Tuesday, September 12, 2017










Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R. J. Palacio
“These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie’s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don’t want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder.” –Amazon

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
"Gem has never known what it is to have security. She's never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they've always had each other. When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie -- on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she's tried so hard to keep." –WorldCat

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
“How far would you go to become someone else? Imogen is an heiress, a runaway, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a chameleon, and a liar. Imogen is done pretending to be perfect, and Jule refuses to go back to the person she once was. Somewhere between the mansions of Martha's Vineyard and the shores of Cabo San Lucas, their intense friendship takes a dark turn.” –WorldCat

LifeBlood by Gena Showalter
Everlife; Book Two
“With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences. Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?  –Amazon

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Stealing Snow; Book One
 “Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is. Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust.” –Amazon

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die; Book Four
“Dorothy Gale was buried when the Emerald Palace crashed to the ground; Ozma has been restored to the throne. But girls from Kansas are harder to kill than you'd think. Now Amy Gumm is following the Road of Yellow Brick toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. Surprise! He has a gingham-clad bride. And the line between Good and Wicked is blurring.” –WorldCat

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“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.” –WorldCat

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz 
“Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he?” –Amazon

Monday, September 11, 2017










90 Days of Different by Eric Walters
“On the last day of high school, Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her. It turns out he thinks she is too predictable, too responsible, too mature...too boring. When Sophie turns to her best friend, Ella, for comfort and reassurance, Ella just confirms what her boyfriend has said. And that hurts even more. Then Ella comes up with a plan to help Sophie find her wilder side. In the ninety days between the end of high school and the start of university, she is going to arrange for Sophie to do amazing, new, different and sometimes scary things. The deal is Sophie has to agree to everything, no matter what. And she has to share her adventures through social media. Can ninety days of different create a different life? Can stepping outside your comfort zone help you find yourself?” –Amazon

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses series; Book Three
“Feyre returns to the Spring Court on a reconnaissance mission about the invading king. As a spy, the future of the entire kingdom may rely on her ability to play her part perfectly, and her decisions about who to trust and which allies are best will decide the outcome of the coming war.” –WorldCat

A List of Cages by Robin Roe
“When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew…. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.” –Amazon

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before; Book Three
“Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make…. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?” –Amazon

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
“Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped ….Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.” –Amazon

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Carve the Mark; Book One
“On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?” –WorldCat

Legion by Julie Kagawa
Talon; Book Four
“After witnessing a powerful sacrifice, Ember Hill knows that nothing she was taught by dragon organisation Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing. In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against The Order of St. George and against her own twin brother Dante the heir apparent to all of Talon, who will soon unleash the greatest threat dragonkind has ever known. Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who will not yield.” –WorldCat

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
Glittering Court; Book Two
“A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court. For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they've only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it means further persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well--men she would potentially be expected to give her life to. By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies' maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely--one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.” –WorldCat

Monday, June 19, 2017


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

And the winner is....


Thanks to all of you who participated in this year's TRCA. CCRSB students cast 1782 votes either by paper ballot or online. The winner of the Kane Chronicles trilogy is Carlie McCallum.

Book Title
Position
# of Votes



Wolf by Wolf
1st
351
The Lie Tree
2nd
212
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
3rd
209
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
4th
187
All American Boys
5th
160
Exit, Pursued by a Bear
6th
153
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
7th
144
The Memory of Light
8th
143
We Are All Made of Molecules
9th
139
Audacity
10th
84
                                                                      


Total

1782

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Teen Reader's Choice Award 2017

Attention all CEC students! You have one month left to participate in the sixth annual CCRSB Teen Reader's Choice Award. Participants are encouraged to read one or more of these books and discuss the titles on an online forum with other CCRSB students. Voting for your favourite book from this list will take place until June 2nd. A winner will be announced on June 13th. Students will be able to vote electronically online or in the library by paper ballot.

In addition to in-person discussions, and the TRCA blog, CCRSB is introducing the hashtag #TRCA2017 this year to further build the conversation around literature. Students are encouraged to use the hashtag when voicing their thoughts and opinions of these books online.

During the June 13th awards ceremony a draw will be held with the prize being the Kane Chronicles Trilogy by Rick Riordan. Also included in the prize package are two Kane Chronicles collectible posters. This ceremony will take place at noon time (12 p.m.) in the library. Students must participate in the TRCA to be eligible for the draw.

This year's top ten books are as follows:
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Audacity by Melanie Crowder
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 
  • The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Friday, April 21, 2017

LGBT Resources in Your Library

Today, 21 April 2017, is the National Day of Silence in support of GLBT youth. The following is a partial list of LGBT materials available in the CEC library.









Nonfiction

Living Proud! Growing UP LGBTQ
·         Being Transgender by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
·         Coming Out and Seeking Support by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
·         Confronting Stereotypes by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
·         Facing Homophobia by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
·         Finding Community by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
·         Staying Mentally Healthy by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
·         Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross

A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
“With wisdom, wit, and an unwavering resolution to tell the truth, Bornstein shares her story: from a nice Jewish boy growing up in New Jersey to a strappingly handsome lieutenant of the Church of Scientology’s Sea flagship vessel, and later to 1990s Seattle, where she becomes a rising star in the lesbian community.” –Publisher

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
"Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of ‘The 25 Most Influential Teens’ of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths." –Publisher

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson
"For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world, Pride is both protest and celebration. It's about embracing diversity. It's about fighting for freedom and equality. It's about history, and it's about the future. It's about all of us."  –Publisher

The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard
"The mother of Matthew Shepard shares her story about her son's death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activist."–WorldCat

Fiction:

A Vigil for Joe Rose by Michael Whatling
“As a unified collection, these eight short stories and a novella chart the journey of the main characters from first coming out to their growth into confident young gay men, and the challenges, triumphs, and losses along the way.” –Amazon

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
“Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.” –Amazon

Draw The Line by Laurent Linn
“Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention.  In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite. But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.” –Amazon

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
“Jamie Peterson has a problem: Even though he tries to keep his feelings to himself, everyone seems to know how he feels about Mason, and the girls in his art class are determined to help them get together. Telling the truth could ruin Jamie and Mason’s friendship, but it could also mean a chance at happiness. Falling in love is easy, except when it’s not, and Jamie must decide if coming clean to Mason is worth facing his worst fear.” –Amazon

FatherSonFather by Evan Jacobs
“Jeff knew his dad wouldn't live forever. But he had already lost his mom. It would be too unfair. The 9-1-1 call was shocking. The hospital, impersonal. When his dad improved, he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. There, a transgender nurse took over his care. Jeff was appalled. But slowly, his admiration for her grew.” –Amazon

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
“From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He's a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?” –Amazon

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
“Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote.” –WorldCat

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
“Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew.” –Amazon

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
“Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love. Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light. Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman's body is seen as nature's mistake, and sex reassignment is legal. Will Sahar risk her life and sacrifice her true self?” –WorldCat

Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
“Kate was Lissa's best friend. They’ve shared everything for four years. Then one night at a drunken party, Kate leaned in to kiss Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back. And now Kate is pretending Lissa doesn't exist. Confused and alone, Lissa's left questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and about life. But with the help of a free-spirit new friend, Lissa's beginning to find the strength to realize that sometimes falling in love with the wrong person is the only way to find your footing.” –Amazon

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
"Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you're in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he's called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change."—WorldCat

Moon At Nine by Deborah Ellis
“Fifteen-year-old Farrin has grown up with secrets: ten years after the overthrow of the Shah, her aristocratic mother is still working against Iran's conservative revolutionary government. But when Farrin befriends Sadira, the intriguing and outgoing new student at her school for gifted girls, her own new secret is even more dangerous. Because the girls discover their relationship is more than just a friendship—and in Iran, being gay is punishable by death.” –Amazon

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
“After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.” –WorldCat

