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Alice
Word Out blogger, ND staff, Teen book selector
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If there is one thing Tiny Girl knows, it's her plan for revenge: first Dirt, then Money, then Blood. She's been living and breathing it for years as she builds skills as a master thief for the Goondas and prepares herself. And now that it's time, she finds that the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Boy Bands and their rabid avid fans hold a special place among fans, and the narrator of this novel, a devotee of 80s movie and The Ruperts, is our tour guide into a group of crazy passionate fans known as Strepurs. She and her friends have got themselves close to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Crush got you crazy? Characters in these books can definitely relate. Guitar Notes, by Mary Amato Lyla and Tripp alternate days in a coveted music practice room at school, and this sharing arrangements leads to a slightly cranky note, which leads to a conversation where the argumentative tone grows into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at TPL Teens
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Not every love story is a boy-meets-girl love story. Looking for a different pair of protagonists in your Valentine's read? Try one of these picks: Ash, by Malinda Lo You think you know this story, but you’re wrong. Her name isn’t Cinderella, it’s Ash. And he isn’t just a prince,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at TPL Teens
Hi, Elegant - the easiest way to find a Cyberseniors program to volunteer with would be searching on our website here: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867&Ntt=cyberseniors
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2016 on Volunteering with Cyber Seniors at TPL Teens
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Original Fake, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and E. Eero Johnson A closet artist in a family full of sparkly stage presences, Frankie has come to hate his sister just as much as he worships street art hero Uncle Epic, his town's answer to Banksy.Things collide when he gets perfect blackmail material... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at TPL Teens
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We had some fun entries for this contest, which asked you to use a book cover to change your identity. (You can see more details here). Let's start with a few of my favourites, before I announce the big winner. This one from Angela is a fun little play on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Charles Babbage created plans for a calculating machine. Ada Lovelace read them and added notes that included the first glimmers of computing. Computers were nowhere in sight and were still a century away... but what if they weren't? What if these two teamed up and created this machines, turning it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Snehan Do you eat food? Are you concerned about the environmental state of our planet? Do you want to be your best by striving for perfect health? What are you doing about it? Most of us are clueless about two of the most important issues we face; the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Yasir, age 15 Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, is an action, mystery manga (in which many people die so I advise that don’t read it unless you are 14 or above). The word death note is based on the note book in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Jamia, age 12 The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken, is a book about a disease roaming around in the United States causing death rates to increase alarmingly. Children in the United States are getting powers because of this disease. The story is about a girl by the name... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Syeda, age 14 Explorer: The Mystery Boxes - Edited by Kazu Kibuishi 'A book about mysterious boxes? YESS!' That's what I thought when I saw this book and it sure didn't disappoint me. This is a graphic novel that's made up of 7 different stories with the same... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Faith, age 17 "Guilt is a hunter. Fate is a hunter. Shame is a hunter. Fear is a hunter." Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is one of those books that coerces this Faith into delivering one of those rare and (somewhat) thoughtfully serious reviews. This is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Mishaal, age 13 The Hunger Games has been very famous among teens lately, everybody kept recommending it to me, so I finally decided to check it out. Believe it or not, this book (along with the others in the trilogy) are now right at the top of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Farees, age 19 Between The Assassinations (a collection of short stories) by Aravind Adiga is something excruciatingly short of a masterpiece. The book was crisp, a very well written satire with sarcasm that’s so funny yet dark, it makes one feel guilty for finding it amusing. However the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Fariha F. Most people underestimate eyes. They're infinite. You look someone straight in the eye and your whole soul can be sucked out in a nanosecond. Other people's eyes are limitless and that's what scares me. Let me just start the review by saying that this book is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Zainab City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is easily the best fantasy book I have read. Most people find it crazy when I say I hate fantasy. I hate it and I can put up a fight because of it. City of Bones has been a life changer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at TPL Teens
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TV Show: Pretty Little Liars Currently in the midst of its seventh season, Pretty Little Liars is a drama that has attracted millions of viewers. Four best friends, Spencer (played by Troian Bellasario), Aria (played by Lucy Hale), Hanna (played by Ashley Benson), and Emily (played by Shay Mitchell) are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl may not be as well known as the Avengers or the X-Men, but she's the only one who's beaten all the biggest and toughest - Wolverine? Check. Deapool? Yup. Doctor Doom AND Thanos? Got the better of both of them. Sometimes, cute and resourceful is totally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Awkward is an aptly titled chronicle of social awkwardness, misunderstandings, and the clash of different groups of middle schoolers. Peppi is endearing but makes a mess of things with Jaime, and soon finds her art group at war with his science group, and she wonders if she can ever make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Daniel Masterminds, by Gordon Korman, is one of those books that leaves you wondering what will happen in the next book at the end. I have mixed feelings about this kind of books, I am annoyed that I can’t figure out what’s going to happen next, and yet... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Mahdyar, age 14 The book Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie is a must read book if you are interested in thrillers and is exiting and mysterious from start to beginning. The book is about a murder taking place on a train, but this murder is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at TPL Teens
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review by Jessie Li The book, She Is Not Invisible written by Marcus Sedgwick is about a sixteen-year old girl named Laureth who sets off to find her missing father with her little brother, Benjamin. The duo take a plane to New York, where their father Jack, is believed to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Unwind, by Neal Shusterman Review by Kate I first stumbled upon this book after seeing a short film inspired by a chapter in this novel. I thought the film looked cool, so I decided to read the book. The story follows Connor, Risa and Lev, three kids from very different... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Review by Yasir Dragon Ball Super is a great anime (Japanese animated cartoons). DBS (Dragon ball super) is made by Akira Toriyama. DBS is the continuation of the previous series “Dragon ball Z.” If you haven’t seen it, then you are going to have a difficult time to understand it.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at TPL Teens