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Tweenage dream

BY CHERI HANSON

Books for Young People

Kidlit spotlight

A lifelong passion for fiction often blossoms in the tween years, creating soft-focus memories of reading by flashlight under the covers or holed up in a backyard fort. While homegrown offerings for middle-graders have arguably been strong for decades – thanks to celebrated authors including Jean Little, Gordon Korman, and Kit Pearson – many insiders say the category is suddenly getting hotter. “I think it’s definitely a growing area for us,” says Tara Walker, publisher of Penguin Random House Canada Children’s Publishing Group.

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KIDLIT SPOTLIGHT It's middle-grade fiction's tome to shine Reviews of new books by M.G. Vassanji, Douglas Coupland and Kathy Page

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Editor’s note
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FRONTMATTER
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FEATURES
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REVIEWS
M.G. Vassanji’s foray into speculative fiction also recalls the author’s earlier novels
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