Check out these great reads! There’s nothing like a book, of any sort, to help pass the long winter days and evenings. After you’re done shovelling or skating or making your way in the blustery outdoors, curl up with a novel or colouring book. You’ll be captivated and transported.
The Gospel Truth is the buzz-worthy new young adult novel by Ottawa’s Caroline Pignat. Not only is it shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards, it’s also a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award, the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. Written in free verse and set at the time of the Underground Railroad, The Gospel Truth recreates the world of a Virginia tobacco plantation in 1858. ISBN-10: 0889954933.
Come Away With Me, the first novel by award-winning journalist Karma Brown, is a book to savour. It’s also the perfect read for a blustery winter day. This story is about Tegan Lawson, a newlywed, expectant mom who has it all—then loses her will to live, following a holiday car crash.
From the markets of Thailand to the flavors of Italy to the waves of Hawaii, Tegan and her husband, Gabe, set out on a journey to escape the tragedy and search for forgiveness. But they soon learn grief follows you no matter how far you run, and acceptance comes when it is least expected. ISBN-10: 077831832X; ISBN-13: 978-0778318323.
Looking for something fun to do when it’s snowing and blowing outside? Crack open some colouring books. Really. Touted as beneficial in helping people relax, de-stress and disconnect from gadgets, they’re all the rage. The Dream of the New Earth: New Edition: Coloring Book for Adults is an award-winning tale that tells of the earth’s vision for a more evolved and advanced planet, a place where everyone reaches their highest potential. ISBN: 978-1935734567. Geared to tweens, teens and young adults, One Big Gigantic Herd of Invisible Cosmic Zebras offers comfort and hope. It’s ideal for anyone who has (or knows someone who has) an invisible illness. ISBN 978-1-935734-55-0. See Kitanie.com.