Butterflies Have Beautiful Wings: A Youth Week Speech

April 18, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Written by Ava V, Brentwood Youth Advisory Group member In July of 2010, it was estimated that there were 10.2 million youth (24 and younger) in Canada. This makes up about 30 percent of the population. Every day, youth are bombarded with images and pressures to live up to, whether...

A Room of Your Own

April 16, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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by Nathalie, member of the Brentwood Branch Youth Advisory Group A Room of Your Own is an interactive book club designed especially for teen girls. In this club you will be able to meet other teens who may have the same reading interests as you. Each month, the group discusses...

Teen Review: Ready Player One

April 13, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Oishe, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group With the movie having been released quite recently, and the book having received hype for years and years, I thought it would be only appropriate to finally give Ready Player One a read. Written by Ernest Cline, the book...

Teen Review: Scary Hours EP – Drake

April 6, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Stephon, Dufferin Youth Advisory Group member. Fans of Toronto artist Drake were surprised when he released a two-track extended play titled Scary Hours. The first track, and the clear radio driven hit, “God’s Plan” is a huge chart topper. It became the 29th song of all time to...

Teen Review: Every Day

March 22, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Deborah, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The book Every Day by David Levithan is about a character ‘A’ who wakes up in a different body everyday. ‘A’ has lived his whole life with specific rules. Never interfere in the everyday life of the person of the...

Teen Review: Black Panther

March 1, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naomi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In this moment of time you’d have to have heard about the movie Black Panther. It’s been blowing up as it jumped past $500 million at the global box office. Critics have been praising the movie and naming it the...

Avenues to Publishing Your Work

February 27, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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by Terese Mason Pierre As a Toronto Public Library Editorial Youth Advisory Group (EYAG) member, one of the most common questions I get from teens and young adult writers, whether they’re on the EYAG or not, regards how they can get their work published. They’ve edited their work as much...

Jillian Tamaki Talks Freedom to Read

February 23, 2018 | Alice

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Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's stellar graphic novel first started making headlines when it won a Governor General's Literary Award, The Caldecott Medal, an Eisner Award, and took Printz honours, among other accolades. Not long after, though, it started getting attention for a very different reason – it was the most...

Teen Review: The Beginning of Everything

February 20, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sophie, member of the Brentwood Youth Advisory Group “Everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary, a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.” Or at least that’s what Ezra Faulkner thinks, a 17 year old “golden boy” who...

Runway Reads

February 12, 2018 | Alice

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New York Fashion Week is in full stride this week, and whether you are a note-taking fashionista, celebrity watcher, or casual observer, it's hard not to love the fantastical, high-concept looks being served both on the catwalks and in the audience. If you want to sink into the world of...