Quill and Quire

Children and YA Fiction

By Philippa Dowding

Post-catastrophe dystopia-disguised-as-utopia narratives are a mainstay of literature for teens and have been for years. From The Giver to The Hunger Games, these stories feature citizens with their rights and freedoms subjugated for the “greater ... Read More »

June 25, 2018 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Shari Green

In Missing Mike, Vancouver Island–based writer Shari Green, known for her award-winning middle-grade verse novels Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles and Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess, mines the dynamics of loss, change, and ... Read More »

June 18, 2018 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Alison Hughes

Life’s been pretty good to cerebral 12-year-old Katherine-Charlotte (Kasey) Morgan, until she discovers a steadily growing red lump on her ankle. After a bone scan, germophobe Kasey finds herself in the hospital with a serious ... Read More »

May 29, 2018 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Arthur Slade

Crimson opens with 11-year-old Fen in the village square awaiting punishment from Queen Servilia, the magical ruler of Illium. For filching a tiny glass butterfly (a gift for her little sister), Fen has been sentenced ... Read More »

May 24, 2018 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction