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The winner of the Teen SRC 2022 Design Contest is…

We know that you have been waiting for a long time to hear who won the Teen Summer Reading Club Design Contest, so without further ado the winner is…

Congrats Bella S.!!

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Club 2022 is Time Travel and we think that Bella’s design is a great representation of the theme. But, we had so many really beautiful designs this summer, so we decided to name two designs as runner-ups:

by Alina C.

by Amelia T.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a design. There really were some great designs and we had a tough time choosing the winner. Be sure to enter the design contest again next summer!

CONGRATULATIONS! Teen SRC Winners Week #7

Can you believe that there are only 1 more weeks in the Teen Summer Reading Club!? There have been great reviews written this summer and it’s great watching you comment on each other’s reviews!! Keep it up!

This week’s winners are: Rosie and Inshal. Congrats!!

Don’t forget: the big prize this summer will go to the person who has written the most reviews. Make sure to get your reviews posted by the last day this month in order to be in the running for the grand prize!

Also, it’s not too late to try the Heist. Does criminal Ainsley Jones successfully steal 7 items, or is Ainsley caught by the police? Only you can determine Ainsley’s fate!

All artists should enter our Design Contest! Your design could be the Teen SRC 2022 image!!

TAMBA Author Interview – Eileen Cook

You Owe Me a Murder : Cook, Eileen: Amazon.ca: Books

Back in March, Stephanie and I had the chance to interview the amazing thriller writer, Eileen Cook. She has written many incredible books, such as The Hanging Girl, You Owe Me A Murder, and With Malice, so we were so excited to talk to her!

We had a blast learning about everything from where she gets her inspiration and how she builds suspense to the tips she has for emerging writers!

Read on for a few of our favourite highlights:

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Rosie: So, what got you into writing and when did you first develop more of an interest in doing it seriously?

Eileen: Well, I absolutely loved the library, and I’d go with my family every week to check out huge stacks of books. So very early on, I realized that somebody must actually write all of these stories! And I used to go and find where my book would go on the shelf if I ever wrote one, and make a little space for it there. Then, when I was 10, I discovered a book in the adult section of the library called Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King, and I went to check it out, along with my little pile of Nancy Drews and Judy Blume… and despite a warning from the librarian, I still ended up taking it home. It was terribly scary and I slept with the lights on for a while after that… but I remember thinking it was really cool! The fact that I knew it was make believe but that it was still able to make me so terrified? And that was the first time I realized, yes, I want to do this.

Rosie: I can totally relate to that! I think it’s so crazy how books are literally just words on a page, but somehow they can still make you feel so many different emotions, and so strongly too!

Stephanie: True. And speaking of the thriller and adventure genre, how do you create such suspense in your books?

Eileen: Well let me tell you, it’s a lot harder than it seems. Especially because readers are getting a lot better at solving these mysteries than they used to be. Anyway, what I play with most often is: what do people see versus what really happened? For example, say you have a crush on someone, and you decide to tell them, but then you see them hugging someone else in the cafeteria and you’re like… NOOOO! I’ll never talk to them again! But later, it turns out they had just been hugging a cousin or something. So the suspense comes from convincing people that they see one thing, when they might actually be seeing something else. It’s a little bit like magic, almost!

Rosie: That’s so cool! And speaking of ways to create suspense and make your books more thrilling, what do you think makes a good story?

Eileen: I think a good story is something that makes you want to understand the characters better. Not anything to do with the plot, it’s the person. I have to care about the characters or at least find them interesting, which can definitely pull me into the story! 

Rosie: Yes I completely agree. With amazing books, I just end up wanting to be friends with them or get to know them better.

Stephanie: And they’re really able to drive the story forward, especially in your books, I’ve noticed! Like all the actions and the plot is driven forward BY the character.

Eileen: And something else! I used to think that when writing was hard, it meant that it was bad… but in reality, sometimes writing is just difficult. Just like how any other job is just hard on some days. It’s important to just keep pushing through, and pursue your passion!

