Book Talks: The Baby-Sitter’s Club: Kristy’s Great Idea and The Illegal

the baby-sitter's clubThe Baby-Sitter’s Club: Kristy’s Great Idea
by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Raina Telgemeier

The popular Baby-Sitter’s Club series was first published by Scholastic in 1986 and grew into 213 novels, 4 spin-off book series, a television series, and a movie. Still very much a point of nostalgia for those of us whose formative reading years were in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the book that started it all was Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin, and it has been resurrected in graphic novel form by Smile and Sisters artist Raina Telgemeier. In Kristy’s Great Idea, the Baby-Sitters club is born with its four founding middle school members: the boisterous Kristy, the shy Mary Anne, the artistic Claudia, and the stylish Stacey. As they navigate starting their new venture, the demands of school, and the challenges of family life, they soon discover that it will take their unflagging friendship to make sure that the Baby-sitters Club doesn’t fail before it even gets started. 

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea written by Ann M. Martin and adapted by graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier is a blast from the past for parents, and a great way to introduce your middle-school reader to a late 20th century junior fiction phenomenon – it is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

the illegalThe Illegal
by Lawrence Hill

In Lawrence Hill’s new book, Keita Ali is on the run. Desperate to flee Zantoroland, an island that produces the fastest marathoners in the world, Keita signs on with a notorious marathon agent, who provides him with a chance to run the Boston marathon in return for a huge cut of the winning purse.

But when Keita fails to place among the top finishers, rather than being sent back to his own country, he goes into hiding in Freedom State—a wealthy nation that has elected a government bent on deporting the refugees living within its borders. Keita can only be safe if he keeps moving and eludes the agent and the officials who would deport him to his own country, where he will face almost certain death.

Author of the novel Girl Runner, Carrie Snyder’s review in the Globe and Mail reads; “In the afterword of his new novel, The Illegal, Lawrence Hill says it took him five years to write the book. I read the novel in less than a day. And while a reviewer who yearns for respect should never, ever use the phrase “unputdownable,” there we have it. The Illegal is a twisting, intricately woven yarn that spins itself out at an incredible pace. I could not put the book down.”

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill can be requested through any of the eight branches of the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM September 6th – September 19th, 2015.

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