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The Troop by Nick Cutter

“The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it’s the perfect gift for a winter night.” ~ Stephen King
I call it creepy, suspenseful and delightfully addictive. One book you can’t put down. Nick Cutter’s The Troop has all the bone-chilling horror elements to keep you on the edge of your seat.
“It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.”
Tim Riggs – Scoutmaster Tim is unmarried and childless, and is by nature calm and unflappable – a valuable trait for a doctor. He grew up in Ontario and spent a year in Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders. Now at forty-two, he’s settled in Prince Edward Island. Every year, he makes a trip to Falstaff Island, a tiny island about fifteen kilometers off mainland mass and 10.4 kilometers in circumference.
This year is no different. W…

Q & A with Molly Peacock, author of Alphabetique

How did you get the idea for Alphabetique: an Advent Calendar on
Kara Kosaka, the illustrator of Alphabetique, and C.S. Richardson, the Art Director at Penguin Random House made little morsels of details from the illustrations, and I thought, “I’ve got to share these!” Then I realized that 26 letters = 26 days, almost like an Advent calendar. If I started a very select e-mail list through TinyLetter, for people who have things to say, I could show the list these adorable details & I could excerpt a sentence or two from each story to illustrate the illustrations.   It’s amazing:  every day I have more subscribers.  And even after the Tiny Letters stop on November 26, you can subscribe to see them at or go to Virtual Advent Calendar.
What’s the importance of noticing in our everyday lives? When you notice something, even if it’s only a button or an orange or the pattern in a sidewalk grate, it’s as if someone has handed you a rarit…

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

For those who love a great trilogy, there’s a new one on the horizon. Amanda Hocking, famous for her popular Trylle Trilogy, is back with a new series called The Kanin Chronicles. The first book releases January 6, 2015, and I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy of is potentially sure to become a new obsession of YA lovers. After the success of trilogies like The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games, it’s the perfect time for something new to consume that genre of readers who crave a long saga of otherworldly drama.
One of the nice things about this new YA trilogy, is a central, strong, main lead. Bryn Aven is the daughter of the king's counsellor. But, she is also an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. With wits and a keen sense of determination, she advances to join the league of trackers; her goal is to be a member of the elite King's Guard, whose only mission is to protect royalty.
Her boss is Ridley Dresden. Is there an attraction? Reade…

Family Furnishings by Alice Munro

Alice Munro needs no introduction. One of the most prolific writers of our generation, she reminds us that great literature is always a beautiful read. Winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize in Literature, her short stories encompass a depth and dimension that few writers can attain.

Young Houdini: The Magician's Fire. By Simon Nicholson

Young Harry Houdini spends his days chaining himself to train tracks and teetering on wires high above the city with his two best friends, Arthur and Billie. But when Harry's friend and magical mentor, Herbie, disappears, the three friends band together, determined to rescue the beloved magician.
With nothing more than a mysterious puff of purple smoke, an ominous threat, and a menacing Bulgarian for evidence, Harry, Arthur, and Billie embark on a dangerously thrilling investigation that pushes their skill, and friendship, to the limits. But can Harry find Herbie before it's too late?
Young Houdini The Magician’s Fire is the first book in the Young Houdini series by Simon Nicholson. It’s an action packed mystery for middle graders…mysterious till the very end. Will the friends be able to solve the mystery and save the day?
I just read another book (Somebody In The Bus Is Going To Be Famous) and it was inevitable I compared the writing style. I found this one much more targeted t…

Somebody On This Bus Is Going To Be Famous

Nine ordinary kids ride on the bus every day. As the title suggests, one of them is going to be famous.
Who will it be?
Great storytelling will keep you guessing.
A traffic accident reveals the clue.
Flashbacks draw a picture of their lives.
At first the kids don’t have much in common.
Here is a snapshot of the nine kids:
Spencer – science nerd Igor – class clown Bender – bully  Jay – football enthusiast Shelly – the diva Miranda – academic Kaitlynn – talks a lot Mary – dreamer Alice – loner new girl