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Scarborough
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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A poignant multi-voiced novel about the troubled yet noble lives of urban warriors living in low-income neighborhoods.
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Bookfan3
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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Riveting book about an inner city elementary school

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xicanti
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I love a good community-focused novel, and SCARBOROUGH is IT. Catherine Hernandez explores the challenges a group of young children, their parents, and their literacy group coordinator face throughout the 2011/12 school year. It‘s powerful, affecting, relatable stuff, and while it hasn‘t quite taken over the top spot in my Canada Reads ranking, I won‘t be at all upset if it wins. It‘ll stick with me for a long time.

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xicanti
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I started the last Canada Reads book over breakfast. Will it kick LIFE IN THE CITY OF DIRTY WATER out of my top spot? Stay tuned to find out!

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Nebklvr
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This is on the CanadaReads list for this year. A sensitive portrayal of the challenges and despair of a poverty-stricken community. It was pretty easy to guess who would be the villains.

ShyBookOwl A heart-wrenching book. Just the dedication alone brings me to tears. ❤ 10mo
Nebklvr @ShyBookOwl Yes. It was a fine portrayal of microaggressions and the constant stress of poverty. 10mo
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xicanti
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Library haul! I‘m so, so glad SCARBOROUGH came in for me. This is the first year I‘ll be able to read all the Canada Reads finalists before the debates start!

I also got a couple more from the longlist, two Litsy-inspired requests, new nonfiction from Vivek Shraya, new poetry by Duncan Mercredi, and old fiction from Mary Stewart.

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JacqMac
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Canada Reads, book 4. This one broke me. It‘s very intense. So much beauty, poverty, abuse, diversity, racism, friendship, and despair. Having lived in a few, I think it could have been set in any city in the country. I don‘t know how she fit so much into so few words. I think they are trying to turn on the country‘s empathy with the choices this year. It‘s going to be a great debate. But I‘m going to need something uplifting soon.

merelybookish Do you have one you're rooting for? (I've only read 5 Little Indians) 10mo
JacqMac @merelybookish I am about to start Washington Black. It‘s my last one. But so far, it‘s close between Five Little Indians and Scarborough. Story wise they are a tie, but I prefer the writing in Five Little Indians, so I think it‘s in the lead for me. 10mo
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Blueberry
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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Wow. Another very strong contender for #CanadaReads2022. 4.5 ⭐

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ShyBookOwl
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Wow! So much heartache, passion and hope. This is a beautiful, empathetic and richly diverse story about struggle, humanity and family. Through the POV of multiple children, their parents, and their teachers, we learn about issues that expertly intersect poverty, abuse, neglect, mental illness, disability, LGBTQ, race, racism and, of course, love between children and the adults who care for them. I could not put it down.

5 stars!!!

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ShyBookOwl
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What a beautiful book dedication 💗

LibrarianJen Just that dedication has me almost in tears! 3y
ShyBookOwl @LibrarianJen same!! The book itself has me feeling a lot of emotions 3y
BennettBookworm This is everything. 3y
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ShyBookOwl
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audible.ca has a Canada Day sale, now through July 3rd 🇨🇦
Considering this wish list item, Scarborough.

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suzie.reads
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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Scarborough life ☀️🏖😍 having a lovely time away and managed to do abit of reading on the beach 📖

Freespirit Such a great view❤️ 4y
DivineDiana So inspiring! 🌊 4y
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Cydster61
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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This is a wonderment

mcctrish I. Loved. This. Book. 4y
Cydster61 @mcctrish I'm also reading Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead which is also amazing. Similar in terms of Native characters in urban Canada. 4y
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amyf0x
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This story weaves together the struggles and inner lives of kids and their parents who attend a modest family literacy centre in Scarborough, a complex, multifaceted part of Toronto.

Read February 2-5
Book 9/55

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BookishTrish
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Mehso-so

Given the theme of this year's Canada Reads, I'm shocked this book wasn't shortlisted. Hernandez paints a vivid portrait of an impoverished community and gives us an advocate in Miss Hina who truly sees the families in the community. In all, there were too many voices to make a satisfying story without making the book longer. Toward the end - Laura's last chapter, the karaoke scene - the book lacked nuance. Recommended, especially for book clubs.

Lindy A recommended so-so? 5y
BookishTrish @lindy Precisely! 5y
BookishTrish It was a pick but for the overtly clunky ending. I still recommend it because there's a lot to discuss there and I'd read more by Hernandez. @lindy 5y
Lindy @BookishTrish I‘m waiting for my library hold and look forward to reading it soon. 😊 5y
BookishTrish @lindy I think you'll find a lot of quotable moments. Look forward to seeing your posts. 5y
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BookishTrish
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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The sum total of yesterday's #bookmail Book Buying Ban be damned! #bookoutlet

ephemeralwaltz Nice stack!! 5y
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MichCaron
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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Gripping and raw with characters that feel like real people, this book packs an emotional gut punch. The writing is sparse and draws you in with it's solid sense of place and the community it describes. I'm pretty confident this will be in my top 10 of 2018. Highly recommend!

