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

If you are a journalist, a teacher, or a librarian, you can use our critiques freely in your publications or on your web pages. National Reading Campaign reviews are a good way to guide parents and and children in the joy of reading!

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September 17, 2015

Children's Book Review: Cut Off

In his latest YA novel, Cut Off, award-winning author Jamie Bastedo explores social isolation, oppression,…

September 15, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Infinity Coil

Infinity Coil, by Edmonton author and playwright Marty Chan, is the second book in the…

September 11, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: 10 Rivers that Shaped the World

From the very beginning of the history, the mighty rivers of the world have been…

September 10, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Empire of Night

Moria and Ashyn, Edgewood’s Keeper and Seeker, have travelled cross-country to Fairview to rescue the…

September 8, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Song for a Summer Night: A Lullaby

Night falls on a small community, and children peer out their windows to witness the…

September 4, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Remember

Eileen Cook’s latest YA novel, Remember, is a thought-provoking book that’s part sci-fi, part mystery,…

September 1, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: That Squeak

Carolyn Beck’s latest picture book, That Squeak, is a powerful exploration of grief and friendship.…

August 28, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: The Candy Conspiracy: A Tale of Sweet Victory

With The Candy Conspiracy: A Tale of Sweet Victory, Carrie Snyder and Claudia Dávila have…

August 27, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: A Book of Spirits and Thieves

In contemporary Toronto, Crystal and Becca Hatcher open a mysterious package and discover a strange…

August 25, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Dark Company

Award-winning author Natale Ghent’s new dystopian fantasy YA title, Dark Company, explores acceptance and fate…

August 21, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Attack of the Toga Gang

Fans of Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate and literary icon, George Bowering, won’t be disappointed…

August 20, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: A+ for Big Ben

Sometimes it’s tough to be little. In A+ for Big Ben, award-winning author, Sarah Ellis,…

August 18, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Where Are My Books?

In Debbie Redpath Ohi’s Where are my Books, a young librarian-in-training is out to restore…

August 14, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Grounded

Declan is planning his future doing what he loves most: working with horses. He’s landed…

August 13, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: The Incredible Space Raiders From Space

The year is 2156. Humans have long since overpopulated earth, and now live in domed…

August 11, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: The Tweedles Go Online

The first time we met the Tweedles, they stepped into the twentieth century with the…

August 7, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: War in My Town

E. Graziani’s latest YA novel, War in My Town, is a profound true story about…

August 6, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Bad Pirate

Augusta Garrick is good-natured and helpful but when you’re a pirate, being good is BAD.…

August 4, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Specific Ocean

In Kyo Maclear’s The Specific Ocean, a young girl reluctantly leaves her friends in the…

July 31, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Haunted Canada 5: Terrifying True Stories

In Haunted Canada 5, the latest in the popular Haunted Canada series, Joel A. Sutherland…

July 30, 2015

Children's Book Review: Nowhere Wild

In Joe Beernink’s debut novel, Nowhere Wild, an epidemic has decimated Canada’s population, leaving survivors to…

July 28, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Eat, Leo! Eat!

Farfalle, spaghetti, stelline – delizioso! Every Sunday, Leo and his family gather at his grandmother…

July 24, 2015

Children's Book Review: Best Friends Through Eternity

Award-winning author, Sylvia McNicoll, explores racism, bullying, peer pressure, and cultural identity, in her latest…

July 23, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: The Pirate's Bed

Right from the opening line, young imaginations will engage with Nicola Winstanley’s The Pirate’s Bed,…