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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

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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!

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!

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