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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff


Lionboy - Zizou Corder I read this way back in grade school. Though I didn't know it at the time, Lionboy is a strange attempt at kids' magical realism. Main character Charlie Ashanti can speak to cats and somehow ends up running away from some evil no-name villains and stowing away on a circus boat. The idea is that he'll ostensibly find his missing parents or something to that effect. Lionboy is the first novel in a trilogy, so don't expect a whole lot of closure in this tome.

There's a fairly recent influx of YA novels about kids who save the world. It's pretty annoying, and Lionboy is no exception. There's really no moral, very little thematic content and an utter lack of character development; we're instead treated to Charlie's impossibly good luck as he sails around the world with a bunch of lions. If that sounds interesting, you might enjoy reading it to a child, but don't look for life-changing literary merit in Lionboy.