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Canadian Book Challenge: 2019-2020

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Books Reviewed in 2018:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  2. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  3. Amulet 8: Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi
  4. Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
  5. Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance
  6. Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold
  7. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
  8. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  9. The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
  10. Better Off Read by Nora Page
  11. Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire
  12. Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
  13. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
  14. Bob by Wendy Mass
  15. Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller
  16. The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
  17. CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington
  18. Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  19. Charlie & Frog by Karen Kane
  20. The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas
  21. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
  22. Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
  23. Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
  24. The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks
  25. Don't Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci
  26. The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
  27. Dragon Overnight by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and, Emily Jenkins
  28. Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier
  29. Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
  30. Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks by Victoria J. Coe
  31. Flo by Kyo Maclear and Jay Fleck
  32. Foe by Iain Reid
  33. A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats
  34. Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  35. Ghostbusters: Answer the Call by Kelly Thompson and Corin Howell
  36. Giant Days: Extra Credit by John Allison
  37. Giant Days, Volume 7 by John Allison
  38. Giant Days Volume 8 by John Allison
  39. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
  40. The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Eulberg
  41. Hamster Princess: Whiskerella
  42. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  43. The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens
  44. Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
  45. Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
  46. The Ice Witch by Joel Ross
  47. Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
  48. Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King
  49. The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
  50. Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
  51. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  52. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  53. The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
  54. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
  55. Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  56. Little Red Rodent Hood by Ursula Vernon
  57. The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas
  58. The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue
  59. Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
  60. Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz
  61. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  62. Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
  63. Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper and Raul III
  64. Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
  65. The Million by Karl Schroeder
  66. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  67. Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
  68. The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
  69. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
  70. No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll
  71. The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  72. Paper Girls, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
  73. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  74. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  75. Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett
  76. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  77. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  78. The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd
  79. Puerto Rico Strong edited by Hazel Newlevant
  80. The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser
  81. Runaways, Volume 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell
  82. Runaways, Volume 2: Best Friends Forever by Rainbow Rowell
  83. Running With Lions by Julian Winters
  84. Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters by Gene Luen Yang and Matthew Holmes
  85. Ship It by Britta Lundin
  86. Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
  87. A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi
  88. Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn
  89. Somnambulance by Fiona Smyth
  90. Soof by Sarah Weeks
  91. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
  92. The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
  93. Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
  94. Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  95. Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally J. Pla
  96. Sunny by Jason Reynolds
  97. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
  98. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
  99. The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
  100. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartmen
  101. This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
  102. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  103. 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
  104. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  105. Very Rich by Polly Horvath
  106. Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 2: The Pilgrimage by Tim Hedrick
  107. Weather or Not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  108. Whatshisface by Gordon Korman
  109. The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
  110. Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
  111. The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher
  112. You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
  113. Young Frances by Hartley Lin


  1. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  2. Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South, Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
  3. Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe
  4. Braced by Alyson Gerber
  5. Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel
  6. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
  7. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher
  8. A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
  9. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  10. Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question by Martha Freeman
  11. Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany
  12. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  13. Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
  14. Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
  15. The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
  16. Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
  17. Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  18. Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison
  19. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  20. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta
  21. Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
  22. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  23. Internet Famous by Danika Stone
  24. It All Comes Down to This by Karen English
  25. A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett
  26. Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
  27. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
  28. Lemons by Melissa Savage
  29. Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (illustrator)
  30. Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
  31. Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
  32. The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
  33. The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
  34. Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
  35. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
  36. Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle
  37. One Good Thing about America by Ruth Freeman
  38. Patina by Jason Reynolds
  39. The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
  40. Restart by Gordon Korman
  41. The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
  42. Robots & Repeats by Gene Luen Yang
  43. Secrets & Sequences by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
  44. The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  45. Slider by Pete Hautman
  46. Slug Days by Sara Leach
  47. The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  48. Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
  49. Sovereign by April Daniels
  50. The Speaker by Traci Chee
  51. Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  52. Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  53. Tenements, Towers & Trash by Julia Wertz
  54. This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  55. Thornhill by Pam Smy
  56. Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
  57. Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass
  58. The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
  59. Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse
  60. The Witch's Glass by Holly Grant


  1. Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
  2. The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  3. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  4. Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
  5. A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen
  6. Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase
  7. The Dastardly Deed by Holly Grant
  8. Dear Poppy by Ronni Arno
  9. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  10. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel
  11. A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
  12. The Final Kingdom by Michael Northrop
  13. Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  14. Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
  15. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
  16. The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford
  17. Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins
  18. The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time by Steven Sherrill
  19. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
  20. Out of Tune by Gail Nall
  21. Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang
  22. The Reader by Traci Chee
  23. Rooster Joe and the Bully by Xavier Garza
  24. Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
  25. Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
  26. Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti
  27. Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
  28. This Is Not the Abby Show by Debbie Reed Fischer
  29. Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan
  30. Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson


