Children and Teens
My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia
What is Dementia and What Does it Do?
By Lynda Moore
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 20th 2018.
My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia by Lynda MooreThis little illustrated book for very young children helps them understand why people with dementia appear strange or behave on odd ways. It says their brains are not working properly, and that causes problems. It also emphasizes that it is not the fault of the person with dementia, whatever they do, but it is ok for children to have any feelings in reaction to what the person with dementia does. There are a couple of pages that raise the issue of death, and these are carefully flagged so they can be skipped if the child is not ready for them. This book could be useful for families with a memb
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The Darkest Dark
By Chris Hadfield
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Nov 13th 2018.
The author is "The first Canadian to walk in space." Some more information about him: Chris Hadfield is one of the world's most seasoned and accomplished astronauts, and is the author of the #1 international bestseller, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for 25 Shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia,
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The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

Losers Bracket
By Chris Crutcher
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 23rd 2018.
Losers Bracket by Chris CrutcherLosers Bracket is about a 17-year-old girl Annie with a drug-using seriously overweight mother Nancy and an absent father. She has an older sister Sheila who is already a mother to 5-year-old Frankie who is always getting into fights and paints the bathroom and bedroom with his poop when he gets stressed. Annie is a fast-talking girl with anger issues who is not inclined to do what she is told or to tell the truth when it is not convenient to her. She gets into trouble pretty often but people realize that her life is no picnic. Annie lives with a foster family and her foster father, Pop H
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Always Forever Maybe
By Anica Mrose Rissi
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 2nd 2018.
This YA novel is about a girl being physically abused by her boyfriend, and how she gets sucked into believing it is her fault. Not only that, but Betts also blows off her best friend Jo because she wants to be with Aiden. There's a real challenge in getting the right balance in narration, since Betts, who tells her own story, has to be a sympathetic character, but also in some ways has to be seen to lack judgment or lose control of her own actions. She is a high school senior and Aiden is older than her, so she is soon on her way to college. Indeed, she is going to a highly rated school, so s
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Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi

The Dangerous Art of Blending In
By Angelo Surmelis
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 31st 2018.
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo SurmelisEvan Panos is a high school senior at the start of the school year. He has several secrets. One is that he is gay. He has not come out to his family or his friends, but his mother suspects. She is so worried that she sent him to Christian camp during the summer, to put him back on the straight and narrow. But he met another boy there who he liked, and they kissed. He hasn't told his best friend Henry about this, and the two of them don't face up to the attraction between them. Evan also lies to his friends about the source of the many bruises and injuries he has. He says that he is just clumsy
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What are you staring at?
A Comic About Restorative Justice in Schools
By Pete Wallis and Joseph Wilkins
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 17th 2018.
This short illustrated book in the form of a graphic novel is aimed at children  to explain restorative justice. Two boys at school, Jake and Ryan, get into a fight, and the story explains how this is a result of the emotional difficulties Jake has after his uncle dies. It also shows how the fight leads to them being angry with each other and being unable to listen to each other. A counselor gets them to talk and this brings the wall between them down a bit, but it takes some effort at reconciliation to really make it possible for them to understand each other. Eventually they work it out
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What are you staring at? by Pete Wallis and Joseph Wilkins

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
By Colin Meloy
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jun 26th 2018.
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin MeloyHaving wrapped up his Wildwood trilogy, Colin Meloy gives us a new book aimed mainly at young readers, which is clearly also going to be the first in a series. The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid is a very pleasing tale of 12-year-old Charlie living in 1960s Marseilles, France, with his diplomat father. His mother has left the family, and Charlie is lonely. He does not go to school but instead has his own private tutor. He lives in a big house with staff to care for all his needs. Carlie has an inquisitive mind and loves telling stories, and so he in intrigued when he meets Amir, a pickpocket w
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Sinless
By Sarah Tarkoff
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jun 19th 2018.
Grace Luther is 17. It is a couple of decades into the future, and the world has changed dramatically. There is no bad behavior, and there is almost no need for a police force. Everyone worships the one god, Great Spirit. If anyone does do anything wrong, then it is Great Spirit who carries out the punishment. The penalty is bodily disfigurement, or if the crime is very bad, it is death from swelling of the throat. These penalties occur swiftly after the sin. Early on in the book, Grace sees her friend Jude die from such a penalty when he gets into a car accident. His death is a harsh punishme
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Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff

 
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