ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN, by Jeri Watts, Candlewick Press

Twelve-year-old Ellen learns the quiet strength of family when her mother's deep depression prompts her to ask an estranged aunt for help. Ellen's mother has struggled with depression before, but not like this. With her father away fighting in World War II and her mother unable to care for them, Ellen's only option is to … Continue reading ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN, by Jeri Watts, Candlewick Press

THE MIGRATION, by Helen Marshall, Random House Canada

Creepy and atmospheric, evocative of Stephen King's classic Pet Sematary , The Migration is a story of sisterhood, transformation, and the limitations of love, from a thrilling new voice in Canadian fiction. When I was younger I didn't know a thing about death. I thought it meant stillness, a body gone limp. A marionette with … Continue reading THE MIGRATION, by Helen Marshall, Random House Canada

SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID OF SHARKS, BOOK #2, by Katie & Kevin Tsang, Illustrated by Nathan Reed, Sterling Children’s Books

Brilliantly funny new young series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except when he is). And when a shark TOTALLY tries to eat him at the local aquarium, he decides he's not going to take any more chances. So at his friend's birthday party at the beach, Sam … Continue reading SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID OF SHARKS, BOOK #2, by Katie & Kevin Tsang, Illustrated by Nathan Reed, Sterling Children’s Books

STALKED, A GRIPPING TRUE STORY, by Alison Hewitt, Panmacmillan, PGC

Alison Hewitt was in the midst of training to be a family doctor when she met Al Amin Dhalla through an exclusive dating agency. He was a seemingly respectable businessman from Canada, so attentive and caring it was easy to ignore the warning signs - until he started, step by step, to take over her … Continue reading STALKED, A GRIPPING TRUE STORY, by Alison Hewitt, Panmacmillan, PGC

GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE, by Natasha Ngan, Hachette Book Group

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel. But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire. In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and … Continue reading GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE, by Natasha Ngan, Hachette Book Group

ESCAPE, DON’T STOP RUNNING, by Linwood Barclay, Puffin Books/Penguin Random House

  MY THOUGHTS: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. The first book of this "Chase" series, came out in July of 2017 and promised to keep young readers sitting on the edge of their seats. I read the first book when it first came out and decided I needed to re-read … Continue reading ESCAPE, DON’T STOP RUNNING, by Linwood Barclay, Puffin Books/Penguin Random House

THE GIRL IN THE LOCKED ROOM, A GHOST STORY, by Mary Downing Hahn, Clarion Books/HMHKids

Ghost story master Mary Downing Hahn unrolls the suspenseful, spine-chilling yarn of a girl imprisoned for more than a century, the terrifying events that put her there, and a friendship that crosses the boundary between past and present. A family moves into an old, abandoned house. Jules's parents love the house, but Jules is frightened … Continue reading THE GIRL IN THE LOCKED ROOM, A GHOST STORY, by Mary Downing Hahn, Clarion Books/HMHKids

THE DAY WAR CAME, by Nicola Davies, Illustrated By Rebecca Cobb, Candlewick Press

    A moving, poetic narrative and child-friendly illustrations follow the heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful journey of a little girl who is forced to become a refugee. "The day war came there were flowers on the windowsill and my father sang my baby brother back to sleep." Imagine if, on an ordinary day, after a morning … Continue reading THE DAY WAR CAME, by Nicola Davies, Illustrated By Rebecca Cobb, Candlewick Press

STORM, by Sam Usher, Templar Books/Candlewick Press

A storm is brewing and the wind is picking up, so a boy and his grandfather decide it's the perfect weather for kite flying. There's just one problem: they have to find the kite! Their search brings up many wonderful memories of previous adventures together, and when they finally make it outside, their adventure really … Continue reading STORM, by Sam Usher, Templar Books/Candlewick Press

THE CURSED WIFE, by Pamela Hartshorne, Pan Macmillan

A gripping historical thriller by the author of Time's Echo, Pamela Hartshorne. The Cursed Wife is a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London, by the author of Time's Echo, Pamela Hartshorne. Mary is content with her life as wife to Gabriel Thorne, a wealthy merchant in Elizabethan London. She loves her husband and her … Continue reading THE CURSED WIFE, by Pamela Hartshorne, Pan Macmillan