Foreword Reviews

Aimee Jodoin, Book Reviewer

A former editor at Foreword Reviews, Aimee Jodoin now lives the library life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She prefers to be surrounded by books of the contemporary literary and science fiction variety; her favorite authors are Haruki Murakami, Zadie Smith, Karen Russell, and Kazuo Ishiguro, though progressive debut novels are what truly give her joy. Her interests both in and out of books include feminism, healthy living, environmental sustainability, and cats. She is currently—perpetually—writing a novel, of course.

Book Review

A River Called Time

by Aimee Jodoin

Courttia Newland’s "A River Called Time" is an expansive speculative novel in which the British did not colonize Africa, but instead sought to learn from its cultures. In an alternate reality London, Markriss has been selected to live... Read More

Book Review

Whale of Wonder

by Aimee Jodoin

"Whale of Wonder" is a tender picture book whose intelligent orcas reveal the importance of conservation. Based on true events, Marie-Paule Mahoney’s ecological picture book "Whale of Wonder" is the emotional story of an orca whale’s... Read More

Book Review

Hear Our Cry

by Aimee Jodoin

"Hear Our Cry" is a medical memoir that makes a compelling, emotional argument for biotherapy and compassion in wound care. Part memoir, part medical text, Aletha W. Tippett’s "Hear Our Cry" is both emotional and logical as it... Read More

Book Review

Blue Yonder

by Aimee Jodoin

"Blue Yonder" is a historical biography that captures the coming-of-age of a young soldier against the dramatic backdrop of World War II. Susan Gemmill’s biography of her military father, Bill Gemmill, reads like a novel; it is a... Read More

Book Review

Chateau Laux

by Aimee Jodoin

"Chateau Laux" is an engrossing novel set during colonial times. Based in truth, David Loux’s historical novel "Chateau Laux" is a bittersweet story of tragedy, found family, and reconciliation in colonial America. In 1710 in... Read More

Book Review

Summer Brother

by Aimee Jodoin

A boy becomes an unwitting caregiver as he navigates puberty in Jaap Robben’s coming-of-age novel "Summer Brother". When Brian is thirteen, his disabled older brother, Lucien, comes to live with him and their uncaring, impoverished... Read More

Book Review

Love Is a Revolution

by Aimee Jodoin

Renée Watson’s "Love Is a Revolution" is a story of summer love, family bonds, Black girl empowerment, and loving who you are. Nala wants the summer before her senior year to be special. She wants to find a gorgeous new hairstyle. She... Read More

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