Written by an Ottawa mother of two, this edgy young adult novel deals with issues real teens experience. Nicknamed Ghost because she has no speaking voice, the young runaway at the heart of Voiceless must express herself without words and she faces harrowing situations. Ultimately, the novel’s message is positive. The author hopes readers will see they’re not the only ones having difficulties in life, and even if they make bad choices “they can come out okay.” Teens will welcome this story. Audience: 13+
The Tales of Anex and Bit
A beautifully illustrated comic book for school-aged kids, The Tales of Anex and Bit is about a one-eyed sorcerer named Anexralis Plax and his friend and companion, Bit. By the way, Bit is a cat. The story is written by the Ottawa-area’s Joanne Lécuyer and illustrated by her brother, Seth J. Rowanwood. Lécuyer is owner of Topsy Books and the comic, along with other kids’ books, can be purchased at www.topsybooks.com. Audience: 6+
The Mother of All Baby Books
The Mother of All Baby Books has been updated and released as a second Canadian edition. There’s good reason it has been called the bible of baby books. Written by pregnancy expert Ann Douglas, it’s a comprehensive, hands-on guide to coping with all the (spit)ups and downs of caring for a new little one. Based on advice from over 150 Canadian parents, TMOABB offers a fresh and fun approach to your baby’s first year. See having-a-baby.com/mother-of-all-books.