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"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. 

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Glass Beads, by Dawn Dumont

Reviewed by J.S. Sutcliffe at Quill and Quire

Although Glass Beads is billed as a collection of short stories, it works excellently as a panoramic, polyphonic Bildungsroman, following the lives of four Indigenous friends from the early 1990s to the late 2000s... Dumont’s talent for comedy shines in a great deal of snappy, wry wit. She uses this both for universal concerns like interpersonal interactions (“Their relationship was a broken vase that Nellie kept gluing together. And then once she got it to stand, she would proclaim, ‘Look at it! It’s beautiful’ while everyone else knew it was a fragile piece of shit”), but also more politically. Discussing the situation of native people in Canada, Nellie keeps “wanting to make it sound better than it was but failing as the night went on.”

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Book Cover Raising Royalty

Raising Royalty, by Carolyn Harris

Featured on CTV's The Social: 

Prince William and Kate Middleton have committed to providing their kids with a normal childhood, in part, by being hands-on parents. Who can forget new father Will wrestling with George’s car seat as they tried to leave the hospital, only to have critics point out that he did it incorrectly?
That’s just one of the stories in the new book, Raising Royalty: One Thousand Years of Royal Parenting
Royal historian and author of Raising Royalty, Carolyn Harris, joined the hosts to talk about the book and how royal parenting has evolved over the centuries. You can watch her appearance in the video clip.

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Yes Or Nope, by Meaghan Strimas

Nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry

Funny and frank, playful and unpredictable, frequently outrageous and undeniably smart—Meaghan Strimas’s poems explore the lives of girls, women, and a few bad men who maybe wish they were a little better. Strimas tackles the darkest and most disturbing subjects with a sense of humour that never fails to find evidence of a grand, cosmic joke. Bad relationships, unhealthy friendships, and creepy neighbours abound in this lively collection, which is as compulsively readable as it is emotionally unsettling. Oh, and there’s a poem about hog-farming, too.

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Pride, by Robin Stevenson

For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?

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By the Time You Read This, by Jennifer Lanthier and Patricia Storms

Reviewed by Helen Kubiw at CanLit for Little Canadians

Patricia Storms, who can illustrate both tender books like Never Let You Go and playful picture books like The Ghosts Go Spooking, lends an energetic atmosphere to By the Time You Read This, portraying the spirit of children in her boldly-coloured cartoons and in the little details in signage (e.g., "Oscar + Sam ONLY, No Parents Allowed, No Brothers Either") and toys. Kids will laugh themselves silly over the creatures in the Magical Zoo of Mystical Creatures, like the Farting Fur-Tail and Lionisaurus Rex, and probably recognize a few of their own toys. They’ll definitely see themselves in the book. This is a important as young readers need to know that friendships sometimes fall apart but can be reconstructed, sometimes with just a little bandage of kind words. And even though By the Time You Read This ends with Oscar and Sam reconciled, back at play in their Planetary Pirate Ship, they might still have another falling out. Such are the nature of friendships when you’re close to someone and care about what they feel and do. But, with a smile and a little play (perhaps the board game on the inside of By the Time You Read This' s cover), all might be forgiven.

June 15, 2017

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Glass Beads

by Dawn Dumont
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: native american & aboriginal

These short stories interconnect the friendships of four First Nations people — Everett Kaiswatim, Nellie Gordon, Julie Papequash, and Nathan (Taz) Mosquito — as the collection evolves over two decades against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 90s and early 2000s.

 

These young people are among the first of their families to …

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Raising Royalty

1000 Years of Royal Parenting

by Carolyn Harris
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged: royalty, social history

How royal parents dealt with raising their children over the past thousand years, from keeping Vikings at bay to fending off paparazzi.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are setting trends for millions of parents around the world. The upbringing of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, is the focus of intense popul …

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Yes or Nope

by Meaghan Strimas
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian

Funny and frank, playful and unpredictable, frequently outrageous and undeniably smart--Meaghan Strimas's poems explore the lives of girls, women, and a few bad men who maybe wish they were a little better. Strimas tackles the darkest and most disturbing subjects with a sense of humour that never fails to find evidence of a grand, cosmic joke. Bad …

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Pride

Celebrating Diversity & Community

by Robin Stevenson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: other, non-religious, homosexuality, prejudice & racism

For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pri …

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By the Time You Read This...

by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by Patricia Storms
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: friendship

Oscar is penning the ultimate break-up letter to his former Partner in Adventure and now Sworn Mortal Enemy. No more Time Travel Tower of Ultimate Power. Or Precarious Portal for Intrepid Explorers. Is their friendship doomed to destruction along with the world of imagination that the two have built together?
Set in an inner-city apartment complex …

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