August 8, 2016
Minrs by Kevin Sylvester
What a captivating story! For myself the setting of this narrative reminded me of the Big Nickel in Sudbury [Ontario, Canada]where one takes a long elevator ride way underground!
Once upon a time, mining an asteroid for resources would have been the stuff of science fiction lore….but this is no longer the case.
In “Minrs“, the combination of science, technology with the concept of mining in outer space, has created a realistic suspenseful, action-adventure tale, filled with as many twists, turns and bumps as experienced on a roller-coaster ride!
Action accelerates, as a communication blackout with Earth occurs and a chain of bizarre events unfolds simultaneously, catapulting those living on the asteroid into a race for survival!
Highly recommended for all middle grade fans!
October 9, 2015
published by Scholastic Canada
Blood Oath by Don Cummer
published by Scholastic Canada
c.2015; 231 pages
[a companion to Brothers at War and A Hanging Offence]
Blood Oath. Two, short powerful words that can define a multitude of things. An oath can mean to be a pledge, a bond, a vow …. an affirmation…they are all words that play a pivotal part in the telling of this story.
Author Don Cummer has chosen to chronicle a little known part of Canadian history by creating a narrative that is fast pace and riveting. Jake and Eli began their friendship by relying on each other in their daily lives. Neither could guess how much that bond would be repeatedly tested in the months that led up to and included one of Canada’s most celebrated wars, The War of 1812.
Cummer skillfully crafts a descriptive layered story that is enriched through the use of alternating perspectives. This allows a better understanding into the protagonists, as they often are witness to the same event. The view points taken by Jake and Eli are a reflection of family values and attitudes during a time period when friendships and loyalties are as flexible as the direction of the winds of change.
This is a tale full of adrenaline, heart pumping adventure that is sure to test the reader’s loyalities until the last page!
September 26, 2015
Myles and the Monster outside by Philippa Dowding
Published by Dundurn Press
Series: Weird Stories gone Wrong
Author Philippa Dowding succinctly sets the tone, on page 7, with one sentence, “you should know, before you even start this book, that it’s a little scary” in Myles and the Monster outside, the second book of her new series “Weird Stories gone Wrong”.
Within the short span of 154 pages, a reader is taken on a roller coaster collision of fear, imagination and the unknown.
“Myles and the Monster outside” begins with mundane and monotony as invisible companions that accompany Myles as he and his family embark upon the adventure of leaving all that is familiar behind and beginning anew.
Mist-like fingers, glowing red eyes, a windshield that cracks are all elements that keep a reader gripping the binding of this book with white-knuckled apprehension and at the same time pushing deeply into the back of a chair!
Once again, Dowding has created a story that challenges a reader to seek ‘courage’ in the face of the unknown……no matter what form the unknown takes.
This is truly a tale that borders upon being an urban legend stirred with a splash of truth!
Highly recommended for Grade 3,4,5 !!!!!