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Teen Review: The Shining

June 12, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (2)

Review by Fahim, member of the Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group

The shining  by Stephen KingThe Shining is one of the greatest horror novels of all time. It is written by Stephen King who has written many other horror novels. This is a fiction novel based on a real life event. Stephen King once spent a night at the Stanley hotel in Estes Colorado. While sleeping he had nightmares which inspired him to write this story.

This book is especially scary because Stephen King used the mind of Danny, a kid, instead of using the mind of Jack or Wendy, who are the adults. Tony, who is Danny’s imaginary friend, shows him horrific visions of dead people and provides gory details. Stephen King could have chosen Tony, Jack’s imaginary friend or Wendy’s imaginary friend but he chose Danny instead.

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Staff Picks: Goodbye Days

May 28, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Index.aspxIn his second novel Jeff Zentner explores the idea of what if you could have one more day with someone who is dead?

One day Carver Briggs absolutely had it all. He was popular, handsome, a talented writer and his home life is supportive and his time with his three best friends is always worthwhile. But his world comes crashing down by the random coincidence that his best friend dies in a car crash right after he sends a nefarious text. Carver cannot stop blaming himself for the incident and to make it worse the father of his friend is a powerful judge who is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation against Carver.

Carver has some friends who are trying to help him through this difficult time, but when the families of the deceased want a "good bye day" with him; he is unclear and anxious about their motives. Can he give these grieving families any closure at all? Can he ever forgive himself? Will the good bye day bring him closer to acceptance or closer to prison time?

Get the physical book here. No electronic options as of publication date.

 

Teen Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

May 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Srithevi, member of the Malvern Youth Advisory Group

Thirteen reasons why  by Jay AsherThe storytelling telling style in Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is both creative and different from your typical young adult novel. It’s told through two characters’ perspectives with one from Hannah Baker, a teenage girl who committed suicide and narrates the story via seven double-sided audio tapes she recorded, and Clay Jensen, an acquaintance of Hannah’s who tells the story as he listens to the tapes. In the tapes, Hannah describes her experiences since she moved to Clay’s neighbourhood and names the 13 people who strongly contributed to her decision of killing herself. Clay Jensen, a typical teen boy, was an introvert with an unrequited crush on Hannah and once he learns of Hannah’s suicide, he becomes devastated and wants to know why she killed herself. He later receives the tapes in a package on his doorstep as they were being passed down by those on Hannah’s list and he happened to be one of the 13 people. He begins to listen, anxious about what Hannah had to say about him. Though this novel is written in the outlooks of two characters, Hannah’s narrative style is similar to what is seen in a diary, or an audio diary in this case, and Clay’s narrative style is similar to the common “telling the reader everything I know that relates to this situation” style as he gives his viewpoints while he reacts to what he hears. Although Thirteen Reasons Why is a recommended read for high school students, it may be fairly graphic for some due to its sensitive content and trigger warnings.

Read the ebook

Listen to the eaudiobook

Or get the audiobook on CD

Check out other books by Jay Asher

Staff Picks: A Crown of Wishes

April 30, 2017 | Elsa | Comments (1)

A Crown of Wishes - Roskani ChokshiA companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen. Gauri, an exiled princess, has been captured and imprisoned by a rival kingdom, Ujijain. However, just before she is executed, the prince of Ujijain, Vikram, rescues her and forces her to compete in the deadly Tournament of Wishes. In order to win a wish, Gauri and Vikram must go through trials and make sacrifices. To survive the tournament, the two enemies must learn to trust each other. Gauri as a character- fierce, funny, vengeful, impulsive and complex- stole the show. Vikram, almost as good and quite swoon-worthy, provided a great contrast to Gauri. If you loved The Star-Touched Queen, you are in luck- the second book is even better. Chokshi has a way of writing that leaves you feeling as if you have just left a dream.


If you missed the previous book The Star-Touched Queen it's not too late to place a hold!

Place a hold on A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi or read the ebook.

 

Staff Picks: The Hate U Give

April 9, 2017 | Elsa | Comments (0)

  32075671On the drive home, 16 year-old Starr Carter and her childhood friend, Khalil, are pulled over. Khalil, unarmed, is fatally shot by the police officer and Starr is the sole witness to her friend's murder. In the months that follow, Starr struggles with the pressure of testifying before a grand jury and the responsibility of speaking out in Khalil's memory. To fit in with the different cultures of her elite private school and her violence-filled neighbourhood, Starr code switches and readers experience the hilarity and difficulties of her double life. The Hate U Give lays out the systemic racism in more ways then one in an honest, and unflinching way. More than just an excellent and timely young adult novel, it is also a compelling and hilarious family drama filled with characters that readers will love and identify deeply with. There is a hopeful message at the end and I cannot recommend the book enough.

