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review by Naomi, member of Cedarbrae Library's Youth Advisory Group Room, a novel by Emma Donoghue, is an award winning, thrilling, inspiring, and powerful story about the love between a mother and her five-year-old son. The back-story is about a Woman who had been kidnapped in her twenties and kept... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Reviewed by Kisanth, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The novel, The Orange Grove written by Larry Tremblay, revolves around twins named Amed and Aziz who are living in a small town in the Middle East, where bombings are a daily occurrence. A tragedy strikes the family when the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Asifa, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member The Leveller is a novel about a game that allows a person to play with their minds in a virtual-reality gaming world while they are asleep, or in a sleep-like state. The protagonist of the book, Nixy Bauer, is a girl whose... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Reviewed by Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group member Marilyn The Art of Not Breathing, written beautifully by Sarah Alexander, is a lot like the Art of letting go. This book tells a story of a girl's best friend, her twin brother, in a devastating incident. Through all the challenges Elsie,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Amen, member of the Malvern Youth Advisory Group Girl Rising is a book of stories that tell about the lives of girls in underdeveloped countries such as Ethiopia, Nepal and Sierra Leone. In these stories, the girls talk about the hardship and discrimination they face almost every day.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Fariha, with thanks to Helena at TPL for providing an ARC to read and review! Release Date: February 28, 2017 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars When you’re a thief, you’re also a liar. It comes with the territory. The Free by Lauren McLaughlin is about Isaac West,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Sohinee *Spoilers ahead* King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, the third book in the Red Queen series, is probably so far the best in the series. The characters have developed so much and the story is more vibrant and electric and the author's writing flows like fine ink. Mare... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Fariha, with thanks to "Helena at TPL for sending the ARC my way!" Release Date: January 17, 2017 Rating: 4/5 stars History Is All You Left Me follows Griffin as he mourns and tries to come to terms with the death of one of his best friends and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Rifa, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick is a young adult contemporary novel that focuses on Tim Mason’s and Alice Garrett’s story. I anticipated this book to be a light-hearted romance that focused on the relationship between the two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Tasmi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Julia and Dave are longterm best friends that are just about to start their freshmen year in high school. But they aren’t your typical cliché best friends that will end up being a quarterback of the football team, or the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Fariha, with "thanks a ton to HBG Canada for providing me with an ARC! All quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change." Rating: 2/5 stars Release Date: January 10, 2017 Frostblood by Elly Blake was one of the 2017 releases I was eagerly waiting to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Vyshnavi When one thinks of Disney princesses, they probably picture your average young white maiden, who is a magically talented damsel in distress. Said damsel in distress would obviously need a young, strong, powerful prince to save her. Not to mention both princess and Prince are drop dead... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Fariha We are all someone’s monster. Leigh Bardugo just became one of those authors whose shopping lists I’d read with this book. While I enjoyed Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, it did not affect me as emotionally as Six of Crows has. Six of Crows is about a heist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Tahsin, member of the Dufferin/St.Clair Branch Youth Advisory Group. This is about a young girl named Clarissa Granville, who is born to wealthy family in the Edwardian era. She lives a sheltered, privileged life until 1914, when World War I explodes. What others didn’t like about this book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Azeeza, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Like many youth, my love for YA Dystopian novels took up much of my time and stopped me from exploring other genres of books. Dystopian novels were always so wonderful, why would I want anything else when I already knew... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Vyshnavi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, I had the privilege to see hit Broadway Musical “Hamilton”. The musical, which originally started playing in New York in the Richard Rodgers Theater, is now playing in the Private Bank Theater in Chicago. Originally... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Zahin, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group A couple of days back I went to my local library and signed out the book called Heaven on Earth by LIFE Books. It is a photography book featuring beautiful images of world destinations, mainly to spark world vacation ideas.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Reviewed by Sohinee A world with two races of people: one with red blood and one with silver blood. Silvers, high class people with different abilities. Reds, lower class people slaving away their lives to live and survive Silver cruelty. Mare Barrow, a thief and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at TPL Teens
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The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh Reviewed by Fariha From the stars, to the stars. To be quite honest, I had high expectations for the ending of this duology and not all of them were quite met. However, it was still an enjoyable ride. So, 3.5 stars for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Reviewed by Fariha You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure. The Wrath and the Dawn is an intense, romantic and magical book that takes the reader to a palace centuries before. The book is well rounded in nearly every aspect with great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Reviewed by Sohinee *Spoiler ahead* (If you haven’t watched Doctor Strange why are reading this review?) All aboard the Marvel Cinematic Universe train, because there is no stopping it. The MCU released its 14th superhero movie on November 4. The movie starred Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Reviewed by Fariha Read Fariha's other reviews of books in this trilogy: Young Elites Rose Society *There won’t be any direct spoilers in this review but you should probably have read the first two books, anyway. You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Reviewed by Richview Youth Advisory Group member Elisa Kadence Mulligan and Lauren DeSanto are the newest music sensations; their Youtube videos have skyrocketed them to online stardom. Lauren is the writer, crafting lyrics and providing accompaniment to Kady’s melodic voice. But Lauren is brought down with a nasty case of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Richview Youth Advisory Group member Elisa Phoebe Farris was born into a family of rock stars. Her mother, Meg, founded Shelter, the American band famous for their summer cult classics, but now spends her time forging spiky metal sculptures in the garage. Her now-estranged father, Kieran, also was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Vaishnave Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is good in my opinion but it didn’t leave me in awe or wanting more. The book is about a 16-year-old girl named Tally who is waiting to have a plastic surgery operation to make her pretty. Everyone goes through this process and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at TPL Teens