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February 27, 2015

Each year, members of our Youth Advisory Councils contribute their top book pick for an annual I Love to Read Month post. Check out this year's picks!

The Ask and the Answer The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

This is book 2 of the Chaos Walking series. The main character, Todd, was making a long trek to Haven with a woman named Viola who was just shot trying to get away from soldiers from Todd's old home. But he is captured by his old mayor, and forced to work. -Xander

The Avery Shaw Experiment The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

Avery has loved her best friend Aiden since they were born. Too bad he breaks her heart by getting a girfriend. Abery copies with the loss the only way she knows how, science. Follow this nerdy girl as she overcomes heartbreak with help from none other than Aiden's big brother, Grayson. This is a ridiculously funny book. -Rushika

The Book of NegroesThe Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

It's about a girl who was ripped from her parents and got turned into a slave...I won't say any more. - Finn

BZRKBZRK by Michael Grant

In the war for humanity's freedom the line between the good guys and bad guys is blurry. Fast paced, thrilling and gritty, this novel explores deep and distrubing topics with characters that have flaws and feel real. -Rena

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Another world clashes with reality and forbidden love between two rivals lead into a chaotic war. Taylor, creates a unique fast-paced and captivating world that readers will love! - Audrey

The Evolution of Bruno LittlemoreThe Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale

Although it is a long read, this book is definitely one to be considered as it really sets itself apart from any other novel. Surprisingly, it's told from the point of view of a monkey and follows his journey into becoming a man. -Alexa

The Glass Sentence The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

Many decades ago, what is now called the Great Disruption shocked humanity by setting different areas of the world into various time periods or ages. In New Occident, Sophie Tims and her master cartographer Uncle Shadrack plan to leave before the borders close but a mysterious woman seeks something crucial. -Ashlin

Heir Apparent Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

The main character, Giannine is trapped in a virtual-reality game at the Rasmussem Gaming Centre. This wasn't supposed to happen but an organization called CPOC (Citizens to Protect Our Children) has caused this problem. Ironically, now she has only two options: win this virtual game or lose her real life. I recommend this book to anyone who reads fantasy or science fiction books. - Robyn

Hunger Games    Catching Fire   Mockingjay

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

This trilogy includes three packed with action and adventure. It revolves around the main character Katniss Everdeen, a "rebel" against the Capitol, and her ongoing progress in her everlasting battle. Not only are the books fantastic, but so are the movies. Each and every chapter draws the audience deeper into the slowly unraveling plot. - Mengjie

Jet Black and Ninja WindJet Black and Ninja Wind by Leza Lowitz & Shogo Oketani

Delve into a world full of ninja's, secrets, an ancient culture and at the center of it a struggling seventeen year old Jet black finding out who she really is. When her mother dies she is sent to travel to Japan to protect a family treasure and preserve an ancient culture. This book will reel you in and have you wanting more. If you love adventure and action this will have you cheering for a butt-kicking female heroine. -Dana

It's Kind of a Funny Story It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This novel is about a fifteen year old boy who battles depression and decided to check himself into an adult psych ward, meeting many interesting people and finding himself on his way to recovery. - Lindsay

The Last Knight The Last Knight by Hilari Bell

Freeing a damsel in distress is a good deed, right? Michael Sevenson, the first Knight Errant in 200 years certainly thinks so but his ex-con squire, Fisk, thinks the whole process is going a bit too well. The book follows these two companions as they free a damsel and try to handel the consequences. An honourable noble and a criminal may be an odd pairing, but The Last Night is full of banter and both Michael's sword and Fisk's dishonesty prove equally useful. -Sophie L.

 

 

 

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February 21, 2015

by Sophie H.,

When a substitute teacher walked into our english and announced that we would be watching the movie version of Hamlet, the classroom lit up at the chance of a relaxing viewing of a wonderful Shakespeare play. However, after a full half hour of scouring the internet, we weren’t able to get past the first five minutes of any version of the movie. Some were in Russian, some were too blurry, and some buffered every twenty seconds. But there was one thing I noticed at the beginning of all the different Hamlet adaptations, and that was the fact that the actor who played Hamlet, was far too old. To me, Hamlet is a character that represents any teenager. I relate to Hamlet as a character now, more than I have at any other point in my life. And it saddens me to think that so many movies don’t do justice to Hamlet’s character.

