Dad is Fat
Jim Gaffigan is living the dream: he’s earning money as a comedian, has a smart, beautiful wife, and lives in Manhattan . . . in a small, two-bedroom fifth-floor apartment with five children, ages newborn to eight. He’s baffled by the incongruity of it all, and puzzles over the dangers...
The Power of One
This is the fabulous story of “Peekay”, a young English boy growing up in South Africa during World War II. Despite being surrounded by cruelty and violence, he turns to influential mentors who help him to find the power to fulfil his dreams of becoming a welterweight boxing champion. Perfect...
The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy #1)
Raised from birth to become an assassin, the ninth orphan decides to break free from the government agency that’s ‘raised’ him. Needless to say, severe consequences follow.Perfect for:• Lovers of fast-paced, international thrillers. • Those who usually dislike dystopian books. • Readers of addictive series.
The killer holds the strings in this terrifying novel about a boy who awakens to find his mother gone – the only trace of her being her scarf draped around a snowman in the yard. What ensues is a horrifying quest to find the reasons behind the disappearance of multiple...
Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of An Overachiever
In this hilarious account of everything that's awry with our present-day obsession with getting praise rather than learning anything, Kirn gives an indicting yet honest portrayal of the shallow underbelly of the North American education system - specifically, the Ivy Leagues. Great for: -Anyone who's looking for a collection of...
Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams
Respected hockey coach, Mike Babcock, and his friend, Rick Larson, offer inspirational advice – using hockey as a platform – about succeeding in any field and the rewards of real determination. An interesting read. Great for: • Reluctant readers • Sports fans • Those looking for the proverbial kick in...
The 5th Wave
Alien invasion? Check. Cool female heroine a la Katniss Everdeen? Check. Staying up until all hours to finish it? Check. Pick it up – you’ll love it if you were into The Hunger Games. This is YA dystopian literature at its best. A shout-out to Andrea & Emily for the...
The Art of Fielding
Henry Skrimshander is gifted as a shortstop in baseball. When he is recruited for the Westish College Harpooners, his adventures propel him towards the next step – until someone gets injured. A beautifully written novel. Great for: • Baseball enthusiasts • Lovers of American writing set in college towns •...
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Science Fiction meets humour in this beloved classic: when Arthur Dent wakes up to his house’s demolishment, he is whisked away by his alien friend, Ford Prefect. The two embark on an uproarious intergalactic journey to escape earth’s destruction only to encounter more bizarre characters along the way.Great for:• Most...
The Maze Runner
If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy, take a peek at this dystopian trilogy that follows Thomas and his fellow ‘Gladers’ as they try to escape from the maze that keeps them from freedom. Great for: • Reluctant readers (13 and up) • Readers of dystopian YA fiction • Those...
World War Z
Told from different first-person perspectives from the fictional United Nations Postwar Commission, the book provides a post-apocalyptic account of the Zombie War. Great for: • Readers who enjoyed The Zombie Survival Guide • Fans of The Walking Dead • Anyone looking for a fun take on the zombie genre
Playing with Fire
Former NHL player, Theo Fleury, co-writes his autobiography chronicling his tumultuous experiences with drugs, alcohol and abuse in this gripping story about a skilled athlete dealing with personal demons. Great for: • Boys who hate to read • ‘Coach’ Shane Joseph • Readers interested in an athlete’s personal journey
Kane and Abel
A modern-ish take on the classic Cain and Abel story, this page-turning tale from Jeffrey Archer (in his early years as the master storyteller) follows two men – born on the same day – living vastly different lives: William Lowell Kane, born into wealth and privilege, grows up in Boston...
The White Tiger
Balram Halwai narrates this darkly comic story of his transformation from a rural boy in ‘The Darkness’ into a wily businessman in Bangalore. With this exploration of India’s caste system, poverty and changing landscape, Adiga provides both a thoughtful narrative and memorable characters. Great for: Readers who appreciate a cynical...
This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
Ranging from philosophical and psychological topics including temperament, delusion, mistaken concepts and the 80/20 principle, Smarter collects essays from today’s leading thinkers and visionaries resulting in a fascinating and accessible read that will make you all the wiser.Great for:• Anyone interested in psychology or philosophy • Those looking for a...
Beat the Reaper
Dr. Peter Brown is a former hit man for the mob who’s hiding out as a resident in Manhattan’s worst hospital; when a strange patient shows up from his past, hilarity ensues. Great for: Readers who enjoy the ‘mob’ genre Any reluctant reader looking for a page-turner Those with a...
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Meet Junior: through cartoons and insight, he shares with us his often-times hilarious, but always-challenging, life as a teenager who leaves his Indian reserve to go to an all-white school. Great for: Teens and adults who would like to learn more about reserve life from one of the leading First Nations writersThose...
A Man's World