Category Archives: Fiction

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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Alison Pick: Grimsby Author Series

“Fiction is about empathy, about imagining ourselves in a different world”. The November session of the Grimsby Author Series included novelist and poet, Alison Pick.  She joined to  speak about her latest book, Strangers with the Same Dream.  Described by … Continue reading

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Kristin Hannah

Freezing rain warnings, slush and even the wrong location did not stop Kim and I from meeting Kristin Hannah.  Despite the weather, the room was full of avid readers, keen to hear her speak about her newest novel, The Great … Continue reading

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