Farewell Until 2012 (sort of)

September 2, 2011 | Alan H. | Comments (17)

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Oh no!  It's the official end of Word Out 2011!

As always, thanks to:

  • Participating authors throughout the summer
  • Toronto Public Library staff
  • Most especially, all the participating teens throughout the summer who commented, blogged and otherwise helped turn this into such a literate space

So let's roll the credits (our usual stupid web trick) and say goodbye to Word Out until next year...

...but keep an eye on RAMP in the near future.  The library has some web stuff planned for teens before next summer that we think you'll like as well.

Teen Reviews September 2, 2011

September 2, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (1)

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Sabryna reviewed The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills by Joanna Pearson.

This book is about a girl named Janice who lives in the small town of Melva, North Carolina. She is an anthropologist in training (as she likes to call it). During the story the big event in Melva is coming up, which is the annual Miss Livermush Pageant. Janice at first isn't sure she wants to enter but then she decides she will because (1) it would be good research, (2) her mom wants her too and (3) her friend Margo is participating. I liked this book because it doesn't go into too much detail about the completion. During the book Janice finds out what her crush and best friend have always thought of her. And is it possible Janice uses anthropology to be mean to people? This book was written like a science research journal and because of that I give it 4/5 stars.

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Teen Reviews September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (7)

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Sabryna reviewed Spoiled by Heather Cocks

I loved this book! I thought it was going to be like any other book about sisters who live in L.A, but I was so wrong. When Molly's mother is on her death bed she tells Molly about her father. Molly had always thought that her father had died shortly before she had been born. However it turns out that Molly's father is a movie star/director named Brick Berlin, Brick and her mother had met on a movie set long ago and had dated. When Molly's mom was about to tell Brick she was pregnant, Brick was already married (but I guess they stayed in touch because we learn that Brick would call every once in a while to she how Molly was). Molly is then given the option to stay with her grandparents or go to L.A and live with Brick and his daughter Brooke. Molly decides to take a chance meanwhile leaving her best friend and her boyfriend. Meanwhile Brooke learns from the magazine Hey! that her father has a love child, she's sorta shocked. When Molly arrives to her new home she is greeted by opened arms by Brick and Brooke.  Could Brooke really be glad that Molly is here? Of course not, everyone has interior motives, this is L.A we're talking about. Between parties, fights, friendship and betrayal the book never had me board. This is one of my favourite books of the summer. It gets 5/5 stars.

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Teen Reviews August 30, 2011

August 30, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (9)

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Akhila reviewed To Be Mona by Kelly Easton

I read this book named "To be Mona" by Kelly Easton. It is a book that every teen can relate to. The story is about a seventeen year old girl named Sage and she longs to reinvent herself as Mona - a very popular, smart, and rich girl at school. To be Mona, Sage diets and tries to immitate Mona in every way possible despite the fact that she is not as rich and popular. What makes it even more difficult to be Mona is her mom. Her mom suffers from a bipolar disorder. She smokes 24/7 and does not care about sage. Sage's dad on the other hand, had eloped from the familly when Sage was really young. Some say that he ran away because of the way Sage's mom treated him. Anyways, Sage is also in this complicated love relationship. She has been friends with her next door neighbour Vern since she was a kid. Vern has a crush on Sage but, Sage has a crush on this popular guy named Roger. One day Roger notices Sage and they start dating. Roger restrics Sage from being friends with Vern. Vern feels very lonely and sad. Sage starts to feel clastrophobic around Roger due to his restrictions and no shows. She like he is bullying her. In the mean time Vern's mom Mrs. Goldburgs take Sage's mom to the metal hospital and Sage's mom is detected positive for bipolar disorder. Sage's mom is told to stay in the hospital for a few days and she happily agrees to it. Mrs. Goldburgs offers to take care of sage in their hose but, sage refuses to it. Now Sage has to live on her own, live up to Mona and maintain her relationship with Roger. Will Roger and Sage break up? Will Ver finally get his date with his crush Sage? What will Happen to Sage's mom? Will Sage's dad ever return? Will sage turn into mona? Read the book to find out! What I really like about this book is that it is written in different perspectives . Even if Sage is the protagonist, we also get to hear the thoughts of other charecter like Ver, Roger, etc.

