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On Our Radar: The Summer Edition

Books with buzz all around the Internet and elsewhere. 

"On Our Radar" is a monthly 49th Shelf series featuring books with buzz worth sharing. We bring you links to features and reviews about great new books in a multitude of genres from all around the Internet and elsewhere. 



Book Cover The Dancehall Years

The Dancehall Years, by Joan Haggerty

Featured at at All Lit Up as part of their "Where in Canada" series: 

The dancehall is Bowen Island with its medley of tides that rise and fall below the building. Over the years and generations, it stages the loves and deaths, arrivals and disappearances of the characters in such a way that they might be dancing still.

In fact, the dancehall was torn down in the early sixties along with the hotel and most of the cottages. In the novel, the building still stands, rotating above the wharf.  It’s the dancers that are rotating of course—there’s always a dosey-doe or an allemande left to exact—but, to Gwen,  the whole building swings to the summer music of the day, a Benny Goodman clarinet solo or a Glen Miller swing saxophone.

Read the entire feature here.



Book Cover Out of the Orchard

Out of the Orchard, by Julie Van Rosendaal

Featured in The Edmonton Journal

Finding inspiration in the every day is the cook’s greatest challenge. Happily, a new book of recipes by Calgary food writer Julie Van Rosendaal reveals new ways to work with the humble apple, as well as other beloved British Columbia tree fruits.

Out of the Orchard, a joint project of Van Rosendaal and the B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative, is a collection of some 85 recipes highlighting the many possibilities of peaches and plums, pears, cherries and apricots and, of course, the mighty apple.

Read the entire article here



Book Cover This Being

This Being, by Ingrid Ruthig

Poems excerpted in Numero Cinq Magazine

That Summer in Paris 

the streets sweltered, people
prostrated nude on the floor,
prayed for release from the heat
that seized them, off guard –
privacy thrown to an awol wind
they cast the nets of windows, doors
to snag even gossip of a breeze...

Read the complete excerpt here. 


Young Adult

Book Cover Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper, by Natasha Deen

Reviewed by Helen Kubiw at CanLit for Little Canadians: 

Gatekeeper, like its predecessor, is completely an edge-of-your-seat read, though I found that I looked forward to the witty dialogue as much as the paranormal elements which Natasha Deen flawlessly embeds in her plot.  I’ve always thought Norah McClintock was the queen of YA crime fiction but I think Natasha Deen has developed into a princess of YA paranormal murder mysteries.  

Read the entire review here. 


Middle Grade

Book Cover Tagged Out

Tagged Out, by Joyce Grant

Reviewed by Roseanne Gauthier at the National Reading Campaign: 

As in other novels from Lorimer’s hi-lo Sports Stories series, Tagged Out discusses important issues, like homophobia, through a sports-focused lens. This approach could result in a plot that feels awkward and contrived, but Grant has made baseball so integral to Tagged Out that the story never feels forced...With strong characters and lots of action, the deeper themes of Tagged Out ensure that even readers who aren’t familiar with baseball, or don’t consider themselves sports fans, will find many things to think about.

Read the entire review here.


Picture Books

Book Cover The Not So Faraway Adventure

The Not-So-Faraway Adventure, by Andrew Larsen and Irene Luxbacher

Reviewed by Alex Mlynek in Quill & Quire

In one spread, Theo and Poppa arrive at the lake and Poppa recalls that he used to play there as a boy, when he thought it was the ocean. Luxbacher overlays the blue water with finely rendered drawings of sea creatures and a pirate ship in white to convey this imaginary world. Words and images combine to form a story that gently demonstrates the value of teaching kids about their family’s past so they feel part of something bigger than themselves.

Read the entire review here.

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