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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

There were things Dillard Wayne Early Jr. dreaded more than the start of school at Forrestville High. Not many, but a few.  The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

Have you ever felt this way? About school? Family? Life? Anyone who has ever felt they did not fit in, perhaps disconnected from family, or really any type of life struggle will easily relate to Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King. Dillard Early, better known as Dill, and his best friends Lydia and Travis are quite possibly the most relevant characters you will ever chance to meet in YA fiction. Set in the southern Bible belt of rural Tennessee, these three friends are about to embark on their senior year of high school dealing with a host of life struggles; small town mentalities, mental illness, physical abuse, emotional abuse and even an incarcerated parent. This senior year will be one that is not soon forgotten, and you won’t soon forget these three great friends either! Prepare to become emotionally attached as the characters find hope amongst their struggles and just maybe, you might even find hope amid your own.  Zentner’s debut novel The Serpent King is a book you won’t want to put down!

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Forrestville, Tenn., named after Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest, isn’t exactly a welcome place for slightly outside-the-mainstream folks like friends Dillard, Lydia, and Travis. Dill is a high school senior whose snake-handling preacher father is currently incarcerated; Lydia, a successful fashion blogger, plans on attending NYU after graduation; and Travis, large of body and gentle of soul, loses himself (and the pain of his father’s physical and emotional abuse) in a fantasy series called Bloodfall. While Dill finds comfort and beauty in music, Travis’s innate kindness belies his circumstances, and Lydia’s incandescent, gleefully offbeat personality draws them together. As the novel, Zentner’s debut, builds to a shocking act of violence that shatters the friends’ world, this sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope. Zentner explores difficult themes head on—including the desire to escape the sins of the father and the fragility of happiness—while tempering them with the saving grace of enduring friendship.  Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

Zentner’s debut novel is a hit!

A touching debut…Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel’s strengths. Zentner writes with grace and understanding–a new voice to savor. –Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences–the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts…Zentner sings a song of deep pain and harsh reality, but also of fierce love and hope. –Shelf Awareness (starred)

The Serpent King gripped me in its coils and kept me turning pages late into the night. A triumph of love and dignity. –Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author

Along with excellent reviews, The Serpent King has garnered quite a few notable recognitions:

  • An American Library Association William C. Morris Award winner
  • An International Literacy Association Young Adult Book Award winner
  • A New York Times Notable Children’s Book
  • Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal (UK)
  • A Southern Book Prize finalist
  • A Publishers Weekly Flying Start
  • An AML YA Book Award winner
  • An International Literary Association Young Adults’ Choices pick
  • A Best Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education & Children’s Book Committee, 2017 Edition
  • A Goodreads Choice Award finalist for Debut Author
  • A YALSA Top Ten Book for Young Adults
  • A YALSA Reluctant Reader Quick Pick
  • A Publishers Weekly Best of 2016 Pick
  • A Kirkus Best of 2016 Pick
  • A Barnes and Noble Best of 2016 Pick
  • An Amazon Best of 2016 Pick
  • A Shelf Awareness Best of 2016 Pick
  • A Novel Novice Best of 2016 Pick
  • An Indie Next Top Ten Pick
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

Jeff Zentner was led to writing through his music. He lives in Nashville Tennessee and before he was a writer he was a musician. As a guitarist and songwriter, Zentner has released five albums.  He has also appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch. Volunteering at a Teen Rock camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp steered him to want to write for young adults.  The Serpent King is his first novel.

Find out more about Zentner at Follow him at Twitter: @jeffzentner


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Monday, May 14, 2018

 “Local teen accepts destiny, agrees to become doctor.” The Sun is Also a Star, By Nicola Yoon

This book is inspired by Big History (to learn about one thing, you have to learn about everything). In The Sun is Also a Star, to understand the characters and their love story, we must know everything around them and everything that came before them that has affected who they are and what they experience.

Two teens--Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica--cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives--Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family's deportation to Jamaica--and fall in love.

In The Sun is Also a Star, you’ll meet Natasha, Daniel, and…the Universe!

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Everything About Nicola…Everything

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica and Brooklynn. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, game maker and author, David Yoon, and their daughter.

