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May 14, 2015

Par Mirabelle

La longue fin de semaine du mois de mai approche à grands pas. Je trouve que les longues fins de semaine sont idéales pour faire de la lecture. Si vous n’avez pas encore choisi du matériel de lecture, je vous recommande les livres de Tania Boulet. Cette auteure québécoise a commencé à écrire quand elle était adolescente. Depuis 1996, elle a publié treize livres. Dans son écriture, Tania Boulet s’inspire de ses expériences en tant qu’adolescente et de sa vie de tous les jours. Par exemple, elle s’est inspirée d’un concours de musique auquel elle avait participé à l’université pour écrire Fausses Notes.

Tania Boulet a reçu le Prix Communication-Jeunesse deux fois et elle fait l’objet d’excellentes critiques. Je crois que son succès relève de ses scénarios pertinents pour les adolescents et ses personnages qui sont intéressants et attachants. Pour assurer l’authenticité de ses personnages, madame Boulet puise dans son adolescence. L’auteur dit qu’elle « est restée adolescente même en vieillissant » et que « surtout quand j’écris, je pense que j’ai encore seize ans. [C’est] pour ça que c’est facile écrire pour les adolescents. Je trouve facilement les émotions et les questionnements que j’avais quand j’avais cette âge-là ».

Perdez-vous dans un des romans de Tania Boulet durant cette longue fin de semaine!

Ensemble partie 1 : On ne sait jamais de quoi l'avenir sera fait. Il faut beaucoup de courage pour rester ensemble, malgré tout. Alissa espère enfin couler des jours tranquilles au côté de Benjamin, son amoureux. Mais avec la rentrée scolaire, elle doit affronter le regard des autres qui voient une fille populaire aux côtés d'un gars bien ordinaire. Les amis qui jugent, le bal qui s'annonce, les choix de carrières à définir à et les relations tendues avec les parents; les préoccupations sont nombreuses. Sauront-elles les séparer? À moins qu'un autre évènement ne vienne tout changer...

Des milliers d’étincelles : Beaucoup de soleil, une succession de fêtes et la compagnie d'un bel amoureux, voilà ce qu'Alissa envisage pour l'été qui commence. Un premier emploi et des rencontres inattendues poussent toutefois l'adolescente, préoccupée par les apparences et avide d'amour, à remettre ses certitudes en question. La jeune fille aura-t-elle le courage de délaisser les jugements hâtifs et d'assumer sa récente ouverture aux autres? Est-ce que l'amour, l'amitié et la famille trouveront pour elle de nouvelles définitions sur fond de plage et de ciel étoilé? Avec Des milliers d'étincelles, Tania Boulet raconte avec justesse et naturel l'histoire touchante d'une métamorphose.

Danser dans la poussière : Voici enfin réunis dans un même volume les quatre titres de la populaire série Clara et Julie : Envers et contre tous, En plein coeur, Sur les pas de Julie et Sur la pointe des pieds.

Clara et Julie se sont rencontrées à la fin du secondaire et sont tout de suite devenues amies. L'une, passionnée de théâtre, l'autre, de danse, elles se rejoignent sur scène, comme dans la vie, pour faire équipe envers et contre tous. Devant les choix difficiles qui se présentent, elles tenteront de rester fidèles à ce qu'elles sont, à leurs valeurs, à leurs aspirations aussi, pour éviter de perdre pied. Car le risque plane, toujours. Celui de faire le mauvais choix et de le regretter amèrement...

Déchirées entre leurs rêves et la réalité parfois douloureuse, les deux jeunes femmes vivront des expériences intenses qui forgeront leur caractère et leur destinée.

Á travers les périodes d'incertitude filtreront de magnifiques percées lumineuses qui chasseront loin la nostalgie d'un passé révolu, pour le mieux. Comme si danser dans la poussière pouvait les rapprocher du bonheur, le vrai.

Les Naufrages d’Isabelle : Isabelle, une jeune fille raisonnable âgée de 15 ans, ne saurait manquer la traditionnelle danse du vendredi soir de l'école, tout comme Marianne, d'à peine un an son ainée. Tout un monde sépare les deux soeurs, ne serait-ce que la couleur des cheveux, toujours changeante et pour le moins extravagante, de l'ainée. Au grand dam d'Isabelle, Marianne a plus de succès avec les garçons malgré ses allures délurées et savamment négligées. C'est donc vers elle que Samuel Lachance, le garçon le plus convoité de l'école, se dirige. Mais voilà que des lettres anonymes incitent Isabelle à croire que Samuel n'a d'yeux que pour elle. Malheureusement, c'est sur fond de drame que se dénoue l'impasse entre les deux soeurs.

Chanson pour Frédéric : Maxine repousse tous les gars! C'est ce que prétend Jo, sa meilleure amie, en ajoutant que c'est par manque de confiance en elle-même. Pourtant, depuis trois ans, Max rêve à David. Au cours de cet automne fabuleux, celui de ses quinze ans, elle découvrira que l'amour rôde parfois bien plus près qu'on ne le pense. Avec son groupe d'amis, Max décode de relever un défi : participer à un concours amateur en présentant une chanson, dont elle doit écrire les paroles.

