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New BookBit: Brita Granstrom and SEASONS BEFORE THE WAR

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Michelle Porter has worked her magic again!  Here's a link to the newest RTG BookBit - a lovely one featuring illustrator Brita Granstrom. Enjoy!

Not Just A Ghost Story

The Ferryland Visitor isn’t just a ghost story, says author Charis Cotter. It’s also a story about a family facing a tough, cold winter, a family hoping that when spring comes they’ll be a bit better off. It’s so cold that first winter in the lighthouse they all sleep in the kitchen. But they believe [...]

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The Poetry of Tyrants

Bad poetry? Probably written by a tyrant or villain, according to Andy Jones, author of Jack and the Green Man, the first chapter book in his Jack tales series. “The Green Man is that kind of powerful tyrant who has no sense of nobility, no sense of obligation to anyone but himself. “Even his poetry: [...]

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In Farmers' Times

The illustrations in Jack and the Green Man offer a rare glimpse of a visual style that was part of southeastern Europe before the Former Yugoslavia fell apart, before the war and the fall of communism changed the area forever.That European link is part of the history of Newfoundland fairy tales, says writer and performer [...]

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A lovely review of PB's Comet

Thanks to Lisa Doucet and Jo-Anne Elder for the lovely review of PB's Comet in the Fall issue of Atlantic Books Today. The reviewers say: "Another delightful and quirky picturebook offering from Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides, PB's story is sure to charm young readers. The jaunty and lyrical text begs to be read [...]

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Puffin Problem gets the nod!

Congratulations to Lori Doody, whose delightful picture book The Puffin Problem has been shortlisted for the Bruneau Family Award for Children's/Young Adult Writing, one of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards.  The other nominees are Sheilah Lukins  for Full Speed Ahead: Errol's Bell Island Adventure  and Rebecca North for Eliot and the Impossible Fish.  Looking [...]

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High praise for Paddon's hijinks

"It's abundantly clear there's no topic that Paddon can't put his signature twist on," so says Inderjit Deogun in his review of Half the Lies You Tell Are Not True. A great appreciation of Dave Paddon and Duncan Major's wonderful collaboration.Here's a link to the full review: http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol24/no38/halftheliesyoutellarenottrue.html

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A gem of a review of Lori Doody's MALLARD, MALLARD, MOOSE

"Mallard, Mallard, Moose is a gem you don't want to miss," writes Courtney Crocker in CM Magazine.  We couldn't agree more!Here's a link to her full review:http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol24/no38/mallardmallardmoose.html

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From ‘The Weather in Town’ to ‘SuperNan’: Dave Paddon on the lies he loves to tell

A little something funny about each of Dave Paddon’s thirteen recitations in his new book Half the Lies You Tell Are Not True.1. FOG. Is the east side of Placentia Bay really the foggiest place anywhere? Dave admits that “people dispute that and there’s a little bit of history there.” The fog in this recitation [...]

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The birds of Lori Doody's picture books

Two mallards, an improbability of puffins, a goose, and a chicken: there’s a story attached to each of the birds Lori Doody imagines into her children’s books.The Puffin ProblemDoody said she was inspired by the horror-thriller film The Birds (directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1963) when she created the first of two bright and funny bird-based [...]

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