The Case of the Girl in Grey by Jordan Stratford; ill. Kelly Murphy

The Case of the Girl in Grey by Jordan Stratford; ill. Kelly Murphy

The Case of the Girl in Grey (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency No. 2) by Jordan Stratford and illustrated by Kelly Murphy – Red Cedar fiction nominee 2017/2018 – is a middle grade mystery, a story of utterly opposite sisters, and above all, about the friendships formed between remarkable girls. As in The Case of the Missing […]

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The domovoi’s gaze wandered, and his mouth drooped open. “I am weak,”  he slurred. “And the wood-guard is weak. Our enemy has loosened his chain. Soon he will be free. I cannot keep him out.” “Who is the enemy?” “Appetite,” said the domovoi again. “Madness. Terror. He wants to eat the world.” “How can I […]

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

I have a number of things to get done, and you are quite obviously someone who gets things done.” (p. 346-347) As I mentioned earlier, Stacey Lee’s Outrun the Moon has my new favourite protagonist, Mercy Wong, THE most indomitable, march into your heart and take no prisoners young woman I’ve had the pleasure of reading […]

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

After years of research, reading hundreds of books and countless articles, watching documentary films, visiting museums and libraries, speaking with many people, including surviving code talkers, there was an immense amount of history that I felt needed to be told. As a result, [my] first full draft was so heavy with facts — names, dates, […]

The Kugel Valley Klezmer Band by Joan Betty Stuchner; ill. by Richard Row

The Kugel Valley Klezmer Band by Joan Betty Stuchner; ill. by Richard Row

The rabbi said to Yossi, Isaac, and Benny, “You must come back to play for out Hanukkah party this year. Now don’t forget!” So we’re about half a year away from Hanukkah, and it’s definitely not winter anymore, at least not in my corner of the world. (Sunshine! Warm breezes! At last!) But I’m currently […]

I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; illustrations by Gillian Newland

I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; illustrations by Gillian Newland

A bookseller friend (hi, Leah!) informs me that because of long awaited and long-overdue curriculum changes in BC elementary schools that place more emphasis on the residential school system, teachers are rushing out to buy books like Fatty Legs and I Am Not a Number in droves. These books are flying off the shelves like hotcakes. It’s easy to […]