The Mysterious Librarian by Dominique Demers – Book Review
The Mysterious Librarian by Dominique Demers
The Mysterious Librarian
The Adventures of Miss Charlotte Book Two
Author – Dominique Demers
Publisher – Alma Books
Pages – 77 pages
Released – 23rd February 2017
ISBN-13 – 978-1846884153
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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When the mysterious and eccentric Miss Charlotte arrives in the village of Saint-Anatole to take over the tiny library, the locals are surprised to find out that she does things differently.
Wearing a long blue dress and a giant hat, she takes her books out for a walk in a wheelbarrow and shows the children that reading can be fun and useful. Sometimes she is so caught up in the magic of the stories she shares with her audience that she forgets all sense of reality – so much so that one day she loses consciousness and the children must find a way to bring her back.
The second in Dominique Demers’s popular The Adventures of Miss Charlotte series, The Mysterious Librarian, brilliantly illustrated by Tony Ross, is a wonderful story about the magical and inspiring power of books.
The Mysterious Librarian is book two in The Adventures of Miss Charlotte by Dominique Demers. The first book ‘The New Teacher‘ I reviewed last week and awarded it four stars. That book was amazing and this one is even better.
Miss Charlotte is back, this time she has turned up in the small village of Saint-Anatole offering her librarian services. The town has been advertising for a librarian for the last thirty years without success so the mayor of the town welcomes Miss Charlotte to the job without checking her credentials.
After cleaning the library of old mouse chewed books and spiders Miss Charlotte gets to work on rearranging the shelves and getting the local children interested in reading, but the books in the library are outdated and boring and the major refuses to give her any money for books as they are not important, but Miss Charlotte won’t give up that easily, she knows the library and residents deserve new books and is ready to fight to get them their books.
This second book in the series is just perfect. It not only shows children to fight for what they believe in but also how interesting and mind-blowing some books can be, especially as Miss Charlotte find her mind is sucked into the pages when she reads a fascinating and engaging book.
The story also links to the first book as one of the children from the village writes letters to the pupil telling the story in the first book about the villages new librarian who sounds a lot like the class teacher his friend once had.
The book is beautifully told and a lot of fun. It is enjoyable from beginning to end and I’m now really looking forward to book three, ‘The New Football Coach’.
Book Reviewer – Stacey
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About the Author
Dominique Demers is a doctor in youth literature, an author and screenwriter who has lived in Quebec for several years. She is best known for the children’s novels she has written for several years.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. She then obtained a certificate in teaching at the University of Montreal, which she will follow a master’s degree in children’s literature at the University of Quebec in Montreal. She completed a Ph.D. in children’s literature at the University of Sherbrooke in 1994.
For twelve years, she was a journalist for the magazine Châtelaine and the magazine l’Actualité, and she writes for the newspaper Le Devoir. She has also produced various documents for television and radio.
For fifteen years, she taught children’s literature at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke.
The novels of the Charlotte youth series were used to develop the screenplays of the films The Mysterious Miss C. and the Incomparable Mademoiselle C. Moreover, in 2005, she put in scenario A winter of turmoil for a televised soap opera.