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Written by Ava V, Brentwood Youth Advisory Group member In July of 2010, it was estimated that there were 10.2 million youth (24 and younger) in Canada. This makes up about 30 percent of the population. Every day, youth are bombarded with images and pressures to live up to, whether... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at TPL Teens
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by Nathalie, member of the Brentwood Branch Youth Advisory Group A Room of Your Own is an interactive book club designed especially for teen girls. In this club you will be able to meet other teens who may have the same reading interests as you. Each month, the group discusses... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TPL Teens
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Review by Oishe, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group With the movie having been released quite recently, and the book having received hype for years and years, I thought it would be only appropriate to finally give Ready Player One a read. Written by Ernest Cline, the book... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TPL Teens
Review by Stephon, Dufferin Youth Advisory Group member. Fans of Toronto artist Drake were surprised when he released a two-track extended play titled Scary Hours. The first track, and the clear radio driven hit, “God’s Plan” is a huge chart topper. It became the 29th song of all time to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Deborah, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group The book Every Day by David Levithan is about a character ‘A’ who wakes up in a different body everyday. ‘A’ has lived his whole life with specific rules. Never interfere in the everyday life of the person of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Naomi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In this moment of time you’d have to have heard about the movie Black Panther. It’s been blowing up as it jumped past $500 million at the global box office. Critics have been praising the movie and naming it the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at TPL Teens
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by Terese Mason Pierre As a Toronto Public Library Editorial Youth Advisory Group (EYAG) member, one of the most common questions I get from teens and young adult writers, whether they’re on the EYAG or not, regards how they can get their work published. They’ve edited their work as much... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Sophie, member of the Brentwood Youth Advisory Group “Everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary, a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.” Or at least that’s what Ezra Faulkner thinks, a 17 year old “golden boy” who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Marilyn, member of the Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group Eric Walters has never failed to impress, especially with this nostalgic book. Shaken is filled with emotions that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time. This very ‘slice of life’ book is perfect for young... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Syed, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group Many people will have read Eoin (pronounced Owen) Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series and enjoyed it thoroughly. Well, most of them would have enjoyed it anyways. And if they are searching for another one of Colfer’s masterpieces, then it is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Fathima, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film based on the unfinished manuscript of the well-known American novelist and social critic, James Baldwin. This documentary is a journey into black history and connects the past of the Civil Rights... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Xena, age 17 From the beginning I could just tell I would love this book. The last time I felt this way about a book was when I read Alex, Approximately. It's that feeling when you're so connected to the writing and you don't want to stop reading.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Fariha, age 16, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group I wonder if there was anyone who expected the story to pan out exactly the way it did. "Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Mahnsi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Ferdinand is a movie about a bunch of bulls that are kept in a training farm where they are trained to compete against bullfighters. These bulls have only one purpose and that is to fight. There was this one bull... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Naailah The series I'm reviewing is Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, an anime that I binged in three nights because it was that good. The story follows a former convict named Yotaro who decides to pick up the Japanese art of rakugo after seeing Yakumo Yurakutei performing for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at TPL Teens
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Review by Naomi Monower, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group At first glance, everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too may confuse you, with the incorrect spelling and the childish drawings. However, once you truly decipher this novel it’s quite amazing. This book is about an alien named... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Olivia, age 14 The Remedy is a book with a deeply interesting concept. It will make you think about what it would be like to be in that very situation. The remedy is not a book to take lightly, nor are the other books written by Suzanne Young... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Sneha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In the year 1979, a satellite was sent to space. It went out of our solar system, but no one payed attention. Thirty-three years later, in 2012, someone was listening to the recordings that the satellite sent back. It was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Sneha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Pictures and photography are my kind of thing. I just love how a moment becomes so precious when it is captured because it can be reviewed in the future to bring back the wonderful memories. Capturing nature is the most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Naomi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Hasan Minhaj is a South Asian stand-up comedian and actor who just recently became famous in America. The movie I’m reviewing is a stand up special film by Hasan where he speaks about his difficult childhood as an Indian Muslim... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Marilyn If Fantasy means fantasy dreamland, mysticism and imagination, then Lauren Kate has brought a whole different definition. Fallen is the type of fantasy novel that is completely unpredictable, and seems to only make you ask more questions as you go along to keep you turning pages. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Shania, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held on Sunday, August 27 was… interesting but also a tad bit boring. To see how many times Kendrick Lamar won was just… amazing! He really does deserve all those awards because he worked really hard... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Nazia NBC's This Is Us follows the story of a few characters who give the impression of being unrelated, however, as you delve deeper into the pilot episode, it becomes clear how connected the characters are. Borrow TV shows on DVD from the library! The story is split... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Alexandra The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is a great book about how World War II affects Lily Tregenza, starting from her adolescence through her whole life, including her loves, remembrances, sadnesses and joys. A boy nicknamed “Boowie” receives a childhood diary from his Grandma Lily. Lily, her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Review by Vaishnave How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh is relatively new and I was so excited to get my hands on it. If you’re from Toronto, there’s a high chance you’ve heard of Superwoman aka Lilly Singh. If you haven't, you’re Patrick because you live under a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at TPL Teens