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Summer Read: Dorothy is hard to kill

July 2, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Wicked Will Rise:  Danielle Paige

The-wicked-will-rise-oz-dorothy-must-die-sequel-leadThe second book in the "Dorothy Must Die" series is a fast paced and energetic page turner. Picking up exactly where the first book left off we are once again transported to the land of Oz which has become a dystopia. Amy Gunn is our anti-herione who may be losing her grip on "reality". Having passed all the training in the first book and aqcuired magical powers it is up to her to lead the "wicked" to stop Dorothy and her trio of now evil henchmen (the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the no longer cowardly Lion).

The stakes are high in the second book as we see the introduction of some new characters and we begin to truly understand the connection between the land of Oz and the state of Kansas. Glinda is revealed to be more of a rival than originally anyone had thought and Amy needs to be able to ask for help in order to complete her task.

Danielle Paige has clearly done her "Oz" homework as her vernacular in the book and attention to detail from the previous thirteen Oz books by L. Frank Baum is astounding. She brings a lot of characters from his work into her own. One of the truly amazing things about this series is how original it is, even though it is borrowing from another authors work. In many ways this book is akin to mash-ups like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and other books that take an already established literary world and add another literary world to it. The results in this case are breathtaking and truly riveting.

This librarian cannot recomend this book enough, but will also remind you that you really need to read the first book to comprehend this volume in the trilogy. We have to wait another year for the third book in the series, but now is a good time for you to sit back, have a sip of iced tea and get transported to this very magical world. If you have not read the first book "Dorothy Must Die" I highly recommend it. Also if you have not read the original series, I also quite highly recommend it. You can also read the review of the first book in the series here.

Happy reading!!!

Mini-Writing Contest # 1 -- July 2 to July 8

July 2, 2015 | Christine | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Hi everyone! Welcome back to TPL Teens: Summer Edition. This summer will be lots of fun, and present many different chances for you to share your creativity with the world.

There will be 5 Mini-Writing Contests on Thursdays during July and August, with 5 prize packages to be won by whoever submits the most creative and original entries. Winners will be announced online a week after each contest is posted.

So, are you ready to start writing? Let’s begin:

For this first contest, I’m taking my inspiration from Guinness World Records, but kind of twisting it on its head. Instead of choosing from the thousands of different categories and records that have been attempted and set in those books, what I would like everyone to do is this: using your
imaginations, try coming up with some of the best original world records you can think of with 10 of the prompts listed below.

The Truest Thing
The Hardest Thing
The Happiest Thing
The Bumpiest Thing
The Stickiest Thing
The Softest Thing
The Friendliest Thing
The Noisiest Thing
The Easiest Thing
The Flattest Thing
The Deepest Thing
The Slowest Thing
The Roundest Thing
The Funniest Thing
The Highest Thing

When submitting your entries, please keep the following rules in mind:

1. You have to live in Toronto to win this contest.
2. You have to provide a valid e-mail address so we can contact you if you win a prize (see privacy statement below for more information)
3. One entry per person per Mini-Writing Contest - in this case, please submit only your best list.
4. Only original writing will be accepted – plagiarism is not permitted in any form.
5. Your entry must be submitted by Wednesday at 11:59pm to be considered to win.
6. Winners will be announced on the following Thursday.

Have fun!

Your name, your e-mail address, the books you read and your thoughts about them are your personal information. Why do we need your personal information here? Well, we want to publish your reviews, and we need your name and e-mail address to help administer the contest. The Public Libraries Act is the law that lets us do this. We'll be protecting your privacy every step of the way, but if you have any questions about how we're going to do that, you can contact TPL's Privacy & Records Management Officer, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4W 2G8, 416-395-5658 or by e-mail at

Celebrity Instagram Photos of the Week

July 2, 2015 | Claire A | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This week's Celebrity Instagram Posts include Gwyneth Paltrow, Zedd, Kelly Osbourne, Amanda Seyfried, Tyrese, and Shenae Grimes-Beech.

@gwynethpaltrow  @zedd

@kellyosbourne  @mingey

@tyrese  @shenaegrimesbeech

Summer Read: Gotta Be You

July 1, 2015 | Alice | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Not Otherwise Specified, by Hannah Moskowitz

Not otherwise specificedEvery rare now and then, you meet characters - and people - that are just so fiercely THEM that they are inspiring. Etta is that kind of girl, or at least is working hard toward it, holding on tight to what she knows about herself and finding her way back to accepting it after taking a few hard knocks.

Thing is, Etta doesn't always fits the boxes other people seem to sit in so neatly. She is a ballerina, and a talented one, but being short and chubby and  black and more full of personality than discipline, she doesn't fit the mold well, and her teachers tell her so. This kicks off some disordered eating, but she's still too chubby to fit into the label of "anorexic." She's biracial, neither entirely black nor entirely white, and really, being a person of any colour other than white in Nebraska is going to make you stand out. She hangs out with a groups of lesbian girls at school, but they don't see her as part of the group any more after she dates a guy because she's bisexual, not gay. She's just never entirely anything - except herself.