The Hate U Give has received a lot of press and critical acclaim and movie rights have already been sold.  

Place a hold on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, read the ebook or listen to the eaudiobook.

Teen Review - Room

March 31, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

review by Naomi, member of Cedarbrae Library's Youth Advisory Group


Room  by Emma DonoghueRoom, a novel by Emma Donoghue, is an award winning, thrilling, inspiring, and powerful story about the love between a mother and her five-year-old son. The back-story is about a Woman who had been kidnapped in her twenties and kept inside a shed for seven years. In that eleven by eleven foot space she gave birth to a son named Jack and raised him. Soon she grew impatient and Jack began to become curious about the outside world. This story is about how they devise a plan to escape from the kidnapper and the tiny shed and how they try to adjust to the world they had been kept away from for almost a decade. The novel is has been made into an Oscar-winning movie.

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Teen Review - The Orange Grove

March 27, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Kisanth, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group

The orange grove  by larry tremblayThe novel, The Orange Grove written by Larry Tremblay, revolves around twins named Amed and Aziz who are living in a small town in the Middle East, where bombings are a daily occurrence. A tragedy strikes the family when the twin’s grandparents die in bombings. The family decides to take revenge for the death. They come to a decision that one of the twins will train to be a suicide bomber and bomb the other side of the mountain from where the bombs have been thrown at them. Since Aziz is sick and cannot be cured, he cannot be the chosen one. Instead, Amed becomes the chosen one. Aziz didn't want go because he has a fear of death and his mother, Tamara, too does not want him to go either. Tamara plants an idea in Amed that will be life changing for both him and Aziz.

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Teen Review - The Art of Not Breathing

March 17, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group member Marilyn

The art of not breathing  by Sarah alexanderThe Art of Not Breathing, written beautifully by Sarah Alexander, is a lot like the Art of letting go. This book tells a story of a girl's best friend, her twin brother, in a devastating incident. Through all the challenges Elsie, the protagonist, and her family face she still tries to reach her brother and forever let go. Even after her brother was physically gone from her life, she always felt that he was right next to her at all times. Through struggles of growing up herself, Elsie starts to get used to bad habits after her brothers death. When she finds someone to show her a better passion of free- diving, her whole world changes, and she finds a way to reach her brother for one last time to say goodbye.

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Your Bookmark Here: The End of Oz

March 12, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

In 2014 Danielle Paige introduced a new chapter in the Oz mythology; well researched and true to the originals, this new novel was about how Dorothy had returned to Oz and was ruining this magical place. Three years later and 7 novellas, 2 novels and we are finally  coming to the thrilling conclusion of what will Dorothy's fate be and will Amy Gumm successfully terminate her?

0062423770Over the scope of all the previous works comes the final chapter in this series. Amy has not been as successful as he had hoped at defeating Dorothy and her team and now she is under the firm grip of the Gnome King. Also some terrifying realities have been brought to light about the relationship between Kansas and Oz and what is really behind all the nefarious activities by the tyrants in the Emerald City.

To make matters worse Amy's arch-nemesis from Kansas, Madison, has shown up in Oz and Amy has to protect her as well as saver herself and Ozma from the Gnome king, get back to Oz and help the "Order of the Wicked" to save the magic that remains. However, Dorothy is driven by rage and out for revenge and she has a few tricks up her sleeve. Will Amy's inherited magic be enough to stop her? Can Oz ever return to the mythical and magical place it was before Dorothy ever arrived?

This is a page turning, jaw dropping, heart pounding of a conclusion. And if you are at all like this avid reader and fan of the series you will finish this book and return to the first one as there is so much you may have forgotten, or subtle hints that you didn't see. "The End of Oz" is available on May 14, 2017.

Place a hold on The End of Oz here. And keep a look out for the e-book coming soon.

Joyful page turners (book clubs for youth in Toronto)

March 9, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Many times young people and their love of reading gets ignored by more traditional book clubs or by the fear that the book club will be too much like a high school English class room. But that is not to say that youth do not enjoy a good read and an interesting and in-depth discussion of that book/poem/play/manuscript, etc.

