Read Helen Kubiw’s review of Seas of South Africa in CanLit for Little Canadians. Here are some excerpts from the review:
“Philip Roy….lulls the reader into calm with the beauty of his words….[t]hen…plunges you into heart-stopping tension….In Seas of South Africa, Philip Roy goes beyond the adventure story…and the history…[and]….demonstrates with subtlety that perspective can alter and justify interpretations of the same circumstances….”
And here’s an excerpt from Kim Aippersbach’s review of Seas of South Africa in CM Magazine:
“Seas of South Africa is the darkest episode yet…Roy’s descriptions are particularly vivid, and he brings many contrasting faces of Africa to life: beauty and squalor, desolation and human industry, majestic wilderness and treacherous seas. Seas of South Africa could easily be used in a high school Social Studies class….It can be read as a stand-alone, [and the]…series as a whole traces a compelling character arc. Anyone who has been following Alfred around the world won’t want to miss his adventures in Africa. Highly Recommended.”
In Volume 19, no. 2 of Resource Links, Carolyn Chung writes:
“Seas of South Africa is an exciting and fast-paced story from beginning to end. With a lively yet straightforward writing style….[and] thrilling action….[it is] a fun and interesting read….a fantastic and educational book in an exciting series that would appeal to a wide range of readers….”
Seas of South Africa has also been selected by Resource Links for their list of “The Year’s Best 2013.”
Check out this review of Me & Mr. Bell in CM Magazine. Here’s an excerpt:
“Me & Mr. Bell would be a great addition to a classroom library and history lesson. Roy has created a fantastic story….The story is inspirational and leaves an impression that will not be soon forgotten: trust in your own abilities, and you will go far. Highly Recommended.”
There are also 2 new reviews of Me & Mr. Bell in Atlantic Books Today and The Casket. Click here for the review in Atlantic Books Today. Click here for the review in The Casket.
In Resource Links Carolyn Cutt writes:
“This inspiring and fast-paced novel should capture the interest of young readers….It should provide excellent stimulus for classroom discussion and should be a popular addition to an elementary school library collection.”
Me & Mr. Bell has been selected by the Canadian Library Association for their shortlist for the 2014 Book of the Year for Children Award. Chosen as one of their top 10 picks for 2014, you can find the full announcement here: http://tinyurl.com/CLABOYCA2014.