Posts Tagged "Dundurn Press"

Beautiful Goodbye by Nancy Runstedler

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Book Reviews, Ontario | 0 comments

Summary: Maggie is bereft after the sudden death of her father, not quite sure how to proceed in the face of this and other drastic life changes. When she and her friend Gillian discover a Ouija board in the attic of Maggie’s new house, Maggie hopes to contact her father and say a proper goodbye. Instead, the girls end up contacting Hope Lewis, a deceased spirit who asks for their help. Along with Cole, Maggie’s little brother, the three are transported back in time to 1915 where they met Hope and find a way to support her through the most stressful time of her life. In the...

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The Unwritten Girl by James Bow

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Book Reviews, Ontario | 0 comments

Summary: When Rosemary stops reading yet another fiction book, the characters in the stories she has discarded fight back by kidnapping her brother, Theo, and holding him hostage in the book world. With Puck as her guide, Rosemary and her new friend Peter go after him, making their way through challenge after challenge before they reach the villain and figure out what they need to do to rescue Theo. Along the way they learn about the characteristics of good story-telling, and enjoy revisiting previously read books. Confronting Marjorie, the mastermind behind the kidnapping, reveals if...

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The Hunger by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Book Reviews, Ontario | 0 comments

Summary: When puberty changes her body and comments about her weight begin to get to her, Paula endeavours to lose some weight over the summer. But what starts out as losing a few pounds turns into over-exercising, binge eating, vomiting and not eating at all, and Paula’s doctor recognizes she has become anorexic with bulimic tendencies. A school project has Paula researching her family’s roots, and she uncovers her grandmother’s connection to the Armenian genocide beginning in 1915. As her weight gets lower and lower, Paula has a heart attack one day while exercising and...

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Kid Soldier by Jennifer Maruno

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Book Reviews, Ontario | 0 comments

Summary: Richard Fuller is a fifteen year-old with a taste for adventure and an ambitious spirit. Also loyal and trustworthy, Richard works at various jobs making friends everywhere he goes until the local baker suggests he train to be a signaller at a summer training camp for soldiers. Certain this is the key to achieving his dreams of seeing the world, Richard enlists when World War II starts, using his library card for identification though he is too young. But the rigours of war are not what he imagined, and though it puts him in touch with long-lost relatives in England, Richard...

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The Baby Experiment by Anne Dublin

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Book Reviews, Ontario | 0 comments

Summary: Hired to care for babies without speaking to them or giving them affection for an experiment about language, Johanna’s concern grows as the babies become listless and start dying. Unable to take it anymore, Johanna decides to¬†rescue¬†baby Rebecca and make her way from Germany to the Netherlands. As a Jewish girl living in the early 1700s, her journey is filled with religious discrimination and sexism, but the kindness of strangers help her achieve her goal and start a new life in a country where she is considered to be worthy of being a citizen. Number of Pages: 150 Age Range:...

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