 

La musique occupe une grande place dans ce roman à l'écriture vigoureuse, où l'auteur nous fait voir les forces de l'amitié, les différentes facettes de l'amour et l'immense pouvoir des mots.

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May 8, 2015

by Carolyn Gray,

Since the beginning of 2015, it’s been my privilege to work with a very talented group of young writers at the Millennium Library. All different people with very different backgrounds, and taking the class for different reasons, the thing that unites them is their willingness to leap in to a wide variety of writing exercises, share what they’ve written, and critique each others work in a positive way. I’ve dubbed them the ‘Nightscrawlers’ — because the other thing that unites them: They write at night.

Arts and Cultural Industries (ACI) Manitoba sponsors this and other mentorship programs for youth. Their programming is a free opportunity, so young people may be exposed to careers in arts and culture. When I describe this program to people, they inevitably say, “If only I’d had a program like that when I was young!” And I can only agree. I had no idea when I was an artistic young person that fulfilling careers could be had in the arts. They can. And ACI helps to provide direction.

Do check out ACI Manitoba. They are the centre for arts training in Winnipeg, and not only for youth. ACI stems from Creative Manitoba Strategy, commissioned by the Manitoba Government Departments of Culture, Heritage and Tourism and Advanced Education and Training. We are so grateful to the Manitoba Government for providing this service to citizens of all ages. They’ve also initiated an Indigenous Program, and provide training for nearly five hundred cultural workers annually.

As well as working on their writing and critiquing skills, the Nightscrawlers met five professional artists. Graham Ashmore, a local actor, gave a lesson on how to read work in public. Governor General Award winning poet Kate Vermette, playwright Trish Cooper, Award Winning young adult writer Jodi Carmichael, and recently published short story writer Gonzalo Riedel came to speak to the class and work with them individually on their writing. What an unique opportunity.

As much as I wish I’d had a program like this when I was a teen, I don’t think I would have been as fearless in my writing experimentation as the Nightscrawlers were. My wish for the group as we say goodbye is one I’ve expressed to them before — but why not put it in writing, as I so often have urged them to do. The work you’ve done in this program has been exemplary. Please, keep working on the pieces you’ve begun. They are top notch. You are stronger writers now, and your work is worthy. Congratulations on your published book and your successful completion of this program. I look forward to seeing your names in print again in the near future.


A huge thank-you to Talia Pura ACI’s adept and charming Mentorship Coordinator, Alix-Rae Stefanko from Winnipeg Public Library who was a total support, and Sarah from McNally Robinson for facilitating the printing and design of our beautiful book, ACI Nightscrawlers. You will soon find the book in the WPL catalogue. In the meantime check out some of the previous ACI anthologies available at the library.

    

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April 23, 2015

By Madeleine

The book series Pretty Little Liars starts off as the story of a group of four sixteen-year-old girls who used to be friends but have lost contact in the past three years.  On their last day of seventh grade, they had an argument with the mean girl ringleader of their group, Ali, who then stormed off into the night and was never heard from again.  In the present day, the four girls who have lost touch over the years are struggling with their own personal problems.  Emily likes girls (specifically her new neighbour, Maya) and is worried what her family would think if they knew.  Spencer has a crush on her older sister’s boyfriend.  Aria meets a cute new guy who turns out to be her new English teacher.  Hanna uses some dangerous methods to make sure she stays thin.  At the beginning of the school year, Ali’s body is discovered under the gazebo of her family’s former home.  Shortly after the funeral the girls start receiving anonymous text messages from a mysterious someone calling themselves “A” who bullies and stalks them while threatening to reveal their secrets.

In December, Sara Shepard’s final book in the Pretty Little Liars series was released.  After sixteen books the author decided it was finally time to put an end to A’s tormenting of Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily.  The series initially started off as eight books—one mystery was resolved after book 4, and a bigger, overarching mystery in book 8.  The ending was really unsettling and satisfying.  It gave me the same uncomfortable feelings I got after I first watched “Vertigo” by Alfred Hitchcock.  Around the same time that book eight, Wanted, came out, the Pretty Little Liars TV show started and became a huge hit.  It was recently announced that there will be two more seasons and then it will end after season 7.  The show deviates from the books in a lot of ways but is very entertaining in its own right.  (Unfortunately I fell behind a while back but have every intention of catching up before the end!)  There was also a Pretty Little Liars spinoff show called “Ravenswood” but it was cancelled after ten episodes.

Sara Shepard wrote another six-book mystery series, The Lying Game, which I also loved, though I was severely disappointed in the ending.  It also got a TV series though it was not as successful as the Pretty Little Liars show and was cancelled after two seasons.  Shepard also decided that she wasn’t quite finished writing Pretty Little Liars books and started writing new ones.  They started off mysterious enough—the girls had gotten themselves into new situations that they were desperate to keep secret, and a new “A” is all too ready to exploit them.  They weren’t quite up to par with the first eight books, but I was still enjoying them, as I assumed she was only writing four more.  Then I learned that she was actually writing EIGHT more and had to raise an eyebrow—dragging out one mystery for eight more books?  A’s seeming omnipotence started to get a little too farfetched.  My favourite comment about this is from Ian Harding, who plays Ezra on the television show:

The last books were a bit of a slog to get through, but I was determined to find out how it all played out.  The final book, Toxic, was pretty exciting as everything FINALLY came to a head.  But in general, it seemed the author was phoning it in for

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April 2, 2015

The other day, I was sitting on the bus reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver on my iPod, while listening to Adele’s latest album 21. The music was a perfect backdrop to the raw, emotional, and wrenchingly heartbreaking story of a dystopian world where love is treated like a disease. Adele has described her own musical style as “heartbroken soul,” and when her amazing smash-hit Rolling in the Deep started to play, I couldn’t help but notice that the music and lyrics fit the tone of the book to a “t”: “we could have had it all….”

More and more, books and music seem to have this symbiotic relationship going on. Of course, there are soundtracks to movies that are based on books, but nowadays, authors are also coming out with playlists for their novels. One of the first YA authors to do this was Stephanie Meyer who created a Twilight Playlist. Meyer says that she can’t write without music and that the playlist is composed of the music she hears in her head while reading the book. Mostly, it’s a collection of alternative rock (Coldplay, Muse, My Chemical Romance), and I think it works quite well.

Maggie Stiefvater has also created Shiver & Linger Playlists. Maggie says, “I have to have music playing non-stop while I write, or I can't focus. All I can think about is doing laundry, taking a walk, making cookie dough, or laying on the floor. So I create focused playlists for each book, every song picked to reinforce the mood or help me through a scene.” Stiefvater’s lists have that alternative feel as well, but its more Folk Festival than Rock on the Range with tunes from Rufus Wainwright and Fleet Foxes. Fitting, nonetheless.

I love this idea of pairing music with books (it’s almost as natural as cake & ice-cream, chips & dip or macaroni & cheese), and I think this only the beginning. As ebooks become more mainstream, it seems only natural to listen to some tunes while reading a good book. And hey, if it means I don’t have to listen to that crying baby on the bus while I’m trying to read, I think that’s a good thing. Music most definitely has the power to influence mood, and it can really enhance your reading experience. So why not put together your own book playlist, and see what you can come up with!?

Some other really cool book playlists? John Green’s Papertowns Playlist, Becca Fitzpatrick’s Crescendo Playlist, and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls Playlist.

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March 23, 2015

by Spencer

My favorite game console is the PS4. The controllers are very light, comfortable and the graphics are much better than the PS3. Winnipeg Public Library recently started buying video games and I think the idea is genius. What a great way to encourage teens to use the library!

Here are my top 5 game recommendations for the PS4 available at Winnipeg Public Library. I've also indicated when the game is available for other machines. :

5. NEED FOR SPEED Rivals (XBox 360, XBox ONE, PS3, PS4). I like racing games and the graphics on the PS4 are WAY cooler. You can customize your cars but only with paint and pinstripes. You can race your cars and also be a cop chasing the speedsters. Racing against your friends in the online play is fun too.

NHL154. NHL15 (XBox 360, XBox ONE, PS3, PS4). I love hockey and all the NHL series have been good. You can play against your friends or other teams. Scoring in Shoot Out mode is entertaining and exciting. You can Be A Pro where you play as one character on the team and have your time on the bench. You can customize this character with your name and it feels like you're a NHL player.

Infamous Second Son 3. INFAMOUS SECOND SON (PS4).  The story is about a guy who finds prisoners and you get their super powers. From there you have the choice of becoming good or bad. There are several different powers that you can unlock in the campaign depending on which way you want to play the game. This game has lots of extra content which makes it really fun.

Destiny2. DESTINY (XBox 360, XBox ONE, PS3, PS4). In this future world, you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth. You have to explore the solar system and there are a lot of different types of creatures that you have to battle. The huge selection of guns and armour are awesome.

Minecraft1. MINECRAFT  (XBox 360, XBox ONE, PS3, PS4). This is one of the most popular games and my personal favorite. You use your imagination and creativity to make a world of your own. You collect resources like wood and minerals and use them to build anything you want. Check out videos on youtube for inspiration.

With your library card, you can borrow 2 games for 7 days. You may renew up to 2 times as long as no one is waiting for the game. They are really popular right now so you might have to place a hold and pick it up when it's your turn. But it's a great way to try new games before you consider buying them.

Spencer is a member of the Millennium Library's Youth Advisory Council, which is why he gets to call himself a library insider and do awesome things like write for this blog. Find out more about the Youth Advisory Council on this page.

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