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Vampire romances are the most popular novels on our shelves these days, and the vampires all seem to be beautiful - a far cry from the original scary creatures of folk tales. In keeping with this new take on an old genre, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by stands out for me for several reasons.
The novel doesn't take itself too seriously for one thing. There is excellent character development and the plot moves along at a quick pace. It has well-written dialogue, a spark of real chemistry between the two main characters, and even a romantic dance scene.Categories: Reviews
In this lovely new picture book, Blue is dreamy and sweet and generally happy with his colour - until hot-headed Red shows up. Red bullies Blue; he bullies Orange and Purple too. No colour can stand up to Red. Then one day a stranger arrives - straight as an arrow - Number 1. 1 is not afraid of Red and he puts an end to the bullying and gives the colours confidence to be all they can be - including numbers! This wonderful picture book covers several themes beautifully and seamlessly. I love the simpleness of the story and the way it can be used to illustrate colours, numbers, themes of acceptance and individuality. Mostly I loved the final message: "sometimes it just takes One".
For the month of November 2008 One is a featured title in our 30% off picture books of the month. Please visit this section under Kids Notable Titles to see other selections.Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick
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"Just like the sky is blue and Christmas is December 25th, I am fat". After a disastrous 12th grade graduation celebration, plus-size Mimi catches a ride from hometown Montreal to Toronto to search for her father - an anonymous sperm donor. Surely he will love her and cherish her for her inner beauty, rather than her less than celebrity magazine outer appearance. Along the way, Mimi begins to accept herself and even - heaven forbid - like herself.Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick
The Maze of Bones is the first book of The 39 Clues, a new series written for 8- to 12-year-olds. It introduces us to the Cahill family, whose members are off on a treasure hunt that will take them around the world. Fans are invited to read the books, collect clue cards, and visit The 39 Clues website to learn more.Categories: Reviews, buzz
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In 1892 New York, young apprentice photographer Horace Carpentine is delighted to finally take his first photographic image. However, Horace is horrified upon developing the image for in it he sees a ghost - the ghost of a girl who died under horrible circumstances....Categories: Reviews
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