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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Canadian Book Challenge: 2019-2020

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Books Reviewed in 2017:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
  2. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  4. The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
  5. The Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special by Ben Boquelet
  6. Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
  7. Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
  8. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
  9. Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part Two by Gene Luen Yang
  10. Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
  11. Beast & Crown by Joel Ross
  12. Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  13. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  14. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
  15. Bird & Squirrel On Fire by James Burks
  16. Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear
  17. Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
  18. The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  19. Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
  20. Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
  21. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  22. Bull by David Elliott
  23. Carson Crosses Canada
  24. CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
  25. CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington
  26. CatStronauts: Space Station Situation by Drew Brockington
  27. Cleopatra in Space: The Golden Lion by Mike Maihack
  28. Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis by Charise Mericle Harper
  29. Demon Volume 2 by Jason Shiga
  30. Demon Volume 3 by Jason Shiga
  31. Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga
  32. Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
  33. Dreadnought by April Daniels
  34. Egg by Kevin Henkes
  35. Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
  36. Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore
  37. Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by Victoria J. Coe
  38. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  39. Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
  40. The Fog by Kyo Maclear
  41. 14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop
  42. From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
  43. Giant Days, Volume 4 by John Allison
  44. Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
  45. Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
  46. The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  47. The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg
  48. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  49. Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
  50. Ivy by Katherine Coville
  51. Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
  52. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
  53. Lights, Camera, Middle School! by Jennifer L. Holm
  54. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
  55. The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
  56. The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
  57. The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  58. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  59. Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
  60. Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
  61. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
  62. Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
  63. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
  64. My Pet Human Takes Center Stage by Yasmine Surovec
  65. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
  66. One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman
  67. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
  68. Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
  69. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  70. The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
  71. Paper Girls Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
  72. A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
  73. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  74. Race the Night by Kirsten Hubbard
  75. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
  76. Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  77. Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
  78. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  79. Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
  80. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  81. Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George
  82. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  83. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  84. Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  85. Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game by Amy Gutierrez
  86. Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
  87. Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
  88. Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
  89. The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  90. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  91. Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
  92. Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  93. The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  94. Vampires on the Run by C.M. Surrisi
  95. Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1 by Tim Hedrick
  96. Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy
  97. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  98. The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier
  99. Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
  100. Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
  101. Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles
  102. Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass
  103. Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  104. XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex


  1. Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
  2. Are We There Yet? by Nina Laden
  3. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
  4. The Best Man by Richard Peck
  5. Bloom by Doreen Cronin
  6. The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
  7. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
  9. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
  10. The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  11. Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison
  12. Giant Days, Volume 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar
  13. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  14. The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
  15. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  16. Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson
  17. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  18. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  19. It's a Book by Lane Smith
  20. Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral by Kelly Thompson
  21. Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem by Kelly Thompson
  22. Kitchener Waterloo: A Guidebook from Memory edited by Robert Motum
  23. Knit Your Own Murder
  24. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  25. The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
  26. Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan
  27. Mayday by Karen Harrington
  28. The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi
  29. The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
  30. Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  31. Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
  32. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale
  33. The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio
  34. Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder
  35. The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  36. Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
  37. The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop
  38. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
  39. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  40. Tru & Nelle by G. Neri
  41. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  42. The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
  43. We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
  44. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


  1. American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film by Ann Brigham
  2. Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
  3. Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman
  4. Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
  5. Bird & Squirrel on the Edge! by James Burks
  6. Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
  7. The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle
  8. Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas by Anushka Ravishankar and Priya Sundram
  9. Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
  10. Cats on Track by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin
  11. Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack
  12. Clover's Luck by Kallie George
  13. D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
  14. Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass
  15. Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin
  16. Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
  17. Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
  18. Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
  19. Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison
  20. The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon
  21. Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
  22. Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
  23. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  24. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III
  25. The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds
  26. Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
  27. Lumberjanes, Volume 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
  28. Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
  29. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  30. Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Steven
  31. My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
  32. My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder
  33. Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  34. Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
  35. One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser
  36. Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat
  37. Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
  38. The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
  39. Ripped From the Pages by Kate Carlisle
  40. Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
  41. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  42. Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa
  43. The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  44. The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear
  45. Storm by Amanda Sun
  46. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  47. Tagged by Diane C. Mullen
  48. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  49. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua
  50. The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
  51. Waiting by Kevin Henkes
  52. Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard
  53. Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 by Rosamund Kidman Cox
  54. Woof by Spencer Quinn
  55. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti


  1. All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
  2. The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
  3. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. California by Edan Lepucki
  5. The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
  6. Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson (originally published 2002)
  7. Draw! by Raúl Colón
  8. The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  9. Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
  10. Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
  11. In the Beginning... by Arnaud Plumeri
  12. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  13. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  14. Over Easy by Mimi Pond
  15. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  16. A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
  17. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
  18. Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems


