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I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

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October 11 is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of the Girl. Emma Watson, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal number five: Gender Equality, made a social media note of all the progress that joined forces … Continue reading

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Lapses And Infelicities – A Review by McDonald Dixon

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Rick Wayne’s eclectic prose meanders throughout 600 pages of this book, reminiscent of the old road from Castries to Vieux Fort when the journey was a butt-peeling two-hour drive. That was before crown agents intervened in the Seventies and straightened … Continue reading

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The Day the Crayons Came Home

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Every kid loves to colour so you can just imagine how perturbed a child would be if one day his crayons went missing. In this book “The Day the Crayons Came Home”, little Duncan just wants to colour at school … Continue reading

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Book Review • Book Review • Book Review • Book Review ~ The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson Illustrations by Axel Scheffler

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It is said that everyone is a reader once they have found the perfect book. If you are trying to get your little one more engaged, especially over this extended weekend break, this may just be the perfect read. The … Continue reading

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Book review • Book review ~ The Tail of Emily Windsnap – Liz Kessler

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Children’s stories are magical; they have the ability to capture a young mind and transport it to a world that invites creativity and sparks the imagination. “The Tail of Emily Windsnap” is one of those books. Twelve-year-old Emily is desperate … Continue reading

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Book Review • Book Review ~ Enticing Short Stories by Gyanchand Rayman – An anthology of Caribbean short stories

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Gyanchand Rayman was born in Guyana, has lived in many Caribbean islands and currently resides in Saint Lucia. According to the short biographical write-up at the end of the book, Rayman has worked with young people over time through different … Continue reading

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Book Launch at The bookYard

Mae Wayne STAR Publishing Managing Director (right) introducing Dr. Delia Samuel.

On Friday 24th June The bookYard at Star Publishing was the venue for another book launch: Against The Odds – Inspiration for Parenting Children with Special Needs by Delia D. Samuel, Ph.D. Dr. Samuel is Lucian-born, a mathematics professor and … Continue reading

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Book Review • Book Review ~ The Paper Magician – Charlie N. Holmberg

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Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician is the perfect summer read. Set in the late 1800s in England, the story centres on Ceony Twill, a young lady who is about to begin her apprenticeship with Magician Emery Thane. Ceony graduated … Continue reading

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Book review • Book review ~ Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler

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After guiltily judging the book by its cover and hesitating to read it, I finally learnt that Absolutely True Lies wasn’t a romance novel at all. I read almost half of the book close-minded, annoyed at how superficial it seemed, … Continue reading

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Book review • Book review ~ The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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I picked up this book knowing nothing except that I had heard only formidable remarks about it. Therefore, I was in no way prepared for the number of heartbreaks I would experience while reading it. First of all, you need … Continue reading

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Book review • Book review ~ The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd

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Sarah and Angelina Grimke were the first white and female abolitionists from their homeland in Charleston, South Carolina. According to historical accounts, the sisters were steadfastly rebellious and fought not only for abolition of slavery, but racial and gender equality. … Continue reading

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Honouring Virginia Alexander, 4 Decades of Dance

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On Sunday 1st May, many people who appreciate art and culture gathered at the National Cultural Centre. There, the Cultural Development Foundation produced and hosted the second volume in the Cultural Icons series. This year’s production was a tribute to … Continue reading

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support … Continue reading

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Paper Towns

Paper Towns

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of … Continue reading

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Supernatural Hero

Andy is the nerd everyone makes fun of. He’s really skinny, wears glasses and talks to himself, but he falls in love with the prettiest girl in the class. One day Grandpa dies and turns into a ghost. Then, Andy … Continue reading

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Book review • Book review ~ Book Of A Lifetime: A Bend in The River, By V. S. Naipaul

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A Bend in the River’ was published when Naipaul was nearly 50. One of the greatest novels about the process of “becoming” (as opposed to “being”) a nation, especially after the colonising powers have departed, it is tense with a … Continue reading

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’Til the Well Runs Dry

Till the Well Runs Dry

The New York Times Sunday Book Review Shortlist Black Caucus of the American Library Association 2015 Honor Book in Fiction Booklist Starred Review O, The Oprah Magazine “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” A glorious and moving multigenerational, multicultural saga … Continue reading

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Dog-Heart

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Told in two voices, educated Jamaican English and the nation-language of the people, this dramatic novel tells the story of a well-meaning, middle-class woman and a young boy from the ghetto whom she desperately wants to help. Alternating between the … Continue reading

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Huracan

Huracan

In the wake of her mother’s death, Leigh McCaulay returns to Jamaica after fifteen years away in New York to find her estranged father and discover whether she has a place she can call home. Not least she must re-engage … Continue reading

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Sic Transit Wagon

Sic Transit Wagon and other stories

The stories in this collection move from the all-seeing naïveté of a child narrator trying to make sense of the world of adults, through the consciousness of the child-become-mother, to the mature perceptions of the older woman taking stock of … Continue reading

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