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Teen Reviews August 29, 2011

August 30, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (6)

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Gail reviewed Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

PLEASE NOTE: THIS BOOK IS ADULT FICTION.  THERE ARE SOME PARTS TO IT THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER READERS.
Stolen is the second book in the Women of the Otherworld series.
In Stolen, paranormals are being kidnapped by a tycoon seeking to build his own collection.  Elena Michaels, the only female werewolf and the pack representive, goes to Pittsburgh where she is unexpectadly tricked by a young women who lures her into a trap by pretending to require assistance.  Now Elena is kidnapped and imprisoned underground where she is kept for scientific research and the worst part about it is that there seems to be some spell that is blocking her ability to contact with her pack members and call for help.  Now Elena has to find a way to escape, on her own, all the while trying to survive from the perverted tycoon who seems to enjoy torturing his prisoners and a lady who wants a more exciting life, and Elena might be the answer to it.
This is probably my fourth time reading this book.  I love the women of the otherworld series, it's much better then Armstrong's teen series' which i find dull and not very exciting.  Stolen has everything the first book, Bitten, has.  It has action, excitement and hot romantic scenes.  If i had to say anything bad about this book, it was that the introduction was slow but i understand that they had to set everything up and explain what was happening. The majority of the book is focused on Elena's entrapment.  She does get out, dont' worry about that. There had to be some way of continuing the story but what she has to go through...well, it's not pretty.  What i love about this series is that Armstrong finds a way to weave the different main characters in to each story. Stolen focuses on Elena but the next book in the series i believe focuses on the witches, who are introduced in this book.  I also really like the covers.  Although they're more symbolic then anything, the all black background and the one symbol is very strong and makes a large impact, at least for me.  Think the covers of Twilight but more intense.  So if you love reading abuot paranormals, give this book a try especially if you're starting to find that teen paranormal series' are getting a bit boring or if you love action and romance mixed together. Enjoy!

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You are Invited to a Word Out Wrap Up Party

August 26, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (15)

Summer is almost over and what better way to celebrate then coming to the Barbara Frum Library for our Word Out Wrap Up Party.  It will be on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m.  There will be food, prizes, games, and most of all FUN! 

Hope to see you all there!!

Teen Reviews August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (12)

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Jenny reviewed The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I read the book The Great Gatsby, by Scott Frizgerald during the time while I was at the libary. The first few chapters were confusing. Not much was happening, no characters were introduced, for a while, I had no idea what was happening in the story. Then as the story progressed, I got to meet other characters through the third person narrator, Nick Carraway. Although Nick is the narrator, our main character is the mysterious Jay Gatsby, an extremely wealthy bachelor with a mysterious background. Behind Gatsby's enormous fortune is a sweet secret... Years ago, young Gatsby was a man with no background. But he fell in love with the beautiful and wealthy Daisy. Her family did not approve of him, instead, they choose Tom Buchanan, a rich but rude and selfish man instead. Gatsby has dedicated himself to winning Daisy back even since. Many surprises happen along the way, and as I read more about Gatsby, the more I start to understand why he is considered 'great'. THis was a wonderful and insightful read, I recommanded to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the flamboyant 1920s in the United States.

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Revolution

August 26, 2011 | Alan H. | Comments (13)

Alan H. posting here on behalf of my colleague Helena D., who's currently AFK IRL, but found time before saying "BBL" to provide some discussion of this week's fiction selection, Revolution:

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Revolution is about a lot of things - murder, grief, absent parents, mental illness, the French Revolution, and acting.  It is also about music.  Andi is a talented guitarist in a downward spiral, following the tragic death of her brother Truman, and music is the only thing that gives her any relief. Andi's eclectic taste in music is, for me, one of the things that really drew me to her.  So, it was with a lot of interest that I discovered that the author, Jennifer Donnelly, had put together a complete playlist of music referenced in the book.  Take a look, and let me know if there's anything on it that you really like.

Teen Reviews August 25, 2011

August 25, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (3)

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Annie reviewed Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

Spider Bones, by Kathy Reichs is a thrilling novel where Temp Brennan, a forensic scientist solves crimes. Temp lives alone with her cat, Birdy and bird, Charlie and is a forensic anthropologist, working in Montreal.  When Brennen is called to a Quebec drowning, the victim awaits... wrapped in plastic with a rock tied to his leg.  With the help from Temp's ex, Ryan (a homicide cop) the victim is identified as John Lowery. But when further research is done, it is found that Lowery was an American soldier who died in 1968, at war in Vietnam. Temp is then set out to figure out who was buried in the North Carolina grave in the 1960s? The body's remains are further analysed in Hawaii at a military base but things get really complicated when she is contacted to ME (another military organization) to investigate a shark attack on the island. This exciting thriller spans years, continents and too many tragic loses. This book is recommended for young adults who like thrillers and mysteries but also to people who may be interested in the field of forensic science.

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Teen Reviews August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (9)

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Gabbi reviewed Blast From the Past by Meg Cabot

In this Allie Finkle novel, Allie and her friends from Pine Heights go on a field trip to a pioneer village.  The catch?  Their class has to share a bus with Allie's old fourth grade class. Which means Allie has to share her first ride on a school bus with her ex-best friend Mary-Kay.  On the way to the village,  a kid name Joey was being picked on. Allie was trying to help him by telling the other kids to stop.  But that only made it worse.  They started to pick on Allie too!  they sang that K-I-S-S-I-N-G song about them.  Allie was sure that is was going to be a bad day.  But I don't exactly wanna tell you the whole plot so I'm going to leave it at that...... READ THE BOOK!!!!!

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