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The Best Laid Plans

To most of us, Canadian politics are confusing and/or infuriating. What’s the big deal about the Throne speech? Why did our riding’s MP vote against a pro-choice bill? Do any of these politicians really know what they’re talking about? I generally share your views. With the exception of two months in Grade 7 when I …

The Coming Storm

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a book for the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival “celebrates the power of words- whether written, spoken, or signed- to ignite our imaginations and reveal worlds and ideas beyond our experiences. ” While the festival’s programming has been moved online this year due to …

Have A Little Respect

(Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeting supporters during his visit to my town, August 2021.) Yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to my hometown. I was excited: he’s the Prime Minister! I didn’t have a concrete plan to go down for his visit though, and as a local news site had reported …

YA Summer Reads: 2021

A “Summer Read” is defined as a piece of literature that is lighthearted and relaxing to read. They’re the kind of thing you’d bring with you to a beach or cottage; if you wouldn’t bring it there, it doesn’t qualify as a “Summer Read”. For example, American Royals by Katharine McGee is a “Summer Read”. …

Hollywood Of The North

If you asked someone where “Hollywood of the North” is located, they might guess New York City, Vancouver, or any other major North American city above the Mason-Dixon line. They’d be wrong. While no longer operating in the same capacity as it once was, “Hollywood of the North” was actually a moniker given to a …

The Princess Diaries

When my sister was younger, one of her favourite movies was Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Based off of Meg Cabot’s bestselling Princess Diaries book series, the film follows Princess Mia of (fictional) Genovia as she prepares for a hasty wedding in order to keep her throne. It employs multiple rom-com tropes (“person leaves fiance …

Slides

(Grandpa Slim reading me a story, circa 2009-2010) I don’t remember much about my great-grandfather, Grandpa Slim. What I do is random and unspecific: the old-fashioned wooden calendar that hung in his apartment, the balcony there that I loved but he never used, and he, my mom and I watching a tv show about a …

9:04 A.M

At 9:04 a.m AST(Atlantic Standard Time) today, you, like me, were probably asleep. Ah, the blessing of a weekend sleep-in! For a moment, though, I want you to imagine that today had been a weekday instead. 9:04 a.m AST, which is 8:04 EST for my fellow Eastern Ontarians, is when I would normally be getting …

Dear Soldier

Winter Break, early January 2020: Ding-Dong! The faint sound of the doorbell reaches me in the basement, momentarily shattering the silence around me. For the past half-hour or so, I’ve been working on an upcycled picture frame for a school project. With Mom upstairs doing dishes, Sophie doing who knows what in her room, and …

It’s Freakin’ Snowing

I love the first snow of the season. The white flakes drifting silently to the ground, landing in your hair and soaking your shoes. It’s the calm majesty of winter that comes before the storms of December- onward. But apparently not everyone enjoys it as much as I do. “I can’t believe it’s freakin’ snowing!” …

Timbits

50 Timbits. 10 deserving girls. The rest of the class, hoping their friends will take pity on them and give them a free handout. This is the scene that plays out in my classroom on a dreary Thursday afternoon. As I sit here typing this on my cellphone, timbit-less, students are milling in the hallways …

Comfort Books

Is there a book in your life that you’ve read too many times to count? One that you turn to in times of strife, or when you need a break from a heavier topic, to cheer you up, or calm you down? A book that might not necessarily have won any awards, but is still …

June 6th, 2020

Today is a day like any other. Summer temperatures are setting in, so people are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather to ride their bikes, have socially distant visits with friends, and go for walks. Everywhere you look, children are playing, and the sky above is a bright blue, dotted with puffy white clouds. …

The RMS Titanic And I

Today, April 15th, 2020, marks the 108th anniversary of the sinking of one of the greatest ships to ever sail the sea: the RMS Titanic. Her tragic story has captivated millions, so much so that the liner is still talked about in the news to this day. She may lie roughly 12, 500 feet below …

24 Days At Home: How My Family Is Trying To Survive The Coronavirus Outbreak

No doubt by now you’ve heard something about the global coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic. At first you, like me, may have dismissed it as silly, something that people were overreacting about. But now, in the midst of the major sports leagues like the NHL postponing their seasons indefinitely, all of Italy being in lockdown, and COVID-19 deaths …

