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Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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2 stars: OK
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Carson Crosses Canada: 09/19/17

Carson Crosses Canadan by Linda Bailey

Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey is a picture book about Canada's provinces, presented as a west to east road trip. It starts in Tofino, BC and ends in Witless Bay, Newfoundland. The drive, like that in Cadillac Couches uses the Trans Canada Highway.

Carson is the dog on the cover. He's heading east because his owner's sister is sick and needs help. Each spread shows a different stopping place. The endpapers include a map and itinerary.

But the middle — the actual text that goes with the illustrations is rather sparse. Tofino to Witless Bay on the Trans-Canadian route is 94 hours of travel, covering 8,265 km. It also involves at least one ferry ride to get off Vancouver Island, to mainland British Columbia. None of that, though, is covered in the book and is only hinted at in the endpaper maps.

A cross continental road trip with a single drive isn't easy. With multiple drivers, it still isn't easy. It's hard work. Sure, it can also be fun — but it's still hard work. Making the same crossing with pets is even more work and more stress.

I'm surprised too that the ferry crossing isn't mentioned — or even the difference that P.E.I can be reached by a bridge, but Vancouver can't.

Four stars

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