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My Dad Loves Me This Much
By Joe Fitzpatrick, Illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald
Colourful crazy monsters love hot-air balloons, painting and bubble ball, but how do they show it? One little monster says it’s not by spreading your arms wide but crossing your hands. When her dad comes home we learn that this gesture means all the way around the world and back. A fun story that young readers will want to share with everyone they love.
My Teacher’s Not Here!
By Lana Button, Illustrations By Christine Battuz
(Kids Can Press)
Teachers do so much more than teach. When Kitty learns Miss Seabrooke is sick, she panics. Her teacher helps with everything from songs to zippers to reassuring smiles. However, when she is not there Kitty learns an important lesson about taking responsibility and facing changes. This book would be a thoughtful gift for the awesome teacher in any child’s life.
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
By Shaun David Hutchinson
(Simon Pulse, 346 pages)
Elena is the product of parthenogenesis, a virgin birth. That’s not the only thing the miracle girl becomes famous for. When a shooter kills the girl she is crushing on, Elena saves her. Now voices are telling her she must heal people to save the world. However, when she does, others disappear. Readers will eagerly turn the pages wondering if she has made the right choices. This unique story will appeal to science fiction fans aged 14 and up.
The Wicked Deep
By Shea Ernshaw
(Simon Pulse, 310 pages)
Centuries ago in the harbour town of Sparrow, three Swan sisters suspected of witchery were drowned. Now every June Swan Season is celebrated. This is when they supposedly return, inhabit the bodies of local girls, and then lure boys to a watery death. Penny Talbot, who lives on Lighthouse Island, usually avoids the crowds, but this year she falls in love with a new boy in town and fears for his life. Readers aged 14 and up, who love the paranormal, will be entranced by this twisted romance.
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