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Summer Edition is HERE!

June 22, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

We're excited to introduce something new this summer - our Youth Advisory Groups are taking over the blog!

Sun-Keep dropping by for posts by Toronto teens, as well as :

  • Great summer reads under the link above
  • Getting to know authors and creators
  • Reviews by you (see button on the sidebar for details)
  • Creative contests for sweet prizes (that link is above, too)
  • Finding out about programmes going on around the city in weekly Monday posts, or via the Events link

We hope we'll see you here! 

YAG Gallery: Painting by Olivia

June 24, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

 Northern District YAG member Olivia is our artist of the day, and shares this painting

  Olivia painting

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: REVIEWED

June 24, 2016 | stephen | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Elaine at Goldhawk Park

The Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters movie is based off the incredible book written by Rick Riordan. The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson series; the first being The Lightning Thief. This is one of my favourite books but unfortunately, this movie adaptation did not do it justice. 

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YAG Writing: Poetry

June 23, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

The poem I wrote is actually inspired by Shakespeare, written in a
sonnet style and starting in a similar fashion as Romeo and Juliet.
Hope you'll like it!

Shall I compare thee to a love story
Thou art more revolting and rather fake
For love is no more than a game to me
Too little to gain and too much at stake
The things we do, oh so foolish and wrong
We break our fragile hearts for nothing more
Than a kiss on the lips, we’ve heard those songs
When sweet becomes sour and love becomes war
Toss away the roses, bring on the swords
I’d rather bleed over the pain of blades
Than to cry for being never adored
A river of tears, why was heartbreak made
Love's nothing but an elaborate play
Our sweet dreams are gone by the light of day
by Gabby

The Fifth Wave: REVIEWED

June 23, 2016 | stephen | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Asifa at Cedarbrae

16101128At a first glance, I really wanted to enjoy The Fifth Wave. I truly did. It was a book I was waiting for quite a bit of time to get my hands on. Just by reading the summary it draws a reader in. Who wouldn’t like a book that is about aliens taking over the world told in the perspective of a teenager who is trying to find her brother and survive the whole alien invasion? Turns out I don’t.

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Indian Horse: REVIEWED

June 22, 2016 | stephen | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Vince at Burrows Hall

11994903The book I have currently finished called Indian Horse is a very inspirational book that explains about racism and culture in a very specific way. The main character in this book named Saul was raised by a family who showed so much passion to him. Unfortunately, they were taken away from him at a very young age due to the severe problems that he had to face.

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YAG Talk: The Scorpion Rules

June 22, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

The-scorpion-rulesNorthern District’s YAG sat down to talk about some of the big ideas in the Top Ten book The Scorpion Rules this month, and we found there was a lot to agree on, and a lot that was not so easy because let’s face it, dystopian worlds are the very definition of high-concept imperfection. Read on for their thoughts and a bit about the book.



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Mother, Come Home: REVIEWED

June 22, 2016 | stephen | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Maeesha at McGregor Park

Mother come home cover

In the rush of homework and deadlines, we sometimes forget the brevity of the human breath. When we do consider the grand picture however, it feels very grim quite quickly. Such was my mood after reading “Mother, Come Home” by Paul Hornschemeier. As short as a life not lived and as rich as one that was, this graphic novel is a sweetly painful reminder of the everlasting effects of love and loss. The story is about a seven year old boy and his father trying to grasp their reality after the recent death of his mother. While both handle the tragedy differently, each appears to retreat into the deep recess of his mind and reading it, I wondered if they each had the ability to re emerge. 

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Contest: #Bookface

June 21, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

This contest is on all summer! We'll post entries regularly to remind you and get you thinking about yours. 

What is it?

#Bookface involves strategically lining up your face (or another body part) alongside a book cover so that there appears a melding of life and art. On Instagram, you can find people posting these with the hashtag #BookFaceFriday.

We invite you to submit your best #BookFace photos all summer long for a chance to win B&O Beoplay H6 Headphones. Just add your photo in the comments section below. The winner will be announced in the first week of September.

Check out these great examples, both from the Burlingame Public Library, whose #Bookface game is on point:

Bookface Miss marvel Bookface Vamped
For more info about this contest, follow the jump!

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Youth Gallery: Paintings

June 21, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Northern District's YAG is running the blog this week, and a few of our talented teens wanted to share some art with you all! 

We're kicking off the week with a few paintings by Rana. Follow the jump to see all of them! 

These Orchids were painted at Allen Gardens:

Orchids painting by Rana

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Your Bookmark Here: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

June 21, 2016 | Claire A | Comments (0)

My lady janeLady Jane Grey was the Queen of England for 9 short days (before she was dethroned and lost her head- literally).  You might have heard of her and you might not have but one thing for sure is that you've never heard her story told quite like this.  My Lady Jane is funny and romantic with a supernatural twist (humans that turn into animals - what more could you ask for in a historical retelling?).   The authors definitely do not get history right, but they do a great job of re-writing it.  If you are looking for something good to read - and I mean REALLY REALLY good, then this is the book for you!  

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