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Category Archive for 'Ages 9 to 12'

Where have 10 weeks gone? Our little Q-bug is now a 2-month-old and I have been enjoying an extended babymoon, ignoring almost everything else but my precious girl! I’ve always loved that term used to describe the period of time after a baby in born where mom and baby spend hours can’t get enough of one another [...]

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I am slowly realizing that having child(ren) means that things get done in fits and spurts including blogging. In my defence, I did have a rather busy week including caring for a very sick toddler while desperately trying to convince myself that I am not in fact sick as well (who has the time right?!)  [...]

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Some of the most compelling images coming out of the unrest in Egypt in the past few weeks have not only been of the tens of thousands who refuse to leave Cairo’s Tahrir Square or the thousands of Muslim Egyptians praying as they protest for President Hosni Mubarak to step down, but the pictures of [...]

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“A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.” ~Laura Bush I can ignore any political leanings when it comes to the appreciation of books for kids which is precisely why I’ve started off my post with this quote. I believe [...]

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Like most people in the Greater Toronto Area, I was deeply saddened and distraught to hear that a young police officer, Sgt. Ryan Russell was killed last week after being deliberately run-down by a stolen snowplough that he was trying to stop. I think what has hit so close to home for me about this [...]

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It’s game day…er…rather game night and I am all atwitter! At 7:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time are going to beat the Russians and bring home gold medal in the World Junior Championship once again for Canada (where it belongs of course!) So GO CANADA GO! I love sports, both playing and cheering, but I knew early [...]

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Johanna Skibsrud is the winner of the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book The Sentimentalists. This prize is the only Canadian literary event broadcast on national television and honours the best in Canadian literature. The 30-year-old Nova Scotian’s book is based on the story of her father, Olav, who was a Vietnam War veteran. [...]

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Sometimes the concepts of freedom and sacrifice are hard for me to grasp. Being one of the fortunate few to grow up in a place where I (largely) can say, do, think, dress, behave, walk, talk and believe what I want I suppose I could never understand the idea of being censored or moreover being [...]

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It would be an understatement to say I spook easily. I am the person squealing out loud in movie theatres when the serial killing monster pops out from behind the door and I am jumpier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! Even when I know something is coming I can’t [...]

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Well, I sincerely hope all of you are bombarding my blogging buddy, Emmet, with scores of Canadian fiction titles for his Canadian Literature Review week! Part of my reasoning for doing this cross-blog partnership is to increase the visibility of great Canadian fiction (also the main reason that I write this blog every day). The [...]

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