Category Archives: Young Adult

38. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)

“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold” It seems like so long ago that I read The Outsiders.  I was in grade 8 when we read the book an watched the movie!  I have been listening to the story while my daughter (who is now in … Continue reading

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37. Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

Thirteen Reasons Why was published in 2007 but has been in the news since the Netflix series has debuted.  It is the story of  Hannah Baker, a highschool student who committed suicide, leaving a legacy of reasons in a shoebox full of … Continue reading

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27. Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)

When listening to audiobooks during my commute, I find that YA or non-fiction are perfect to keep my attention.  If books have too much detail, description or too many characters, I find myself either losing track or paying less attention … Continue reading

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Guest post by Erin: All the Bright Places

Thanks to my daughter, Erin, for sharing her review of All theBright Places by Jennifer Niven: I’ve read All the Bright Places three times since I bought it in November of 2016. It’s that good!   The novel focus’s on … Continue reading

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16. Optimists Die First (Susin Nielsen)

It is such a treat to win a book from the Goodreads Giveaway!  I entered in the contest for Optimists Die First thinking that my daughter might enjoy it.  After receiving it, I decided to read it for my CanadianContent … Continue reading

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113. On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light (Cordelia Strube)

On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light has been waiting on my bedside table since April.  I had picked up the novel at the GritLit festival, in Hamilton, after meeting Michael Winter (who’s book Minister Without Portfolio had been … Continue reading

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110. Son (Lois Lowry)

Son is the final instalment of the Giver Quartet which was published close to 20 years after the original book. I have previously reviewed The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger.  This series of YA novels have entertained me during my solitary drives … Continue reading

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105. The Best/Worst Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson)

As part of my Christmas Reading Challenge, I listened to the audio version of The Best Worst Christmas Pageant Ever.  It was a fairly quick book to listen to and amusing.  The listener/reader quickly realizes how much our social values have … Continue reading

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Adrift At Sea: Book Launch

It was a fantastic evening celebrating the launch of Adrift At Sea:  A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival which was a beautiful collaboration by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Tuan Ho and illustrator Brian Deines .  The event was hosted by Kids … Continue reading

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101. Messenger (Lois Lowry)

Messenger is the third novel in The Giver Quartet which I have been enjoying as I commute.  Lowry weaves stories that encourage readers to ponder society, leadership and relationships.  These novels are set in dystopic future time when life as we know it … Continue reading

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