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Monday, April 23, 2018

The bedtime story my dad used to tell me began with my grandmother’s body.

With this eerie opening line, Rebecca Podos reels you into her intriguing YA novel The Mystery of Hollow Places.  The reader will want to read on and unravel the mystery of Imogene Scott and her family.  With a host of famous literary detective greats to help her on the way, Imogene discovers that truth and fiction often intertwine and that uncovering the past is sometimes not always the best course of action.

The plot thickens….

The Mystery of Hollow Places is a gorgeously written, stunningly original novel of love, loss, and identity, from debut author Rebecca Podos.

All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist; she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed of a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as “troubled waters.”

Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. And she decides it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.   – Amazon.ca

Rebecca Podos’ debut YA novel The Mystery of Hollow Places has garnered much attention:

  • Kirkus, starred review
  • The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
  • Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, Crime Fiction & First Novels
  • Booklist 2016 Top First Novels for Youth
  • Booklist, starred review
  • BCCB, starred review
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Nominated for a 2016 Agatha Award
  • Barnes & Noble Best YA of 2016 List

A graduate of the MFA Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College, Podos lives in Conneticut with her husband. Though writing for youth seems to be her passion…her day job also follows suit as Podos works as a YA and Middle Grade agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.

Don’t take our word for it, others are singing the praises of The Mystery of Hollow Places as well:

“This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Sharp plotting, unexpected twists, dynamic characters, and a sensitive treatment of mental illness make Podos a writer to watch.” (Booklist (starred review)

“Debut author Podos creates an engrossing mix of detective story and family story, as Imogene compulsively follows the trail but also begins to realize the fantasy that has driven her family narrative.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Debut author Podos makes capable use of believable characters and addictive clues to keep readers guessing.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Podos delivers an eerie debut novel that is a solid homage to mysteries and Gothic novels alike.” (SLJ)

Don’t forget! It’s all up to you now! So read and be ready!

Don’t Forget! It’s All Up To You Now! So Read And Be Ready To Vote!

Visit our CCRCE Teen Reader's Choice Award website to keep up-to-date on all the nominees and to have your say!

https://ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com/

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Monday, April 16, 2018

When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhaya Menon

“Dimple couldn’t stop smiling.” And you won’t stop either when you read this TRCA nominated title!

“Dimple couldn’t stop smiling. It was like two invisible puppeteers, standing stage left and stage right, were yanking on strings to lift up the corners of her mouth.”

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. ~amazon.ca

Don’t just take our word for how awesome this book is…

The Critics LOVE it too:

  • Instant New York Times Bestseller!
  • Instant National Indie Bestseller!
  • A Top 10 Indie Next Pick!
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection!
  • Starred Review from Kirkus!
  • Starred Review from VOYA!
  • A 2017 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist!
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Year!
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year!
  • An NPR Books Best Book of the Year!
  • A Target Best Book of the Year!
  • An ALA BFYA (American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults) 2018 pick!
  • An ALA Amelia Bloomer List pick for feminist YA fiction!
  • An Indies Choice Award Finalist!

Need to Knows About Sandhya

Her name is pronounced SUN-dhya and it means dusk or twilight in Hindi. Sandhya is an Indian-American living in Colorado with her family and her pets.

Favourite Books, and Characters

  • Team JACOB
  • Loves Twilight series (books and movies)
  • Dean and Castiel
  • Fear Street Fan

Food

  • Dessert
  • Chocolate
  • Nutella
  • Curry – especially coconut-based curries

Hogwart’s House

  • Gryffindor according to the test
  • Gryffilpuff in her heart

Learn More about Sandhya on her fabulous website: http://www.sandhyamenon.com/

Follow her @smenonbooks

Don’t Forget! It’s All Up To You Now! So Read And Be Ready To Vote!

Visit our website to keep up-to-date on all the nominees and to have your say!

CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award

https://ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com/

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

“Mitch was smiling so big his back teeth shone in the soft light of the solar powered lamp we’d scavenged from someone’s shed.”

