HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: Well, that was Awkward.

well that was awkwardWell, that was awkward by Rachel Vail

When Gracie meets AJ, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything. He’s tall, and weirdly good looking. But when AJ falls for Gracie’s beautiful best friend Sienna, Gracie finds herself becoming the Cyrano de Bergerac of middle school crush texting. Which is fine, just fine, right? She’s always been the sidekick, and is okay with being second best. Well, almost. She’s trying. Or maybe it’s time for Gracie to find her moment of perfect happiness.

Well, that was awkward by Rachel Vail is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: March

marchMarch by John Lewis

How does one person make a difference?

John Lewis grew up with segregation and racial discrimination in Alabama and, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, became one of the youngest leaders in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. His graphic novel trilogy March, details his youth on a sharecropper’s farm, his fateful meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., his commitment to changing the world through non-violent protest, his participation in the 1963 March on Washington, being subjected to violence on Bloody Sunday in Selma, and his path to the halls of Congress. In March, John Lewis brings the spirit of non-violent civil disobedience and getting into “good trouble” to a new generation seeking to make the world a better place.

March by John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: Calvin

calvinCalvin by Martine Leavitt

Calvin is 17 years old when he is suddenly stricken by a schizophrenic episode. He winds up in hospital, plagued by hallucinations of a man-eating tiger. Calvin believes the key to regaining control of his own mind and destiny lies in a man named Bill. To get to Bill, Calvin needs to cross Lake Eerie in January, navigating ice-fishing eccentrics, abandoned cars, and psychokiller snow beings. He is accompanied by the girl of his dreams, Susie. Or has Susie been conjured by his dreams, much like the tiger that always remains just out of view?

Calvin by Martine Leavitt is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: Saving Houdini

saving-houdiniSaving Houdini
by Michael Redhill

When a magic trick goes wrong, Dashiel Woolf is transported back in time to 1926. On the historic streets of Toronto he realizes he is in the time of Harry Houdini, and befriends someone who can help him invent a trick to send him back home. As he and his new friend Walt work to get Dash back to his own time, they may also be able to save the Great Houdini by stopping him from taking part in the event that resulted in his untimely death.

Saving Houdini by Michael Redhill is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: Lucy and Company

lucy-and-companyLucy and Company
by Marianne Dubuc

Whether looking for a great spot to have her snack, on the search for treasure, or trying to care for some mysterious eggs, Lucy has a knack for finding friends and adventure in her own backyard. Along with her friends Marcel the mouse, Henry the hare, Dot the turtle and Adrian the snail, Lucy finds plenty of fun and surprises in her everyday life.

Written and illustrated by Canadian author Marianne Dubuc, Lucy and Company is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times the week of September 8th, 2016.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: The Bodies We Wear

the bodies we wearThe Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts

To get a glimpse of heaven try Heam. The catch: you just might see hell instead. Faye was eleven when Heam was forced on her and her best friend, Christian. Faye saw hell and vowed retribution. After years spent training, Faye is ready to take revenge on the men that destroyed her future and killed her friend. But vengeance has its price and a mysterious young man doesn’t want Faye to pay up. Branded by what happened to her as a child, Faye wonders if setting aside revenge is worth it for a future that may no longer exist?

The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts has been a popular choice among students in the HHSS White Pine book club. The White Pine Award celebrates Canadian Young Adult Fiction and is part of the OLA’s Forest of Reading.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: Here comes Valentine Cat

here comes valentine catHere comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood

Cat does not like Valentine’s Day. It’s too mushy, and he’s not interested in giving anyone a Valentine… especially not his new neighbour, Dog. Dog has been howling, and throwing his bones over the fence. When Dog throws his ball over the fence, Cat has had it and wants to launch Dog in a rocket to the moon. But then Dog throws something new over the fence, and Cat might just change his mind about Dog.

Here comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood is illustrated by Claudia Rueda, and is a story about learning to understand people and making new friends. Here comes Valentine Cat is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Minden Times on February 11th, 2016.