A Bear’s Life

October 2, 2017

IMG_2676A Bear’s Life by Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read

published by Orca Book Publishers 32pages, c2017 Series: My Great Bear

Rainforest Keywords: back bears; spirit bears; grizzly bears; Great Bear Rainforest; Indigenous People; salmon; ocean; habitat

Following in the footsteps of  (2018 Silver Birch Express nominee), readers are now introduced to A Bear’s Life.

The array of brilliant bear photographs and the accompanying straight forward, easy informative text, reveal the many sides to an often mis-represented mammal … the bear.

At a modest 32 pages, this stunning nature picture book will definitely engage any young or mature reader. At the same time it can provide a perfect platform for discussions inside and out of the classroom!

A wonderful introduction that chronicles the enchantingly mysterious bears in the British Columbian wilderness known as The Great Bear Rainforest!

Highly recommended for readers of any age!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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“Loyalist to a fault” by Evan Munday

September 19, 2015

Loyalist to a faultPublished by ECW press

[ARC generously supplied by Jenna Illies]
301p. c2015

The colourful ghoulish cover is just a teaser to what a reader can expect when they dive into the latest installment in Evan Munday’s nominated series Dead Kid Detective Agency!

If a reader is the least bit of a detective and observant, the title Loyalist to a Fault, is a clever play on an well known saying ‘loyal to a fault’ which provides a clue to the new, intriguing story involving the intrepid October Schwartz and a group of distinctly ‘spirited’ teen shades!

A story of unique friendships intertwined with decidedly weirdly poignant situations of midnight rendezvous in the local library, grave-digging in February, a pirate, a burning ship, intrigue and an interjection of horror-filled scenes …… captured my attention with such a force, that you can not help but become an unintentional invisible member of the Dead Kid Agency!

The helpful list of characters and appendix of passing references at the end of this third book in the series, allows the reader to delve deeper into the “important cultural history” that is alluded to throughout the narrative.

Mr. Munday adroitly crafts a tale that is a genuine unique blend of perspectives, voice, intrigue-filled social situations, aspects of the macabre laced with snippets of historical facts. Along with these components, and an opening paragraph that states how “many mysteries open with a heinous crime in progress” and in almost the next breath, reveals that….October, commits such an act, will totally ‘kidnap’ readers from the start!!!

Highly Recommended!!
for Grades 6,7,8!!!   Five Stars!

Genres: Mystery; Supernatural; Adventure; Humour