk about the capture and treatment of wild animals. The book was based on a true story (watch the YouTube Ivan video) about a real gorilla, … Continue reading

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26. Every Note Played (Lisa Genova)

Lisa Genova is best known for the heart breaking novel Still Alice which describes a brilliant woman diagnosed with early onset dementia.  Her fictional stories highlight diseases which impacts many individuals and their loved ones.  In Every Note Played she … Continue reading

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25. American War (Omar El Akkad)

American War is bleak.  It is depressing.  It shares a strong message that we need to change, that we need to avoid another American Civil War at all costs.  Although it is set in the United States, this country is … Continue reading

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23. Things to Do When It Is Raining (Marissa Stapley)

Sincere thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada who sent me a copy of Things to Do When It Is Raining for an honest review. This book arrived at the perfect moment, just before March Break and our trip to Myrtle … Continue reading

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22. The Boat People (Sharon Bala)

Whether or not The Boat People is crowned the 2018 Canada Reads winner, it is a book that opened my eyes and through fiction has informed me about the injustice, racism and experiences of refugees.  It is a story that … Continue reading

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