The King of Jam Sandwiches

Eric Walters’ Governor General award winning book, The King of Jam Sandwiches, captured me from the first page to the last. I do yoga on a regular basis so I’m aware usually aware of my breath. But it wasn’t until I took the odd break from reading this heart-breaking middle grade novel that I realized […]

Alice Fleck’s Recipes for Disaster

I wanted to read this book the moment I saw the cover. I love to cook and bake and occasionally indulge in reality TV shows about people doing both. (The Great Canadian Baking Show and its model, The Great British Baking Show, are my favourites.) Alice Fleck’s Recipes for Disaster wasn’t exactly what I expected–let’s […]

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Thanks to the pandemic, contemporary fiction writers face a new challenge: what will the world be like when/if my book gets published two or three years from now? As I write my current work-in-progress, people are wearing masks and not gathering in large groups. Will that be the case when my book finally comes out? […]

I Read Canadian Day 2021

Tomorrow’s the big day! Let’s get everyone reading Canadian for at least 15 minutes. Need motivation for you or your classroom? Premier Justin Trudeau will give a special message in both English and French on Bibliovideo’s YouTube channel. Bibliovideo will also host a virtual video series called I Write Canadian, featuring Canadian writers for young […]

Broken Strings

Title: Broken Strings Author: Eric Walters & Kathy Kacer Publisher: Puffing Canada Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-0-7352-6624-7 In my last post of the decade (!) I want to do a quick shout out to a great 2019 title by two Canadian kid-lit super powers. Broken Strings is a Holocaust lesson wrapped up in a story about […]

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