Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

Wow! This is a beautifully imagined and illustrated book. Love the full colour illustrations. And the storyline of combining historical times (from dinosaurs to steam engines) to present day, to the future – an impressive undertaking. The mash-up of these worlds is so intriguing but truly were brought to life through the illustrations.

Here’s the summary:

The world did not end. At least not permanently.

The Time Collision came from beyond the stars, a cosmic event that fractured time and space, tearing apart the earth and reshaping it into something entirely new.

This is the world Diego Ribera was born into. The past, present, and future coexisting together.


In New Chicago, Diego’s middle school hallways buzz with kids from all eras of history and from cultures all over the world. The pieces do not always fit together neatly, but this is the world he loves. There are those, however, who do not share his affection.

On his thirteenth birthday, Diego learns of a special gift he has within, a secret that is part of something much bigger—something he cannot understand. When his father, New Chicago’s top engineer, is taken by the Aeternum, Diego must rescue him and prevent this evil group from disrupting the fragile peace humanity has forged.

With more than 150 full-color illustrations.

“Diego sped over New Chicago, its canals and train tracks clogged with the morning traffic of steamships and trolleys, its sidewalks crowded with topcoats, leather tunics, and fine capes, a world bursting in color and sound, in the smell of horse droppings and engine grease, corn roasting on food carts, and the sea. Off in the distance, the exhaust clouds from the great steamships and harbor robots colored the sunrise gold.

He spotted the girl up ahead, knifing through the sky. He had to catch her before it was too late. Diego didn’t know why, just knew he had to. Something to do with time, he thought. It was always time, running forward and backward through this world, but in this dream . . .
Running out.”

And here is an interview with the author:


New titles for our favourite series

The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?


Dork Diaries: Tales from a not-so secret crush catastrophe by Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell’s adventures continue in the twelfth installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

In Nikki Maxwell’s newest diary, it’s the countdown to the end of the school year, and Nikki’s juggling some big questions about how she’ll spend her summer. She’s also facing an unexpected crush catastrophe—there’s a new kid interested in Nikki, but the last thing she wants to do is accidentally hurt Brandon! It all comes down to a big decision Nikki has to make, and drama like she’s never faced before!


Thornhill by Pam Smy

If you liked either Coraline or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman then I think you will enjoy the Thornhill. If you are a fan of alternative format books like The Invention of Hugo Cabret or Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick the you will probably like Thornhill. If you like a book that is part diary, you might like this book.

In other words there’s a lot you will probably like about this book.

Here’s the summary:

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it’s shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she’s left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.

2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s shadowy past.

And here is an interview with the author Pam Smy.


We have recently added a bunch of new graphic novels to the collection. Have a look…

Rickety Stitch : the road to Epoli by Ben Costa & James Park– Meet Rickety Stitch… a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel. He’s the one skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul, and he has no idea why. His only clue to his former identity is a song he hears in his dreams, an epic bard’s  tale about the road to Epoli and the land of Eem. His sidekick and sole friend is Goo, a squishy blob of jelly that Rickety’s past, with abundant humor and adventure galore.


The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

Everyone in Aster’s family is born with magic. Boys grow up to be shapeshifters; girls into witches. No exceptions. But Aster can’t seem to get the hang of shapeshifting. Instead, he spends his time spying on the witchery lessons the girls are getting. He seems to have a knack for casting spells and wants to know more, but the only person he can share his growing gift with is Charlie, a girl from the non-magical side of town. Then, during a night of shapeshifting practice, one of the boys goes missing. Aster knows he can search for the boy with witchcraft he’s been secretly learning. Could breaking his family’s most important tradition save the day – or ruin everything?



Moonshot: the indigenous comics collection ; edited by Hope Nicholson

Brings together dozens of creaotrs from all over North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling. From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work from across the continent.

Alex Rider : Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz 

Alex Rider is in Venice looking for long-buried secrets and answers to questions he never thought he would have to ask. Was his father really a ruthless assassin – and if so, what does that make Alex? The truth lies with the shadowy criminal organzation known as Scorpia. Soon Alex will have to make a choice about his allegiance: Will he continue to work for MI6, the organiztion that has manipulated him, or will  he join Scorpia and get his revenge?

LumberJanes: Gotham Academy 

When a teacher at Gotham Academy goes missing, it’s up to Olive, Maps, Colton, Pom, and Kyle to figure out what is happening and how to get her back. With only an outdated birthday invitation as the clue, they find themselves in the middle of the woods with no idea of where to start. With the sudden appearance of the Lumberjanes – April, Jo, Mal, Molly, Ripley and Jen – who are on the hunt for their missing Camp Director, all clues point to an abandoned cabin with more secrets than cobwebs.

Pele: the king of soccer by Eddy Simon

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pele, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen. Within two years he was celebrated internationally, when he led Brazil to victory at the world cup. Known by his fans as -O Rei- (The King), Pele is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. But he’s more than just an athlete: he also traveled the world as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Pele is the living symbol of a sport he dubbed -the beautiful game—a game that brings people together regardless of race or nationality.

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Pashmina is heartfelt young adult graphic novel about an Indian-American teen’s attempt to reconnect with her mother’s homeland through a magical pashmina shawl. Follow Pri as she realizes that the India of her imagination is not like the real india, and as she learns the truth to he magical pashmina’s origin.

Dream Jumper : curse of the harvester by Greg Grunenberg

Ben and Jake are back for more! With the Dream Jumper business making them some serious money, all seems to be going great. But Ben is put to the test in a way he never saw coming when a new and formidable foe invades his nightmares. With Jake backing him up and a mysterious newcomer in the Dream World, Ben may have a chance to overcome this new evil. He just has to keep his friends safe long enough to figure out how!




Books that are works of art

Once in a while you come across books that are truly works of art. Inspiring, creative, out of the box, a labor of love, unusual, thought provoking titles. They stand on their own majestically, but they also sprout even more creativity because they are beautiful and are brilliant in their storytelling. And this form of creativity is movie making. Inspired from great storytelling and endeavouring to be beautiful visually.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 

This is Selznick’s second alternative format book. Readers eagerly look at pictures (when really they are gathering illustrated clues that help deceipher the story) and then they are actually reading the next element of the story. At a whopping 640 pages students in our grade six scavenger hunt are chomping for who can get their name on the holds list next.

Here’s the summary:

Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for his unknown father. Rose scrapbooks a famous silent actress. When Ben finds clues and Rose reads enticing news, the children independently run to New York for what they are missing. Ben’s story in words, Rose’s in pictures come together in deafness.

Here’s an interview with Brian Selznick as he explains Wonderstruck:

So is it any wonder that such a beautiful work of art and storytelling inspires others to create?

Here’s what been created through this inspiration six years later: