Butterflies Have Beautiful Wings: A Youth Week Speech

April 18, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Written by Ava V, Brentwood Youth Advisory Group member In July of 2010, it was estimated that there were 10.2 million youth (24 and younger) in Canada. This makes up about 30 percent of the population. Every day, youth are bombarded with images and pressures to live up to, whether...

Teen Review: Ready Player One

April 13, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Oishe, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group With the movie having been released quite recently, and the book having received hype for years and years, I thought it would be only appropriate to finally give Ready Player One a read. Written by Ernest Cline, the book...

Teen Review: Scary Hours EP – Drake

April 6, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Stephon, Dufferin Youth Advisory Group member. Fans of Toronto artist Drake were surprised when he released a two-track extended play titled Scary Hours. The first track, and the clear radio driven hit, “God’s Plan” is a huge chart topper. It became the 29th song of all time to...

Teen Review: Every Day

March 22, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Deborah, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The book Every Day by David Levithan is about a character ‘A’ who wakes up in a different body everyday. ‘A’ has lived his whole life with specific rules. Never interfere in the everyday life of the person of the...

Teen Review: Black Panther

March 1, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naomi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In this moment of time you’d have to have heard about the movie Black Panther. It’s been blowing up as it jumped past $500 million at the global box office. Critics have been praising the movie and naming it the...

Teen Review: Shaken

February 9, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Marilyn, member of the Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group Eric Walters has never failed to impress, especially with this nostalgic book. Shaken is filled with emotions that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time. This very ‘slice of life’ book is perfect for young...

Teen Review: Airman

February 7, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Syed, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group Many people will have read Eoin (pronounced Owen) Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series and enjoyed it thoroughly. Well, most of them would have enjoyed it anyways. And if they are searching for another one of Colfer’s masterpieces, then it is...

Teen Review: I Am Not Your Negro

February 1, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fathima, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film based on the unfinished manuscript of the well-known American novelist and social critic, James Baldwin. This documentary is a journey into black history and connects the past of the Civil Rights...

Teen Review: Words in Deep Blue

January 29, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Xena, age 17 From the beginning I could just tell I would love this book. The last time I felt this way about a book was when I read Alex, Approximately. It's that feeling when you're so connected to the writing and you don't want to stop reading....

Teen Review: A Monster Calls

January 25, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, age 16, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group I wonder if there was anyone who expected the story to pan out exactly the way it did. "Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?"...

Teen Review: Ferdinand

January 17, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Mahnsi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Ferdinand is a movie about a bunch of bulls that are kept in a training farm where they are trained to compete against bullfighters. These bulls have only one purpose and that is to fight. There was this one bull...

Teen Review: Descending Stories: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

January 10, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naailah The series I'm reviewing is Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, an anime that I binged in three nights because it was that good. The story follows a former convict named Yotaro who decides to pick up the Japanese art of rakugo after seeing Yakumo Yurakutei performing for the...

Teen Review: everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

December 4, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naomi Monower, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group At first glance, everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too may confuse you, with the incorrect spelling and the childish drawings. However, once you truly decipher this novel it’s quite amazing. This book is about an alien named...

Teen Review: The Remedy

November 30, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Olivia, age 14 The Remedy is a book with a deeply interesting concept. It will make you think about what it would be like to be in that very situation. The remedy is not a book to take lightly, nor are the other books written by Suzanne Young...

Teen Review: End of Days

October 20, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sneha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In the year 1979, a satellite was sent to space. It went out of our solar system, but no one payed attention. Thirty-three years later, in 2012, someone was listening to the recordings that the satellite sent back. It was...

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: Homecoming King

September 19, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naomi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Hasan Minhaj is a South Asian stand-up comedian and actor who just recently became famous in America. The movie I’m reviewing is a stand up special film by Hasan where he speaks about his difficult childhood as an Indian Muslim...

Teen Review: Fallen

September 18, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Marilyn If Fantasy means fantasy dreamland, mysticism and imagination, then Lauren Kate has brought a whole different definition. Fallen is the type of fantasy novel that is completely unpredictable, and seems to only make you ask more questions as you go along to keep you turning pages. This...

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...