Hamlet has a lot of problems going on right from the start of the play. First and foremost, he is having major issues with his parents. His father is dead, his mom is newly remarried, and he is incredibly upset about it. He argues with his mother, and he calls her indecisive, and incestuous, and disloyal. He curses her behaviour and calls women fickle. Hamlet feels as if his home life and family has been destroyed, as sadly many other teens today do, especially as the divorce rate rises.

Hamlet also has to deal with pressure from his girlfriend, Ophelia. Ophelia is warned by her family to leave Hamlet behind, despite their love for each other. Hamlet and Ophelia deal with the consequences of sex, love, and family pressure about marriage at a young age. Hamlet struggles with his relationships to the people close to him, especially with the women in his life. Hamlet also has a lot of quiet moments to contemplate major decisions in his life. Hamlet is infamously indecisive, as so many teenagers are. He spends far more time, (five acts, in fact) thinking about revenge, before he actually acts upon it. Hamlet, like every other teenager, doesn’t have a fully developed frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is the area of the brain that understands judgement and consequences. So Hamlet, and so many adolescents, suffer from poor decision making. Another difficult choice that Hamlet spends a lot of time contemplating, is suicide. Hamlet’s soliloquies throughout the play question life, death, and what happens to even the greatest men after they die. In Hamlet’s most famous speech, “To be, or not to be,” Hamlet wonders if life is really worth living, if the pains and labours of life are justified. But Hamlet also fears life after death, and in the end, does not take his life. Sadly, this is the reality for many teens, as suicide is the second highest cause of death for teenagers. These heartbreaking statistics show us that Hamlet’s struggle is real to so many people, even though so many years have passed since the time the play was written.

To me, Hamlet is truly a teenaged character. His struggles embody what life is like for an adolescent, and many of his speeches and sayings can help us understand how so many youth today are suffering. Hamlet is an incredibly relatable character for teenagers in any time in history, and I truly hope one day, we will see a teenaged Hamlet on the big screen.

If you're looking to read Shakespeare's Hamlet or find an adaptation, there's plenty to choose from at the Library.

Hamlet: No Fear Shakespeare   Hamlet: graphic novel  Hamlet & Ophelia  Hamlet by James Marsden  

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February 10, 2015

By Amy

Most of you reading this are probably already avid book readers. But how did you get there? Maybe it was someone in your family who got you interested in reading, or it could’ve been a book you read when you were younger that sparked your interest.

I have always enjoyed reading, but I didn’t find a real passion for it until I found Booktube. Booktube is a community of YouTubers. Many people on YouTube are popular for comedy videos, fashion and beauty videos or gaming videos. Booktubers make videos about....you may have guessed it....BOOKS. Each booktuber has their own personality and opinions, which I love. You may be thinking, how many videos can one person make about books? Well, Booktubers post a variety of content such as book tags, book hauls (a collection of books recently purchased), book reviews and even bookshelf tours.

These videos are addictive, as many other people are beginning to find. Numerous Booktubers are coming close to reaching 100,000 subscribers, some surpassing that. Just this past year, a Booktube panel was held at Vidcon (a convention in Anaheim, California for YouTubers and other video creators online). The world is really starting to take notice of this group, as they should.

Most of these Booktubers are anywhere from teenagers to early 20’s in age. They mostly discuss books existing in the young adult genre, along with some middle-grade and adult here and there.

Here are just a few of my favorite Booktubers that you can look into.


Christine Riccio on PolandBananasBOOKS is the most subscribed to Booktuber on YouTube, and I definitely see why. She offers reviews for most of the books she reads, along with funny sketch videos about books. You can also check out her comedy channel.



Ariel Bissett from ArielBissett contributes insightful opinions on topics related to reading. She is big on reading the classics, especially George Orwell. But, she also reads a variety of young adult books as well. Oh, and did I mention she’s a Canadian?!!

 




Jesse George on JesseTheReader is comical, creative and original. He is a lover of the fantasy genre. His videos are easy and fun to watch. They make me so excited to read.


            

Kat O’Keefe of Katytastic most likely has the most books out of any Booktuber. She is witty, intelligent and a fast reader. She reads all kinds of books and also writes. She has taken in part in Nanowrimo since 2009 and has won every year but one.

So check out the Booktube world. Even if you are already a big reader, give these videos a try! It’s great to find other people who love books just like you and get so excited about reading!

