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...

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: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

July 27, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Isha, age 14 Poverty, hydrocephalus, alcoholic dad, and life between the Indian reservation and the all-white new school. A combination which only gets worse for 14-year-old Arnold Spirit, “Junior” after being abandoned by his best friend, earning the title of a traitor, and mourning for the deaths of...

Teen Review: Shattered

July 26, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Jm, age 13 Shattered, by Eric Walters depicts the story of a fifteen-year-old boy named Ian Blackburn. He wants to finish his community service hours to pass his social studies class. Ian chooses to work in a soup kitchen for the homeless called “The Club” with Mr. MacDonald...

Staff Picks: One of Us is Lying

July 25, 2017 | Amanda

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I have to start off by saying that I could not put this book down! I found myself reading far into the evening and enjoying every second of it… The novel follows a couple of students from Bayview High. The brain, the beauty the criminal and the athlete. If this...

Teen Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

July 24, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Leya, age 19 What I loved most about A Court of Thorns and Roses were the conversations, the relationships and the dynamics between the characters. The theme of friendship and love was so heartwarming. Any scenes where the characters were at the dinner table or together laughing and...

Teen Review: The False Prince

July 23, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Calvin The kingdom of Carthya is on the brink of war against the neighbouring kingdom of Avenia. It is up to Conner, a nobleman to ensure the safety of Carthia by replacing a pacifist king with a militaristic king who would eliminate any potential dangers to the kingdom....

Teen Review: Bungou Stray Dogs

July 22, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Matt Bungou Stray Dogs is probably one of my favourite animes when it comes to action, superpowers and a good story line. It’s about a boy named Atsushi who was in an orphanage, later kicked out because he had the ability called “Beast Beneath the Moonlight” which turned...

Teen Review: The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

July 21, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Dayton The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan, takes place in New York. Zeus blames Apollo for causing the war with Gaea, so he makes him a mortal and kicks him out of Mount Olympus. Apollo discovers that he is now a sixteen-year-old boy named...

Teen Review: Murphy's Boy

July 20, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Laila, age 15 I recently read a coming-of-age book called Murphy’s Boy by Torey L. Hayden. Murphy’s Boy is based on a true story about a boy who suffered from severe child abuse (and Torey L. Hayden is actually a child psychologist in real life.) In this book,...

Teen Review: Nimona

July 19, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Jayden Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a webcomic-turned-graphic novel published by HarperCollins publishers. The world of Nimona is a living entity, woven with magic explained by science and science explained by magic. It’s a subversion of all things fantasy and superpowered; the good guys are evil, the heroes...

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: More Happy Than Not

July 17, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sam For me, spring brings with it a few distinctly ‘Mayish’ feelings: the cool refreshment of homemade fruit smoothies, the stress of beginning to pretend to study for exams while watching Netflix instead, and, to guide me into the summer months ahead, a young adult novel to flip...

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: 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...

Teen Review: Deryni Rising

July 12, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Aidan Imagine the land of King Arthur, then weave within its past and future a mystical race of sorcerers – the Deryni. This is the land of Gwynedd. It is the year 1120 and Gwynedd has plunged into darkness through the murder of its king, Brion Haldane. Now...

Teen Review: The Lightening Thief

July 11, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Alexandra Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians award-winning, fantasy series by Rick Riordan. Twelve-year-old Percy discovers he is a demigod, as his mother is a mortal human and his birth father is Poseidon, immortal god of water....

More than 1,100 Dancers Create a Canadian Flag for Canada 150

July 10, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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by Vaishnave, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group I participated in a phenomenal event and created history in Canada. For the first time in Canada, an audience witnessed 1,175 classical dancers performing a synchronized dance honouring and glorifying our prestigious Canada. In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, Canadian Tamils Arts...

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: Six of Crows

July 4, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naailah “Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.” Six of Crows is the first in a duology by Leigh Bardugo. While the story is set in the same world as her previous trilogy, Shadow and Bone, readers don't need previous knowledge of the Grishaverse. Usually authors...

Teen Review: The Fifth Wave

July 4, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Elsa, age 15 The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey, portrays a story of a girl named Cassie Sullivan, who never dreamed that the imaginary world she watched in movies or read about would become her own. One day she’s trying to find her way through school and get...

Write a Review, Get a Free Book!

July 3, 2017 | Ken Sparling

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This summer, write a review of a book, magazine, movie, video game, or whatever and we'll post it on the TPL Teens blog. Every week, there are thousands of visits to the TPL Teens blog and we're inviting you to contribute. This summer, write a review of a book, magazine,...

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...