The Best Medicine

Written by Christine Hamill Reviewed by Lyn Halliday In her first book for children, Christine Hamill demonstrates her exceptional skill at handling delicate subject matter in the most hilarious way — one that will appeal to any middle-grade audience. The Best Medicine won the UK’s 2017 Laugh Out Loud Book Awards for 9 to 13 … Continue reading The Best Medicine

The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

By Lisa Shanahan Allen & Unwin 2017 216 pp paperback $14.99 ISBN: 9781760293017 Reviewed by Zewlan Moor As summer comes to an end, I’d like to draw your attention to a quiet middle-grade book that seems to have escaped much hype, despite being critically acclaimed. My 8-year-old daughter and I loved it as a read-aloud. … Continue reading The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

Little Witch #1 Secrets and Spells

by Aleesah Darlison Big Sky Publishing 2017 176 pages Paperback $14.99 ISBN: 9781925520101 Reviewed by Charlotte Barkla Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning Queensland author of picture books, chapter books and junior fiction novels. This is the first book in the “Little Witch” series, published by Big Sky Publishing in 2017. Twelve-year-old Courtney has been dragged … Continue reading Little Witch #1 Secrets and Spells

Harry Kruize, Born to Lose

by Paul Collins Ford Street Publishing 2017 224 pp paperback $17.95 ISBN 9781925272628 This is the story of a teenage boy’s struggle with a school bully and explores the importance of family and good friends. The title is a little misleading but the story shows that even though your world might be in disarray sometimes … Continue reading Harry Kruize, Born to Lose

Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles)

by Connie Glynn Puffin/Penguin 2017 288 pp pb $22.99 ISBN 9780141387567 A princess and a girl who would like to be royalty swap identities when they enter the elite Rosewood school. Sounds like fun, right? I thought so after enjoying the best-selling, “The Selection” by Kiera Cass. As I read, my first impression was that Undercover Princess … Continue reading Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles)

The Book of Dust: Volume One – La Belle Sauvage

by Philip Pullman David Fickling Books 2017 paperback 448 pp $32.99 ISBN 9780857561084 If, like me, you’ve ever logged on to J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore site to check out what animal your patronus would be, my guess is that you’d love the world Phillip Pullman created as the setting for The Book of Dust - La … Continue reading The Book of Dust: Volume One – La Belle Sauvage