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Thirty-fourth Issue
Volume 14, No. 2
 




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features

Niko
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


fiction

Bats Or Swallows
Reviewed by Taylor Tower

Lives: Whole And Otherwise
Reviewed by Rosel Kim

Midway
Reviewed by Kimberly Bourgeois

Spat The Dummy
Reviewed by Ian McGillis

The Obituary
Reviewed by Anna Leventhal

Three Deaths
Reviewed by Rob Sherren



non-fiction

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



poetry

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




Captured: The Divided Realms Series, Book 1
Maggie L. Wood
$12.95
paper 284 pp.
Lobster Press ISBN 9781770800717
young readers

Captured: The Divided Realms Series, Book 1

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New Document Fifteen-year-old Willow has grown up entertained by her Nana’s stories of Mistolear, a magical land complete with princesses, knights, and fairies. Then Nana – her guardian since infancy, when Willow’s parents perished in a fire – dies, and Willow is transported into the realm she had always thought of as myth. It turns out that Willow is a real princess, sent to Earth to come of age safely while her home kingdom of Gallandra battles the neighbouring kingdom of Keldoran, in an elaborate quasi-chess game set up by a mischievous Dark Fairy. Willow has to quickly come to grips with her magical powers and her destiny as the kingdom’s saviour, for pieces are advancing across the board to “capture” her, just as her own, true, royal parents were taken.

Captured’s elaborate politics and cast of characters may be disorienting for readers at first, but like Willow, one soon becomes captivated by the possibilities of a fantastical realm. Wood infuses her fairy tale with a modern perspective, making Willow scoff at the stiff ideas of femininity carried by her “pompous pig” knight-protector (and potential love interest), Brand. And her mission is a relatable one, more psychological than material: in the words of her fairy “nethermother,” “[to] be strong in your knowledge of who you are, but at the same time, open up to what is still possible.” Wood offers a delicious debut to her Divided Realms series.

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