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I write poetry, stories, madness. I transcribe my life into words. Beauty can be found anywhere and I guess I'm here chasing after my muse. Yet again. To contact: fizzlicious@gmail.com

Publisher Spotlight: Pushkin Press: An Introduction and an Interview of Adam Freudenheim, Publisher and Managing Director

Publisher Spotlight: Pushkin Press: An Introduction and an Interview of Adam Freudenheim, Publisher and Managing Director

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Just as we all are, children are fascinated by stories. From the earliest age, we love to hear about monsters and heroes, romance and death, disaster and rescue, from every place and time.

In 2013, we created Pushkin Children’s Books to share these tales from different languages and cultures with younger readers, and to open the door to the wide,…

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Today, I’m here to talk about one of the most amazing trilogies I’ve read for a very long time. As the title reveals, I am talking about The Fall of Il-Rien by Martha Wells.

A Fantastic Journey: The Fall of Ile-Rien by Martha Wells Today, I’m here to talk about one of the most amazing trilogies I’ve read for a very long time.

Cover Wars: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Cover Wars: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

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Yash, enjoy. This week’s cover wars is devoted to the varying covers of Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn. As always, we love hearing your takes on the covers – or on our opinions!

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Steph: I didn’t know where were so many covers! This is the cover that I have seen on the shelves most recently. This cover highlights the title, the author name and the award winning sticker. The character looks a little…

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Twitter: The Comic (The Book): Comics Based on the Greatest Tweets of Our Generation by Mike Rosenthal: A Review

Twitter: The Comic (The Book): Comics Based on the Greatest Tweets of Our Generation by Mike Rosenthal: A Review

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher

I have been in the mood for some light, humourous reads and this book definitely falls under that categoary. Mike Rosenthal archives (presumably) and then draws comics based on the tweets that he calls the greatest tweets of our generation – however, since Twitter has only been in existence for just one…

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu: A Review

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: A Review

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination,…

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Publisher Spotlight: Simply Read Books: Dotty, Not Just Another Princess Story, and The Cardinal & the Crow

Publisher Spotlight: Simply Read Books: Dotty, Not Just Another Princess Story, and The Cardinal & the Crow

 Dotty by Paola Opal

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Hardcover, 24 pages
Published 2010 by Simply Read Books
Source: Publisher

This new book in the Simply Small series features Dotty, a little fawn. Mommy and Dotty are on their way through the field searching for strawberries. When Mommy leaps across a stream without getting wet, Dotty wants to, too. But Dotty is too small to leap as far as Mommy, and she keeps falling. Will she…

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The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco: A Review

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco: A Review

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You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing…

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Publisher Spotlight Review: Snow White and Rose Red retold by Kallie George and illustrated by Kelly Vivanco

Publisher Spotlight Review: Snow White and Rose Red retold by Kallie George and illustrated by Kelly Vivanco

Snow White & Rose Red retold by Kallie George and illustrated by Kelly Vivanco

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 26th 2014 by Simply Read Books
Source: Publisher

The art in this one is SO BEAUTIFUL, OH MY GOSH. Just feast your eyes for a bit.

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Okay? Have you recovered?

All right. So truthfully, I’m not a fan of the fairytale even though Kallie adapted it to the medium wonderfully. I just have…

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Publisher Spotlight Review: Wild Berries by Julie Flett

Publisher Spotlight Review: Wild Berries by Julie Flett

Wild Berries/Pikaci-Mīnisa by Julie Flett

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Simply Read Books
Source: Publisher

I love Wild Berries for many reasons so let me attempt to articulate some of them.

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1. Wild Berries/ Pikaci-Mīnisa celebrates the Cree language. While the version I read is written in English, there is another version written entirely in Cree. In my version, certain…

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The Grumpy Guide to Life by Grumpy Cat: A Review

The Grumpy Guide to Life by Grumpy Cat: A Review

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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher

I like cats. I like how sassy they are and how they just don’t care. I like the Grumpy Cat too because seeing his grumpy face makes me feel much better about the world. Just like Oscar the Grouch’s grouchiness made me feel better about being grouchy. The short book is full of humour; the kind of humour that makes…

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Publisher Spotlight Review: My Granny Loves Hockey

Publisher Spotlight Review: My Granny Loves Hockey

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My Granny Loves Hockey by Lori Weber and illustrated by Eliska Liska, Review Copy from Simply Read Books

Granny loves Hockey.

She always has.

But when she was little, girls were not allowed to play.

With the help of her granddaughter, will Granny finally get the chance to fulfill her dream?

In classic Simply Read Books fashion this book is equal parts beautiful and charming with a dash of…

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Review: The Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough

Review: The Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough

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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Bodley Head
Source: Publisher

If you are looking for an All Hallows read that makes you shiver with fear and tremble to turn the page, Long Lankin is the book for you. For greatest effect read it during the night when the it is silent except for the creaking noises the house makes to punctuate its resting time. In the tradition of the best horror…

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Publisher Spotlight Review: How To by Julie Morstad

Publisher Spotlight Review: How To by Julie Morstad

How To by Julie Morstad

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Hardcover, 36 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Simply Read Books
Source: Purchased

This picturebook evokes childhood on every page by giving a glimpse of how even the most prosaic of things can become magical to a child.

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I was extremely privileged to get a chance to hear Julie speaking about the process of writing this book. She also spoke a little bit about where she got…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday: Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday

Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real)

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Only ten? I could choose ten fictional and ten real, and still have to abandon far too many realms! Yet here goes, ten real places books have made me want to visit:

  1. The Holy Islands of England and Scotland. There are a number of islands that go by the name Holy Island, for example, the tidal island of Lindisfarne.…

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