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
“Best friends and unofficial brothers since they were six, ninth-graders T.C. and Augie have got the world figured out. But that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. Enter Al‚. She's pretty, sassy, and on her way to Harvard. T.C. falls hard, but Al‚ is playing hard to get. Meanwhile, Augie realizes that he's got a crush on a boy. It's not so clear to him, but to his family and friends, it's totally obvious! Told in alternating perspectives, this is the hilarious and touching story of their most excellent year, where these three friends discover love, themselves, and how a little magic and Mary Poppins can go a long way.” –Amazon

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“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. “ –Amazon

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
Kaycee Jean McCoy has lived her entire life in Sunshine, Tennessee. In Sunshine, going to church is basically mandatory, and gay had better be your mood and not your sexual orientation. Kaycee may not agree with the town’s socially accepted bigotry, but she’d rather fit in—even if it means letting gross Dave Bradford kiss her on occasion—than make waves. That is, until the beautiful, sexy, impossibly cool Bren Dawson moves into town. Kaycee is swept up in a whirlwind of exciting new emotions and lets her guard down. One night under a fat country moon, Kaycee’s best friend catches them kissing, and her whole world goes to hell in a handbasket. What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love? And what will she risk for acceptance?” –Amazon

The Art of being Normal by Lisa Williamson
“On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl. As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.” –Amazon

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
“Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister. Of course, that was all before--before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa ... and before the car accident that changed everything. Enter: Geoff, Quinn's best friend, who insists it's time Quinn came out--at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Quinn gets dragged to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy--okay, a hot guy--and Quinn falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins envisioning his future as a screenplay that might actually end happily--if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.” –WorldCat

When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid
“School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He's not part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because even though everyone knows his name like an A-lister, he isn't invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire. Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It's a total train wreck! But train wrecks always make the front page. ” –Amazon

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
“One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.” –Amazon

Graphic Novel:

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
"Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir."–WorldCat

Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash.
"Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie's savant-like proficiency at the camp's rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it's too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand."Publisher

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teen Reader's Choice Award 2017








Attention all CEC students! It’s time to participate in the sixth annual CCRSB Teen Reader's Choice Award. This year's top ten books are as follows:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge  
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Beginning on March 21st, participants are encouraged to read one or more of these books and discuss the titles on an online forum with other CCRSB students. Voting for your favourite book from this list will take place until June 2nd. A winner will be announced on June 13th. Students will be able to vote electronically online or in the library by paper ballot.

In addition to in-person discussions, and the TRCA blog, CCRSB is introducing the hashtag #TRCA2017 this year to further build the conversation around literature. Students are encouraged to use the hashtag when voicing their thoughts and opinions of these books online.

During the June 13th awards ceremony a draw will be held with the prize being the Kane Chronicles Trilogy by Rick Riordan. Also included in the prize package are two Kane Chronicles collectible posters. This ceremony will take place at noon time (12 p.m.) in the library.

Students must participate in the TRCA to be eligible for the draw.

Check out the top ten youtube video and follow us on the CCRSB Libraries facebook page. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

New Fiction










Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel by Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms; Book Five
“When Mytica is threatened by an epic clash between gods and mortals, Magnus and Cleo are forced to test the strength of their love in the face of a redemption-seeking King Gaius.”–WorldCat

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass; Book Five
“The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world.” –WorldCat

Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Asylum; Prequel
“Ricky Desmond has been through all this before. If he could just get through to his mother, he could convince her that he doesn't belong at Brookline. From the man who thinks he can fly to the woman who killed her husband, the other patients are nothing like him; all he did was lose his temper just a little bit, just the once. But when Ricky is selected by the sinister Warden Crawford for a very special programme--a programme that the warden claims will not cure him but perfect him--Ricky realizes that he may not be able to wait for his mom a second longer. With the help of a sympathetic nurse and a fellow patient, Ricky needs to escape now.” –WorldCat

Replica by Lauren Oliver
“Replica is a flip book that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story.” –Amazon