 

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February 5, 2015

par Aurélie  

CBons baisers du vampire #01 - KERRELYN SPARKS’est l’hiver, il fait froid (pas tant que ça), et la dernière chose que l’on souhaite faire est de sortir nos dix petits orteils de nos draps au réveil. Mais rester à la maison toute la saison? Une vraie punition, on se prendrait pour un oiseau en cage ; que faire? Si tu n’as pas les ressources financières de nos très chers ministres pour un aller-retour vers le Costa Rica ou la station balnéaire la plus proche, il va falloir faire avec les moyens du bord. Plan d’évasion : des livres, et une nouvelle déco! Faire un grand ménage et bouger tous les meubles d’une pièce en change totalement l’atmosphère. Et comme récompense après ce dur labeur, voici quelques douceurs pour l’esprit :

Bons Baisers du vampire de Kerrelyn Sparks : Loin des romans rose-bonbons dégoulinants que l’on produit en série depuis la sortie des Twilight, ce livre est à mourir de rire. Si tu aimes le suspense, l’humour grivois et les situations inédites, ce livre va te régaler.

Odalisque de Fiona McIntosh : Récit d’Hommes, récits de Dieux;  récit épique. Intrigues, complot et exotisme;  le début d’une trilogie originale qui déborde de surprises et d’inattendu à chaque page. Quand on le commence, on ne s’arrête plus.

 

               Les Fiancés de l'hiver #01 - CHRISTELLE DABOS      Carabosse : la légende des cinq royaumes - MICHEL HONAKER      La Brute et la belle - ÉRIC GODIN - SYBILLINE

 

La Passe-miroir T.1 : Les fiancés de l’Hiver de  Christelle Dabos : Pour ceux et celles qui raffolent des intrigues politiques et des histoires fantastiques avec un soupçon de romantisme. La psychologie des personnages a été raffinée pour une histoire criante de réalisme.  La trame principale (et secondaire) est bourrée de suspense ; qui a fait quoi? Où? Comment? Et surtout Pourquoi??!

Carabosse de Michel Honaker : Histoire féerique et sombre d’une jeune fille et de sa sœur que tout oppose ; aussi bien leur apparences que leur destinée et leur fin. Pour les lecteurs et lectrices de récits médiévaux-fantastiques ; plongez dans  la bien sombre histoire d’une des sorcières les plus célèbres d’Europe. On ne naît pas Carabosse; on le devient.

La brute et la belle d’Éric Godin : Une rare histoire de cœur du point vue d’un jeune garçon très peu charmant, mais attendrissant. Un récit très sincère, puisqu’inspiré par le vécu de l’auteur et terriblement drôle pour nous demoiselles, qui lisons ce qu’il se passe dans la tête de ces messieurs!

En espérant que cela t’aidera à tenir le fort jusqu’au printemps.

Votre dévouée.

 

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January 29, 2015

By Ashlin

Sometimes literature is exceptionally good therapy. As I sit here in front of an almost completely blank page, attempting to write the perfect blog post for you, I keep shooting down ideas and, honestly, becoming very frustrated. For many, an interesting book can be an escape from those negative emotions of reality.

A good example from my life and many others would be Harry Potter. Although not a teen book, it is a beautiful book, which uses such language as to take you somewhere magical. Reading these books years ago, and re-reading them recently, I felt upset for the characters, (even though they go to a magic school. I mean, seriously! You’re a wizard, what do you have to be sad about?) I experienced a world unlike reality, and felt my heart warm in conclusions and joyful situations.

When we feel bitter or somber, these chipper moments in unreal circumstances often lift us up into the same mood, as if we are really experiencing the story from within. Getting older, a selection from the YA section of the library may be more appropriate. One may find him/herself feeling sarcastic with Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, or relating to Katniss’s sorrow in The Hunger Games trilogy.

In my opinion, the right music will often add to the immersion of a book. Coincidentally, music is also available through the library! You can borrow CDs, listen through Hoopla on your device, or even borrow sheet music to play on your own from certain branches such as Millennium Library! I was inspired to play violin when I listened to a Lindsey Stirling CD from the library.

Back on the general topic of this post, music may support or heal your mood as well as literature. If you play an instrument, even if you are passionate about it, there are probably times when you don’t want to practice, but you know you must. I don’t know about you, but when I hear that music being played well, I am less reluctant to practice, because I want to play the music as strong as it is played by proffesionals.

See? The library is obviously the answer to all of your problems.

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