I got this sneak peek from NetGalley, as I was intrigued by the title. As an archivist myself I was excited for a YA featuring my profession.
It does fI got this sneak peek from NetGalley, as I was intrigued by the title. As an archivist myself I was excited for a YA featuring my profession.
It does feature so much of what is cool about archives- how the past influences the present, how loss and love are constant throughout no matter the time period. But there is so much more.
Kenzie, the protagonist, introduces us to a world where she has taken over her grandfather's job returning histories (ghosts) to the archives where they should be. She is battle-scarred and weary, but loves her job.
Even in this short sneak peak I can see how exciting this book will be as there have been so many surprises! The most exciting part is that Kenzie has met someone new who will change her career, and possibly her life, forever.
I am very excited for this to be released in its entirety....more
Great book for early readers. It introduced a lot of new vocabulary to my son but the time motivator (before Halloween!) helped him to push on and finGreat book for early readers. It introduced a lot of new vocabulary to my son but the time motivator (before Halloween!) helped him to push on and finish....more
In this, the third book in the Courageous Kids series, Tara Saracuse explores the world of kids on the Pacific islands of British Columbia. As in the previous book I read in this series, Northern Kids, there are a number of stories from real kids about how they interact with their environment.
True to the other books in the series, the author provides stories from long ago up to the present day, drawing a timeline as the environment changes and gets more populated. From creation stories to Emily Carr and a tsunami, Saracuse manages to cover the history of Vancouver Island and the islands around it from an easily understandable kids-eye view.
My kids liked the first story, The Raven, The Clam, and The Kids, best. I think it was the description of a giant canoe big enough for 60 people made out of a single tree trunk!
Also like Northern Kids, this book gives an in to talking about some of the most difficult issues in Canadian society, from racism and residential schools to the Japanese internment. By first presenting a story and then providing context, Saracuse gives the reader a good introduction to these tough topics. I can see these as a great social studies resource for upper elementary school kids.
But these aren't just great resources, they are also fun reads which catch kids' attention. With topics like dinosaur finds, a school escape, rats and slugs, a monkey called Woo, and a chocolate strike, how could any kid (or adult!) not be interested?...more
Utterly unique picture book that shows how perseverance and believing in yourself can lead you to shine. The text is lyrical and the photographs are tUtterly unique picture book that shows how perseverance and believing in yourself can lead you to shine. The text is lyrical and the photographs are theatrical, so you feel like you are dropped into a circus play. A new classic for lovers of Canadian picture books....more
In the summer of 1974, Fostaty was an NCO at the Valcartier cadet camp in Quebec, when on July 31, during a training session a real grenade was mixed in with the dummies. When the pin was pulled out, it exploded, leaving 6 boys dead and 54 wounded.
He sets the scene of what it's like to be an army cadet, from the toothbrushes used to clean boots to the meals in the mess. The contents of the documents he received from the Department of National Defense under the Access to Information Act he explains clearly, setting the scene. The events of July 31, 1974 are described clearly and succinctly and it was so easy for me to see the mayhem through Fostaty's eyes. He includes the aftermath, up to the 35th anniversary where the survivors met for the first time since the incident. It's all extremely well-written, and so compelling I was unable to put the book down after thinking I would just read the first chapter before bed. That doesn't happen very often with nonfiction books!...more
This is a coming-of-age story for a teenage girl, who is mute after childhood trauma, has mixed feelings toward her foster parents and especially her foster father's politics. She sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother, and gets involved with environmental activists and makes a friend who is dealing with what is probably bipolar disorder.
Sounds like a very modern YA book, right? Actually, it's a historical novel, taking place in the 1920s at the beginning of prohibition.
Sadie Rose is a likeable character who has a lot of gumption. The supporting characters, from her friend who gets involved with dangerous bootleggers to the Norwegian caretakers are also interesting and fleshed out well.
The environmental concerns brought up by the book have kept me thinking. We've been brought up to think that Hydro is a fantastic renewable resource and one of the best sources of energy that is good for the environment. Certainly it's safer than coal or nuclear. But it extracts its own price from the environment when a dam is built, and this book got me thinking about the human face of that issue.
