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Children and YA Fiction

By Jane Ozkowski

YA novels are known for parsing familiar, relevant themes of bullying, mental health, and the exasperating social strata of adolescence. Toronto writer Jane Ozkowski’s debut, Watching Traffic, sets itself apart by concentrating on the tension ... Read More »

October 3, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Christina Kilbourne

Ontario author Christina Kilbourne’s 2007 book, Dear Jo, was about Internet predators. Her latest novel also tackles some serious themes, primarily depression and suicide. Detached tells the story of Anna, a talented teenaged artist who ... Read More »

July 12, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Arthur Slade

The first thing that strikes you about Arthur Slade’s writing is that the Saskatchewan author doesn’t “write down” to children. Flickers, Slade’s latest middle-grade novel, treats readers as intelligent beings, capable of complex thought and ... Read More »

May 17, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction