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.
Here's a post for book recommendations (making, asking, whatever). It's permanently linked from the lefthand sidebar of the site as "Review/Recommend" (under the "Explore the Site" navigation section), so you can find it again easily even after it ceases to be a recent post.
A few of my own to start things off:
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Our featured Fiction book this week is Gordon Korman's The Juvie Three, and selector Little n. shares her thoughts with us.
The Juvie three is a great read about second chances, calamity and best-case scenarios. If you like Gordon Korman, then you’ll like this book - it’s a classic Korman story. Let me first introduce you to the players; born to be bad Terence, get-away driver Gecko, friendly giant Arjay, and fearless leader Douglas Healy. Terrence, Gecko, and Arjay are young boys who found themselves in bad situations on the streets and in juvenile hall as a result. These boys had little chance of living a normal life until they meet Douglas Healy. Healy is an adult who’s seen the inside of juvenile hall and has struggled with the system to give these three boys a second chance at a normal life.
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Bryce Hallett is an independent Canadian animator who lives and works in Toronto. He is a graduate of Sheridan College classical animation program and Canadore college's Graphic Communication Program. Bryce has been creating many cartoons with his company Frog Feet Productions since 1999.
He is the illustrator for the nonfiction book "Animation Unleashed" and I had the immense pleasure of interviewing him via email to find out more about the animation process and his influences and career. He was kind enough to provide the library with some images that demonstrate the creative process for an illustrator/animator.
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Helena returns to share her thoughts on this week's featured graphic novel, Runaways: Dead End Kids by Joss Whedon:
Runaways: Dead End Kids is about the children of the Pride (the villains of the Marvel comic universe) and how they rebel against their moms and dads by fighting for good and justice in the world.
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The fantastic book that was my portion of the blog is the animation/illustration guide entitled: Animation Unleashed. This book is the product of two people, the author Ellen Besen and the illustrator Bryce Hallet. Today's blog will focus on my interview with Ellen and later in the week I will blog about my interview with Bryce.
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Last week I read Canadian author William Bell's The Blue Helmet, a short novel (166 pages) with deep themes (madness, youth violence, dealing with the death of a parent). Loved it! A fast read that will get you thinking.
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I have been a HUGE fan of the series Flight for some time now. The artwork and stories never cease to amaze me. It has been nominated for the Harvey Awards.
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The Devil's Breath by David Gilman
The urban dictionary defines "devil's breath" as: "a noxious or toxic smell".
In terms of this novel by David Gilman it refers to the fact that our hero has uncovered an environmental polluter who is ruining the waters in Africa by dumping drugs and pharmaceuticals. But let's backtrack on this a little bit - how did our hero Max get from England to Africa?
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