Here are a few book clubs in Toronto that young people are welcome to attend and participate in.

 

The Young Adult Book Club in High Park


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This is a unique one as it is for youth but it is also an active book club where the group meet at Keele Station and then walk about in High Park and discuss the reading materials while they ramble around the park. The book club takes about an hour and includes a pit stop at Grenadier Cafe. The next date for this book club is March 11th and the book is "The Nightmarys" by Dan Poblocki, please visit the website for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spectatorial Book Club


Index.aspxThere is a certain satisfaction in finding someone who’s equally passionate about a book as you, as willing to discuss the scenes you can’t get out of your mind or offer an alternative perspective on an event in the plot. Literature moves us, and as much as it is perfect for getting alone and cozy with a book, it is equally thrilling to sit with a group of people and bring these words to life.

The Spectatorial, the University of Toronto’s only speculative journal, has created a book club with specifically this thought in mind. Together, we will create an atmosphere where fellow bibliophiles can meet twice a month to discuss a curated selection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the many wonderful sub-genres of speculative literature. Books will range from fiction to poetry, novels to manga. Together, Ben Berman Ghan, the journal’s fiction editor, and Margaryta Golovchenko, the online editor, will alternate in selecting a different book each month for the club to discuss and enjoy.

With the abundance of books out there, it’s difficult sometimes to choose what to read, either because you’re not sure what you should be focusing on that’s considered to be foundational work, or maybe you’re hoping to find a diamond in the rough, something moving and under-appreciated. The Spectatorial Book Club’s goal is to present both classics in the speculative genre as well as lesser-known wonders, each month alternating between a book from one category to one from the other, thus facilitated by a different editor. Discussion can focus on literary and thematic aspects of works, the primary goal being to create an informal and comfortable atmosphere for sharing ideas and impressions.

Our first book is: Flowers for Algernon. If you own it, great! If not, borrow it from the Toronto Public Library. Ages 16+ welcome, and feel free to join our Facebook group to get the latest on meeting dates, topics and more about The Spectatorial!

Get: Flowers for Algernon from the library.

 

The Girly Book Club


Index.aspxThis book club is for females and it exists in many cities. The premise is to create a safe space for women who are like minded and share a passion for books and want to be able to talk about them in a friendly and familiar surrounding. All the different cities read the same book and then meet up at the end of the month to discuss the title at hand. This book club is for women of all ages and it also offers a chance to meet other women with similar interests, set an agenda, and start a global conversation.  This month the title is "The Pearl that Broke its Shell" by Nadia Hashimi and you can get the title from the library here as a physical book. Or here as an eBook.

 

 

 

A Room of Your Own - An Interactive Book Club for Girls


Index.aspxA Room of Your Own is an interactive book club targeted primarily at teen girls (13-18 years of age) of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Allowing them to express their curiosity, ambitions, hopes and frustrations, A ROOM OF YOUR OWN is a forum to share fun, feelings, and opinion with their peers and with their favorite authors. This new generation book club that will be 60 minutes in length and be once a month. The book club?s chief objectives are to have fun, and give teen girls what they need (and not what adults think they want). This fully interactive book club for teenage girls will discuss all subject matters that pertain to being young and maturing into adulthood via today's standards and pressures. This unique and innovative book club will choose a teen novel every month and discuss the subject matters of the story line and the relevance to teen girls? lives. This book club will not be intimidated by any subject matter! We will have the author present along with a specialist in the particular area of field that we are discussing. The novel will be a doorway into the lives of teen girls of all backgrounds. The March book is "The Scorpion Rules" by Erin Bow and they meet on Friday March 10th at Lillian H. Smith.

Get The Scorpion Rules here or get the eBook here.

 

Book Buzz . . . the buzz about books

170px-Longwaycover01The book buzz is an online meeting space for anyone to get together and discuss books from Toronto Public Library. Although not exclusively youth, there are many youth members who comment and get involved regularly. The only difference here is that this book club is online and there are no physical meet ups. This online book club will be great for people who don't have a lot of time to get out to physical meetings, but still want to be involved in a discussion about books. All you have to do is sign up with your email address and created user name.

Teen Review - The Free

February 28, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Fariha, with thanks to Helena at TPL for providing an ARC to read and review!

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When you’re a thief, you’re also a liar. It comes with the territory.

The FreeThe Free by Lauren McLaughlin is about Isaac West, a high school teenager with a rough childhood, who landed himself in juvie for a month because he was caught stealing. We follow Isaac through his sentence and his experiences at juvie: the good, the bad and the wishes to just get out of there.

