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Teen SRC 2017 – Cariboo Runaway by Sandy Frances Duncan

Written by Sandy Frances Duncan, Cariboo Runaway is a story about a young girl named Elva, who runs away with her little brother Tim, from their home Victoria to find their missing father, who promised gold and a better future for their family. On their adventure, they encounter  various people, some who were kind and some who wanted to kill them. Will Elva and Tim make it through their journey and find their missing father, or will they not?

Cariboo Runaway is historical fiction, taking place in the gold rush period that happened in BC. I would rate this book a 3/5 as it was very boring. I wouldn’t recommend this book at all.

Shooter by Caroline Pignat

Currently, I am reading Shooter by Caroline Pignat and it is amazing!! I seriously cannot put it down!!

Set in a high school in BC, five students find themselves locked in the boys bathroom during a lockdown. They are five different kinds of people and feel like they have nothing in common. As the minutes tick by, they become a little restless and start to talk about their lives. Not only do they learn about each other, but they also learn, to their horror, that this is still a drill! There is really is a shooter in the school.

Told by the five points of view, the story weaves together well and it’s hard to put down. This book was also one of the Riot Reads in the Richmond High Schools this year. Be sure to check it out!

Once, In a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent

I’m currently reading Once, In a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent, and it’s a pretty good read!

Ana grew up in a tiny Mennonite colony in Bolvia, where everyone treats each other like family. But when her mother mysteriously flees the colony, Ana’s father forces her to leave as well. Now in Toronto, Ana must learn what it’s like to be a teen in Canada, which seems completely foreign to her.

The story switches back and forth between Ana’s present time in Toronto and her past in the colony. As the mystery surrounding her mother’s disappearance becomes more complex, so does Ana’s understanding of her past in the colony and her present in Toronto. As the reader, you have to figure out how the puzzle pieces fit together.

Teen Review – The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong

The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong

“Features a creepy supernatural element. Tess’s search for the meaning of her waking visions leads her to an abandoned mental hospital, a series of illegal experiments, and a boy who’s looking for answers of his own.” — School Library Journal, October 1, 2015

It’s 1964 and Tess’ orphanage has just burnt down.  Set out with a suitcase, a phone number and an address, Tess is determined to uncover the secrets of her past and why she is haunted with visions of the past.  When she arrives at the address, she soon discovers the horrible treatment of mental patients and finds out about her depressing family story.  While at the house Tess makes an unlikely ally, and with his help, finally starts accepting her paranormal powers.Read More

Teen Review – Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink is not your average book. It concerns the fact that some people are able to recognize certain things in split milliseconds. For example, in the book the author mentions a peculiar aspect of a seasoned tennis coach, able to recognize double faults before they even happened.

However, when asked, the coach had absolutely no idea how he did that. It is this unconscious thinking that has caused this book to be made. Other peculiarities discussed include instantly knowing when an important statue is fake or not, how people can choose one drink over another differently based on HOW MUCH they drank, and how better advertisement can make food products taste better.

The important point of this book is for people to realize our true thinking capabilities, and how we can use them to better our lives. Read this book to find out more about unconscious thinking.

Teen Review – Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers

Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers

JC, also known as either Sharkboy or Sharky has been having a difficult time ever since his best friend died right in front of him. What scares him and causes him to have a hard time is that his friend ‘s (he calls ‘The King’) death may have not been an accident and he wasn’t able to save him. Weeks pass and JC spends most of his time in his room, watching documentaries about the creatures he loves-sharks. He also watches about climate change and he even texts his dead friend.Read More

Teen Review – Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

When Shade, a young Silverwing bat angers the owls that live in the same forest as him, he accidentally causes war between the bats and owls that result into the destruction of his colony’s roost. As the surviving Silverwings flee for hibernation, a violent storm separates Shade from his family and he ends up on a deserted island. There, he meets different bats and a Brightwing bat named Marina. Shade and Marina’s search for his family is less difficult, thanks to a mental sonic map Shade’s mother had left him. On their way to his new roost, the journey becomes difficult as the two young bats encounter malevolent vampire bats that want Shade to lead them to his colony so they can devour his kind, Silverwings.Read More

Teen Review – When Kacey Left by Dawn Green

When Kacey Left by Dawn Green

Kacey and Sara have been the bestest of friends ever since they were little, doing everything together. Then Kacey left.

After Kacey’s sudden disappearance, Sara’s world completely changed. No one to skip classes with, hang at the beach or talk to. Worse, everyone at school is exchanging glances with Sara and are whispering about her. Her parents forced her to see a counsellor, who makes Sara write letters to Kacey daily to help her deal with her grief.
Now that Kacey is gone, it’s up to Sara to try to understand what it all meant and accept her loss.Read More