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...

Top Books of 2017 for Young Adults

January 8, 2018 | Alice

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Our Top Books We read a lot around here, and the librarians who select books for the library love these ones: One of Us Is Lying, by Karen McManus – a deliciously tense thriller where everyone has secrets to hide, and reasons not to see them go up on the...

Teen Review: If You Go Away

August 1, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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To the Graduates...

July 27, 2017 | Frances G.

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Summer marks a significant change in most students’ lives. To the new graduates, this blog post provides some books for encouragement, inspiration, and celebration as you live your life, no matter what you decide to do or where you decide to go. Your heart beats fast. Your palms are sweaty....

Staff Picks: Gem and Dixie

July 16, 2017 | Cameron

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“A story that broke my heart and put it back together again. You won't want to let Gem and Dixie go.” —Sarah Dessen Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr. Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But...

Teen Review: The Penderwicks

July 5, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Jet, age 13 The Penderwicks, though written for a middle grade level, is the type of book you can read over and over again. It portrays four sisters, their galumph-y and affectionate dog, a loving but slightly distant father, and Jeffrey, the mysterious boy who lives near the...

Teen Review: The Kiss of Deception

July 1, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Marilyn, member of the Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group. Don't judge a book by its cover, because the overall meaning of this book will drive you into tears. Filled with mysteries, adventures, deep romance and a strong, fiery heroine. The Kiss of Deception, the first book in Mary...

Have You Read These LGTBQ Books Yet?

June 28, 2017 | Debbie

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"Read Widely, Learn Together, Celebrate Diversity." TPL staff with friends and family march in the 2017 Toronto Pride Parade. Fresh from the Pride Parade on Sunday, TPL Staff have rounded up five of our fave LGTBQ+ reads. Like these? Crushing on others? Share your suggestions in the comments. Girl Mans...

Teen Review: The Shining

June 12, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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

Staff Picks: Goodbye Days

May 28, 2017 | Cameron

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In 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...

Teen Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

May 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Srithevi, member of the Malvern Youth Advisory Group The 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...

Staff Picks: A Crown of Wishes

April 30, 2017 | Elsa

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A 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...

Staff Picks: The Hate U Give

April 9, 2017 | Elsa

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On 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...

Teen Review - Room

March 31, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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

Teen Review - The Orange Grove

March 27, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Kisanth, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The 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...

Teen Review - The Art of Not Breathing

March 17, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group member Marilyn The 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,...

Your Bookmark Here: The End of Oz

March 12, 2017 | Cameron

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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...

Joyful page turners (book clubs for youth in Toronto)

March 9, 2017 | Cameron

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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...

Teen Review - The Free

February 28, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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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 Free by Lauren McLaughlin is about Isaac West,...

Staff Picks from our Teen Email Newsletter

February 27, 2017 | Cameron

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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...

Staff Picks: Kill The Boy Band

February 26, 2017 | Alice

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Boy 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...

Teen Review - King's Cage

February 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sohinee *Spoilers ahead* King'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...

Butterflies: A Little Romance for Valentine's Day

February 14, 2017 | Alice

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

Your Bookmark Here: We Are Okay

February 12, 2017 | Cameron

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This 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...

Love Is Love: LGBTQ+ Valentine's Stories

February 11, 2017 | Alice

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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: 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,...