EMWF Kids & YA: Reviews and Recommendations

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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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