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Blog Tour: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

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2017/03/20

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus… Read More ›

Favourite Picture Books to Find Under the Tree

You can’t go wrong with a book. That’s been my motto forever, and especially during the holiday season. While it can be challenging to find that perfect gift – especially for younger children – I find that there’s nothing like giving a stack of books to your favourite littles, and curling up to read them… Read More ›

Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion,… Read More ›

Sequel Envy: A Little Taste of Poison by RJ Anderson

Twelve-year-old Isaveth tries to take down the man who framed her father for murder in this lively follow-up to A Pocket Full of Murder, which Kirkus Reviews called “thoroughly entertaining.” The city of Tarreton is powered by magic, from simple tablets that light lamps to advanced Sagery that can murder a man from afar. Isaveth… Read More ›

Seven Reasons Why You Should Read “A Pocket Full of Murder” by R.J. Anderson

In the spell-powered city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic they desire while the working class can barely afford a simple spell to heat their homes. Twelve-year-old Isaveth is poor, but she’s also brave, loyal, and zealous in the pursuit of justice—which is lucky, because her father has just been wrongfully arrested for… Read More ›

#SYWTBH Review: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world. But the new technology is also killing her. Greta is only sixteen years old,… Read More ›

Reviews: Picture Books for Lazy Summer Bedtimes

One of my favourite things in the world are well-written picture books. I am a firm believer that a quality picture book transcends age, and can be used in the classroom as well at bedtime. Fortunately, I have a number of publishing friends who agree with me, and they are kind enough to share some… Read More ›

Review: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It… Read More ›

Review & Giveaway for Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay

Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco might be one. Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey’s been a certified mess—a poet who can’t write anymore, a good mother who feels like she’s failing her kids. She’s been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries. Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A… Read More ›

Review: The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret… Read More ›

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