HBB, Tomorrow’s Kingdom!

9 Jul

Happy Book Birthday

It’s here!  It’s here!  It’s finally here!

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Maureen Fergus at an event last year.  I was super excited to meet her because I was a huge fan of her first YA novel, The Gypsy King.  Well, imagine my surprise and utter delight at receiving a galley of its sequel, A Fool’s Errand, that day, too!  The only trouble was, since I received the 2nd book six months before it’s release date—which I am very grateful for, by the way—it also meant that I had to wait that much longer for the finale to come out.  Well, now it’s been one whole year later, and I have finally been able to get my hands on a finished copy of Tomorrow’s Kingdom.  I have to admit … I’m just a teensy bit giddy thinking about how the plot will unfold!

I can’t wait to find out how Azriel and Persephone’s story continues.  I really really wish Fergus will someday feel compelled to share with us what happens after Tomorrow’s Kingdom ends, but for now, I’m just going to focus on getting my lesson planning done as quickly as possible so I can enjoy more time with Azriel, Persephone, and the rest of the gang.  See you all in a couple of days.

(Just kidding … Or maybe not …)

A Fool’s Errand (Maureen Fergus)

9 Jul


Hey Squinklebooks Squad, do you want a great way to kick off our summer term? I’ve got one of my suggestions-that-aren’t-really-suggestions suggestions for you today … go grab a copy of Maureen Fergus’ A Fool’s Errand. It’s the follow-up to her fantastic YA novel, The Gypsy King, which I reviewed earlier, and it’s just a whole lot more of all the things I loved in the first book.

What’s so great about A Fool’s Errand?

  • First of all, it concludes the incredible cliffhanger that Fergus left us with at the end of the first installment. (No spoilers here, so if you haven’t read the first book yet, don’t read the first chapter of this one!)

  • Second, it begins a great journey that takes you with Azriel and Persephone all around the wonderfully imagined kingdom of Glyndoria.

  • And third, well, let’s talk about those crazy lovebirds …

I am just so in love with Azriel and Persephone! They’re smart, funny, and incredibly charming. Fergus’ voice shines throughout this entire story, and she is among my favourite writers whose dialogue is so delicious that I find myself re-reading characters’ conversations all the time. From the very moment that Azriel and Persephone met in Book 1, the electricity between them was so evident, and I felt like I couldn’t get enough of it, so I was extremely happy with the way this second novel developed. During their travels, Azriel and Persephone can’t help but show their feelings for one another, and for me, some of the greatest love stories involve people who obviously care so much about each other that—no matter how ardently they try to hide it or deny it—that love just makes them glow.  These two kids glow!

If you love great writing—and Fergus is a phenomenal scribe—and stories full of adventure, romance, and intrigue, you really must carve out a couple of days to immerse yourself in The Gypsy King trilogy. And if you’re like me, who absolutely devoured the first and second books, you’ll be giddy beyond belief that the third installment, Tomorrow’s Kingdom, has just released!

Go buy and read these three books now. Then we’ll talk about how Azriel makes our knees weak and Persephone makes us laugh out loud …



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The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, José Villarrubia, Attila Futaki)

28 Jun

Lightning Thief - GNI had been waiting and waiting for the graphic novel version of The Lightning Thief, so I was très excitée to get my hands on this! If you were in my grade 9 class, I know how much you enjoyed using this and the movie to comprise our media studies unit, so I hope you finish this series. The rest of the graphic novels are just as witty, thought-provoking, and well-drawn as this one.

Aren’t graphic novels the best? I know there are many parents and even teachers out there who can’t find enough value in them, but I think they’re fantastic for getting kids hooked onto reading. And for those of you who think that they’re “just a bunch of pictures”, let me tell you … SO MUCH HAPPENS in those pictures. And let me tell you something else … SO MUCH HAPPENS between the frames. The choices that the writers and artists have to make about what to include, what to exclude, and how to present everything just boggle my mind. I can’t even decide between a Caramel Crunch Frappuccino and a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino, and these guys have way more serious decisions to make! If you haven’t gotten hooked onto graphic novels yet, try this one for starters. I’m sure you’ll love it.



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Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1: The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)

27 Jun

Lightning Thief


J’adore ce livre! Riordan is still at the top of my authors-to-meet list, especially since I was out of town when he was actually IN town. I can’t say enough about the fabulous friendship among Percy, Grover, and Annabeth … May you all be as blessed as these three are! And hey, this was great preparation for those of you who will end up studying mythologies in the next couple of years, but be forewarned … Riordan has taken some liberties in modernizing the Greek pantheon!

What is it about this book that I love so much? I just enjoy being immersed in a world that has one foot firmly planted in Greek mythology and the other squarely set in the modern era. So much of who we are now comes from who we were back then—our writing, our government systems, our Olympics, our olives, and, of course, our stories—that it’s neat to be in that society again, if only for a little while. Of course, Percy and his pals don’t necessarily traipse around Camp Half-Blood in togas with laurel wreaths on their heads all day (Or do they? No spoilers here!). But a storyline full of Greek gods and goddesses is my cup of tea, and I hope yours, too.

Merci d’avoir prendre ce parcours avec moi! Now I can’t wait for the rest of the movies to catch up!



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Matilda (Roald Dahl)

26 Jun

MatildaI’m glad some of you got a chance to read this book as well as see the movie. Matilda is quite charming, no? And yes, there were bits of the book that were a little strange, but it was a nice read all the same. Let’s hope we don’t encounter too many Trunchbulls in our lives!

Many of you wondered about how “real” Matilda’s character is.  Granted, I don’t know any five-year-olds who behave the way she does, but there’s probably one or two out there.  A lot of you liked Matilda, but you couldn’t decide why.  Is it because she is insanely intelligent for her age?  Or maybe it’s because she’s unbelievably patient (which I know I’M not)?  Or, and this is my personal favourite, maybe because she’s got a bit of a predilection for exacting revenge.  Now, I’m not necessarily the type of person to get someone back, but I sometimes wish I had a bit more gumption in me to at least think of how I might do it.  This dilemma reminds me of the question that my home girl, Anne-with-an-E, poses: “Which would you rather be if you had the choice—divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”  Which trait would you rather have?



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