I thought I’d turn to the “Things I Liked” and “Things I Didn’t Like” list that I haven’t done in quite a while for this review.

Things I Liked:

**I really loved Isaac’s love for his sister and everything he was willing to do for her. Isaac was an alright character throughout the novel but I loved this certain aspect of him. We don’t see nearly enough siblings in YA, especially ones who have a good relationship with each other.

**I’m quite glad that there was no romance in here. I mean, there were references to sex and romantic partners but it was not a big deal throughout the novel.

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Staff Picks from our Teen Email Newsletter

February 27, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Every once in a while a group of books come along that are all very well received by the critics. These are the books that we look forward to as we have a sense that we are getting something precious, something insightful, something that we will want to read and that will have that certain substance we are looking for. Here are four titles that have been very well received:

HateugiveThe Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.
Kirkus says: "Thomas cuts to the heart of the matter for Starr and for so many like her, laying bare the systemic racism that undergirds her world, and she does so honestly and inescapably, balancing heartbreak and humor. With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr’s natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family.This story is necessary. This story is important."

Place a hold on The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas.

 

EverythingEverything Beautiful is not Ruined, by Danielle Younge-Ullman
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Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.
 
Quill and Quire says: " . . . is an emotionally resonant, fabulously crafted novel about a young woman figuring out who she is and dealing with some seriously devastating events in her life. You don’t have to be 17 to empathize with Ingrid; her struggles are universal, even if her specific circumstances are not."

Place a hold on Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined, by Danielle Younge-Ullman, or read the eBook.
 
 
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  51fn0k84ZAL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done, by Andrea Gonzales

Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you get started coding!

 Kirkus says: "What brought the two together for their project was a desire to combine social commentary with their coding, resulting in their successful game. The game (and networking opportunities from GWC) has brought them attention and many more opportunities, but it also took more time and energy than they had to spare. By book’s end, they find themselves evaluating their futures with technology. The psychology of self-doubt and value of persistence are well-presented—the co-authors stress that the greater the frustration, the better the payoff. Tech-centered empowerment for those who feel voiceless. (coding appendix with glossary, sample code, resources) (Memoir. 12-17)"

Place a hold on Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral and Getting It Done, by Andrea Gonzales.

 

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Staff Picks: Kill The Boy Band

February 26, 2017 | Alice | Comments (0)

Kill the boy bandBoy Bands and their rabid avid fans hold a special place among fans, and the narrator of this novel, a devotee of 80s movie and The Ruperts, is our tour guide into a group of crazy passionate fans known as Strepurs. She and her friends have got themselves close to their beloved quartet, when something goes awry, and they sort of accidentally kidnap one of them. Now what??

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Teen Review - King's Cage

February 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Sohinee

*Spoilers ahead*

King's cage coverKing's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, the third book in the Red Queen series, is probably so far the best in the series. The characters have developed so much and the story is more vibrant and electric and the author's writing flows like fine ink. Mare Barrow is no longer naive 16-year-old trying to save her best friend from getting conscripted. Now she is a woman wanting to go home to be with her family, wanting to be with the man she loves, and continuing to fight for what she believes in. Evangeline is no longer a cold-hearted b****, she's a sister trying to protect her brother from Mare's wrath. She is in love with a girl she cannot be with because she is a pawn on her father's chessboard. Maven isn't a boy king who betrayed everyone to be king, no, he's a tortured soul who can't tell right from wrong. The only person who stays disappointingly the same is Cal who makes promises he can't keep. Again chooses the crown over Mare. King's Cage is a fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone... but read the first two books first!

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Butterflies: A Little Romance for Valentine's Day

February 14, 2017 | Alice | Comments (1)

Crush got you crazy? Characters in these books can definitely relate.

 

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Guitar Notes, by Mary Amato

 Lyla and Tripp alternate days in a coveted music practice room at school, and this sharing arrangements leads to a slightly cranky note, which leads to a conversation where the argumentative tone grows into banter, and then into real sharing. The two, who are pretty different, begin to open up and develop an emotional connection that turns into something real by the end of the book. It's a cute story, centered around music and connection and getting each other when others around them just don't, and a perfect light read for someone who enjoys the sweet side of romance more than the steamy.

 Place a hold on Guitar Notes, or read the ebook.

