Staff Picks: There's Someone Inside Your House

September 12, 2017 | Amanda

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Makani Young is sent to live with her grandmother in small town Nebraska from her native Hawaii and after almost a year she is still finding it hard to adjust to things. Then, all at once students at Osbourne High begin to die; murdered in gruesome and horrifying ways. Makani,...

Teen Review: 2017 Video Music Awards

September 8, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Shania, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held on Sunday, August 27 was… interesting but also a tad bit boring. To see how many times Kendrick Lamar won was just… amazing! He really does deserve all those awards because he worked really hard...

Teen Review: This Is Us

September 7, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nazia NBC's This Is Us follows the story of a few characters who give the impression of being unrelated, however, as you delve deeper into the pilot episode, it becomes clear how connected the characters are. Borrow TV shows on DVD from the library! The story is split...

Teen Review: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

September 6, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Alexandra The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is a great book about how World War II affects Lily Tregenza, starting from her adolescence through her whole life, including her loves, remembrances, sadnesses and joys. A boy nicknamed “Boowie” receives a childhood diary from his Grandma Lily. Lily, her...

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: The Red Pyramid

September 1, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Ibnat, age 14 The Red Pyramid is a book written by Rick Riordan and the first book in the Kane Chronicles series. The book is about two siblings, Sadie and Carter. Their dad, Julius Kane, takes them to the British Museum. But this nice trip soon turns into...

Teen Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

August 31, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Ashley 😊, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. Hi everyone! So today I'm doing a review on the books and the TV show called A Series Of Unfortunate Events. In the TV show, they portray the storyline as something that's supposed to be a comedy. In the...

Teen Review: Percy Jacksons & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters

August 29, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Alexandra A. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters is a great book mainly about Percy Jackson, a 13-year-old demigod (definition: half mortal and half god), who is dyslexic, has ADHD and considers himself a “troubled kid.” He is also a brave, courageous and clever boy with green...

Water We Shall Not Waste: A Poem

August 28, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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by Khadijah, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Water we shall not waste The calm waterfall Rushing down rapidly, fast The fresh start of spring The sparkles it makes when splashed Water we shall not waste Be aware of what it brings Sensations of being clean Thanks to water...

Teen Review: Lost at Sea

August 25, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Rishona, member of the Editorial Youth Advisory Group. Lost At Sea is a coming-of-age graphic novel, written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, with psychological undertones that could be interpreted as magical realism. It follows the story of one teenage girl as she walks familiar paths as an...

Teen Review: Matched

August 24, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fabiha, age 14 Matched, by Ally Condie, is about a girl named Cassia Reyes, who lives in a world where everything is decided for her by the society. This includes where to work, where to live, what to eat, when to die and even whom to marry. As...

Teen Review: Baby Driver

August 23, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Yasmine, age 16 Get the Baby Driver soundtrack at the library! Baby Driver is a 2017 action-comedy, directed by Edgar Wright. It tells the story of Baby, a young talented getaway driver (played by Ansel Elgort), who lost his parents in a car accident as a child. This...

Teen Review: Descendants of the Sun

August 22, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Debra, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group I have recently finished a 2016 Korean drama series called Descendants of the Sun. This drama is about a captain soldier and a doctor. Their relationship is filled with a lot of fear but there is also a lovely side...

Teen Review: Jack Astors Restaurant at Shops at Don Mills

August 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Kathleen, age 13 At the end of last week, my close friend and I went to grab a quick bite. We were at Shops at Don Mills, so we walked into Jack Astor's and the people working there greeted us. We were asked to sit down for a...

Teen Review: Thirteen Reasons Why (Show and Book)

August 14, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Leya, age 19 In 2014, when I first read Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, I thought it was amazing, thinking it was a good representation about mental health but, after watching the Netflix series, my opinion changed. I grew up since then of course, I learned stuff,...

Staff Picks: Grit

August 8, 2017 | Amanda

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Darcy Prentiss, the girl least likely to be entered into the Bay Festival Princess contest, is nominated for just that among other things in this contemporary teen novel by author Gillian French. It is summer and all Darcy is concerned with is picking berries to make some money to get...

Teen Review: The Heiresses

August 7, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Taneya “Deliciously dark, full of secrets and insane twists that make it impossible to put down!” —Jenny McCarthy Author of Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, and The Good Girls, Sara Shepard comes back with yet another thriller namely, The Heiresses—a novel about the prestigious Saybrooks, a family...

Teen Review: Spider-Man Homecoming Movie

August 6, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Kinda The movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, featuring main character Tom Holland, is an extraordinary film because of the humour, the unpredictable moments, and because of the diversity. Firstly, the humor provides cohesiveness by keeping the movie going when there are no action scenes, keeping the audience hooked. For example,...

Teen Review: Dualed

August 4, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Bridget, age 14 In the futuristic city of Kersh, everyone has a genetic Alternate. An Alternate is basically your twin, but he or she is raised by another family. Anywhere from the age of ten to twenty, you could be assigned to kill your Alt. If you successfully...

Teen Review: Dreamland

August 3, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Keeirah, age 13 Dreamland is a novel written by Robert L. Anderson. Odea Donahue walked her first dream when she was six years old. Her mom didn't want this to happen. Walking dreams will be fun only IF she follows the three rules her mother told her. Never...

Teen Review: Witchlanders

August 2, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Kimuthu, age 17 Witchlanders is an amazing book that is packed with adventure and action. I have never read a book quite like this one. The names, the magic and the story itself are all very unique and that is what I really like about this book. It...

Teen Review: If You Go Away

August 1, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Teen Review: Spider-Man Homecoming

August 1, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Eisha, age 13 The movie Spider-Man: Homecoming by Marvel Studios left us wanting for more, for the characters had grown on us, as had the movie's music and sound effects, that fit well in the scenes, and the combat between Spider-Man and his rivals — and, finally, the...

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...

Teen Review: Stranger Things

July 28, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Zara, age 13 Stranger Things is the hit Netflix TV series created by the Duffer brothers. The TV show has to be one of Netflix’s best productions and should be binge watched ASAP. The series is filled with all kinds of science fiction and supernatural events all too...