Teen Review: Murder on the Orient Express

July 18, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nicole The perfect mystery novel is nearly impossible to create. It should imitate life, and yet have its own unpredictable twists. It should keep you guessing about the crime’s perpetrator, but not without dropping the subtlest hints about who it really is. And when it comes time for...

Teen Review: Legend

July 14, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Samia, age 15 Personally, I would give Legend, by Marie Lu, 4/5 stars because it was exceptional. One of the reasons I thought it was exceptional is because it had a great quantity of suspense and a spectacular emphasis on the emotions of the two main characters. Using...

Staff Picks: City of Saints and Thieves

April 16, 2017 | Alice

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If there is one thing Tiny Girl knows, it's her plan for revenge: first Dirt, then Money, then Blood. She's been living and breathing it for years as she builds skills as a master thief for the Goondas and prepares herself. And now that it's time, she finds that the...

Anti-Valentine's: Recommended Reads for the Unromantic

February 9, 2017 | Amy

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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. Steeplejack (A. J. Hartley) High above the city,...

Four Teen Reviews by Tiffany

September 3, 2016 | Christine

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Reviews by Tiffany, age 18 ************************************************************************************************************** A story about hope in an enchanting world with a unique protagonist – it will leave you breathless. Ally Condie’s Atlantia left me in pieces. I was literally brimming with emotions by the time I put this book down at 2:30 in the morning....

Teen Review: The Mystery Boxes

August 27, 2016 | Alice

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Review by Syeda, age 14 Explorer: The Mystery Boxes - Edited by Kazu Kibuishi 'A book about mysterious boxes? YESS!' That's what I thought when I saw this book and it sure didn't disappoint me. This is a graphic novel that's made up of 7 different stories with the same...

Two Teen Reviews from Farin

August 25, 2016 | Alice

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TV Show: Pretty Little Liars Currently in the midst of its seventh season, Pretty Little Liars is a drama that has attracted millions of viewers. Four best friends, Spencer (played by Troian Bellasario), Aria (played by Lucy Hale), Hanna (played by Ashley Benson), and Emily (played by Shay Mitchell) are...

Book Review: Masterminds

August 7, 2016 | Alice

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Review by Daniel Masterminds, by Gordon Korman, is one of those books that leaves you wondering what will happen in the next book at the end. I have mixed feelings about this kind of books, I am annoyed that I can’t figure out what’s going to happen next, and yet...

Book Review Classic Mystery Goodness

August 7, 2016 | Alice

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Review by Mahdyar, age 14 The book Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie is a must read book if you are interested in thrillers and is exiting and mysterious from start to beginning. The book is about a murder taking place on a train, but this murder is...

Book Review: She Is Not Invisible

August 6, 2016 | Alice

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review by Jessie Li The book, She Is Not Invisible written by Marcus Sedgwick is about a sixteen-year old girl named Laureth who sets off to find her missing father with her little brother, Benjamin. The duo take a plane to New York, where their father Jack, is believed to...

YA Literature & Retellings Inspired by Classic Stories

August 2, 2016 | Christine

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I have always enjoyed reading fairy tales and other classic stories from many different places. I like to see where they come from, what were the ideas behind them, and how they can change depending on who was telling them. Some of my favourite books are based on retellings of...

Book Review: The Emperor Of Any Place

Review by Youth Advisory Group member Roshnah

The Emperor of Any Place

July 27, 2016 | Alice

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The Emperor of Any Place is a mystery that intertwines past and present, as Evan wrestles with his father's death, the arrival of his grandfather, and the strange secrets and stories contained in the diary his father was reading. As Evan reads about two soldiers trapped on an island of...

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie : Review

July 22, 2016 | Christine

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By: Norah Agatha Christie's book Murder on the Orient Express is a thrilling murder mystery that will leave you guessing to the very end, only to leave you shocked. This timeless book is loved by all, and is defiantly a good read. I would recommend it to anyone who can...

Your Bookmark Here: Beware That Girl

May 31, 2016 | Michelle S

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Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl with a twist of We Were Liars. Theresa Toten delivers the perfect blend of chick-lit and thriller in her new book Beware that Girl. Kate O’Brien has always worked hard to get what she wants- and she always gets what she wants. Olivia Sumner on...

MR MERCEDES reviewed

March 27, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Mahdi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The book Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King is an extraordinary book that will keep you on your toes. The book takes place in the year 2009, during the great recession; this becomes the critical point in the story as it...

CHANGE OF HEART reviewed

January 20, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sara Billy and Sean have been rivals since middle school. Sean took Billy’s girlfriend, Morgan, to make both Tamara ( Sean’s ex-girlfriend who cheated on him) and Billy jealous. Sean was the star player on his hockey team and was the “Joe Cool” of his school. Everyone envied...

RED RIVER STALLION reviewed

January 17, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Ishan Red River Stallion, a book written by Troon Harrison, is set in 1830, and Harrison claims that it is based on the true story of a horse named Fireway. This book revolves around Amelia, a young Cree girl who notices a horse (named Foxfire) for the first...

Your Bookmark Here: Small Bones

November 4, 2015 | Michelle S

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Meet Dot, seventeen year old girl with big dreams but a tiny stature. The year is 1964 and Dot finds herself once again stranded and alone as her only home The Benevolent Home for Necessitous Girls-an orphanage, burns down. She has no other choice but to leave, and so Small...

Red Maple and White Pine 2016 Award Nominees Announced!

October 15, 2015 | Amy

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Check out our new post for the 2017 Red Maple and White Pine Award Nominees! ________________________________________________ The OLA (Ontario Library Association) has announced the nominees for the 2016 Red Maple and White Pine awards! In case you haven’t heard of them before, these two awards are part of the Forest...

THE BODY FINDER reviewed

October 1, 2015 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Emily, age 15 This book was thrilling, and it gave me goosebumps! I couldn't put it down all night; the action, mystery and romance were all very well balanced and made me shiver with anticipation. In The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, we meet Violet, who was a...

Your Bookmark Here: Lock & Mori

September 29, 2015 | Alice

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For a guy who was hot in the 1890s, Sherlock Holmes is fully having a moment these last few years. Between the BBC show Sherlock that has made Benedict Cumberbatch a major star and the show Elementary, everybody seems to be doing a reboot of Sherlock, so it's no surprise...

THE DA VINCI CODE reviewed

September 6, 2015 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Muheet, Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group member The Da Vinci Code is a book by Dan Brown, it’s about a famous symbolist Robert Langdon and a cryptologist Sophie Neveu on a quest to solve clues that the curator of The Louvre museum had left for Sophie (his daughter)....

Summer read - The equity of lying.

August 27, 2015 | Cameron

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Liars, Inc. - Paula Stokes Lying. We have all at some point in our lives told a lie. Maybe a little white lie to protect someone's feelings. Maybe a huge lie to keep us from getting into trouble. In the case of this book we have a group of really...

Summer Read - Bucket Lists & Happy Dinosaurs

August 26, 2015 | Christine

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Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin Denton Little, aged 17, lives in a very normal place, except for one thing: almost everyone in the world knows when they will die. It is called a deathdate, and you live most of your life knowing exactly when it will be. The week...