When she's at her lowest about all of this, Etta finds a few people with problems of their own who take her for who she is - and that helps. They all start to audition for an arts school in New York, and in going through that, training together, supporting each other, riding the ups and downs together, bonds are formed that help each of them. And by the time she makes it to New York for a final audition and drops in on a ballet school,. she has found her way back to her own certainty enough that the teacher's comments don't even make a dent, because she knows he's right - she's talented, but too stand-outy, too shiny to melt into a corps of dancers, and she's just got to be her.

Last week, at a Pride barbecue, I kept telling everyone about this book. And I keep telling every teen and adult I know about it, and about the character, and how amazing she was.

Think about this quote:

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You can think of people like that, right? People who just seem more... BIG. People who are sort of inspiring, and awe-inspiring. People you sort of wish you were more like, or admire that they can be that way.

Now it's your turn to share: Who inspires that sort of feeling in you - a book character, a celebrity, someone you know, a relative, anyone at all who makes you wonder just how they do it.





Hashtag Tuesdays: #RuinATVShow

June 30, 2015 | Alice | Comments (3) Facebook Twitter More...

Sure, we can all switch up the name of a TV Show to hilarious effect... but can you do it by changing out just one letter? 

Start with something popular... then totally wreck it. Who would watch this??

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Or this? 

Hell's kitchen--->   Hells kitten 1














Now it's your turn... Add your ruined TV show below! 

Top Ten Summer Read: Opium in London

June 30, 2015 | Christine | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Mad Miss Mimic - Sarah Henstra

Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra cover imageSet in London, England, in the year 1872, Mad Miss Mimic tells the story of the young and beautiful heiress Leonora Somerville -- Leo to her friends -- who is struggling with a unique predicament. A strange speech impediment causes her to stutter terribly whenever she tries to speak in her own voice, but also gives her the ability to imitate other people's voices and manner of speaking flawlessly, particularly at the worst possible moments. Behind her back, servants and ladies dub her "Mad Miss Mimic," and watch as Leo unintentionally scares off one potential husband after another.

Meanwhile, as Leo tries to keep her mimicry under control, the city of London is the grip of opium fever. Her brother-in-law, Dr. Daniel Dewhurst, and his new business partner, Francis Thornfax, are attempting to patent an injectable form of the highly addictive drug. Friendly, approachable, and handsome to boot, Thornfax seems to be a good fit for Leo, and doesn't seem to mind her strange verbal outbursts. But not everything is as it seems. Explosions are happening across the city, all set off by a mysterious gang known as the Black Glove. The poor people Dr. Dewhurst is treating in his clinic are dying from drug overdoses. And then there's the mysterious Tom Rampling, a working-class boy that Leo encountered and can't seem to get out of her head. Is there a connection between the Black Glove's attacks, the doctor's dangerous cure, Tom's possibly criminal past, and Thornfax's political ambitions?  Leo must use all of her skills -- including those of "Mad Miss Mimic" -- to put all the pieces of this mystery together, as well as find her own voice, in this intriguing and fast-paced story.

Mad Miss Mimic is a wonderfully exciting novel that takes aspects from actual historical incidents and blends them with a cast of characters that absolutely pop off the page. I loved reading about Leo's adventures on the streets of nineteenth century London, and I really liked how the author used historically accurate language to help create the scenes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys works of historical fiction combined with a jolly good mystery story.

This is also available for download in eBook format.

To learn more about author Sarah Henstra, check out her website here.

What are some of your favourite mystery or historical novels?
And what are some favourite Britishisms that you've read or heard?
Let me know in the comments below. :)

Music Video Monday - Madonna

June 29, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The queen of pop. More number one hits than any other artist in the history of music. A career that has spanned over 30 years. What more can be said about Madonna that has not already been said? Perhaps we should just let her music videos speak for themselves - starting with her most recent single: Bitch, I'm Madonna"


And now let's go back in time to her very first single and video: "Everybody"


And to end this post we will leave you with her most number one selling single of all time: "Vogue"


Five Frames From . . . June 27th, 2015 edition

June 27, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

What movie are these images from?






All rights reserved, all wrongs reversed.


June 25, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Reviewed by Shivani, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member

Insidious chapter 3I’m going to be reviewing Insidious: Chapter 3, directed by Leigh Whannell. This movie is the prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert Family. It is about a teenage girl named Quinn who gets targeted by a really dangerous supernatural entity when she tries to contact her late mother. Elise Rainier, who is a psychic, agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help Quinn get rid of the dangerous entity. In this movie, you really see and understand the personal problems Elise had gone through and how she overcame them, before she became the confident woman she was in the first Insidious. Also, you see how Specs and Tucker started to work with Elise, and how they were before they joined Elise.

The movie itself wasn’t as scary as the trailer set it out to be, and also compared to the first two movies in this series. Although, there were scenes where you are forced to jump out of your seat and/or scream. There were some light comedic moments throughout the movie that made you forget the thing that might pop up next. Overall, it was a good movie, even though it didn’t fully live up to the expectations, with some funny moments, and some details about certain characters. I would still recommend that everyone watch the movie because you might have different views about it.  3.5/5 stars.

Celebrity Instagram Photos of the Week

June 24, 2015 | Claire A | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This weeks Celebrity Instagram Posts include Khloe Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, Jordin Sparks, Ciara, and Chrissy Teigen.  

@khloekardashian  @justintimberlake

@ryanseacrest  @jordinsparks

@ciara  @chrissyteigen

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