Teen Review: Strange the Dreamer

September 24, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sameen, age 15, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky. If I had to describe Laini Taylor's "Strange the Dreamer" in one word, I would call it entrancing. Not only can...

Teen Review: The Great Hunt

September 23, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by: Susan, 13, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group. From the very first page, I was met with romance, fantasy and breathtaking intensity. This story carries sadness, hope, joy and love. It showed me the importance of one’s country and the value of love and how much it...

Teen Review: Around the World in 80 Days

September 18, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Lazim, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group. Around the World in 80 days, written by Jules Verne, is an adventure book. The story revolves around Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout, and many others subsequently. The book starts out with Phileas Fogg making a bet with...

Teen Review: Teen Tips for Success in High School

September 15, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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By Samir, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group This is a blog entry written to help Grade 9 students find success in high school. As a Grade 11 student, who is halfway through high school, I have used these tips and they have helped me a great deal. Glean...

It Happened Here: Hip Hop Architecture Camp

September 14, 2018 | Debbie

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This summer Toronto Public Library hosted its first ever Hip Hop Architecture Camp. Youth from across the city heard guest speakers and were paired with talented design professionals who volunteered to mentor participants. The camp was designed to introduce under-represented youth to architecture, urban planning, social issues and economic development...

Homework Help: Avoiding Plagiarism

September 10, 2018 | Laura

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As a librarian who spends most of her days in Toronto high schools, I have sat in on a lot of staff room lunches and overheard a lot of talk that probably sounds familiar to you. “…and I was able to google parts of his assignment and found the exact...

Teen Review: Caraval

September 5, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Esther, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. If your a fan of fantasy, romance and mystery, Caraval is definitely a book for you. Written by Stephanie Garber, Caraval tells the story of Scarlett Dragna and her adventures through the Carval show, the once-in-a-lifetime performance filled with magic...

Teen Review: What to Say Next

September 4, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sudipta, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. What to Say Next is a novel written by Julie Buxbaum, published in July 2017. This novel falls into the genre of romantic fiction. What to Say Next relates a lot to teen problems, on how to solve them and...

Teen Review: Scorpion by Drake

September 4, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Samir, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Drake is a household name in Toronto and is one of the well-known artist from this city. He has released numerous bodies of work which have all been successful and his latest album, “Scorpion”, is no exception. Drake released “Scorpion”,...

Teen Review: Ready Player One

August 31, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fletcher, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. Ready Player One, the movie, was released in March, 2018 and directed by Stephen Spielberg. Based on the book written by Ernest Cline, it racked up 582 million US dollars, whereas the budget was 175 million. The movie has a...

Teen Review: The Marrow Thieves

August 28, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nain, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. If you are into books containing rich culture, a dystopian society, and the need for survival, then look no further. The Marrow Thieves was written by Canadian Métis author Cherie Dimaline and was released in May 2017. This book has...

Teen Review: All The Rage by Courtney Summers

August 24, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group. Trigger Warning: Rape How do you get a girl to stop crying? You cover her mouth. The first time I started reading this book, back when it was just released, I read the first three pages and closed it....

Teen Review: To all the Boys I've Loved Before (Movie)

August 23, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sudipta, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (movie), is a Netflix Original movie, released on August 17, 2018. It is based on the famous American novel, with the same title written by Jenny Han in 2014. The book itself has...

Teen Review: Son of Bigfoot Movie

August 22, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Aathiga, member of Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group ‘Son of Bigfoot’ is an animated film that was released in July 2018. It is about a 13 year old boy named Adam, who has hair that grows at an unrealistic rate. His feet also suddenly grow, and when he is...

Teen Review: Beat Shazam

August 18, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nain, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Everybody has a music genre, or a couple of genres, that they enjoy most. Chances are, “Beat Shazam” will include one or more of your favorite songs. “Beat Shazam” is an American television game show hosted by Jamie Foxx, an...

Teen Review: The Winnowing

August 18, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sudipta, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, Stranger Things and X-files, then this is the book for you. The Winnowing was published by Scholastic in September 2017 and was written by Vikki Vansickle. This book was the winner of the...

Teen Review: Avengers: Infinity War

August 15, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fletcher, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Infinity War contains many characters from the Marvel Universe. It contains the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-man and Dr. Strange, which all have their own separate franchise and have done well. Additionally, the variety of superheroes do not...

Teen Review: The Good Doctor

August 15, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nain, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group With Season Two of “The Good Doctor” premiering on September 24th, 2018, I felt it was a good time to review the first season. “The Good Doctor” was developed by David Shore, who is also one of the executive producers...

Teen Review: City of Bones

August 14, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Marina, member of the Brentwood Youth Advisory Group City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) is about a fifteen-year-old girl, Clary Fray who heads out to the Pandemonium Club with her friends in New York City and witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos...

Teen Review: Deltora Quest Series

August 13, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nain, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The Deltora Quest Series was first published in the 2000’s and is written by Australian author Emily Rodda. Although this book may not be the most recent, it is an amazing and exciting read that will take you through an...

Teen Review: IT (2017) movie

August 11, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Vince, age 16. This review containers spoilers! A horror movie portrays a psychological reaction that invokes fear in an audience. The film ‘IT' (20170) directed by Andres Muschietti is a riveting and captivating movie that has always been my long-time favorite. This film follows the lives of a...

Teen Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

August 9, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sarah, age 16. I adore The Perks of Being a Wallflower so much. This book is about a boy named Charlie, who is going into his freshman year of high school in the early 90s. He writes letters to someone the reader doesn’t know, telling them about his...

Teen Review: Ant-man and the Wasp

August 8, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nain, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group After Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios had some work to do in making their next movie something that could even come close to the excitement of Infinity War. Luckily for fans, Ant-Man and the Wasp did not disappoint. The movie...

Teen Review: The Incredibles 2

August 7, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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By: Surina WARNING: Spoilers! After 14 years, the Incredibles are back on the screen with even more action in The Incredibles 2! In this sequel, we are reunited with all the best characters of the previous film including Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Frozone, Dash, Violet, Jack Jack, and even Edna, as...

Teen Review: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

July 30, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Oishe, member of the Albert Campbell branch Youth Advisory Group. The Raven Cycle is a young adult fantasy series written by Maggie Stiefvater. The series consists of The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily Blue, and The Raven King. These books take place in the small...