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Your Bookmark Here: Anne & Henry

October 13, 2015 | Claire A | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

22453734Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius is a modern day retelling of the love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. On the outside, it looks like Henry Tudor has it all.  He's the student body president, headed to Harvard, and dating Catherine, the prettiest girl at school.  Then everything changes when Anne Boleyn comes into his life.  She's a wild child who drives a motorcycle and is the total opposite of Henry.  But from the moment he meets her, she is all he can think about.  Despite warnings from his mother and his friends, Henry is consumed by Anne and won't stop until they are together.  But will their love be enough or will it destroy them both? 

Music Video Monday - Cazwell

October 12, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Luke Caswell, better known as Cazwell is an American Rapper and queer hip hop artist. To date he has written and released three studio albums. His most famous single to date is "I Saw Beyonce at Burger King" which was featured on Rupaul's "Drag Race" and that is where we start:


His next video is for those of us out there who enjoy taking selfies.

And the final video for him is his duet with Luciana about narcissism.



October 11, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Review by Una, age 13

Dream hunter duet book coversThe year is  1906.

In a world not so different from our own, fifteen-year-old Laura and her cousin Rose are forced to face their fate. They will be tested to see whether or not they can enter the Place; a mysterious stretch of land that harbours cryptic dreams, and can only be accessed by a select few, the Dreamhunters.

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Three reviews by Hannah!

October 10, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

I'll give you the sun book cover Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe book cover Elizabeth is missing book cover

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- A book I read this summer that I thought was absolutely incredible. The story is heartwarming and beautiful! I really could not put it down. The part I loved most was the way that the characters painted pictures in their heads and related important parts of their lives to things they did every day. I find it difficult to find books with such wonderful stories and beautiful writing. The concepts kept me thinking long after I finished reading

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz - Such a short, simple story with such meaning. This book is incredibly powerful to me. I can not understand how the author perfectly captured the way I had been feeling, I was just blown away. If you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower I would recommend this book. I immediately fell in love with the characters, they are simple and believable. Hands down my favourite book.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey - It's been a while since I read this one but I remember the effect it had on me. I read it during class because I couldn't put it down. It is sweet, but heartbreaking. I was moved by the connection that Maud and Elizabeth had when they were young and the fact that Maud continues to remember Elizabeth as an important part of her life while she is faced with Alzheimer's.

Friday Writing Prompt #1

October 9, 2015 | E Writer in Residence 2015 — Eve Silver | Comments (16) Facebook Twitter More...

Today I'm posting two images to get your creative mind working and your fingers typing.

But before we get to the images, I want to announce the winner of the Morgan Rhodes prize pack from my post a couple of weeks back. Congrats, Mark! Your prize will soon be heading to your local TPL branch. (Please allow up to four weeks for delivery.) 

Now for the images. I chose two from Gratisography, a site free of copyright restrictions. I hope the images inspire you as they did me. Think, write, dream, and if you feel inclined, share.

I'd love to see what the images lead you to come up with. Feel free to post in the comments! 

Two umbrellas...two people? A family? Did they come here together, or did two strangers carrying umbrellas meet here by accident and when the sun came out leave their umbrellas here and wander off? Umbrellas in the sun...maybe they were never meant for rain. Maybe they were meant to protect the carriers from the burning rays of the noonday sun. What do you think? Tell me a story.



Advice, good or bad or indifferent. Who is this man? What led him to this moment? Will his "good advice" be good? What life choices, events in which he had no choice, joys and tragedies led him to this moment? What words will he impart for 50 cents? For two dollars? What do you think? Tell me a story. 


And since it's Friday, I'm always looking for comments about your Friday read...what's on your night table, on your e-reader, on your phone right now? What are you reading?

Leave a comment for your chance to WIN a copy of

Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen!


1. To enter, just leave a question or the title of your Friday Read or a sample paragraph of your writing inspired by the prompts or a general comment in the Comments section. 

2. You must live in Toronto to win this contest. 

3. You must provide a valid e-mail address so you can be contacted if you win a prize, and you must be able to come to a TPL branch to pick up your prize (see privacy statement below for more information).

