Category Archives: Young Adult

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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100. Gathering Blue (Lois Lowry)

Gathering Blue is the second book in The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry.  Published 7 years after The Giver, it has been my commuting entertainment over the last week.  Initially, I had expected a sequel to The Giver but have been reassured … Continue reading

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96. The Giver (Lois Lowry)

The Giver has been on my TBR list since 2 of my kids have read this novel in public school.  Written in 1993, by Lois Lowry, it is the first in the Giver Quartet which includes Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son.  The Giver has … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Erin: Fate of Flames (Sarah Raughley)

When the phantoms began terrorizing the world there were four girls to save it. Each one with an elemental power. As one dies another one is chosen in a never-ending chain of links. Maia Finley is chosen as the next … Continue reading

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19. Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell)

Following our “romance” theme for February book club, I was encouraged to read Eleanor and Park.  Although romance is not my favourite genre, this was a heartwarming story of young love despite many challenges that some teens face.  It was … Continue reading

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65. Nobody’s Child (Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch)

The Armenian genocide is a little known, tragic part of history that is important to be shared.  Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch tells the tale of a family who is torn apart by the horror of genocide.  Nobody’s Child is a companion … Continue reading

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62. The Hunger (Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch)

The Hunger is local author, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch‘s very first novel.  It intertwines the current experience of a young girl struggling with an eating disorders with the historical tragedy of the Armenian genocide.  This novel has a Brantford connection which will engage … Continue reading

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51. The Invasion of the Tearling (Erika Johansen)

After reading the initial novel of The Queen of the Tearling series, I looked forward to the second instalment of the tale.  Although the post-apocolyptic, fantasy genre is not what I would normally be drawn to, it was an enjoyable read … Continue reading

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