The Backstagers Volume 1: Rebels Without Applause

If you would like to read a balanced and well-written review of James Tynion IV’s, Rian Sygh’s, and Walter Baiamonte’s The Backstagers Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause, here is Yuriy’s excellent post. This one, on the other hand, is primarily gushing. Because I loved Rebels Without Applause. The volume opens with Jory, …

Presented with Pride : LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

The Vancouver Public Library recently updated their Presented with Pride for Teens brochure, which now includes annotations of over 25 LGTBQ+ books for young adults, including contemporary fiction, memoirs, short stories, nonfiction and graphic novels! You can find the book list in its entirety on the library’s website. Here are …

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 …

Freckleface Strawberry, or, Finding Diversity in Unusual Places

Finding diversity in early readers, particularly when it comes to popular, commercially-successful series, can unfortunately be a real struggle for many teachers, librarians and caregivers. Books featuring trains, dinosaurs, aliens, superheroes and animals are a dime a dozen, but finding stories that reflect the diversity of our communities can be …

Review: These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens

At last the Dear Canada series has a book featuring an Indigenous protagonist*! Ruby Slipperjack, who is herself Eabeametoong and who was sent to a Residential School at the age of seven, has written the diary of Violet (Pynut) Pesheens. Violet is thirteen when she is sent to study at one of Northern …