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

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April 22, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Lucky Jonah

In Lucky Jonah, Richard Scrimger has written a light-hearted riff on the fairy-tale convention where…

April 21, 2016

Children's Book News: Flickers

Winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Award for his YA novel, Dust, Arthur Slade blends…

April 19, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Artist and Me

Today Vincent van Gogh’s paintings hang in prominent galleries, but he and his work were…

April 15, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Killer Drop

Mette Bach’s second novel, Killer Drop, is a story about consequences.Rich, handsome Marcus lives a…

April 14, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Hill

Known for Graffiti Knight and Drummer Girl, author Karen Bass’ latest YA book, The Hill,…

April 12, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Half-Truths and Brazen Lies

In Half-Truths and Brazen Lies, award-winning author, Kira Vermond, takes an honest-to-goodness look at our…

April 8, 2016

Children's Book News: The Skeleton Tree

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence is a book about finding inner strength in the…

April 7, 2016

Children's Book News: Defender

In Graham McNamee’s Defender, 17-year-old Tyne Greer learns that sometimes, family secrets are better left…

April 6, 2016

Children's Book Reviews:Going for a Sea Bath

Leanne lives with her father by the sea. When her father calls her for her…

April 1, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: How it Ends

How It Ends, Catherine Lo’s first novel, is an agonizingly accurate depiction of the highs…

March 31, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Save Me, Kurt Cobain

West coast YA author, Jenny Manzer, creates a thoughtful debut with Save Me, Kurt Cobain.…

March 29, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Over-Scheduled Andrew

In Over-Scheduled Andrew, written and illustrated by the bestselling author of the Binky series, Ashley…

March 25, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Wolf-Birds

In the bitter winter, when food is scarce in the forest, it is said that…

March 24, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Beware That Girl

In Beware That Girl, a psychological thriller by award-winning author Teresa Toten, something very bad…

March 17, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: After Dark

James Leck, comedic YA author of The Adventures of Jack Lime, delivers a suspenseful read…

March 15, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Ultimate Pirate Handbook

Avast, me hearties! The Ultimate Pirate Handbook by Libby Hamilton is a jolly good primer…

March 11, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Oak Island and the Search for Buried Treasure

Joann Hamilton-Barry delivers a true story about pirates, buried treasure and a curse in Oak…

March 10, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Shooter

Winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Award for her critically acclaimed free verse novel, The…

March 8, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Summer We Save the Bees

After 12-year old Wolf does a project about the disappearance of the world’s honeybees, his…

March 3, 2016

Children's Book Review: Sometime I Feel Like a Fox

In Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, Métis author and artist, Danielle Daniel, introduces the…

March 1, 2016

Children's Book Review: Saving Montgomery Sole

Governor General award-winning author of This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki, delves into one teen’s mystically-influenced…

February 29, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Speechless

Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang brings both comedy and insight to that watershed of middle school:…

February 25, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Will to Survive

Four and a half months ago, a computer virus caused a digital apocalypse that wiped…

February 23, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes

In Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes, award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones and illustrator Brian…