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reneelyons
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A heartbreaking look at poverty in Scarborough, Ontario. It‘s so important, as a Canadian, to read content from my own backyard. I highly recommend this one.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/book-review-scarborough-by-cath...

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dixi_e
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The stories in this book were painful and hopeful and needed. I loved reading about the bold and brave kids who thrived despite their burdens but I mostly loved reading about the strong, single mamas doing their best for the kids they adore. I also appreciated the fierce support of Ms. Hina, who recognized that learning without love and full tummies was pointless.

Bibliogeekery Wasn't this book so lovely? 5y
Lindy I‘m looking forward to reading this. 😊 5y
dixi_e @Bibliogeekery Definitely. I loved its message of community and the power of he various PoV. 5y
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dixi_e @Lindy It‘a great. I‘m really peeved it wasn‘t shortlisted for Canada Reads, esp. as I think it‘s the one that best fits this year‘s theme. 🙄🤬 5y
Lindy @dixi_e Maybe next year. The themes are always open to a diverse range of books. 5y
dixi_e @Lindy They are but I have to admit I‘m getting frustrated with some of the choices and the final format of the competition. There‘s no incentive to pick the best book that aligns with the theme, just a winner-takes-all attitude. 🙁 5y
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NerdyRev
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I am so glad #canadareads brought this book to my attention. It deals with a school in Scarborough, CA where immigration and poverty are prevalent. The book is told through the lenses of the children, parents, and teacher from this school. The book deals with poverty, racism, Indigenous culture, and Islamophobia. It has a tough ending too. I hope this makes one of the 5 books.

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dixi_e
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I cannot even imagine 🤬😡🤬

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dixi_e
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My next novel is another that was long-listed for CBC‘s #CanadaReads #currentlyreading

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mcctrish
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I‘m not sure I have ever cried like I did reading this book. Sometimes cries of joy ( Bing and his wonderful mother) but a lot of ugly crying at the brutal reality of poverty. I know too many kids like the ones in this book and my heart breaks at their reality. God bless Hina Hassani and all the real life versions of her. I hope I can make even the slightest difference in some of their lives because everyone deserves love, understanding and joy

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mcctrish
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I‘m sitting in a corner of Dave and Busters reading with a glass of red 🍷while the teens play games waiting for our table for dinner

BookMaven407 Nice! 👍 5y
mcctrish @BookMaven407 it‘s been lovely ( the teens do check in on me) 5y
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mcctrish
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Eye opening and heart breaking.

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Bibliogeekery
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This is honestly one of the sweetest book dedications I've ever read! 😍❤️ #queerbooks

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Bibliogeekery
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Revisiting this book for my book club meeting tomorrow am #queerbooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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This was a hard hitting, heavy, emotional book about a community trying to survive, and thrive, under the weight of poverty. Hernandez, who clearly loves and respects the community she's writing about, brings the neighbourhood to life, as well as its unique characters. It's a treat to see such ppl treated with dignity in fiction. However, the constantly changing POVs didn't work for me, and the pacing was uneven. Still, a promising debut! #CanLit

dixi_e Eager to read this one. 5y
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Bibliogeekery
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This book was gorgeous and raw and hard at times. Many different characters narrate this tale of community set in low-income, culturally diverse Scarborough. This book skillfully weaves resilience, loss, struggle and hope with complexity and care. It deeply moved me. Strongly recommend. #queerbooks #diversebooks

shawnmooney This sounds amazing! 6y
RanaElizabeth Sounds intriguing! 6y
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Bibliogeekery
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This passage is this character's reaction to watching her son dance to Whitney Houston in a pink bedazzled halter top in front of his school! ❤️😍😭😭😭😍❤️

I'm fully in tears at the hair salon after reading this passage of fierce parental love for a queer kid. #queerbooks

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian This book is coming up on my TBR! 6y
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Bibliogeekery
Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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Reading with a beautiful view!! 📚☕

DivineDiana Oh my! I'll say! 6y
lisakoby Wow! 6y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this!!! 6y
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Melissa_J Where are you? My parents' cottage is in Eastern Ontario, not too far from Kingston. That view looks Muskoka-ish to me. 6y
Bibliogeekery @Melissa_J Good eye! It is Muskoka! Just outside of Gravenhurst 6y
Melissa_J @Bibliogeekery nice! My grandparents had a cottage just outside of Bracebridge so I spent lots of time in the Muskokas in my youth. 6y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Stunning!! 6y
Sace Gorgeous! 6y
Simona It is very beautiful view❣️ 6y
Mommamanzi Oh this is so beautiful! 6y
AbstractMonica This is insanely beautiful 😍😍 6y
JaclynW This picture is amazingly beautiful! 6y
Cortg 😍😍😍 6y
brilliantglow Gravenhurst is so beautiful. It was my favourite place to drive through between home and Sudbury for school once upon a time. 6y
Wife Lovely!🌹 6y
stacybmartin That looks amazing!! 😍 6y
mcctrish Did you go to Laurentian? I grew up predominantly in Sudbury ( my dad worked for CP Rail so we moved a bit) 5y
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Bibliogeekery
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Next up! Excited about this one! #queerbooks

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