Our Favorite Reads


Gordon Korman‘s earliest works are the most hilarious books going. These 5 are my personal favourites. Outrageous! –CMA

51otzf4bydlEloise, by Kay Thompson. The illustrations by Hilary Knight suit the author’s text, matching evoking images to Kay’s brilliant rhythm of language, and Eloise’s made up words. There’s good reason this picture book has become a classic. CMA

A Series of Unfortunate Events -You want different? Here it is, for middle grade readers. Loaded with Irony, great use of language and interesting symbolism and inventions. Nobody does it better. –CMA

41weBY8EBaL._AA324_PIkin4,BottomRight,-54,22_AA346_SH20_OU15_Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Wonderful characters and such depth of story. This book exists where the invincibility of youth meets reality. Definitely for an older teen audience because of its mature subject matter, but a profound read that left me thinking.
51v4va2452lTribes by Arthur Slade. An original protagonist with a distinct voice. A great psychological thought provoking story.
The fasdfasdfsdfr logoThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie The Buckshaw Chronicles by Canadian author Alan Bradley. Supposedly adult fiction with a precocious 11 year old protagonist, Flavia, who’s fascinated with poisons. Nothing cliché in this girl or the language. Brilliant! See some of her quotes here— CMA
Pluto’s Ghost by Sheree Fitch. The most distinct main character voice I’ve ever read. This story is a heart-pounding thrill ride with a jolt of an ending.
51lx75wr3qlA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. A most special message about a child dealing with losing a parent to cancer. Brilliantly written. I cried.
The Anita cvzxcvzcvlogoRead everything written by Allan Stratton. Allan deals with tough issues and masters standing in his main characters shoes. He walks the walk. I’ve met Allan and was fortunate to attend two of his speaking engagements; a true inspiration.
512wmezxg6lDust by Arthur Slade. Arthur Slade writes horror and steampunk. Dust is scary stuff, but written in the most beautiful prose. Loved it.–SC
71dzqshitclThe Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Not often the second and third books are better than the first, but The Hunger Games series could not be put down. I had my nose in my e-reader every spare minute!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. An original idea, hard to put down.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. One word – Magic!
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Suzanne Costigan wasn’t an avid reader until she read this book at age 13 – she’s been hooked ever since.
KeepersCallingCover.inddThe Keeper’s Calling by Kelly Nelson. A fast moving time travel adventure with likable characters and a hint of romance.
 The Anita cvzxcvzcvlogoCharlie Bone lives in a world with other endowed kids, some for the worse and some for the good. The balance hangs on a thread. Here’s a series that breaks rules and provides a fresh take on fantasy. by Jenny Nimmo.  CMA








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