New and notable books out this week: thriller trilogy is back with monstrous mosquitoes, and a Canadian hip-hop player tells her story

New and notable books out this week: thriller trilogy is back with monstrous mosquitoes, and a Canadian hip-hop player tells her story

Toronto author Oppel’s been grabbing imaginations for years — most recently with his Bloom trilogy, an alien-invasion thriller aimed at the 10-14 age group. In “Hatch,” the second book in the trilogy, eggs begin hatching into bird-sized mosquitoes. This book genre surfs: part sci-fi, part thriller, part adventure, part horror. Can kids Anaya, Petra and Seth save the day? I wouldn’t doubt it for a second. We watched the Syrian refugee crisis play out on the pages of newspapers and on TV screens; Kingston writer Steven Heighton decided to see the crisis firsthand, travelling to Greece to volunteer, ending up on Lesbos at an ad hoc transit camp. Heighton is a powerful writer in both poetry and prose (he’s won the Governor General award for poetry), so this promises to be an insightful and compelling read. He’s also written a children’s book about the same experience, “The Stray and the Strangers” from Groundwood Books. The Baddest Bitch In The Room, Sophia Chang, Catapult Chang grew up in suburban white Vancouver, but went on to manage some of the biggest hip-hop artists in the music industry. She moved to New York in 1988, worked with Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as other rap icons, and produced shows for Vivienne Tam and “Project Runway All Stars.” Her memoir has made “most anticipated” lists across North America, and why not — she’s got a lot of stories to tell. There is still something romantic about women spies in the Second ...
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