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

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July 5, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Transferral

In Transferral, Kate Blair’s dystopian novel, sixteen-year-old Talia Hale will never forget the day a…

July 5, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Zoomberry

Zoomberry is a new board book by Toronto’s beloved and legendary poet laureate, Dennis Lee. …

July 2, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes

Ruby Rose loves dancing. In fact, she can’t sit still – which is going to…

June 29, 2016

I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books…

June 29, 2016

I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books…

June 27, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: A Dog Day for Susan

A Dog Day for Susan, by Winnipeg author Maureen Fergus, is a humourous picture book…

June 26, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Lightning Lou

In Lori Weber’s middle grade/YA cross over, Lightning Lou, twelve year-old Lou must leave childhood…

June 17, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Pax

Pax, by Sara Pennypacker, is a compelling and thoughtful story about a boy, his pet…

June 16, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Heartache and Other Natural Shocks

In Glenda Leznoff’s debut novel, Heartache and Other Natural Shocks, fifteen-year-old Jules Epstein does not…

June 14, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Malaika’s Costume

Malaika’s Costume by author Nadia L. Hohn and illustrator Irene Luxbacher explores community, family, and…

June 10, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Dark Inside

In The Dark Island, the sixth graphic novel in Scott Chantler’s award-winning Three Thieves series,…

June 9, 2016

Children's Book Review: With Malice

Eileen Cook, author of Remember and The Almost Truth, delivers a suspenseful new thriller in…

June 8, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Fluffy Strikes Back

In Fluffy Strikes Back, author and illustrator Ashley Spires introduces readers to Sergeant Fluffy Vandermere,…

June 3, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: If I Were a Zombie

If I Were a Zombie is a boisterous trip through the twisted and often gory…

June 2, 2016

Children's Book News: The Inn Between

In Marina Cohen’s The Inn Between, eleven-year-olds Quinn Martin and Kara Cawston have been best…

June 1, 2016

I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books…

June 1, 2016

I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books…

May 31, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: An Armadillo in New York

Arlo the armadillo loves to explore. His grandfather left him journals detailing his favourite destinations…

May 27, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Charmed

Charmed is Michelle Krys’ second novel in The Witchhunter series about a teenage witch named…

May 27, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Firsts

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s debut, Firsts, is an edgy, heart-breaking novel about teen sexuality and relationships.…

May 26, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Girl in the Well is Me

In The Girl in the Well is Me, a new book by Finding Ruby Starling…

May 25, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: If I Had a Gryphon

Vikki VanSickle’s first picture book, If I Had a Gryphon, features the imaginative musings of…

May 20, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Mission Mumbai

Mission Mumbai: A novel of sacred cows, snakes, and stolen toilets is an engaging, funny novel…

May 19, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Spirit Level

In Sarah N. Harvey’s Spirit Level, Harry Jacobs’ decision to track down her siblings begins…