EMWF Kids & YA: Book Reviews

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"I am able to relate to her struggles and challenges that exist simply because she is female, and even though our circumstances are very different, it is inspiring to read about women like this that want to change their unfair situations, fictional or not."

Olivia reviews Iron Widow.

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"I also really liked reading about all of the different kids, how their lives were affected by the pandemic, and how they adapted to the changes which were happening all around them."

Alex and Daya review Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories. 

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“I would recommend The Coming Storm to anyone 12 and above. It’s technically a YA novel, but the beautiful storytelling and intricately crafted mystery makes it a perfect read for any age.”

Leah reviews The Coming Storm.

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My favourite part is when he goes to school. Every day he comes to school with Ms. Prichard. I don’t have a dog. My teacher has a dog at my virtual classes.”

Yuliana and Alison review Harley the Hero.

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“The pictures in the book are nice and simple which helps if you are not a great reader. I also think the pictures are very funny and have cool captions.”

James reviews Raymond the Buffalo.

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“This is a book about noticing things in nature. Also, if you eat too many carrots you might turn orange.”

Rosie reviews Outside, You Notice.

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“A lot of other kids with little brothers or sisters would be able to make a connection to the book and they might learn new things about dinosaurs and how family works.”

Addison and Eli review Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field.

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“This book is AMAZING!!!... If you are a person who loves the outdoors, animals, and nature like I am, then this definitely is the book for you.”

Grace, Jacob, and Eli review Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman.

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"It was funny when Pride Puppy ate the ice cream because dogs aren’t supposed to eat ice cream. They have bones and dog treats."

Cooper, Lumi and William review Pride Puppy.

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"I loved seeing these characters who are queer have their joy, romance and strong group of friends without any question of the validity of their identity."

Ashvini and Noor review Bruised.

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"It’s inspiring because it tells you that even if something goes wrong, that doesn’t mean you have to stop."

Cassia and Ella review On the Other Side of the Forest.

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"Be yourself, be different, because different is cool, interesting."

Lily reviews The Power of Style.

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"I guess anybody can read this book kids or grown-ups because it teaches them how to show acts of kindness and what happens to others when you show an act of kindness."

Ahana and Charlotte review The Doll!

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"My favourite part is when she says all the names that people call her and how they are different from her name. There were a lot of different names."

Sebastian and Zosha review Thao.

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"I am going to be a detective like the girl in the book and I am going to go outside and find all the clues for the seasons!"

Javier, Lincoln-Joseph, and Rosie review This is How I Know.

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POSTS FROM OUR 2020 SEASON

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"They show how it doesn't matter what color skin we have, or who we love, or what pronoun we choose, to be able to work together in harmony to fix what is wrong and to stand as one against it."

Olivia reviews The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Pool.

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"I like that this book is about a little boy just like me - who likes his cat. If I had a cat, I would probably like my cat as much as the little boy in the story loves his cat."

Charlotte, Elliott, and Mason review I Do Not Like Stories, written by Andrew Larsen and ilustrated by Carey Sookocheff

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"It made us feel different emotions learning what other people live through."

Kaylee and Emma review The Stray and Strangers, written by Steven Heighton and illustrated by Melissa Iwai.

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"I think other kids should read this book because it teaches you a lot about things like how the Indigenous people hunted and lived. The novel is very suspenseful, so you always want to keep reading. The book also introduces you to words from the Cree language, like kiskisitotaso, which means ‘Don’t forget who you are’ or ‘Don’t forget yourself’, and it was cool to learn words in another language."

Hannah, James and Landen review The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson.

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"The last page (apple crumble recipe) is tasty. My favourite page."

Abby and Noah review Our Little Kitchen written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

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"I’d never write about anything that didn’t celebrate being different."

Read our Q&A with Devin Fan, author of The Barnabus Project. He joins us on Tuesday September 1 at 10:30 a.m. EST to share his suspenseful, poignant and magical story about following your dreams and finding where you truly belong.

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What can you expect from the second book in Kenneth Oppel's Bloom Trilogy? "More delectable alien creatures! In the first book, you met some very interesting flora. Now you get to meet some fauna."

Read more from our Q&A with Kenneth Oppel, who joins us on October 6 at 1:30 p.m. EST for an event for students ages 10-14, presented in partnership with Wellington County Library.

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"I think it’s a great book for kids, especially ones that maybe feel different to everybody else or not perfect, because there’s no way to be perfect except the way you are.”

Cassia, Hunter, Madeline and Willie review The Barnabus Project, by Devin Fan.

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Alisa Siegel writes in such a way that encourages us to be grateful for what we have as what we read is based on a true story. Someone actually went through all of it. I recommend this book especially to those who find themselves unsatisfied with the luxuries they have.”

Arlene reviews My Name is Konisola, by Alisa Siegel.

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"Kids should read this book because it’s important to know the history of Canada. Even if it’s sad."

Simon, Hudson, Sebastian and Madeline review The Train, by Jodie Callaghan.

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“It shows how much fun kids can have with their grandparents ”

Emma, Kaylee and Nick review Maud and Grand Maud, by Sarah O'Leary

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“My mom says her grandmother never had a chance to go to school. It's too bad she didn't have a school like this.”

Magnus reviews Grandmother School, by Rina Singh.

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"I like that the character is real. She is someone you could totally see walking the halls of your school or staring out the window in one of your classes. I enjoy how she reacts to problems and how that changes over the course of the book."

Jana reviews My Summer of Love and Misfortune, written by Lindsay Wong.

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"I liked the part where he was listing the great things a pet rock mammoth would be. Some of the things were: hide-n-seek buddy, super absorbent mop, and full-sized stuffie. It was my favourite part because it made me laugh."

Hunter and Jakob review Rock Mammoth, written by Eveline Payette.

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"You never really know what someone has been through, so it is important to be sensitive and kind."

Miriam reviews Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch.

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"The author is really good at writing the story so you can imagine the scenes in your head."

Alex and Hunter review Music for Tigers, written by Michelle Kardarusman.

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"The book is about how people around the world don't need to fight. Instead they can be kind and make friends."

Aliyana, Evelyn and Matthew review What if Soldiers Fought with Pillows, written by Heather Camlot and iIllustrated by Serge Bloch.

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More great reads for ages 7 and under!

We're thrilled to share this wonderful list of new books for children by Canadian writers. You'll find books about nature inspired by our event What Grew in Larry's Garden, and books about friendship inspired by our event You and Me Both and Going Up!

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More great reads for ages 8-12!

Love animals? Check out these awesome recommendations of middle-grade novels by Canadian authors, inspired by our event with Michelle Karadusman, author of Music for Tigers.

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