How to Grow a Dinosaur – Jill Esbaum

How to Grow a Dinosaur by Jill EsbaumHow to Grow a Dinosaur by Jill Esbaum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Dial
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Family, Siblings, Child Rearing


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Good news: Your mom’s hatching a baby! Bad news: Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He’s too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn’t even know he’s a dinosaur! That’s where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything–from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you’re perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you. Continue reading

Taproot – LGBT Graphic Novel

6050313-01Taproot by Keezy Young

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
First Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Lion Forge
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, LGBT, Nature, Ghosts, Fantasy, Necromancy


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Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him. Continue reading

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

the boyThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2006
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: MG/YA, Historical Fiction, Holocaust, Friendship, Family


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If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter one. Continue reading

Ninn tome 2 : Les grands lointains

grandsNinn tome 2 : Les grands lointains by Jean-Michel Darlot

Ma note: 3 de 5 étoiles
Reçu: Maison de publication
Parution: 16 mars 2017
Éditions: Les Malins
Âge recommandé: 8+
Rythme: Rapide
Sujets: BD, Fantasy, Amitié, Mystère


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Les quais du métro Abbesses fleurissent d’avis de recherche : Ninn a disparu!

Si, pour la police, il est trop tôt pour s’inquiéter, pour Chad et Ulrika, ses deux meilleurs amis, il n’y a pas de temps à perdre : Ninn est en danger! La jeune adolescente ayant évoqué son projet d’explorer les tunnels du métro, c’est en sous-sol qu’ils vont tenter de retrouver sa trace… Tout au bout de la ligne noire, perchée sur son tigre qui lui sert de guide, Ninn a rejoint les Grands Lointains : un monde parallèle censé lui fournir toutes les réponses sur ses origines.

Si à première vue, il a toutes les apparences d’un monde merveilleux, le comité d’accueil l’est beaucoup moins. Géants de pierre et idées sombres entendent protéger les lieux de toute intrusion…

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Ninn tome 1 : La ligne noire

ninnNinn T01 : La ligne noire by Jean-Michel Darlot

Ma note: 4 de 5 étoiles
Reçu: Maison de publication
Parution: 21 avril 2016
Éditions: Les Malins
Âge recommandé: 8+
Rythme: Normal
Sujets: BD, Fantasy, Amitié, Mystère


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Bienvenue dans le métro parisien !

C’est là que Ninn fut découverte bébé, par deux ouvriers. Aujourd’hui, Ninn a 11 ans et le métro est son univers. Elle en connaît le moindre recoin et s’y sent comme chez elle. Mais en dépit de sa joie de vivre, Ninn se pose mille questions. D’où vient-elle ? Quels sont ces souvenirs lointains et incompréhensibles qui hantent ses souvenirs, elle qui n’a jamais mis les pieds hors de Paris ? Pourquoi voit-elle, depuis peu, des essaims de papillons parcourir les galeries, invisibles aux yeux de tous sauf aux siens ? Toutes ces questions la taraudent, d’autant qu’une sourde menace la traque sans répit. Continue reading

Blog Tour: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett (Excerpt + Q & A)

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Release Date: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks

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A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world. Continue reading

Review: The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie

20558767The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Publication Date: August 31st 2014
Publisher: Holiday House
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Death, Fantasy, Time Travel, Romance, Humor

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“How did you die?”

It’s the most popular question in Hell, and Mitchell Johnson has been answering it ever since he was hit by a bus at age seventeen and inexplicably ended up in the Underworld. Now Mitchell is The Devil’s intern in Hell’s accounting office. Lately, he’s noticed a disturbing trend: the volume of new arrivals is straining Hell’s limited resources. Then Mitchell overhears his boss discussing plans to limit newcomers with a legendary time travel mechanism. With a device like that, Mitchell realizes, he could change history and prevent his own death.

Mitchell’s plot goes awry when his three closest friends—Alfarin, the Viking prince; Elinor, from 17th-century London; and Melissa, from 1960s San Francisco—insert themselves into his plans. It soon becomes clear that the fates of all four are entwined in dangerous and unpredictable ways. With unforgettable characters and a thrilling premise, this original novel is by turns funny, poignant, and thought-provoking. Continue reading

Review: If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz

28110860If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Mental Illness

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When Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe that Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating Lucky’s girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: Did Fin murder her brother in order to take over his whole life?

To uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. But as her suspicion grows, her mental state becomes more and more precarious. Is Georgia’s mind playing tricks on her, or is the entire town walking into the arms of a killer who has everyone but her fooled? Continue reading