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...

Staff Picks: Girl in a Bad Place

October 31, 2017 | Amanda

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Best friends Mailee and Cara’s closeness is put to the test in this gritty novel about the bonds of friendship and the power of the unknown. After Cara’s sister dies, she becomes consumed with grief and soon after decides to devote herself to Firehorse, the leader of the small commune...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Staff Picks: Spill Zone

June 18, 2017 | Cameron

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Scott Westerfeld is famous for his Uglies and Pretties series. In his new book he ventures into unknown territory with his first graphic novel, words by Westerfeld and art by Alex Puvilland and illustrations by Hilary Sycamore. This graphic novels finds us in Poughkeepsie N.Y., where three years prior to...

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...

Staff Picks: Fruits Basket

May 23, 2017 | Amanda

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Popular Japanese manga series, Fruits Basket is getting reissued in collector's editions! Revisit this modern classic or read it for the very first time. The Sohma family has a long standing curse set upon them. When people exchange hugs, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. Tohru Honda...

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: Honestly Ben

April 23, 2017 | Cameron

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In the follow up/companion novel to "Openly Straight" Bill Konigsberg takes us back into the world of Ben Carver. Ben's life is back to normal and he has put the difficult relationship with Rafe behind him and he is doing very well. He is captain of the baseball team, has...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Your Bookmark Here: Vassa in the Night

January 8, 2017 | Cameron

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In the mystical and magical land of Brooklyn lives Vassa and her not so pleasant stepmother and constantly bickering step sisters. The wealthy and glamorous people put on their absolutely adorable shoes and go out partying often. There is a huge cultural divide between the upper class people and the...

Your Bookmark Here: Stealing Snow

December 25, 2016 | Cameron

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Danielle Paige burst onto the scene a few years ago with her re-imagining of the land of OZ. In her new title "Stealing Snow" she has taken the fairy tale of "The Snow Queen" (think Frozen but the original story" and re-imagined it as a modern day pilgrimage of a...

Your Bookmark Here: Shooter by Caroline Pignat

December 7, 2016 | Analisa

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In Shooter, five grade 12 students find themselves trapped inside the boys’ washroom during a school lockdown. The group couldn't be more different or more annoyed with each other. As the lockdown prolongs the students quickly realize the severity of their situation; there is real danger that lurks outside of...