Kathie’s Blog


New Chapter Books and Graphic Novels – May 2018

Last Updated 2018/04/27

Here’s a look at some of the new chapter books and graphic novels we have on order for May.


2018 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Winners

Last Updated 2018/04/17

The 2018 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award winners were announced this week. Congratulations to OCDANIEL by Wesley King, which is this year’s winning book. The honor titles are THE NAMELESS CITY by Faith Erin Hicks and SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat. Congratulations to all the nominees, and stay tuned for the 2019 nominees and new award names.  


NEW BOOK – Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Last Updated 2018/01/16

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson (2014) Ages 9-12.   ICE DOGS is an adventure novel that takes place in Alaska. Victoria is a fourteen-year-old girl obsessed with dog mushing, but she’s also coping with the loss of her mentor, her father, less than a year ago. On a quick trip to check out some


NEW BOOK – Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar

Last Updated 2018/01/03

Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar (October 2017.) Ages 9-12 This is a book unlike any I’ve read before. It’s a bit steampunk, a bit adventure, a bit historical, a bit futuristic…it’s many different things all rolled into one. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous; it reminded me a lot of  The Invention of Hugo


NEW BOOK – Peppermint Cocoa Crushes by Laney Nielson

Last Updated 2017/12/20

Peppermint Cocoa Crushes by Laney Nielson, Sky Pony Press (October 2017). Ages 9-12 A delightfully wonderful holiday read for tweens that hits the middle school voice right on the head. What I loved best about this book is how accurately it captures those emotions of first crushes, and feeling the pressure to like someone, even if you


NEW BOOK – Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson

Last Updated 2017/12/20

Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 2017). Ages 9-12. What I enjoy most about Terry Lynn Johnson’s books is the information I learn about a subject while thoroughly enjoying a story. This book was no exception. There are a lot interesting facts about dog sledding and mushing, but they quietly


2017 Most Memorable MG Books

Last Updated 2017/12/08

I remember how a book made me FEEL more than I remember details from the story. So this year, I’ve compiled my 2017 Most Memorable MG Books. These are the books that evoked the strongest emotions in me, that ones where I immediately say “Oh yeah, I LOVED that book” long after I’ve forgotten the main


NEW BOOK – Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske

Last Updated 2017/12/14

Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske, Charlesbridge (August 2017). Ages 9-12. There’s a lot of buzz about this book in the MGlit world, and rightly so! I’m really glad I finally got around to reading it; it’s a great introduction to the topic of OCD (that character’s mother struggles with it) and how it can


Happy December!

Last Updated 2017/12/01

This year, I decided to decorate our Christmas tree with book covers from my favorite middle grade reads from 2017. I put the photo on Twitter, and tagged the authors who were on the tree. I got responses from SO many of them loving this tree.


NEW BOOK: Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson

Last Updated 2017/11/28

Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson, Charlesbridge (Sept 2017). Ages 9-12. I was thrilled when the author offered to send me a copy of her book, because I’d had it on my TBR list for a while. I think kids who like outdoor adventure books are going to LOVE this one. It’s action-packed, fast-paced, with