Hesson: Children's book reviews, April 2024

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The Girl Who Loved Poutine

By Lorna Schultz Nicholson, Illustrated By Rachel Quiqi

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(Sleeping Bear Press)

For her birthday, Zoey’s guests surprise her with a Poutine Contest. Each dish contains different ingredients, like breadcrumbs, lobster, maple syrup, beef, caribou, and pasta sauce. As she tastes each plate she is reminded of family parties, making sandcastles, and helping to tap maple trees. The flavours spark memories of yellow fields, mountains, snowmobiling, and Nana’s bear hugs. The winner is everyone, with a whisper to her dad that she likes his dish the best. With colourful illustrations of food and family, this book also contains fun facts and a recipe at the back.

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Is It Weather Or Is It Climate Change?

By Rachel Salt

(Firefly Books)

This informative book answers the critical questions of, what climate change is, what causes it, and how we know it is real. In various locations around the world, young readers are shown evidence of disasters linked to climate change. Bold illustrations along with photos show the effects of extreme weather conditions. Factual sidebars reveal adaptations that are needed, as well as people who are trying to make a difference. This is a must-have guide for school and home libraries and will help readers young and old to understand and take action.

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Night of the Living Zed

By Basil Sylvester & Kevin Sylvester

(HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)

Zed loves monsters and ghosts, while Gabe does not. However, Gabe loves operas and is the perfect companion to help navigate a haunted house built by Charlotte, a famous opera designer. If they can solve the puzzles they are hoping to win a prize that will help pay for Gabe’s sister and her girlfriend to have a lavish wedding. As they work their way through escape-like rooms they also uncover the mysterious life of Charlotte and her partner Frances. Black and white sketches bring this creepy and hilarious story of friendship, family, and collaboration to life, and death.

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Bad Like Us

By Gabriella Lepore

(Inkyard Press)

When nine high school seniors from Seattle come together for a vacation at a secluded beach resort, there is plenty of drama. However, no one expected their weekend to end in a murder. Told from the point of view of Eva and Colton, with video recordings from Piper, secret alliances and attractions, deceit, and cruelties are slowly revealed. Complete with flashbacks, this young adult mystery thriller keeps readers turning the pages and guessing until the very end.

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