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A Wonderful Debut Novel set in Toronto!

Looking for Jane

By Heather Marshall

The author takes on a storyline that involves the history surrounding reproductive rights and their effect on women over several decades. We follow the lives of three different women and their search to discover who they are while doing their part to help women in need. We learn that Jane was a code word used by women to locate a licensed medical doctor who would perform an abortion for them when it was illegal to do so. I enjoyed learning about this particular historical perspective during this timeframe. Heather Marshall's engaging writing style draws the reader in and then throws you some exciting twists.

As a Canadian female reader, I love that this book takes place in Toronto, Ontario. We have very few books that are set in Canadian cities, and it is so refreshing as a reader to experience this. ( publishers, please take note!). I highly recommend this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I rate this 4 out of 5 stars-

Available March 1, 2022

Lawrence Hill Writes a Smashing Adventure Story for Young Adult Readers!

Beatrice and Croc Harry

By Lawrence Hill

A young girl wakes up and finds herself in a treehouse in a jungle. So begins the adventures of Beatrice. She encounters a variety of fascinating animal creatures along the way. Many of them become her friends and aid Beatrice in her quest to go home. Like Alice and Dorothy, Beatrice learns many valuable life lessons along the way about what and who really matters in life. I loved that this story featured a courageous black girl who is sassy, funny, and grows more confident in her abilities. A great adventure story with a great message. This book should be included in the OLA's Festival of Trees!

4 out of 5 stars

Available now everywhere.

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