Everyday Hero by Kathleen Cherry

Everyday Hero by Kathleen Cherry

  Red Cedar fiction (2017/2018) nominee Everyday Hero opens shortly after thirteen-year-old Alice and her dad have moved from Vancouver to Kitimat. A new town, a new school, a new start, that’s what Alice’s dad thinks. “No!” Dad’s voice was so loud I could hear it through my bedroom wall. “No, Lisa! We’ve gone through […]

Yellow Dog by Miriam Korner

Yellow Dog by Miriam Korner

I want to preface this review by noting that I didn’t tag Yellow Dog under TBW’s Indigenous or First Nations tags despite a Cree protagonist and a narrative focus on relationship and culture, because those tags are for Indigenous-created stories. Although Miriam Korner has studied Cree language and culture, and co-wrote When the Trees Crackle with […]

Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

Jasbir, a.k.a. Jazz, has always been a stellar student and an obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine — she has good friends in the “genius” program she’s been in since kindergarten, her teachers and her principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of […]

Review: The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden by Jill MacLean

Review: The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden by Jill MacLean

  What am I more afraid of? Prinny drowning on the reef? Or Tate and Mel? (p. 16) Sigrid Sugden is a Shrike. She, Tate, and Mel blackmail their schoolmates, though no teacher has yet found proof of their bullying. This changes when Tate and Mel are willing to let one of their victims die. Sigrid […]