Capturing Children’s Imaginations with Mozart’s Golden Notes

Book Review for "The Case of the Haunted Swamp" by Cliff MacGillivray and Kelly Ward, illustrated by Phil Mendez. Legend has it that Mozart wrote his "Perfect Symphony" using gold ink. But as soon as the ink had dried, the notes magically came alive and flew right off the page, scattering themselves across the world. … Continue reading Capturing Children’s Imaginations with Mozart’s Golden Notes

A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?

Book Review of "The Universe versus Alex Woods" by Gavin Extence Alex Woods is probably one of the most remarkably famous people in the world. That's because he's only the second person in recorded history (after Ann Hodges) who survived being hit by a meteorite. Alex was only 10 at the time, and his meteorite … Continue reading A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?

Wild and Crazy Love – for children

Book Review of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. Max is a young boy with a wolf suit and vivid imagination. When he acts up a bit too much, his mother calls him a "wild thing". After he talks back to her, she sends him to his room without any supper. But once … Continue reading Wild and Crazy Love – for children

Profiles Through Ages

Book Review for "A Perfectly Good Man" by Patrick Gale. Barnaby Johnson couldn't prevent his young parishioner Lenny from killing himself because the poison he took worked too quickly. Instead, all Barnaby could do was pray and sit by as he died, as that was all that was left to do, and it was the … Continue reading Profiles Through Ages

A Glimmer to Find What Was Lost

Book Review for "Light Shining in the Forest" by Paul Torday. Norman Stokoe is the new "Children's Czar" of England's Northumberland, and he has fallen between bureaucratic cracks with the newly formed government. He has a brand new position but no green-light to do anything. Still, with a good salary, his secretary Pippa and an … Continue reading A Glimmer to Find What Was Lost

A Poetic Memoir of Ondaatje’s visits to Sri Lanka

Book Review of "Running in the Family" by Michael Ondaatje. Michael Ondaatje, author of "The English Patient," was born in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon). In 1954, at the age of 11, he left for England and in 1962 he moved to Canada. Only as an adult did Ondaatje go back to visit the … Continue reading A Poetic Memoir of Ondaatje’s visits to Sri Lanka