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

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February 9, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Optimists Die First

Grieving over the accidental death of her little sister Maxine, Petula (Tula) faces anxiety daily.…

February 2, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Bear's Winter Party

In Bear’s Winter Party, by Vancouver writer Deborah Hodge, a lonely animal yearns for a…

January 27, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Keeper of the Light

Keeper of the Light, Janet Barkhouse’s newest picture book, tells the story of eleven-year-old Sara…

January 20, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Another Me

In 1349, rumours about who is to blame for the bubonic plague are spreading as…

January 13, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Cure for Wereduck

Thirteen-year-old Kate and her family have a secret: during the full moon, Kate’s family become…

January 12, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Pain Eater

Gang raped on her way home from a high school play, Maddy tells no one.…

January 10, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: We Found a Hat

Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Jon Klassen, completes his acclaimed hat trilogy with We Found…

December 15, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Bad Girls of Fashion

Jennifer Croll’s Bad Girls of Fashion offers a fascinating exposé on style rebels throughout history.…

December 2, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Yellow Dog

Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Cook is horrified when a cruel prank injures the dog of an elderly…

December 1, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Swan Riders

As this is the second book in a series, the following review contains spoilers. In…

November 30, 2016

Children's' Book Reviews: Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol

Following the success of A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (Scholastic 2014) and its sequel,…

November 25, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Trolled (Sports Stories series)

Steven Sandor’s latest novel, Trolled, is an intense, fast-paced story about the less attractive aspects…

November 24, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Closing Down Heaven

In Lesley Choyce’s Closing Down Heaven, Hunter Callaghan has to die before he learns to…

November 23, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Wish Tree

In Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Kyo Maclear’s latest picture book, The Wish Tree, dreams…

November 17, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive) in the Real World?

In her latest non-fiction book, Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive) in the Real…

November 16, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean

All the Dirt:  A History of Getting Clean by Toronto writer Katherine Ashenburg  is a…

November 16, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Mittens to Share

In Mittens to Share by author Emil Sher and illustrator Irene Luxbacher, a young girl…

November 11, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Once, in a Town Called Moth

Trilby Kent, award-winning author of Stones for my Father, explores how family secrets shape our…

November 4, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Hunt of the Dragon

Two years have passed since Elayne discovered a portal to the alternate realm of Goloth,…

November 3, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

In the dual-language picture book Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, a young girl and…

October 28, 2016

Children's Book News: A Family is a Family is a Family

When her teacher asks her class to share what makes their families special, one girl…

October 28, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Dark Side

With pressure coming from his immigrant parents who have sacrificed everything to give Emerson a…

October 26, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: King Baby

King Baby is the latest picture book from award-winning cartoonist, Kate Beaton.  Life with a…

October 21, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Every Hidden Thing

The Civil War has just ended, the Pacific Railway is expanding westward, and a scientist…