  1. Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq
  2. Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
  3. The Clue at Black Creek Farm by Carolyn Keene
  4. Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren
  5. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 1 by Ryoko Kui
  6. Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen
  7. Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
  8. The Enchanted Egg by Kallie George
  9. A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
  10. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  11. The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear
  12. If Someone Says 'You Complete Me,' RUN! by Whoopi Goldberg
  13. If You Find This by Matthew Baker
  14. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
  15. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
  16. Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
  17. The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
  18. The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene
  19. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  20. Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson and Michael Robertson
  21. Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
  22. My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando
  23. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
  24. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  25. Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer
  26. The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
  27. Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
  28. Runaways: Battleworld by Noëlle Stevenson
  29. Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
  30. Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
  31. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  32. Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 by N. Griffin
  33. Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire
  34. Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
  35. Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
  36. Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
  37. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt
  38. Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
  39. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
  40. The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry


  1. An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
  2. Alienated by Melissa Landers
  3. Bluecrowne by Kate Milford
  4. Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
  5. Book Clubbed by Lorna Barret
  6. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  7. Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  8. Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick
  9. Noragami: Stray God Volume 4 by Adachitoka
  10. Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
  11. Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
  12. Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
  13. The Phantom of Nantucket by Carolyn Keene
  14. Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
  15. Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
  16. Secret at Mystic Lake by Carolyn Keene


  1. The Cathedral of Fear by Irene Adler
  2. Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman
  3. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #1: Twilight Sparkle by Thomas Zahler
  4. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #2: Rainbow Dash by Ryan K. Lindsay
  5. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #5: Pinkie Pie by Ted Anderson


  1. Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions by Chloe Rhodes
  2. House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
  3. I'll Save You Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
  4. The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
  5. L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz by Katharine M. Rogers
  6. Merman in My Tub, Volume 2 by Itokichi
  7. The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
  8. Noragami Volume 05 by Adachitoka
  9. Personal Demons by Nimue Brown
  10. Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder
  11. Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
  12. Show Me a Story! by Leonard S. Marcus
  13. Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick


  1. Black Ice by Andy Lane
  2. Classified as Murder by Miranda James
  3. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
  4. The Dark Lady by Irene Adler
  5. File M for Murder by Miranda James
  6. Habibi by Craig Thompson
  7. Kraken by Wendy Williams
  8. Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames
  9. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
  10. Monoceros by Suzette Mayr
  11. My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley and Alitha E. Martinez
  12. Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix
  13. Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl
  14. A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
  15. Under His Spell by Marie P. Croall and Hyeondo Park


  1. Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
  2. Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
  3. The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo
  4. The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern
  5. Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
  6. Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
  7. Murder Past Due by Miranda James
  8. Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
  9. The Sandwich Swap by Rania al-Abdullah
  10. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens


  1. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (2009)
  2. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter (2009)
  3. Flotsametrics and the Floating World by Curtis Ebbesmeyer (2009)
  4. Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman (2009)
  5. Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle (2009)
  6. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford (2009)
  7. Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (2009)
  8. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (2009)
  9. Ragtag by Karl Wolf-Morgenländer (2009)
  10. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (2009)
  11. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant (2009)
  12. White Night by Jim Butcher (2009)
  13. Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle (2008)
  14. French Pressed by Cleo Coyle (2008)
  15. Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs (2008)
  16. Small Favor by Jim Butcher (2008)
  17. Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley (2008)
  18. That Book Woman by Heather Henson (2008)
  19. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks (2008)
  20. Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle (2007)
  21. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (2007)
  22. Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle (2006)
  23. The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble (2006)
  24. When the Silliest Cat Was Small by Gilles Bachelet (2006)
  25. Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle (2005)
  26. The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S.F. Said (2005)
  27. Wandering Son: Volume 4 by Takako Shimura (2005)
  28. Wandering Son: Volume 3 by Takako Shimura (2004)
  29. Fleep by Jason Shiga (2002)
  30. Hold The Cream Cheese, Kill The Lox by Sharon Kahn (2002)
  31. Country Matters by Michael Korda (2001)
  32. Don't Cry for Me, Hot Pastrami by Sharon Kahn (2001)
  33. Murder Past Due by D.R. Meredith (2001)
  34. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (2001)
  35. Seldom Disappointed by Tony Hillerman


  1. Lavender Lies by Susan Wittig Albert
  2. Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn and Eric Shanower (1999)
  3. Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert (1998)
  4. Fax Me a Bagel by Sharon Kahn (1998)
  5. The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce (1998)
  6. Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez (1997)
  7. Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert (1997)
  8. Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert (1997)
  9. Sunflower House by Eve Bunting (1996)
  10. Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood (1995)
  11. Time Ghost by Welwyn Wilton Katz (1995)


  1. Adele in Sand Land by Claude Pont (1988)
  2. Bluff and Bran and the Snowdrift by Meg Rutherford (1988)
  3. The Maze in the Mind and the World: Labyrinths in Modern Literature by Donald Gutierrez (1985)
  4. Arnold of the Ducks by Mordicai Gerstein (1983)



  1. Miss Pickerell Harvests the Sea by Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell (1968)
  2. Topsy-Turvies: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination by Mitsumasa Anno (1968)
  3. The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber (1962)


  1. This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek (1959)
  2. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1952)
  3. The Road is Yours Reginald M. Cleveland (1951)



  1. Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson (1934)
  2. Blowing Clear by Joseph C. Lincoln (1930)


  1. Mazes and Labyrinths: Their History and Development by W.H. Matthews



  1. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1907)
  2. Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
  3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: rereading for the American road narrative (1900)


  1. Canada and the Canadian Question by Goldwin Smith (1891)

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