This is the website of Word Out! 2009, Toronto Public Library's 2009 teen summer reading program. The program has ended (as has the summer), but feel free to have a look around--we had lots of great book recommendations, many authors and other creators generously gave their time for interviews, and hundreds of teens offered their opinions and recommendations as well.
First of all, thank you to everyone who made Word Out! 2009 happen: the TPL staff, the authors and creators who gave their time, the celebrity guests at the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS, and most especially the teens who joined and contributed. We didn't quite reach 4000 comments, but we came pretty close. :)
So what happens here until 2010?
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We ended up having some extra cash in the budget as we neared the end of the summer, so here's what's being done:
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Nonfiction Book for August 24: The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara
Here's an inspirational book for all you Word Out readers. Mariatu Kamara was twelve years old when a violent civil war broke out in her native Sierra Leone. A once happy and stable life spent with an extended family in a peaceful, vibrant village became a nightmare when rebel soldiers, some of them no older than she, killed or seriously injured everyone she knew and cut off both her hands.
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Groo: Hell on Earth by Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier
Dear sweet Groo is a truly misunderstand graphic novel character. He is written by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones.
He is kind of like the three stooges of dimwitted Barbarians and he has been facing adventure after adventure (well kind of messing things up as well) for over 30 years now.
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I received this book as a gift from a friend who loves reading YA novels. She knew I liked stories that take place in a post-apocalyptic world and she also knew about my reality show obsession, and of course that is what the Hunger Games is all about.
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Oh no! It's the last What We Read Last Week post of Word Out! 2009. Let's make it a good one.
Last week I started reading Frank Portman's King Dork after Mariko Tamaki said it was "The best YA novel I've read in a long time" in her interview last week. I'm about twenty pages from the end at this point and am close to agreement.
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Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
I run for a number of reasons: fitness, health, the fresh air in High Park and beside the lake. It also helps to clear my mind, and to put focus in my life. Sam Carrier also runs for a variety of reasons: to avoid his abusive stepfather, to manage his anger, but most of all he does it to feel like he's in control of his body. Why? You'd probably do something similar if you were called Twitch, Freak, or Jerk by most of your peers.
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