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
Embassy Row; Book Three
“Desperate to protect her younger brother Jamie, Grace Blakely, her brother, and her friend Alexei are on the run from the forces in Adria who threaten them because Jamie is the true heir to the throne--but it is hard to hide from Prime Minister Alexandra Petrovic and the secret society that is part of Grace's family heritage, and even harder to know who to trust.” –WorldCat

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Rees Brennan
“Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be. But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.” –Amazon

The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
Iron fey. Call of the forgotten; Book Three
“Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world was cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Faery—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.” –Amazon

Will to Survive by Eric Walters
The Rule of Three; Book Three
“After a global blackout, teenager Adam Daley and his neighbors have turned their middle American community into a fortress, defending against countless enemies, but what is lurking in the dark is a greater danger than ever before: somebody who wants to destroy the neighborhood and Adam at any cost.” –WorldCat

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
“On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee breaks into Jake's favorite hideout, an abandoned insane asylum, where her eccentric friends challenge her to rediscover buried parts of herself.” –WorldCat

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Fiction










A Beautiful Funeral: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
Maddox Brother Series; Book Five
“Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas's oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.” –Amazon

A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
Firebird; Book Three
“Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead. Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.” –Amazon

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
“Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. ” –WorldCat

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
“The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years--except Biff, the Messiah's best bud. Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more--except maybe ‘Maggie,’ Mary of Magdala--and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.” –WorldCat

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
“Henry Page has never been in love. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change. Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again.” –Amazon

RoseBlood by A. G. Howard
"Rune Germain, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of each performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, Rune's mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, at a renovated opera house, rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot.” –WorldCat

Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly
“Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It's not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they're scraping by. Crystal's grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies-and gets in-new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.” –Amazon

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
“Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now. So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance.  A theory way too absurd to take seriously...at first.” –WorldCat

The Memory Book by Lara Avery
“When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.” –WorldCat

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Young Elites; Book Three
“Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.” –Amazon

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
“Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can't step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He's sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. Norah can't leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn't so screwed up.” –Amazon

Unforgiven by Lauren Kate
Fallen; Book Five
“High school can be hell. Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes. Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails . . . there’s a special place in Hell just for him. Tick-tock.” –Amazon

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Biographies










Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
“Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of ‘The 25 Most Influential Teens’ of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.”

How Can I Help?: A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden
“A humane behind-the-scenes account of a week in the life of a psychiatrist at one of Canada’s leading mental health hospitals. How Can I Help? takes us to the frontlines of modern psychiatric care.” –Amazon

Pablo Escobar: My Father by Juan Pablo Escobar
“More than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with the king of cocaine, Juan Pablo Escobar travels to the past to reveal an unabridged version of his father―a man capable of committing the most extreme acts of cruelty while simultaneously professing infinite love for his family. This is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness.” –Amazon

The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra
“Rajiv Surendra (the rapping mathlete from Mean Girls) read Life of Pi, discovered it was being adapted into a major motion picture, and embarked on a ten-year journey to land the role of a lifetime--but this is not a journey of goals and victories, this is a story of obsessively pursuing a dream, overcoming failure, and finding meaning in life.” –Amazon

The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo's Scorpion Prison to Freedom by Mohamed Fahmy
“Award-winning journalist Mohamed Fahmy's widely anticipated account of his wrongful incarceration in Cairo's maximum-security Scorpion Prison for terrorists and political leaders, and his subsequent battle for justice, opens a remarkable window onto the closed world of Islamic fundamentalism and the bloody geopolitical struggles that dominate our headlines. An important book that reads like a political thriller, it is also a testament to the critical importance of journalism today; an inspiring love story that made front-page news; and a profoundly personal drama of one man's fight for freedom.” –Amazon

Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper by Jody Mitic
“Elite sniper Jody Mitic loved being a soldier. His raw, candid, and engrossing memoir follows his personal journey into the Canadian military, through sniper training, and firefights in Afghanistan, culminating on the fateful night when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees.” –Amazon