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, […]

Team Avatar, Detectives at Your Service

Team Avatar, Detectives at Your Service

It’s no secret that I’m a huge admirer of Avatar: the Last Airbender, tv show and comics both, so pardon me while I fangirl a little, and bear with my semi-academic writerly argument. But Team Avatar? Totally a detective group, solving the mysteries going on in their own specific time and place with people they know, […]

In Other Words, Marvelous: The Girl is Murder

In Other Words, Marvelous: The Girl is Murder

What’s the story, morning glory? The Girl is Murder* by Kathryn Miller Haines is set in New York City, autumn 1942. Following her adored mother’s suicide and the return of a veteran father she barely knows, Iris Anderson is in for some rough waters. There isn’t money anymore, and Iris and her father have to […]

Snapshot Review: Audiobook of Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Snapshot Review: Audiobook of Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This is an audiobook review because I couldn’t resist. I do want to point out that Nafiza has already reviewed this book (and she did such a nice job too!). Audiobook narrators: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and Rebecca Soler (who also did Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, an excellent reader!) Ever since I started […]

Deborah Ellis: Reading to Survive: Children, War, and Books

“We all need courage.” Your roving reporter here! Last night, Deborah Ellis spoke at the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library. She spoke about why she wrote the books she did and the children and women she met during her journeys. There were over fifty attendees. Much of the talk was on the factual […]

Abuse and Resilience: Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

If you take a gander at  the tags for this post, you might be pardoned for feeling a little confused: how can Good Night, Mr. Tom be Historical Fiction and Nonfiction? To be sure, Realistic Fiction and Social Issues (Abuse, Death and Mourning, and War) often walk hand in hand. But how can one book be Out of […]

The Enemy: A Picturebook About Humanity, War and Peace

The Enemy: A Picturebook About Humanity, War and Peace

    The Enemy by Swedish author Davide Cali and published in Australia by @wilkinsfarago is a unique picturebook that I stumbled across while processing the special orders @KKBOttawa this past week. When I unpacked The Enemy from the box I was at first completely mesmerized. What was this strange book? Who is the intended audience? […]