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Your Bookmark Here: We Are Okay

February 12, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

WeareokayThis book had me by the cover. And I am not saying that you should judge a book by it's cover, but keep in mind that cover does a lot in selling the book. In Nina LaCour's new title (wonderfully being made to the public on valentines day) we have a beautiful and compelling tale of loss and sadness mixed with lies and betrayal.

It is the first school holiday since Marin started at college in New York leaving behind her life in California, all her friends, many of her possessions and full of secrets that no one knows. Not even her best friend Mable is aware of the baggage that she is carrying. As Marin sits and waits in her empty dorm for Mabel to arrive she begins to revisit and sift through the pieces of the past that she keeps tripping on.

Marin has allowed loneliness take up residence in her soul, but it is possible that the best thing for her is to tell the truth - or will that ruin her facade and actually turn her into a complete wreck?

This haunting novella weaves a tremendous tale and really engages you with the characters. This is a well received book and I can certainly understand why.

Place a hold on We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour.

Love Is Love: LGBTQ+ Valentine's Stories

February 11, 2017 | Alice | Comments (0)

Not every love story is a boy-meets-girl love story. Looking for a different pair of protagonists in your Valentine's read? Try one of these picks:

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Ash, by Malinda Lo

You think you know this story, but you’re wrong. Her name isn’t Cinderella, it’s Ash. And he isn’t just a prince, he’s a fairy prince. He and his kind are hunted by the King’s Huntress. When Ash and the Huntress meet in the woods, the two become friends, even though Ash hides the truth about her prince. Given the option to leave behind the horrible life she’s known, to live in the beautiful fairy Realm, what will Ash choose? The fairy prince who loves her, or the woman she is falling for?
Recommended for fans of fantasy, fairy tales, or The Wild Hunt.
Orientations/identities represented: lesbian.

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Anti-Valentine's: Recommended Reads for the Unromantic

February 9, 2017 | Amy | Comments (0)

Pink hearts everywhere. Candy that says “Be Mine, Valentine”. Pet names and mushy stuff. Maybe it just isn’t for you. So here’s a list of books we recommend that are romance-free-zones (at least 95% romance-free, anyway), with no love triangles in sight.

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(A. J. Hartley)
High above the city, Ang works a dangerous job repairing chimneys, towers, and spires as a steeplejack. Death from a fall is a real possibility, and even the best of the best sometimes take a spill. So the death of Ang’s apprentice from an apparent fall isn’t that surprising. But when Ang finds out that her apprentice was murdered, the crime is overshadowed by the greatest theft her city has ever seen. Determined to unravel the mystery and find justice for her friend, it isn’t falling to her death that becomes the greatest danger to Ang…

This novel is hard to put down once you get started, full of action and excitement from the very beginning. Hopefully a sequel will be in store, too!

Recommended for fans of Parkour, bungee jumping, or girls who kick butt.

There’s also a short-story prequel, available as an eBook!

 

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Teen Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

February 8, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Fariha, with "thanks a lot to HBG Canada for providing an ARC to read and review!"
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Tragic kind of wonderfulA Tragic Kind of Wonderful follows Mel, a 16-year-old who is dealing with bipolar disorder. The novel explores how the mental illness affects her life and her experiences and her relationships.

I read this book right after reading History Is All You Left Me and I couldn’t ignore how similar the two novels are. They both contain peeks into the past as we get to see what happened before the books started, both explore mental illnesses (that perhaps don’t get as much recognition. Bipolar Disorder and OCD are not talked about or explored as much as some others, such as depression and anxiety), a lot of characters aren’t straight, and both main characters deal with losing a loved one. However, they’re both so incredibly different at the same time, in atmosphere and characters and how the story progresses.

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Teen Review - History Is All You Left Me

January 17, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Fariha, with thanks to "Helena at TPL for sending the ARC my way!"

Release Date: January 17, 2017

Rating: 4/5 stars

History is all you left me coverHistory Is All You Left Me follows Griffin as he mourns and tries to come to terms with the death of one of his best friends and his first love. There is guilt and the complex relationships at play, as well as the memories and the things left unsaid.

I read History Is All You Left Me for two weeks and a couple days. As a voracious reader, it is unlikely that I take even a week to read a single book and yet, I read this book over a long period of time and I think I enjoyed it more for it. I feel so connected to the story as it has been actively taking up a part of my mind for the better part of a month and this story is one that will stay with me for a long while yet.