  1. Beyond Auto Mode by Jennifer Bebb
  2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  3. A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
  4. Cotton Tenants: Three Families by James Agee
  5. Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter
  6. Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
  7. The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
  8. Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
  9. Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller
  10. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  11. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
  12. Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
  13. Once Upon a Thriller by Carolyn Keene
  14. Pantomime by Laura Lam
  15. Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
  16. Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
  17. Strangers on a Train by Carolyn Keene
  18. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  19. The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
  20. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  21. Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness
  22. Toto Trouble: Back to Crass by Thierry Coppée
  23. Who Is AC? by Hope Larson


  1. Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
  2. The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
  3. Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
  4. Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
  5. The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas
  6. The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
  7. The Lens by N.K. Guy
  8. Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 by Itokichi
  9. Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett
  10. Noragami Volume 03 by Adachitoka
  11. Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle


  1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Before There Was Mozart by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  3. The Big Roads by Earl Swift
  4. Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  6. Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett
  7. Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski
  8. The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  9. XVI by Julia Karr


  1. Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett
  2. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  3. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
  4. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
  5. I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
  6. I Say Tomato by Katie Wall
  7. Instructions by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
  8. Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
  9. Red Leech by Andrew Lane
  10. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
  11. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  12. There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
  13. We Are The Engineers by Angela Melick


  1. Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett (2009)
  2. Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett (2009)
  3. Boy Dumplings by Ying Chang Compestine (2009)
  4. Candor by Pam Bachorz (2009)
  5. The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (2009)
  6. I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett (2009)
  7. Otis by Loren Long (2009)
  8. The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews (2008)
  9. How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein (2008)
  10. Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett (2008)
  11. Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers by Harold Davis (2008)
  12. National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography by Tim Fitzharris (2007)
  13. The Neddiad (audio) by Daniel Pinkwater (2007)
  14. Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm (2007)
  15. Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka (2007)
  16. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella (2007)
  17. The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas (2006)
  18. Iron Ties by Ann Parker (2006)
  19. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (2006)
  20. Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy (2006)
  21. The Book Fair From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (2006)
  22. No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker (2006)
  23. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (2005)
  24. Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton (2005)
  25. Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm (2005)
  26. Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella (2005)
  27. Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel (2005)
  28. Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami (2004)
  29. Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle (2004)
  30. Bisbee, Arizona, Then And Now by Boyd Nicholl (2003)
  31. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (2003)
  32. Quiet! by Paul Bright (2003)
  33. Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved by Patricia Hruby Powell (2003)
  34. Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci (2002)
  35. Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye (2002)
  36. Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing (2002)
  37. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella (2002)
  38. A Castle On Viola Street by Dyanne Disalvo (2001)
  39. Hannah and the Homunculus by Kurt Hassler (2001)
  40. Stop the Train! by Geraldine McCaughrean (2001)
  41. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill (2000)
  42. This Land I Love: Waterloo County by Carl Hiebert (2000)


  1. New Cat by Yangsook Choi (1999)
  2. Oh! by Kevin Henkes (1999)
  3. Under the Dragon's Tail by Maureen Jennings (1998)
  4. VanDerZee by Deborah Willis-Braithwaite (1998)
  5. Author: A True Story by Helen Lester (1997)
  6. Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings (1997)
  7. The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard (1997)
  8. The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark (1997)
  9. Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert (1995)
  10. Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood (1994)
  11. A Day's Work by Eve Bunting (1994)
  12. Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint (1994)
  13. Smoky Night by Eve Bunting (1994)
  14. The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood (1993)
  15. Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert (1993)
  16. Feathertop by Robert D. San Souci (1992)
  17. Pippi Moves In by Astrid Lindgren (1992)
  18. They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko (1992)
  19. Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert (1992)
  20. Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie (1990)


  1. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block (1989)
  2. The Scarebird by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sís (1988)
  3. Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor (1987)
  4. Say No to Murder by Nancy Pickard (1985)
  5. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce (1984)
  6. Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman (1984)
  7. Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Caines (1982)
  8. Max Versus The Cube by Hanne Türk (1982)


  1. Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi (1979)
  2. Camera and Lens by Ansel Adams (1976)
  3. Big Dog...Little Dog: A Bedtime Story by P.D. Eastman (1973)
  4. On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott (1972)
  5. Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion (1970)


  1. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber (1965)
  2. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (1960)


  1. The Time Garden by Edward Eager (1958)
  2. Knight's Castle by Edward Eager (1956)
  3. "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby (1953)



  1. The Hudson by Carl Lamson Carmer (1939)
  2. The James: From Iron Gate to the Sea by Blair Niles (1939)
  3. The Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga by Walter Havighurst (1937)


  1. The Better Country by Dallas Lore Sharp (1928)
  2. It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey (1920)


  1. By Motor to the Golden Gate by Emily Post (1916)
  2. On the Trail to Sunset by Thomas William Wilby and Agnes Anderson Wilby (1912)
  3. A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher (1911)