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Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (a Hunger Games novel) by Suzanne Collins

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has… Continue reading Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (a Hunger Games novel) by Suzanne Collins

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Book Club Review: No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

Felix Knuttson, twelve, is an endearing kid with an incredible brain for trivia. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable; she can't hold onto a job, or a home. When they lose their apartment in Vancouver, they move into a camper van, just for August, till Astrid finds a job. September comes, they're still in… Continue reading Book Club Review: No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

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Book Review: Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don't let them out of the… Continue reading Book Review: Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

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Book Club Review: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

  It was just rain. But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up. Suddenly— They. Are. Everywhere. They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed. Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? A week… Continue reading Book Club Review: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

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Book Review: The Journey Forward, a novella on reconciliation

The Journey Forward, A Novella On Reconciliation: When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! by Richard Van CampThis the story of 12-year-old Dene Cho, who is angry that his people are losing their language, traditions, and ways of being. Elder Snowbird is there to answer some of Dene Cho's questions, and to share their history… Continue reading Book Review: The Journey Forward, a novella on reconciliation

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Book Club Review: A World Below by Wesley King

Mr. Baker’s eighth grade class thought they were in for a normal field trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. But when an earthquake hits, their field trip takes a terrifying turn. The students are plunged into an underground lake…and their teacher goes missing. They have no choice but to try and make their way… Continue reading Book Club Review: A World Below by Wesley King

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Book Review: Missing Mike by Shari Green

He's a rescue, a mutt. Maybe there's a little golden retriever in him, although he's not exactly pretty. He's had a run-in with coyotes and he's missing an eye. But Mike is eleven-year-old Cara Donovan's dog, and they love each other absolutely. Usually her pet follows Cara everywhere, but on the day the family first… Continue reading Book Review: Missing Mike by Shari Green

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Book Club Review: Miles to Go by Beryl Young

Miles to Go is the story of a friendship between two twelve-year-old girls in a small Saskatchewan town. In the spring of 1948, each girl faces a heavy personal loss and challenges that threaten their friendship. Through a hard few months the girls learn the meaning of loyalty and the value of keeping a promise.… Continue reading Book Club Review: Miles to Go by Beryl Young

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Book Review: The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem by Kevin Sylvester

In this hilarious, new series, four ordinary kids are about to learn that they are on deck. . . to save the world! Jessica Flem has spent the better part of her life so far reacting allergically to everything - and much of it in her basement where she rules the online game Gang of… Continue reading Book Review: The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem by Kevin Sylvester

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Book Club Review: Sweep: The story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier

For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived--and a girl. With her wits and will, she's managed to beat the deadly odds… Continue reading Book Club Review: Sweep: The story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier