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Thirty-fourth Issue
Volume 14, No. 2

..where to find the mrb

The Mrb Is Available At The Following Locations:


By Eric Boodman

The Anatomy Of Clay
By Abby Paige

They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children / Mobilizing The Will To Intervene: Leadership To Prevent Mass Atrocities
By Aparna Sanyal


Bats Or Swallows
Reviewed by Taylor Tower

Lives: Whole And Otherwise
Reviewed by Rosel Kim

Reviewed by Kimberly Bourgeois

Spat The Dummy
Reviewed by Ian McGillis

The Obituary
Reviewed by Anna Leventhal

Three Deaths
Reviewed by Rob Sherren


Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education In Autism
Reviewed by Leila Marshy

Making Waves: The Continuing Portuguese Adventure
Reviewed by Joni Dufour

The Republic Of Therapy
Reviewed by Sarah Fletcher

Writing In The Time Of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes To Blue Metropolis
Reviewed by Gregory J. Reid

You Could Lose An Eye: My First 80 Years In Montreal
Reviewed by Joel Yanofsky

non-fiction at a glance

Eeyou Istchee: Land Of The Cree/terre Des Cris
Reviewed by Carol Katz

The Origin Of A Person
Reviewed by Prosenjit Dey Chaudhury


Blood Is Blood
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Hard Feelings
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Poets And Killers
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Song Of The Taxidermist
Reviewed by Bert Almon

The Collected Books Of Artie Gold
Reviewed by Bert Almon

The Truth Of Houses
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Where We Might Have Been
Reviewed by Bert Almon

the mile end café

The October Crisis, 1970 An Insider’s View/trudeau's Darkest Hour, War Measures In Time Of Peace, October 1970
Reviewed by Mélanie Grondin

the mrb cartoon

Image By Jean-philippe Marcotte

young readers

Captured: The Divided Realms Series, Book 1
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Into The Mist: The Story Of The Empress Of Ireland
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Milo: Sticky Notes And Brain Freeze
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Noni Says No
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Raffi’s New Friend
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Scaredy Squirrel Has A Birthday Party
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Today, Maybe
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Without You
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Milo: Sticky Notes And Brain Freeze
Alan Silberberg
hardcover 278 pp.
Aladdin ISBN 978-1-4169-9430-5
young readers

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

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New Document Milo Cruikshank may struggle with academics and the social intricacies of junior high school, but when it comes to keeping his nose down and his feelings at bay, he’s an expert. He’s already moved house five times in his life, which is why he now keeps most of his belongings permanently boxed in his closet, ready for the next relocation. Alan Silberberg’s novel begins with another new home and school for the awkward hero, only this time Milo doesn’t have the stability of a supportive family to help him through the transition: his mother recently died and his father and sister are just as lost in a “fog” as he is. Milo is constantly reminded of her passing, but, thankfully, life is also full of distractions, like new best friend and fellow Freezie-guzzler Marshall; a persistent girl-next-door fond of sticky notes; and, the object of Milo’s secret infatuation, the perfect (and perfectly-indifferent-towards-him) Summer. Milo’s ironic observations as the “geek” outsider are sure to make readers guffaw, especially when complemented by Silberberg’s cartoonish illustrations. Yet while the delivery is wry, the message is serious: slowly the school year progresses, and so does Milo, who is finally ready to look beyond the fog and retrieve his memories – painful and good – of his mother.

Andrea Belcham is the author of the forthcoming Food and Fellowship: Pro- jects and Recipes to Feed a Community (The Alternate Press/Life Media).