This would be a great book for teens making their first venture into historical fiction....more
Funny look at how a bit of reverse psychology from a cheeky spud can make an imaginative girl realize just how awesome it is to be a kid. Debbie Ohi'sFunny look at how a bit of reverse psychology from a cheeky spud can make an imaginative girl realize just how awesome it is to be a kid. Debbie Ohi's illustrations are a standout, we need to see more from her....more
This is a great little book for introducing a variety of animals and their ecosystems. Every page has a variety of familiar and new animals for children to wonder over. There are many different areas and climates within, from oceans and deserts to forests and towns.
The author introduces a great deal of new vocabulary, from niche to phytoplankton, in easy-to-understand terms. All of the animals on the page are related to the new vocabulary words.
The illustrations are very unique in that they are pieced together to look like different quilts, so in addition to scientific information there is a soft introduction to various shapes as well as crafts. The pages are, like many quilts, quite busy, so this is more suited to sitting down and reading rather than reading aloud to a number of children.
The back of the book has a supplemental section with illustrations of famous environmentalists like Wangari Maathai and David Suzuki. Teachers and parents will especially like the game suggestion for role-playing the animal food chain....more
In 1994, a humpback whale was caught in the rope that was left behind by a fishing boat. It was so entangled that the whale researchers feared it coulIn 1994, a humpback whale was caught in the rope that was left behind by a fishing boat. It was so entangled that the whale researchers feared it could not move and needed to be rescued. Captain Jim of the Gikumi and Captain Mike of the Blue Fjord, whale watching boats that were nearby, came close to the whale to rescue her. Captain Mike jumped in the ocean without so much as a SCUBA tank to try to loosen the rope. Under the watchful eyes of some dolphins, Captain Mike is finally able to cut the rope loose.
It states that this picture book is for 9 and up but my kids had no problem understanding any of it. They liked that the names "Nanoose" and "Gikumi" sound like Japanese words despite no relation at all.
Mostly they were fascinated with the place where this all occurred (and the huge knife used to cut Nanoose free!). Telegraph Cove is a tiny place on the northern side of Vancouver Island, near Port Hardy. The population is only 20! Captain Jim runs Stubbs Island Whale Watching with his wife Mary, who co-authored this book. My children have ordered me to rent a cabin there on our next trip to Canada! It looks like it would be a great vacation.
This was a great book to see that humans have the power to not only mess up the oceans and hurt the animals in it, but also help them. I hope it reminds my children that we need to respect the ocean that is our neighbour....more
This book is a nominee for the 2012 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards.
Barbara Reid has a long history of Canadian picture book successes. Every Canadian picture book bestsellers list I have seen at Quill & Quire has included at least one of her books. Read Me a Book is a personal favourite.
The reason Barbara Reid is so loved is because her Plasticine illustrations are so unique and inviting. The textures her plasticine scenes provide add extra dimensions to every single one of her books and this one is no different.
A tree seems like a simple thing, and it's one of the first things kids learn to draw. But the trees Reid portrays are more than just a green and brown thing off by itself. She gives us so many different perspectives on trees. These trees are habitats, community members, shades, and mimics of humans.
This is the kind of book that is perfect for the new core curriculum standards. It introduces nature, seasons, a child's place in the world and their neighbourhoods, and new ideas about art. We all really enjoyed all the details....more
Stuck With The Blooz gives the grumps a face, and a personality. The Blooz is big and wet and wrinkly, and absolutely adorable for someone so unwelcome.
Our hero does everything possible to get rid of The Blooz. Food, care, attention, and even a bumpy bicycle ride. It turns out that fun is an essential ingredient to getting rid of The Blooz.
This story was a great hit at read-aloud time this weekend, and so much fun for me to actually read. How could you not love that they "made a song out of sighs"? This adorable monster gives an amazing visual for the emotions preschoolers experience so often without being able to verbalize it.
Levis' rhythmic text pairs beautifully with Davis' fetching characters, creating a character sure to delight young readers as much as other unwelcome visitors like The Cat in the Hat. The only problem with this book is that the wrinkly old monster is so adorable you're likely to want to invite The Blooz around to your house. ...more