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Fitzpatrick’s Hannah Smart takes to the high seas

in #82 Winter 2016/Reviews/Young Readers Reviews by

Hannah is a funny, slightly goofball heroine with good intentions who has a talent for doing and saying the wrong thing. Her endearing clumsiness will keep readers laughing and cheering her on.

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Barkhouse tells the story of young lighthouse keeper Sara

in #82 Winter 2016/Reviews/Young Readers Reviews by

This lively tale provides a realistic depiction of both the loneliness and isolation that the lighthouse keepers faced.

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Rayner’s Black Water Rising tackles environmental activism

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The book highlights the fact that there are often no easy answers and no clear-cut heroes and villains.

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Abigail’s Wish Creates a Stirring Historical Portrait

in #82 Winter 2016/Reviews/Young Readers Reviews by

Gloria Ann Wesley highlights the Birchtown colonists’ daily struggles to make ends meet as well as the strong sense of community that Abigail’s family and her neighbours shared.

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Rebecca North’s Story of Fatherly Love

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This sweet and simple tale is a heartfelt celebration of the bond between a father and his young son.

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Russell Wangersky’s Tales of Passive Aggression

in #82 Winter 2016/Fiction/Reviews by

At its best, The Path of Most Resistance is haunting, careful, almost imperceptibly full of power. Wangersky’s finest stories will linger with you a long time.

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Bob Cole is Hockey’s Lead Voice

in #82 Winter 2016/Memoir/Non-fiction/Reviews by

Superb anecdotes from the book revolve around the compassion of cantankerous Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard, the arrogance of American sports journalist Howard Cosell, and the seemingly limitless generosity of Wayne Gretzky.

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