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Darcy Prentiss, the girl least likely to be entered into the Bay Festival Princess contest, is nominated for just that among other things in this contemporary teen novel by author Gillian French. It is summer and all Darcy is concerned with is picking berries to make some money to get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at TPL Teens
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I have to start off by saying that I could not put this book down! I found myself reading far into the evening and enjoying every second of it… The novel follows a couple of students from Bayview High. The brain, the beauty the criminal and the athlete. If this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Popular Japanese manga series, Fruits Basket is getting reissued in collector's editions! Revisit this modern classic or read it for the very first time. The Sohma family has a long standing curse set upon them. When people exchange hugs, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. Tohru Honda... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Toronto based author, Kenneth Oppel’s newest book is sure to please old and new fans, alike! Set in 19th-century badlands, Oppel weaves together the story of Samuel Bolt, the son of renowned paleontologist Michael Bolt and Rachel Cartland, the daughter of Yale professor Frederick Cartland. Samuel and Rachel first meet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Rose and Michael are two young high school students who are in love and looking forward to the future. But when Rose becomes pregnant, she begins a downward spiral into denial, struggling with coming to terms with being pregnant, pulling away from her best friend and ultimately descending into her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Dare to Disappoint is a graphic memoir that tells the tale of Ozge and her journey from young childhood to young adulthood. Ozge grows up with a father who longs for her to go to school and become an engineer – like her older sister but, Ozge yearns for more…... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at TPL Teens
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I have always loved mystery novels, crime shows, and horror anything, so when I picked this book up I was happily surprised to see that Emmy Laybourne’s new novel, Sweet is peppered with elements of action, gore, and romance – right up my alley! In Sweet, Laurel and her friend... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at TPL Teens
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April is poetry month and I am happy to report that there are a number of excellent titles to choose from available through the Toronto Public Library. Whether you are interested in reading a book of prose or if you just want a good read, there are some wonderful books... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at TPL Teens
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Jenny Elliot dazzles readers with her debut novel, Save Me. Save Me is filled with paranormal romance, enchanting relationships, great dialogue, and thrilling scenes, which make this a great teen thriller! Cara Markwell is just your average teen- going through the motions, getting through high school, and hanging with her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at TPL Teens
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Review of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is a graphic novel filled with short stories that follow fairy tale like themes. This graphic novel is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The short stories are filled with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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To Be or Not To Be: A Choosable Path Adventure By: Ryan North Let me start this blog post by saying that I really enjoy reading all kinds of books and this includes plays by William Shakespeare. I read Shakespeare in high school and I liked his plays for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at TPL Teens
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Uninvited, by Sophie Jordan Reviewed by Elisa (Richview YAG) Sophie Jordan, author of the captivating and romantic Firelight series, returns with a new dystopian series sure to leave you breathless until the arrival of a sequel. The year is 2021 and crime rates are rising dramatically. Research by the American... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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The Bunker Diary, by Kevin Brooks Reviewed by Elisa (Richview YAG) “I thought he was blind. That’s how he got me.” Linus, the teenage son of a wealthy author has been kidnapped. Of course, no one will miss him; he ran away from home five months ago and has been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Dissonance, by Erica O’Rourke Reviewed by Julia (Richview YAG) Whenever a choice is made, a pivot forms in the fabric of reality from which parallel might-have-been worlds, or Echoes, are spun off, worlds in which the opposite choice was made. This is the premise of the novel Dissonance, which is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Tease, by Amanda Maciel Reviewed by Elisa ( Richview YAG) Emma Putnam probably wished that she had never been born. Why else would she have wrapped an extension cord around her neck and hung herself from the ceiling of her parent’s garage? After all, it’s not like someone made her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Unspeakable By Caroline Pignat Reviewed by Stephanie (Richview YAG) At first, I thought this book would be a knockoff Titanic love story- nothing against Titanic, but some originality is always appreciated. However, I can absolutely not stress enough how different this book was. The book follows Ellen, a brave young... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick Reviewed by Elisa (Richview YAG) Ben misses his mother. A lot. Ever since the car crash, he has been living with his aunt, uncle, and cousins. There’s nothing wrong with them, but it’s just not the same. Maybe there’s something wrong with Ben. After all, he’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca Reviewed by Elisa (Richview YAG) Almost as long as people have lived, sickness and influenza has lived with them. The bubonic plague is one of the famous illnesses, as well as the spanish flu. Flus are still with us in modern times; people must remember the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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The Immortal Rules By: Julie Kagawa Reviewed by: Caitlin Stange (Richview YAG) The Immortal Rules takes place 60 years after a virus, known as Red Lung, has wiped out most of the human population, and has left the human race utterly hopeless in its wake. Allison Sekemoto lives in one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Blind By Rachel DeWoskin Reviewed by Stephanie (Richview YAG) In her novel “Blind”, author Rachel DeWoskin takes readers into the world and precious life of a teenage girl who has gone blind as the result of a terrible and tragic accident. Emma Sasha Silverton lives in the small town to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall Reviewed by Julia (Richview YAG) This novel is set in the summer of 1963 in the small town of Hamilton, Missouri. Tree Taylor is a thirteen-year-old budding writer and has two goals to accomplish before she enters grade nine: to experience... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno Reivew by Caitlin (Richview YAG) Molly Pierce thinks she’s losing her mind. In reality, she’s just losing time, and memories. She blanks out at seemingly random moments, and wakes up doing something different later. Maybe she was in history class early... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Starbird Murphy and the world outside By Karen Finneyfrock Reviewed by Stephanie (Richview YAG member) This was an excellent, enlightening read suitable for teens but relatable to all ages. The novel follows the journey of 16 year- old Starbird Murphy, who leaves behind her cult-like farm commune to find her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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Also cross posted on TPL Teens. First published in Australia, Laura Buzo’s novel Love and Other Perishable Items, focuses on a young opinionated teen who falls in love with an older boy. Amelia and Chris first meet at the supermarket where they both work checkout but soon after their first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Word Out 2014
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First published in Australia, Laura Buzo’s novel Love and Other Perishable Items, focuses on a young opinionated teen who falls in love with an older boy. Amelia and Chris first meet at the supermarket where they both work checkout but soon after their first encounter, Amelia falls head over heels... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at TPL Teens