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Monday, February 11, 2019

Today we look at Book #4, Far From the Tree by Robin Benway, in the Teen Reader's Choice Award series.

“For Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family.”

This book has received the following:

  • National Book award winner, 2017
  • New York Times bestseller of 2017
  • Starred review from: Kirkus, School Library Journal & Publishers Weekly

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

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! Share your thoughts with the CCRCE community by using the hashtag #TRCA2019 and make sure you VOTE for your favourite books on the Teen Reader's Choice Award blog!

 

Monday, February 4, 2019

This week's book is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia.             `

“18 year old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.”

This book has received the following accolades:

  • YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Top Ten
  • Capitol Choices 2018, Fourteen and Up
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
  • Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Young Adult Fiction

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

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!

Share your thoughts with the CCRCE community by using the hashtag #TRCA2019 and make sure you VOTE for your favourite books on the Teen Reader's Choice Award blog!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The second book in our TRCA series is: City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

“In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home”.

This book has received the following accolades:

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month – January 2017
  • An Apple iBooks Best of January 2017 Pick
  • Winter 2016-2017 Kids’ Indie Next Pick
  • A Teen Vogue Best New Young Adult Book – Jan 2017
  • A Bustle Best YA Book – January 2017
  • A Seventeen Magazine Best Book Pick of 2017
  • A 2017 B&N Best Young Adult Book
  • An NPR 2017 Best Book
  • A 2018 Bank Street Best Book

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

Share your thoughts with the CCRCE community by using the hashtag #TRCA2019 and make sure you VOTE for your favourite books on the Teen Reader's Choice Award blog!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Each week – until June 2nd – we will be featuring one of the Top 10 TRCA books.

The first book is The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater.

“The true story of when a public school teen boy named Richard set fire to a sleeping, gender-nonconforming private school teen named Sasha on bus # 57”.

This book has received the following accolades:

  • Stonewall Book Award Winner
  • Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.

Share your thoughts with the CCRCE community by using the hashtag #TRCA2019 and make sure you VOTE for your favourite books on the Teen Reader's Choice Award blog!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Your top choice is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Look for the movie in theatres later this year. Meanwhile, check out Angie Thomas’ website www.angiethomas.com

Thank you to all CCRCE grade 7-12 students who participated in the 2018 TRCA by reading, discussing and voting for the top ten titles.  1602 CCRCE students voted either by paper ballot or online during this year’s program!

Visit the TRCA website to find out how many votes each nominated title received!

www.ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com

Thank-you Readers and Voters for participating in another awesome year of TRCA!

Be sure to keep up your reading over the summer!

Perhaps you didn’t get to read all of the top ten TRCA titles?

Summer is a great time to check them out!

There are many free resources available through your local public library (https://library.novascotia.ca/map).   Or, great books to listen to FREE through programs like SYNC.  Check it out here: https://www.audiobooksync.com/

Ask your school librarian for more details or maybe even some suggestions on great summer reads today!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hello Readers!

It's time to VOTE for your favourite TRCA Nominee!

We know it’s hard to choose just ONE but it’s time to have your say! You can vote in-person or online. To vote in-person, see your school librarian for a ballot. Visit our website to vote online!

CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award: https://ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com/

POLLS OPEN UNTIL THIS FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2018!

Join US on Twitter! @TRCAfan  #4:10:1  #TRCA2018

PLUS

After you vote, head over to Audiofile SYNC Audiobooks @ www.audiobooksync.com That’s right, each Thursday, SYNC Audiobook offers two free audiobooks all summer long! And, you get to keep the audiobooks!

Monday, May 28, 2018

It’s time to VOTE for your favourite TRCA Nominee!

We know it’s hard to choose just ONE but it’s time to have your say!

You can vote in-person or online.

Join US on Twitter! @TRCAfan  #4:10:1  #TRCA2018

Check Out ALL the Nominees!

 



After you vote, head over to Audiofile SYNC Audiobooks @ www.audiobooksync.com for your free audiobook copy of:

When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhaya Menon

That’s right, each Thursday, SYNC Audiobook offers two free audiobooks all summer long!

 

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!

Want to know more?

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 www.jeffzentnerbooks.com. Follow him at Twitter: @jeffzentner

 

It's up to YOU now!

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/

Join US on Twitter! @TRCAfan  #4:10:1  #TRCA2018

Check Out ALL the Nominees!

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. ~amazon.ca

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 diversebooks.org

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: www.nicolayoon.com

Follow Nicola @NicolaYoon

Learn 11 facts about Nicola at Coffee Bookshelves: https://tinyurl.com/yaxp4ojh

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

 

 

It's up to YOU now!

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/

Join US on Twitter! @TRCAfan  #4:10:1  #TRCA2018

Check Out ALL the Nominees!

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 goodreads.com 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:

http://angiethomas.com/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiI3jtebWu0

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)

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/

Join US on Twitter! @TRCAfan  #4:10:1  #TRCA2018

Check Out ALL the Nominees!

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