Book Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream By Wendelin Van Draanen I really enjoyed Van Draanen’s book Flipped, and therefore was looking forward to reading The Running Dream. It is our community reads season, and it is a book about running. I would like to have a good book that showcases some sort of sport on the long list andContinue reading “Book Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen”

Book Review: The Talk-Funny Girl

The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo Marjorie Richards lives on the outskirts of a small town in rural New Hampshire but even that does not account for her level of isolation. She lives with her parents, who hardly leave their small patch of land except to go to the local bar and to Pastor Schect’sContinue reading “Book Review: The Talk-Funny Girl”

Book Review: Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

It is that time of the year again, when I am furiously reading a certain kind of novel, that elusive species of book that can simultaneously entice a girls from the ages of 12 to 17 old, as well as all their parents and all their teachers. I know. I should just give up now.Continue reading “Book Review: Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff”

Miscellaneous Literary Goings-On

This last couple of months have been fraught with literary activities. Here is a recap, beginning in October and ending last weekend: SCBWI Conference This year the SCBWI Canada East conference took place in Montreal! Now, I love me a good writing conference, but the SCBWI have been far and away the most useful. ThisContinue reading “Miscellaneous Literary Goings-On”

Hi! I’m Back!

So you know when you have put something off for such a long time and it gets to be so long since you have done it that a task that wasn’t that big to begin with suddenly takes on epic proportions and becomes akin to scaling a mountain instead of taking a little trip toContinue reading “Hi! I’m Back!”

Book Review: The Blondes by Emily Schultz

Hazel Hayes has a complicated life. She has just arrived in New York from Toronto to complete her graduate studies. On the same day that she finds out she is pregnant by her married advisor, a crazed blonde woman pushes a young girl on to the subway tracks. The next day another act of violenceContinue reading “Book Review: The Blondes by Emily Schultz”

Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger on the Godspeed, a ship that has left Earth in order to find another habitable planet. She is a non-essential, simply along for the ride with her parents. She should wake up 300 years later when the Godspeed has landed on Centauri-Earth, theirContinue reading “Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis”

Book Review: Bride of New France

Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers Laure Beauséjour was taken from her beggar parents by the Paris authorities when she was just seven years old and placed in the Salpêtrière, a catch all institute for poor, sick, mentally ill, or criminal women (and by criminal read prostitutes).  She was lucky enough to spend aContinue reading “Book Review: Bride of New France”

Book Review: My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr

Ellen is a fourteen year-old who doesn’t need many friends. She has all the company she needs in her older brother Link and his best friend James, with whom she is “totally madly in love”. But as they enter their senior year of high school and Ellen is finally going to the same school asContinue reading “Book Review: My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr”