Posts Tagged "Puffin Canada"

The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Book Reviews, British Columbia | 0 comments

Summary: Twins Eli and Seth Maddox are raised in the Keylands, a wealthy post-apocalyptic community with the power to control the weather and a lot of secrets. Droughtlanders are those who live outside the walls of the Keylands, plagued by many sicknesses and long-term drought. After an incident involving the death of a Droughtlander circus performer, Eli starts asking questions and learns his mother Lisette is actually a former Droughtlander working to overthrow the Keylanders in a rebellion. When she dies and Eli knows his own father is responsible, he finds his way into the Droughtlands...

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Half World by Hiromi Goto, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Book Reviews, British Columbia | 0 comments

Summary: A long ago prophecy of a child being born in the Half World to heal the rift between the three realms seems to be coming true when a pregnant woman is banished for fourteen years. Melanie, the unborn child from the incident, is born in the real world and lives fourteen years with a mother who seems to be fading away. Knowing nothing about her parents’ past and with just one picture of her absent father, Melanie is caught off guard when she receives a note from crows to go home only to go there and find her mother missing. Directed by a mysterious phone call to make her way to...

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Spider’s Song by Anita Daher

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Book Reviews, Northwest Territories | 0 comments

Summary: Hampered by family secrets, AJ lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories with her grandmother while her mother is away at achool getting her teaching degree. When AJ meets a busker named Ed who knows her family and about her mysterious father, she thinks she finally has a way to get her questions answered without having to deal with her grandmother’s stonewalling and her mother’s avoidance of the past. Ed ends up being everything AJ was looking for, a friend as well as a family connection, but all is not as it seems and the resulting drama will unlock secrets AJ never...

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Chin Music by Gregory Roberts

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Alberta, Book Reviews | 0 comments

Summary: Brook Gunderson is a teenage boy with two great loves: baseball and pranks. But when the pranks get him into trouble with his new baseball coach, Brook finds himself benched for upcoming games. Struggling to get back in his coach’s good graces, Brook learns to take a hit from the ball when he’s up at bat. But his pitching career seems to be cut short when a day of fun and another stunt injures him in a way that means he will never regain his fastball. Faced with a choice to let this new turn take him down or to get creative, Brook comes across an article about a pitch...

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Karma by Cathy Ostlere

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Book Reviews, Manitoba | 0 comments

Summary: With one parent who is Sikh and one who is Hindu, Maya (Jiva) is caught in the middle with two names and conflicting beliefs about God and life. As the only Indians living in rural town of Elsinore, Manitoba, the culture isolation hits Maya’s mother the most, leading her into depression and suicide. In response, her father takes Maya back to India, but it’s 1984 and prime minister Indira Gandhi is about to be assassinated, plunging the country into a violent rampage against Sikhs. Maya and her father are separated during the riots, each believing the other is dead, and...

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