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Teen Review - The Boy Most Likely To

January 14, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Rifa, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group

The boy most likely to coverThe Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick is a young adult contemporary novel that focuses on Tim Mason’s and Alice Garrett’s story. I anticipated this book to be a light-hearted romance that focused on the relationship between the two main characters. However, this book was much more than that and actually brought up quite a bit of serious topics. In this story we deal with two different perspectives. The first one is Tim who is an alcoholic, abuses drugs, gets kicked out of his home and has an unexpected surprise coming at him a little bit after the beginning of the book. The second perspective is Alice, a girl who struggles to take care of her large family while her dad is in the hospital recovering from an injury.

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Teen Review - Never Always Sometimes

January 12, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Tasmi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group

Never always sometimes coverJulia and Dave are longterm best friends that are just about to start their freshmen year in high school. But they aren’t your typical cliché best friends that will end up being a quarterback of the football team, or the cheerleading captain and grow apart like other high schoolers. Right before they embark on their journey towards the next four years of high school, they write a Never List, that includes all the cliché things you could do, and vow to never do any of them. Some of the rules are like, #5 Never dye your hair the colour of rainbows, or #7 Never hook up with a teacher. But of course, rules are meant to be broken, as Dave broke rule #8 Never pine silently after someone for the eternity of high school. 

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Teen Review - Six of Crows

January 3, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Fariha

Six of crows coverWe are all someone’s monster.

Leigh Bardugo just became one of those authors whose shopping lists I’d read with this book. While I enjoyed Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, it did not affect me as emotionally as Six of Crows has. Six of Crows is about a heist crew with an impossible mission but there is no better group of misfits fit for the job.

None of the characters here are good, per se. They are greedy, they are recklessly ambitious, they are very much morally ambiguous, sometimes they are cruel, everybody has a past that made them that way and the readers can get behind their goals and, despite the characters’ flaws. Leigh Bardugo clearly has a gift for creating dark, scheming, lovable characters who are not heroes but the readers cheer them on despite that.

I was going to talk about a favourite character here but then realized that I simply cannot choose. I’d have a better luck choosing a single favourite book than a favourite character from this book. What does that say?

What is the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?

Knife to the throat?

Gun to the back?

Poison in his cup?

You’re all horrible.

The easiest way to steal a man’s watch is to tell him you’re going to steal his watch.

Inej is the purest of them all and I love her. Kaz is one greedy bastard but I love how clever he is. I approve of 0% of Jesper’s actions but I want to give him a hug. Wylan needs a hug because reasons. Nina’s sassy confidence is unforgettable and her mistakes only make her human. I LIVE for Matthias’ character development. I love them all so much.

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Top Ten Teen Holds of 2016

December 27, 2016 | Debbie | Comments (0)

Want to know the hottest books of 2016? Well, a lot of great teen books were published in 2016 and we've rounded up the most popular for you. These were the top ten placed on hold at Toronto Public Library this year. These books are in hot demand, so place your holds now!

The Crown The Glass Sword United as One Lady Midnight The Last Star


Court of Mist and Fury Torch Against the Night The Fever Code Stars Above Raven King

  1. The Crown, by Kiera Cass (ebook)
  2. Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard (ebook)
  3. United as One, by Pittacus Lore (ebook)
  4. Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare (ebook)
  5. The Last Star, by Richard Yancey (ebook)
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah Maas (ebook)
  7. A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir (ebook)
  8. The Fever Code, by James Dashner (ebook)
  9. Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection, by Marissa Meyer (ebook)
  10. The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater (ebook)

Your Bookmark Here: Shooter by Caroline Pignat

December 7, 2016 | Analisa | Comments (0)

ShooterIn Shooter, five grade 12 students find themselves trapped inside the boys’ washroom during a school lockdown. The group couldn't be more different or more annoyed with each other. As the lockdown prolongs the students quickly realize the severity of their situation; there is real danger that lurks outside of the washroom door and there is also a real need for them to trust each other in order to survive this.

Told from the perspective of each of the five students, through narration, journals and text messages, Pignat reveals that typically typecast characters often have so much more back story than what is usually perceived.  What's more is that she reveals what can happen when the characters lose their judgements of each other and instead work towards keeping each other alive.

The book is well paced, and the characters in the story are believable and nuanced. It has also been nominated for the 2017 Red Maple Fiction Award. Check out our blog post of all the Red Maple nominees, complete with links to place your holds.

Place a hold on Shooter by Caroline Pignat, or read the ebook.

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