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The Children’s Book Reviews are written by well known reviewers and published each Tuesday.

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May 24, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Nothing Happens in This Book

Don’t be fooled by the title of London, Ontario author Judy Ann Sadler’s delightful picture…

May 16, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Ten Cents a Pound

In Ten Cents a Pound, by author, physician and social justice advocate, Nhung N. Tran-Davies,…

May 8, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Black Chuck

Weeks before graduation, the unexpected and gory death of Shaun Henry-Deacon shakes up a previously…

April 25, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow, by Waterloo author Heather Smith, is a compelling, authentic novel that explores…

April 17, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: The 11th Hour

Seventeen year-old Annika Dietty is tired of being treated like a kid when it comes…

April 6, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet

Elizabeth Suneby’s latest addition to the CitizenKid series tells the fictional story of a Bangladeshi…

March 27, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Sugar and Snails

Sugar and Snails, by award-winning poet Sarah Tsiang, cleverly turns a common, stereotypical aphorism on its…

March 20, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Prince of Pot (YA)

Living off-grid in the wilds of British Columbia, Isaac keeps a low profile at school…

March 9, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Sakura's Cherry Blossoms

Sakura enjoys spending time with her grandmother, Obaachan, exploring her culture and enjoying the Spring…

March 5, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Thin Places

An outsider at school with limited social skills, 16-year-old Declan Lynch finds solace in imaginary…

February 25, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Dear Girl

In this affecting and uplifting picture book by the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her…

February 13, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Past Tense

Finding her mother staring into space with her hands in cold dishwater, Julie knows something…

February 6, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Feathers

There are many places in the World where living conditions, due to flood, war, poverty…

January 31, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: This is NOT a Valentine

Readers will be smitten by This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins. After receiving…

January 16, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Here So Far Away

Level-headed and methodical George Warren knows what to expect for her senior year of high…

January 9, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: The Fog

In The Fog, by award-winning Toronto author Kyo Maclear, the picturesque isle of “Icy Land”…

January 2, 2018

Children's Book Reviews: Seamus's Short Story

Seamus does not have the height to reach the things he wants. He finds a…

December 27, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Pemmican Wars

Katherena Vermette’s debut graphic novel, Pemmican Wars, introduces readers to Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis…

December 22, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Biker's Brother

Against his brother’s wishes, Josh follows his brother Jamie to a biker party. There, he…

December 12, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Stolen Words

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage, is a…

December 5, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Essex County

The YA comic, Essex County by Jeff Lemire is a fictional depiction of the tragic…

November 28, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Kat and Meg Conquer the World

With Kat’s social anxiety, making friends is a challenge. A move to Alberta to help…

November 21, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse is the latest spectacularly surreal picture book from…

November 14, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Munro vs. the Coyote

Haunted by the voice of Coyote since the unexpected death of his sister Evie, 16-year-old…