Book Reviews

Book Review: Life or Death by Larry Verstraete

  More than 30 riveting - and true! - survival stories from Larry Verstraete, the master of adventure non-fiction. A slave in mid-1800s North Carolina squeezes into a 2' x 3' box and has friends mail him to Philadelphia . . . and freedom. A doctor injects 8000 Polish Jews with a substance that makes… Continue reading Book Review: Life or Death by Larry Verstraete

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YA Book Club March Book Announcement

We are nearing our meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our February novel, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. However, to make sure everyone has time to get a copy, it is time to announce our March book: Dust by Arthur Slade A rainmaker brings rain to a drought-stricken town,… Continue reading YA Book Club March Book Announcement

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Book Review: Report to the Principal’s Office by Jerry Spinelli

While Sunny is determined to hate everyone at Plumstead Middle School, Eddie hopes simply to survive, Salem tries her hand at writing, and Pickles acts like . . . well, like Pickles. Original. My Thoughts I needed a quick read to fill in the time while my husband was away on a trip for work.… Continue reading Book Review: Report to the Principal’s Office by Jerry Spinelli

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Book Club Review: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

  Will Everett has always wished for an adventure. Little does he know that his adventure starts the moment he boards the Boundless. There is a murder, and now Will must protect a key that can unlock the train's hidden treasures. Villians are fast on his heels and strange creatures are lurking outside the windows… Continue reading Book Club Review: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

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Book Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger—and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. My Thoughts… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

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Book Review: Coop the Great by Larry Verstraete

Coop is an aging, cynical, down-and-out dachshund who faces the ultimate test when his new owner, Mike, and Mike's grandchildren, Zach and Emma, run into trouble. Mike rescued him, but does Coop have what it takes to do the same? My thoughts: This is a fantastic tale told from the point of view of Coop,… Continue reading Book Review: Coop the Great by Larry Verstraete

Book Reviews, YA Book Club for Writers

Suzanne Goulden’s YA Book Club for Writers

Starting January 2019, I'm running a book club for writers of middle grade and young adult fiction. If you're a MG or YA writer from Winnipeg or surrounding area, and are interested in learning more, please contact me. (Note: There's a *bit* more to this group than just reading a novel and having a discussion.) I… Continue reading Suzanne Goulden’s YA Book Club for Writers