Nicola wrote the bestselling TRCA 2016 winner, Everything Everything.

Before she was an author, Nicola studied engineering at Cornell and worked for investment management firms.

She is a National Book Award Finalist and the winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Corretta Scott King New Talent awards.

Nicola is member of We Need Diverse Books. Find out more at

Nicola loves karaoke and Air Supply.

Great Reviews…

  • Starred Review from Kirkus
  • Starred Review from Booklist
  • Starred Review from Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review from Shelf Awareness
  • Starred Review from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • Starred Review from Horn Book

Already an Award-Winner…

  • National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist
  • Michael L Printz Honor book
  • Walter Honor book
  • Coretta Scott King New Talent Award
  • New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year 2016
  • Amazon Top 20 Best Book of the Year 2016 selection
  • Amazon Best Book of the Year Young Adult 2016 selection
  • New York Times, Book Review
  • Entertainment Weekly, Top 10 Best Books of 2016 selection
  • Entertainment Weekly, Grade A review
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016
  • Horn Fanfare Best Books of 2016
  • Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2016
  • New York Public Library’s Best 50 Books for Teens 2016

Meet Nicola at her website:

Follow Nicola @NicolaYoon

Learn 11 facts about Nicola at Coffee Bookshelves:

Will Nicola Yoon be a two-time TRCA Award winner?



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Monday, May 7, 2018

“I shouldn’t have come to this party.”

Soon after uttering this declaration the two worlds in which Starr Carter exists collide in Angie Thomas’ New York Times bestselling YA novel, The Hate U Give.  8 starred reviews cannot be mistaken. Everyone should read this book.  With a phrase coined by rapper Tupac Shakur as the title, Thomas’ book hits on the timely topics of racial profiling, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.   One reviewer states [Starr Carter] is resilient, authentic, and everything we need in adolescents today.”  Starr’s genuine and relevant voice will not only make you think twice about injustice, you will want to stand up with her and take action for justice in our society too.

A glimpse into this powerful YA Novel….

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. (From Balzer + Bray)

The Hate U Give is Angie Thomas’ first YA novel. Thomas resides in Jackson Mississippi, where she was born and raised. Formerly a teen rapper, Angie Thomas holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University.  One highlight of her short lived rap career was appearing in RightOn Magazine.

Check out more information about Angie at:

Angie shares some fun facts about herself in this video from Epic Reads.

The praises keep pouring in for Angie Thomas’ debut YA novel:

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership.” – Booklist (starred review)

“This is tragically timely, hard-hitting, and an ultimate prayer for change. Don’t look away from this searing battle for justice. Rally with Starr.” — Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT
"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review)

“Ultimately the book emphasizes the need to speak up about injustice. That’s a message that will resonate with all young people concerned with fairness, and Starr’s experience will speak to readers who know Starr’s life like their own and provide perspective for others.” — BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS (starred review)

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Monday, April 30, 2018

“Death-cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime – I’m going to die today.”

Have you ever read such an attention-grabbing first sentence? Find it in…

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

If you loved Before I Fall and If I Stay, this book is for you. If you never heard of those novels, this book is still for you!

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

The Critics LOVE it too:

Starred Review from Kirkus! “It’s another standout from Silvera. Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises.”

Starred Review from Booklist! “Extraordinary and unforgettable.”

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly! “Over the course of an eventful day, these thoughtful young men speak honestly and movingly about their fate, their anger at its unfairness, and what it means to be alive, until their budding friendship organically turns into something more.”

Starred Review from School Library Journal! “Silvera continues to masterfully integrate diversity, disability, and young queer voices into an appealing story with a lot of heart. A must-have for YA shelves.”

  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
  • A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017
  • A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017
  • A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017
  • A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017
  • A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year
  • A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

Meet Adam at his website

Follow Adam @AdamSilvera


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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.   –

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!


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.

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


  • 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:

Follow her @smenonbooks

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CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award



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

How I Wrote It
The message YA novelist Cherie Dimaline has for young Indigenous readers


Twitter @cherie_dimaline

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

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CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award


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!

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CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award


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 . . .

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



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

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