Once you’ve read this first sentence, you won’t be able to put down The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline, until you read the last.

Internationally acclaimed Cherie Dimaline is an award-winning Canadian author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community.

She is the winner of the Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature and the Kirkus Award for Young Readers. Cherie has also won Fiction Book of the Year from Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards (Red Rooms).

She resides in Toronto where she coordinates the Annual Indigenous Writer’s Gathering. Cherie is the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library.

What’s so great about the plot to this dystopian thriller? Well…

“Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks.

The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.

In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands.
For now, survival means staying hidden … but what they don’t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.” – Amazon

We’re not the only ones who think The Marrow Thieves is awesome. Check out these awards:

  • Shortlisted for 2018 CBC Canada Reads
  • Winner of 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
  • Winner of 2017 Kirkus Prize
  • Nominated for 2018 Forest of Reading - White Pine Awards
  • A Globe and Mail Best Book

We selected, The Marrow Thieves, because it is an imaginative and thrilling dystopian novel written with a fresh voice.

If you want to learn more about Cherie Dimaline, check out the links below:

Canada Reads 2018
Cherie Dimaline http://www.cbc.ca/books/cherie-dimaline-1.4505184

How I Wrote It
The message YA novelist Cherie Dimaline has for young Indigenous readers http://www.cbc.ca/books/the-message-ya-novelist-cherie-dimaline-has-for-young-indigenous-readers-1.4195036

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cherie-Dimaline-188161724562388/

Twitter @cherie_dimaline

Don’t Forget! It’s All Up To You Now! So Read And Be Ready To Vote!

Visit our website to keep up-to-date on all the nominees and to have your say!

CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award

https://ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com/

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.

This is also the beginning of the enchanting story The Reader by Traci Chee - our featured TRCA top ten title this week.

Author Traci Chee grew up in a town where the cows outnumbered the people and now resides in California with her dogs where she enjoys hiking in the mountains and has recently taken up painting eggs.  Studying literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earning a Masters of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, Chee is now a New York Times Best Selling author and will surely spellbind you with storytelling mastery in her debut YA Novel The Reader  - the first in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy.

In The Reader we join 15 year old Sefia, on a dangerous journey through the fantasy world of Kelanna, a place where books and literacy are virtually unknown. Living life on the run after her father is murdered and her aunt kidnapped, Sefia comes to discover that a mysterious object her father left behind is actually a book.  Although reading is unheard of in her world, they are many others it seems, who would like to get their hands on the book.  To save her aunt Nin, Sefia ventures on a perilous expedition, meeting along the way a diverse and interesting group of characters. Through the mysterious, mute boy Archer, blustering pirates and an unrelenting assassin stories and legends truly come to life as Sefia learns to read and use the book as her guide.  Through many unique layers of narrative, Chee takes readers on a dangerously beautiful and fantastic adventure that magically comes together all the while sharing in the true enchantment of the written word.

Still not convinced to pick up The Reader? Hear what others have had to say about this 2016 Kirkus Review Finalist:

“I was spellbound from the first page. An utterly transportive tale of swashbucklers and sharpshooters, masterfully written. Traci Chee has penned a beautiful novel about the power of story, complete with a fantastic cast of characters and an expertly rendered fantasy landscape. This is a book you will not soon forget.” —Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

“Commanding storytelling and vivid details, particularly of the magical process of reading, bring the story to life… the first of what promises to be an enchanting series.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With evocative language, fascinating world building, multifaceted characters, and a compelling plot, this is a series fantasy lovers will want to sink their teeth into.”—Booklist, starred review

Or have a look at some accolades The Reader has received:

  • An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction Pick – 2017
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
  • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
  • A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
  • Minnesota Public Radio Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • A 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
  • An ABA Indies Choice Honor Book – 2017

We dare you, The Reader, to take a journey to Kelanna, join Sefia and a host of memorable characters, and uncover the magic of reading and storytelling.  Perhaps you could be the one to discover the answer to the hidden puzzle found throughout this intricate YA novel…

Don’t Forget! It’s All Up To You Now! So Read And Be Ready To Vote!

