Category Archives: Survival

Teen Read: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Seeing as how this is Black History Month and given the turmoil throughout the United States especially in the past year over racial issues, this book is not only extremely timely but deeply thought-provoking.  Anything good you’ve heard or read … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: The Long Way Home by Andrew Klavan

Today’s Mystery Monday feature is book 2 of a teen read called The Long Way Home — The Homelanders Book 2.  The protagonist, Charlie West, should be in his senior year of high school but instead, he’s on the run … Continue reading

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Junior/Teen Read: Sackett’s Land (Sacketts Book 1) by Louis L’Amour

Sackett’s Land is a solid, junior/intermediate historical, swashbuckling adventure set at the beginning in the fens of Cambridgeshire, Britain and later in the rough, new world of America.  It is a time of seafaring, sword fighting, and a sometimes fickle … Continue reading

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If I Run by Terri Blackstock

I received a free ecopy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. Casey Cox has never believed that her father committed suicide when she was 12 years old and now, her best friend Brent, was … Continue reading

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Buying Samir by Kimberly Rae

I received a free ecopy of Buying Samir from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.  While this is a book about kids, I don’t recommend it for preteens, and even with teens, I recommend caution.  Buying Samir is … Continue reading

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Junior/Intermediate Novels: Remembrance Day

In Canada, we celebrate the veterans of our wars and the precious freedom they gave us on November 11th — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — the day hostilities ended the First World War. … Continue reading

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Whispers in Hiding by Kathy Kacer and Sharon E. McKay

If you want children junior grade level and older to have a clear picture in their minds of what it was like to be a Jewish child during WWII, this is the book that will do it for you.  True … Continue reading

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Sable Island, a teacher’s treasure trove

This year I’m subscribing for the first time to a magazine called Canadian Geographic which boasts a readership of over 4.5 million at home and abroad.  I recently received the March Travel Edition which featured an article about Sable Island, the … Continue reading

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Junior/Teen Read: The Maze by Will Hobbs

“Who is Rick Walker?” the judge intoned. . . Rick knew he wasn’t dangerous to anybody, if that was what the judge was getting at. Throwing rocks at a stop sign wouldn’t suggest that he was, would it?  He’d never hurt anybody. “For violating … Continue reading

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Teen Read: Safe As Houses

This is another dramatic novel from Eric Walters based on a true story.  Safe As Houses (2009), in this sense, is an ironic cliché.  Houses should be safe, hence the expression.  However, this particular house, its neighbouring houses and its occupants are … Continue reading

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