I Read Canadian Day

I live in Canada. While we do have lots of books, tv shows, bands, etc that are recognized globally, majority of the media content that we come across on a daily basis is from our neighbours to the south. Because of this, many of our great entertainers, inventions, and stories are often overshadowed by things …

What If? Some Of The Best Alternate History Books For Teens

Non-fiction books all tell the same story of an event, just with different narratives or focus points. When you’re reading for the thousandth time about how the Titanic sunk after colliding with an iceberg, do you ever let yourself wonder what might have happened if that iceberg had never been there in the first place? …

The Christmas Truce

A Canadian soldier in the trenches of World War One takes part in a historic Christmas event.

The Halifax Explosion

December 6th is a somber day for my family. As well as it being the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, it also marks the anniversary of a disaster that aligned the stars so we could be born- the Halifax Explosion. During the First World War, Halifax, Nova Scotia, became a …

Save Anne With An E!

I am sorry to have to interrupt my scheduled Red Maple post from my three-part Forest Of Reading Series, but this post that I am putting up today contains time-sensitive content. Recently, I have discovered that one of my favourite shows, Anne With An E, was cancelled. The show, which features Amybeth McNulty, Lucas Jade …

The RMS Titanic

It’s one of the most famous tales of all time. A ship is on its maiden voyage, carrying everyone from millionaires to immigrants. But a collision with an iceberg dooms the ship, and about 2/3 of the passengers and crew perish due to a lack of lifeboats. By now, some of you may have guessed …

Spooky Reads

Halloween is almost here! But as we get older, going trick-or-treating becomes less and less appealing than it used to be. Instead, we now turn to scary movies, haunted houses, and ghost stories. I do enjoy a good ghost story, but not all the time. Is it wrong to want to be able to sleep …

The Spanish Flu Strikes Again!

A Cli-fi story about a girl who’s managed to survive a series of natural disasters, just to find out that a Spanish Flu(H1N1) virus has escaped. Now, the entire weakened population of North America is at risk of becoming infected.

Time for a read-aloud.

October 5th is, among other things, World Teachers Day. I’ve been very lucky to have had such wonderful teachers growing up, but for their privacy I will not be naming them. This is a tribute post to some influential people in my life- and the books they introduced to me during read-aloud time. The One …

Climate Fiction

Our planet is dying. That’s it, the complete and utter truth. If we do nothing about the rising oceans, melting glaciers, intense forest fires, and the disappearing ozone layer, humanity is going to pay the price. For years and years, people have been trying to get the world to listen. But so many people just …

The Fungus Plague.

This is a story I wrote for school. It’s about a Carpenter ant and his friend, Bill. Bill has been infected by a zombie fungus! Hope you enjoy!

September 11th, 2001

As you are aware, today, September 11th, 2019, is a very somber day. It’s the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that resulted in the deaths of thousands of First Responders, Military personnel, and civilians. These attacks spurred the United States into declaring war. Although I was not alive when this happened, I do have …

The Scholastic Book Fair

It’s the end of August, which means that it’s time to go back to school. Naturally, most kids don’t want summer to end, and are not looking forward to going back. Perhaps if you remind them of the Scholastic Book Fair, they’ll be more excited. At school, more so in younger grades, teachers will hand …

Robert Munsch

Recently, I wrote a post about an author named Eric Walters. He’s been one of the most influential authors in my life, and I am a huge fan of his books. But this got me thinking. If his books are impacting my life now, whose books used to impact my life? And whose books will …

The Great Escape

A few days ago, I visited The National Air Force Museum of Canada, in Trenton, Ontario. Besides getting to see lots of planes(like a restored Halifax bomber), and learning about the history of flying in Canada, I was very intrigued by an exhibit about “The Great Escape”. Since that story has seemingly fallen under the …

Book Boxes

One of my favourite ways to get a new book is from a book box. If you don’t know, a book box is a cabinet filled with used books, usually located in a public place, or even on someone’s lawn. There’s only one rule for book boxes-you can take a book for free if you …

Welcome to my blog!

Hi! My name is Leah, and I LOVE to read. The name of my blog actually derived from my passion of books, since people were always saying that “my nose was in a book”. Throughout my blog, I will be writing reviews of books I’ve read, as well as sharing interesting news relating to books …


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