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

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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…

February 19, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Black Cat, White Cat

Silvia Borando’s picture book Black Cat, White Cat tells the sweet story of a black…

February 18, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Madly

YA author, Amy Alward (also known as Amy McCulloch, author of White Pine nominated The…

February 16, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Tea Party in the Woods

Not everything is as it first appears in Akiko Miyakoshi’s beautifully surreal picture book, The…

February 12, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: 44 Hours or Strike!

Anne Dublin chronicles the 1931 Toronto dressmaker’s strike in 44 Hours or Strike! - a…

February 11, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: 10 Ships that Rocked the World

There’s an inherent romance in the idea of a ship sailing on the high seas…

February 9, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Swan: the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Swan: the life and dance of Anna Pavlova chronicles the life of the Russian ballerina…

February 4, 2016

Children's Book Review: The Blackthorn Key

Apprenticed to eccentric apothecary Benedict Blackthorn, fourteen-year-old, Christopher Rowe considers himself very fortunate: his master…

February 2, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Once Upon a Rainy Day

Once Upon a Rainy Day, by Édouard Manceau, is not your ordinary fairy tale.  In…

January 29, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

The stories in The Adventures of Miss Petitfour are much like the little cakes that…

January 28, 2016

Children's Book Review: At Ease

Will Neises loves to play the violin more than anything else in the world. At…

January 26, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Calvin

Martine Leavitt’s recent young adult books have explored difficult themes and challenging issues. In Heck…

January 22, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Fire and Glass (Keepers of the Vault series)

Not only is Kristina Mah struggling to adjust to her parents’ separation and the loss…

January 21, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Masked Truth

Well-known for her paranormal series, Darkest Powers, her fantasy series, Age of Legends, and more…

January 19, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Once Upon a Line

Once Upon a Line, by Governor General’s Award-winning author and illustrator, Wallace Edwards, artfully explores…

January 15, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Jock and the Fat Chick

Kevin Connors is at the top of his game in The Jock and The Fat…