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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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March 24, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Dogs

Fifteen-year-old Cameron Weaver has spent most of his life running, and he isn’t entirely sure…

March 20, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Slippers’ Keeper

The Slippers’ Keeper, by award-winning author and illustrator Ian Wallace, is a picture book biography…

March 19, 2015

Children's Book Review: Birchtown and the Black Loyalists

For centuries men, women, and children were stolen from their villages in Africa, taken to…

March 17, 2015

Children's Book Review: The World Without Us

Fans of award-winning YA author Robin Stevenson will not be disappointed with her latest offering,…

March 13, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Queen’s Shadow

In The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See, award-winning author-illustrator Cybèle Young forays…

March 12, 2015

Children's Book Review: Clover’s Luck

Take one curious, resourceful little girl with bad luck. Add several abandoned but adorable magical…

March 10, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Haunting of Heck House

Wise-cracking monster-hunters, Cheryl and Tweed, are back The Haunting of Heck House, the second instalment…

March 6, 2015

Children's Book Review: Defend or Die: The Siege of Hong Kong (I AM CANADA series)

The only way for nineteen-year-old Jack Finnigan to stay out of jail is to enlist…

March 5, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Farmerettes

Readers looking for a meaningful dose of Canadiana will find it with The Farmerettes, the…

March 3, 2015

Children's Book Review: Henry Holton Takes the Ice

In Henry Holton Takes the Ice, debut author, Sandra Bradley, introduces a charming character that…

February 26, 2015

Children's Book Review: Reality Check in Detroit

Reality Check in Detroit, the latest in Roy MacGregor’s Screech Owls hockey series, delivers the…

February 24, 2015

Children's Book Review: Tru Detective

In Tru Detective, Norah McClintock’s second graphic novel, Truman’s girlfriend, Natalia, has been murdered, and Truman…

February 20, 2015

Children's Book Review: A Ticket Around the World

In A Ticket Around the World, written by former and current chicaDEE magazine editors Natalia…

February 19, 2015

Children's Book Review: Flare

One day, a magical baby phoenix is born. His name is Flare and like all…

February 17, 2015

Children's Book Review: How to Win at High School

How to Win at High School, the first YA novel by Vancouver-based author Owen Matthews,…

February 13, 2015

Children's Book Review: Charlie’s Dirt Day

Following the warm reception of Bye, Bye, Butterflies! (2012), author Andrew Larsen and illustrator Jacqueline…

February 12, 2015

Children's Book Review: Fight for Power

It’s been sixty-six days since a virus wiped out computer systems worldwide, destroying the computer-based…

February 10, 2015

Children's Book Review: Neil Flambé and the Bard’s Banquet

Neil Flambé, 15-year-old master chef, just wants to keep cooking in his run-down, but very…

February 6, 2015

Children's Book Review: Loula is Leaving for Africa

In Loula is Leaving for Africa (2013), Governor General’s Award winning author and illustrator, Anne…

February 5, 2015

Children's Book Review: A Hole in My Heart

Life, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Nora Mackenzie, is as dreary as the…

February 3, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Ghost and Max Monroe: Case #1 The Magic Box

When ten-year-old Max Monroe is sent to live with his grandfather for the summer, he’s…

January 30, 2015

Children's Book Review: Why We Live Where We Live

Why We Live Where We Live plays on children’s natural curiosity to get them thinking…

January 29, 2015

Children's Book Review: Not Just Another Princess Story

Not Just Another Princess Story, written by Sheri Radford and illustrated by Qin Leng, explores…

January 27, 2015

Children's Book Review: Flame and Ashes

Written in the diary format characteristic of the Dear Canada series, Janet McNaughton’s Flame and…