February 20, 2019

Now on GoodReads

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you'll stay and browse for a while. I am no longer updating this blog; however, if you're interested in knowing what I'm currently reading, here's an excerpt from my GoodReads page:

Mary-Esther's books

liked it
Fleeting, yet lyrical.
No Fixed Address
it was amazing
Susin Nielsen's an amazing writer. Her characters are always memorable and her stories heartbreakingly wonderful.
The Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home
really liked it
Very good introduction to the periodic table and the elements that make up our world. Kids will appreciate the atomic comics and the book's brightly coloured layout. Good for teens and adults too!
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
liked it
Very strange and funny. Good for those who like exotic worlds and fantastic beasts.


November 14, 2018

What roadkill can teach us

Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at RoadkillSomething Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill 
by Heather L. Montgomery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disgustingly fascinating.

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October 24, 2018

Monster Creator

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created FrankensteinMary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein 
by Lita Judge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are a couple of picturebook biographies of Mary Shelley, each describing the night she conceived her monster.* But those stories are too simplistic. Judge's book dives more thoroughly into Shelley's life and in doing so, reveals how the accumulation of loves and tragedies helped in the shaping of her influential novel. The story is made even more powerful by the use of free verse and darkly emotive drawings.

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*The picturebooks mentioned are She Made a Monster, by Lynn Fulton, which uses fiction to further dramatize events, and Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey. Bailey uses her author's note to include more details about Shelley's life and the night in question. The illustrations are scarier too, making this the better book.

April 11, 2018

Goalie superstar

Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar GoaltenderCarey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender 
by Catherine Rondina

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A brief, yet thorough biography that emphasizes not only Price's success as a goaltender, but his success off the ice as well. The book's clarity and length are ideal for young readers, as is its trim size - it actually feels good to hold. With just the right amount of interesting facts and stats, this book is appealing for all sports fans.

March 21, 2018

Words of wisdom

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem RenaissanceOne Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance 
by Nikki Grimes

My rating : 5 of 5 stars

Nikki Grimes is simply a wonderful poet. Highly highly recommended. Here's why:

From the first line of Calling Dreams by Georgia Douglas Johnson, Grimes has crafted the following gem:

The Sculptor

No accident of birth or race or place determines the
scope of hope or dreams I have a right
to. I inventory my head and heart to
weigh and measure what talents I might use to make
my own tomorrow. It all depends on the grit at my
disposal. My father says hard work is the clay dreams
are molded from. Yes. Molded. Dreams do not come.
They are carved, muscled into something solid, something true.

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February 26, 2018

The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their LivesThe 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives 
by Dashka Slater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an important book. A true story, it will leave you questioning the youth criminal justice system, children's rights, gender identity, racism, and inequality. A journalist, Slater writes clearly and distinctly, with empathy and compassion towards both sides. 

Highly recommended.

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October 11, 2017

The right to an education

Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to SchoolFight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School 
by Laura Scandiffio

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Children and teens battle poverty, discrimination, violence, and inequality in order to go to school. An inspiring call to action.

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