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...

Teen Review: Dawn to Dark

October 18, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sneha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Pictures and photography are my kind of thing. I just love how a moment becomes so precious when it is captured because it can be reviewed in the future to bring back the wonderful memories. Capturing nature is the most...

Teen Review: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

September 5, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Vaishnave How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh is relatively new and I was so excited to get my hands on it. If you’re from Toronto, there’s a high chance you’ve heard of Superwoman aka Lilly Singh. If you haven't, you’re Patrick because you live under a...

Teen Review: Everything That Remains

July 31, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Leya, age 19 I have been on a journey to finding happiness and discovering myself and for so long I felt lost. I didn't know what I wanted, what made me happy. I was so discontent with the way the world worked. I was not happy with my...

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....

Teen Review - Girl Rising

March 6, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Amen, member of the Malvern Youth Advisory Group Girl Rising is a book of stories that tell about the lives of girls in underdeveloped countries such as Ethiopia, Nepal and Sierra Leone. In these stories, the girls talk about the hardship and discrimination they face almost every day....

Mad Cheddar: Personal Finance for Teens

February 6, 2017 | Erin

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No not this We're talking about this February is Personal Finance Month: and it's not just for adults. If you're like me when I was a teenager, the mere thought of anything "financial" makes you yawn. Man do I wish I had known better! Money makes the world go round,...

Your Bookmark Here: Every Falling Star

January 24, 2017 | Analisa

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I have to admit before reading this book I didn’t know much about North Korea. My knowledge was limited to news reports on nuclear weapons, Communism, a young leader named Kim Jong-Un and that’s about it. I watched The Interview which I thought was funny, but I don’t think that...

Ask Vivek: Recap

This, sadly, is my last post as E-Writer in Residence. It’s been such a gift to connect with you in person at various libraries and events, and online through your writing. I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity to read (and listen) to your words. I am immensely...

Ask Vivek: How do you write about the personal?

This week’s question is about how to write about the personal—specifically, how to write personal narratives based on or including friends and family. Different writers approach this in different ways, but it is something many of us struggle with. In my case, I am often inspired by family and the...

Your Bookmark Here: Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

October 19, 2016 | Analisa

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“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” - Coco Chanel I must admit, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books for fun but when I saw this book I was instantly drawn in. This book looks at different women from the past and present. It discusses...

Teen Review: The Vegetarian Myth

August 28, 2016 | Alice

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Review by Snehan Do you eat food? Are you concerned about the environmental state of our planet? Do you want to be your best by striving for perfect health? What are you doing about it? Most of us are clueless about two of the most important issues we face; the...

Youth Do the Local Motion at City Hall

August 18, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto Edited by Dave Meslin, Christina Palassio & Alana Wilcox Review by Toronto Youth Cabinet member, Khadija Aziz Local Motion serves as a great introduction to understanding Toronto’s municipal relationships and how to best navigate City Hall for citizens’ benefit. It is...

A Trio of Book Reviews

August 3, 2016 | Alice

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Three Reviews by Glody The Autobiography of Malcolm X If there's anybody interested in gang stories, or that of religion, coming of age, action and adventure or even a sweet romance, then check out The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925, Malcolm Little was the seventh...

YA Materials and LGBTQ issues

July 26, 2016 | Cameron

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1. Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her...

Spotlight On: First Nations Experiences

July 20, 2016 | Alice

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This week's book of the week is Moonshot, a collection of comics by indigenous artists and storytellers. It's gorgeous and different than a lot of comics anthologies you'll see. If you're curious what else there is out there that centres the experiences of First Nations people, you can start with...

YA Literature & Strong Women

July 8, 2016 | Christine

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Who do admire in your life? Is it someone you know personally? Maybe someone famous from the past? Or is it a character from a book that you love to read from cover to cover every chance you get? I really enjoy reading about people with lots of personal strength,...

GET PUBLISHED! Submit to Young Voices by April 5 for the 2016 Issue

April 1, 2016 | Ken Sparling

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Wanna see your creative work published in 15,000 copies of Young Voices? You have till Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to send us your best creative endeavours for consideration in this year's issue. Submit online now! Send poems, stories, rants, raps, comics, reviews, or black and white artwork or photos! See...

SCAR TISSUE - not recommended for the faint of heart: a book review

January 28, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Claire, Grade 12 student, Oakwood C.I. In November 2011, as an eighth grader, I picked up Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (the singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers). At first, I was shocked by the things that Kiedis got up to at the ripe old age of...


January 27, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Jamie, Grade 12 student at Oakwood C.I. “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” As Hunter S. Thompson delves deeper into his savage journey to the heart of the American Dream over the following two days, I...


January 24, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Gigi, Grade 12 student at Oakwood C.I. Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential is a daring tell all of the culinary underbelly. Bourdain provides a unique perspective of the culinary industry filled with passion, indulgence, gore, testosterone, and glory. He tells his story from beginning to end. Starting with his...

THE FILM CLUB reviewed

January 23, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sam, Grade 12 student at Oakwood C.I. If I dropped out of high school right now what would happen? How would my family react? How would my friends react? How could I grow up properly without the standard issue education system holding my hand every step of the...

BOY ALONE reviewed

January 22, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nolan, Grade 12 student at Oakwood C.I. The author of Boy Alone, Karl Taro Greenfield displays a whole new point of view of the condition known as autism. At an early age, it became known by his parents that Noah was not like the other kids; he vomited...


January 18, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Victoria, Grade 12 student at Oakwood C.I. In this short heartwarming memoir, you really get a sense of how much Mr. Alexander was a remarkable man. He strove for equality among the races in Canada. He encouraged young people, especially minorities, to go to school and get as...

EAT PRAY LOVE reviewed

January 16, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Thena, Grade 12 student at Oakwood C.I. The memoir Eat Pray Love is about a woman named Elizabeth Gilbert who gets a divorce and decides to travel the world to find herself. She travels to Italy, India and Indonesia and meets many new people and discovers many new...