4. One entry per person per Contest - you can leave more than one comment, but only your first comment will count as a contest entry. 

5. Contest ends Thursday October 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm. 

6. Winner will be announced on the following Friday.

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Public Libraries Act, s.20 (a) and (d) and will be used to administer the Library's TPL Teens contest. Questions about the collection or management of personal information should be directed to library manager Jayne Delbeek-Eksteins- 416-396-8858.

Thinking of submitting your work to me for feedback? Contact info and details here.

Five Frames From . . . October 9th 2015 Edition

October 9, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

What movie are these images from? First to get it right gets a prize.






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Link Roundup: Resources for Teen Writers

October 7, 2015 | E Writer in Residence 2015 — Eve Silver | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Today's post is all about resources for teen writers.

Blogs and Boards for Teen Writers

Go Teen Writers "exists to provide encouragement, instruction, and community for teen writers." There are posts on craft and getting published and more.

Teens Can Write, Too supports and encourages teen writers and though the blog officially closed in August 2015 there are many archived posts that are great resources.

Scholastic's Write It Community is a message board where young writers can connect with other teen writers, post works in progress for peer review, offer your opinion on the work of other teen writers, and try step-by-step writing workshops.

Teen Ink Writers Workshop Forums offer teen writers a chance to comment and connect and submit work for peer review. Teen Ink also offers a variety of contests for teens.

Submission Opportunities for Teen Writers

Author Karen Krossing has amazing info and links for teen writers, including Tips for Young Writers and Where Young Authors Can Submit

Contests for Teen Writers

NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program is an event that happens every November 1st to 30th (NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month) and offers young writers (17 and under) a chance to challenge themselves and set writing goals. The NaNoWriMo adult program challenges those over 17 to write 50,000 words in a month!

The Aboriginal Arts and Stories Competition is open to Canadians of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 14-29. The contest welcomes short stories, plays, poetry, and screenplays. Submission deadline is March 31, 2016.

The Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth invites submissions in two age categories. Deadline is January 15, 2016.

The Writers' Trust of Canada invites high school students to submit their work. The details of the 2016 writing contest will be announced in early 2016.   

Write for a Better World is a writing contest run by World Literacy Canada for Canadian students in grades 5 through 8 challenging students to create a story of 400 words or less. Submissions are closed for 2015, but bookmark the page and watch for the 2016 contest!

The Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest invites young authors ages 11 through 21 to submit their short stories (under 1,000 words) in various age categories. Entry is free. The 2015 contest is closed, but check the site on April 1, 2016 to enter next year!

This post isn't comprehensive. I could probably list dozens of places where teens can find support, contests, writing advice and more, but this post would get awfully long. Do you have a favourite site you want to add?

Celebrity Instagram Photos of the Week

October 7, 2015 | Claire A | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This week's Celebrity Instagram Photos include Aziz Ansari, Brooklyn Beckham, Bruno Mars, Zayn Malik, Miley Cyrus, and Cody Simpson.  

@azizansari @brooklynbeckham
@brunomars @zayn
@mileycyrus @codysimpson

Young Voices Writers Conference tickets going, going...

October 6, 2015 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Register now to be part of the 2015 Young Voices Writers Conference! Tickets are going fast!

FREE for Toronto teens.

You don't want to miss this full day of workshops, networking with other writers, an open mic, and the chance to get published in an instant anthology!

Young Voices ConferenceMeet teen writers from across the city. Learn from the pros at eight awesome workshops, including: a crash course in making comics; a chance to work on your script with a professional actor and playwright; an opportunity to learn about the power of spoken word; help confronting bias in journalism; and more.

Young Voices Writers Conference

Saturday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

North York Central Library

UPROOTED - a review - from SUBLIME READS

October 5, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Hello readers! I, Sarah, have braved the waters of school, homework, and parental control to bring you this book review. If you brave the waters of this review and like it, you can read more great reviews posted by me and my partner at

Coloured limes

Uprooted book coverAgnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

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