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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!

Monday, May 1, 2017
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The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

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!

“When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn't be alive. But then she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she's never had.

But Vicky's newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending Vicky back to the life that drove her to suicide, she must try to find her own courage  and strength. She may not have them. She doesn't know.”

Inspired in part by the author's own experience with depression, The Memory of Light is the rare young adult novel that focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one - about living when life doesn't seem worth it, and how we go on anyway.

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 Award blog!

Monday, April 24, 2017
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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! 

“Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father’s murder—or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself.”

This book has received accolades from numerous sources including: School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, BCCB, Publishers Weekly starred review, Publisher’s weekly "Best of 2016" list, Winner of the Costa Book of the Year, Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award, and Winner of the Horn Book-Boston Globe Award.

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 Award blog!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This week's feature: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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! 

“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.”

This book has received accolades from numerous sources including: 2015 Longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, William C. Morris Award Winner, Publisher’s Weekly Best Teen Book, ALA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick, Top Ten Rainbow Project Book, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, American Booksellers Association 2016 Indie Choice (Young Adult), YALSA 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2016 Rainbow Book List.

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, April 10, 2017

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!

This week's feature: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

“Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a small town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The rape wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.”

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, April 3, 2017

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

This week's feature: Audacity by Melanie Crowder

Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan's Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.

This book has received accolades from numerous sources including: 2015 National Jewish Book Award finalist, Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, Colorado Book Award Finalist, Nerdy Book Award, Mighty Girl Book, Best Books of the Year from Bank Street College, Editor’s Choice from Bookbrowse.com, Washington Post Best Children’s Books for April: Poetry Edition, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, ALA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick, ALSC Notable Children's Book nominee, BCCB Blue Ribbon winner, YALSA 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2016 Amelia Bloomer List.

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, March 27, 2017

Have you started reading for the Teen Reader’s Choice Award yet?!

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! 

This week’s feature: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. 

“A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.”

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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