COMMONWEALTH

I just finished Ann Patchett's semi-autobiographical novel, Commonwealth, and it's now on my Highly Recommended list. If you've read her wonderful collection of essays, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage, you'll recognize the backbone of Commonwealth, but it stands on its own as a brilliantly-written and engaging read. Two thumbs, way up!

Ruined By The Reich


The first thing I want to do when I read a real page-turner is recommend it to friends.



  • ISBN-13: 978-0786416158

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A Great Reckoning

Guess what came in the mail yesterday? Louise Penny's new book, A Great Reckoning. Those lattes at the bistro sounded so fine that I got out my Three Pines mug and mixed together coffee, maple syrup, cocoa, and cream to drink while I read. Good times!

The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series

JUVENILE FICTION - EARLY READER/1ST CHAPTER BOOKS
Long-listed for the 2016 Silver Birch Award.
Selected for the Fall 2015 Edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.

Publisher: Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
Published: February 10, 2015
Dimensions: 5.50 x 8.25 in x .75 in
331 pages
ISBN-13: 9780981052595
Format: Trade Paperback
Binding: Perfect Bound
$25.00

Juvenile Fiction 7+
Full-page colour illustrations
Illustrated by Manuel N. Cadag

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From the Publisher:
The zany adventures of Stewart and his eccentric babysitter, Mrs. Chairbottom, are featured in this compilation of the six books in the Babysitter Out of Control! series: Babysitter Out of Control!, Looking for Love on Mongo TongoThe Improbable Party on Purple Plum LaneWhat Happened in July (selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2013)The Sinking of the Wiley Bean, and, The Queen of Second Chances. 

About the Author:
Canadian author, Margaret J. McMaster, published her first book of middle-grade fiction, Carried Away on Licorice Days, in 2008. It was nominated for three literary awards: the Canadian Library Association's 2009 Book of the Year for Children Award, the 2010/2011 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, and the 2011 Rocky Mountain Book Award. In 2009 she started writing the Babysitter Out of Control! series. These amusing, fast-paced adventures include: Babysitter Out of Control!, Looking for Love on Mongo Tongo, The Improbable Party on Purple Plum Lane, What Happened in July (selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2013)The Sinking of the Wiley Bean, and, The Queen of Second Chances. The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series, published in 2015, was long-listed for the 2016 Silver Birch Award, selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens - Fall 2015, and the Gold Medal Winner in the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Early Reader/1st Chapter Books category. McMaster is a past contributor to the Canadian Children's Annual and her creative non-fiction piece, After All These Years, was shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Award. So Much Potential, a novel set in the Lake Erie fishing industry, was published in 2013. It was a Starred * Selection in Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2014. 

From the Critics:
 "The babysitter, Mrs. Chairbottom, is a delightful if unorthodox babysitter. She takes care of Stewart (or does Stewart take care of her?) in a number of adventures and misadventures. Stewart does not really reveal to his parents how 'unusual' his babysitter is, and herein lies the charm of the series. Zany Mrs. Chairbottom also owns a pet parrot, Petey, who is a great fan of the Home Shopping Channel!
   This series will keep the reader glued to the book in order to find out the outcome of each of the fast-paced and funny stories.
   The accomplished author believes that, 'The best compliment a reader can give me is: I couldn't put the book down, because delivering a compelling story is my primary aim. If the reader gets something deeper from it, I think that's wonderful.' She has more than delivered on that goal in this series." - The Kingsville Reporter, Feb. 16, 2016.

"The initial concept of an eccentric babysitter who, herself, needs babysitting is a fun one that has served the series well. Recommended." CM: Canadian Review of Materials, March 27th, 2015

Reader Reviews on Goodreads.com

Autographed copies available on ETSY

Available at Chapters and Amazon and Volumes



The Queen of Second Chances


Published: September 29, 2014
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5 in
43 pages
ISBN-13: 9780981052588
Format: Trade Paperback
Binding: Perfect Bound
$12.95

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From the Publisher:
In this thrilling conclusion to the Babysitter Out of Control! series, Stewart finds himself in an unusual predicament as Mrs. Chairbottom and Colonel Peabody put the finishing touches on their upcoming wedding.

Book Six in the Babysitter Out of Control! Series

From the Critics: 
"The Queen of Second Chances brings the series to a close, with the wedding of Mrs. Chairbottom and Colonel Peabody on the island of Mongo Tongo being the featured event. Stewart, who is to be the colonel`s best man, fears that somehow he will mess up the wedding. To get out of the way (and out of trouble), Stewart, along with his best friend Henry, joins Ronald, Mrs. Chairbottom`s chauffeur, on a fishing expedition on the ocean. After the fishing trio are stranded in their small fishing craft on the water, but before they are rescued by Mrs. Chairbottom, Ronald explains to the boys why he refers to Mrs. Chairbottom as 'the Queen of Second Chances'. Recommended." CM: Canadian Review of Materials, March 27th, 2015

Reader Reviews on Goodreads.com

So Much Potential



Format: Trade Paperback
Date Published: July 8, 2013
Page Count: 91
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5 in
Binding: Perfect Bound
ISBN13: 9780981052571
Ages: 12+
Hi-interest, Lo-vocabulary, for reluctant readers or those reading below grade level
Large print
$12.95

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From the Publisher:
   Andy Towell's dream of becoming a commercial fisherman is jeopardized when a co-worker goes missing.
Best Books for Kids & Teens * Starred Selection

From the Critics:
"Her latest book is compelling - the reader is gripped by the story, enthralled by the characters, and gratified by the way the story curls itself into a satisfying tale. And it is a tale of the sea, or more accurately, our local fresh waters of Lake Erie. It is an adventure-mystery with a little romance thrown into the journey of a boy's passage into young adulthood. Suspenseful to the end, the tale is riveting. Though aimed at a 12+ audience, the story is sprinkled with enough local lore to keep adult readers interested." The Kingsville Reporter, October 22, 2013

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Autographed copies available on ETSY.

Available at the La Nassa Retail Store on the Kingsville dock.





The author with her consultants on the So Much Potential project:
Don Rutgers, Captain of the William TR, and,
Tim Tiessen, Lake Erie Operations, La Nassa Foods






Photos courtesy of Gabriela Pahl

The Sinking of the Wiley Bean


Published: May 3, 2013
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5 in
50 pages
ISBN-13: 9780981052557
Format: Trade Paperback
$12.95

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From the Publisher:
Bad luck threatens to sink a wedding after Stewart and Colonel Peabody dig up an unusual figurehead. 

Book Five of the Babysitter Out of Control! Series

From the Critics:
"Mrs. Chairbottom is the babysitter with whom most young children would enjoy spending time, as Stewart obviously does, leading him into unusual situations and providing atypical adult responses to most circumstances.  Stewart's parents both trust Mrs. Chairbottom to care and nurture his young mind.  I think you can safely do the same." CanLit for Little Canadians, June 24, 2013

"Margaret J. McMaster uses a pleasing, fast writing style completely appropriate for an early chapter book. Anyone who has enjoyed the 'Babysitter Out of Control!' books up to this point will delight in this latest addition to the series. Recommended." CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Oct. 4, 2013