Visit our website to keep up-to-date on all the nominees and to have your say!

CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award

https://ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com/

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Monday, March 19, 2018

“Yes. There is a witch in the woods.”

And so begins our first nominated title, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Newberry Award winner – and pie maker -  Kelly Barnhill.

Kelly Barnhill is a former teacher, former park ranger, former waitress, former janitor, and very current master storyteller. The sum of her past has granted her a vast experience to draw upon when she weaves a tale. Let her captivate you.

Don’t just take our word for it! Here is a bit about the book…

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . . ~Amazon.ca

In fact, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, has won quite a few awards. Take a look:

  • Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal
  • The New York Times Bestseller
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016
  • A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016
  • A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016
  • An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
  • Named to KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016
  • 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice.

Kelly Barnhill has won many awards throughout her career too. We selected, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, because it is a fantastic and adventurous story with memorable characters. Luna, the heroine of this intriguing tale, is a strong female lead readers will not soon forget. Magic abounds and you will find yourself on the edge of your seat from the first page to the very last. We dare you to pick this book up and try to put it down. It’s going to cast a spell on you.

Don’t forget! It’s all up to you now! So read and be ready to vote!

Visit our website to keep up-to-date on all the nominees and to have your say!

CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Four Months.

Ten Books.

One Winner - chosen by our CCRSB junior and senior high students!

Welcome to the seventh annual CCRSB Teen Reader's Choice Award. We have a new look and a new crop of books for you to read!

Ten incredible and contemporary young adult novels have been carefully selected by a committee of frontline CCRSB Library Staff. We have scoured the best of the best and chosen this diverse collection of novels for our students to read and enjoy.

This year's fantastic offerings represent many genres, voices, and worlds.  Each title was selected from the highest regarded fiction published between January 2016 and December 2017.

The nominees are:

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • They Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

You may borrow the books from your school library, the public library, or wherever you get your books. Many of these titles have excellent audiobook editions that may be available at your local public library. So read or listen to as many as you like!

Stayed tuned in the coming weeks to learn more about each book and every author. Check back here, on Facebook, and our official TRCA website https://ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com/

Remember to like, comment, and share. If you tweet, look for our hashtags - #4:10:1 and #TRCA2018.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The results are in!  Thanks to all of you who participated and voted in the 2017 Teen Reader's Choice Award. This year CCRSB students cast 1782 votes either by paper ballot or online.

The Winners!

Position

Book Title

Votes

1 Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Graudin 351
2 The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge 212
3 The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness 209
4 The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, by Stephanie Oakes 187
5 All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely 160
6 Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E.K. Johnston 153
7 Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli 144
8 The Memory of Light, by Francisco X. Stork 143
9 We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen 139
10 Audacity, by Melanie Crowder 84

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly By Stephanie Oakes

“The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.”

Check out this book and the rest of the Top 10 at your CCRSB library today! 

Share your thoughts with the CCRSB community by using the hashtag #TRCA2017 and make sure you VOTE for your favourite books on the Teen Reader's Choice Awards blog!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Each week – until June 2nd – we’re featuring one of the Top 10 TRCA books. Read the description. Get inspired. Read the book. Then vote!

“What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.”

This book has received accolades from numerous sources including: ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choice, Michael Printz Award shortlist, NYPL Top Ten Best Books of the Year for Teens, Chicago Public Library Best Teen Books of the Year, Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books, ABC Best Books for Children, Bank Street Best Books List, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, VOYA Perfect Tens list of 2015, Voice of Youth Advocates, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and School Library Journal.

Check out this book and the rest of the Top 10 at your CCRSB library today!

Share your thoughts with the CCRSB community by using the hashtag #TRCA2017 and make sure you VOTE for your favourite books on the Teen Reader's Choice Awards blog!

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