Rosie: That’s so true! And on this same topic of overcoming obstacles in writing… Do you have any general tips for becoming a writer? As I know many members of our audience are likely aspiring writers, myself included!

Eileen: Ooh… I have many tips, but I’ll just give you the most important ones; the first of these is: read a LOT of books, because sometimes they really are the best teachers. When you finish a book, open it back up and read it again. Think about potential changes you could make and how that’d affect the story! Read like a writer. Another piece of advice would be to be nice to yourself. When I first began, I’d have amazing ideas for a book but I’d start writing and just never finish because it always ended up lousy on the page. What I had to learn was that everybody writes terrible first drafts. And we often compare our rough drafts to published novels… which is not realistic at all! So yes, be nice to yourself.

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Eileen Cook is currently working on another thriller with lots of mayhem, a possible accidental murder, and maybe even poison, so keep an eye out for that — it sounds deliciously suspenseful!

Once again, a huge thank you to Ms. Cook for taking the time to talk to Stephanie and I. Our discussion was so intriguing and we definitely learned a lot!

Welcome to Around the World: Teen SRC 2021

Summer is finally here! We are looking forward to reading your reviews and awarding you for it! Prizes will be awarded all summer starting in July. Each week, we will be giving away a random prize plus a prize for our favourite review. This could be a post or comment that is well written, thought provoking or shows a lot of insight and no, a review does not have to be long to be considered. Like someone else’s review? Let them know, commenting on the blog counts as a post entry too!

Tune in on July 5th to participate in the Heist! Criminal mastermind Cody Vandango has hired you – Ainsley Jones. Your mission – to travel around the world to each of the seven continents and steal something of value without getting caught. Mission #1 begins NOW! Click here to complete the mission.

Mission #1 is the beginning of everything. Try your luck here

Mission #2 begins July 12th! Click here to complete the mission

Mission #3 is here! Click here to complete this week’s mission!

Mission #4 is even better! Click here to complete Week 4’s mission!

Mission #5 may be the most challenging yet! Click here to complete week 5’s mission!

Mission #6 is a doozy! Give it a try! Click here to complete Week 6’s mission!

The final mission is HERE!!!!! Can you complete everything for Cody Vandango? Click here to complete Week 7’s mission!

Winner’s of RPL’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2021!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their poems this year!! The judges had a hard time choosing the winners this year, as there were so many beautiful submissions this year. But after some discussion, the following winners were chosen:

Group 1
1st Place: I Am A Woman by Nida A.
2nd Place: The Beauty Of My Skin by Amna S.

Group 2:
1st Place: The Ravings of Plight by Angela Y.
2nd Place: To My Inner Child by Astra Y.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2021! Read all their poems here!

The winners of the Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2020

We are happy to announce the winners for the Annual Teen Poetry Contest. There were a lot of wonderful poems submitted this year. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Group 1
1st Place: Beautiful by Rosie L.
2nd Place: The Monster I Am by Inshal K.

Group 2:
1st Place: Ebb and Flow by Penelope D.
2nd Place: Sun and Moon by Alice L.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their poems this year and look for our Teen Poetry Contest next year in April 2021. You can read the winning poems here

RPL’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2020 – Extended!!

Even though things are a little different right now at RPL, we are happy to announce that we are doing our Annual Teen Poetry Contest again this year! We are always excited to celebrate Poetry Month and can’t wait to read all of your submissions. Here are some of the details about the contest:

Feeling creative? Want a way to express your feelings about what’s going on in your life? Write a poem and submit your entry to us between April 1 – 30. Please email your poem to teenblog@yourlibrary.ca along with your name, age and grade.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Age Categories:
    • Group 1: 12-15 years old
    • Group 2: 16-18 years old
  2. Any format of poem is acceptable.
  3. Length: No longer than one single-spaced typed page
  4. Must be an original work

Prizes:

Groups 1 & 2:

  1. 1st Place – $35 gift certificate to Richmond Centre
  2. 2nd Place – $15 gift certificate to Richmond Centre

Judging Criteria
Creativity, clarity, originality, and the literary merit or message of the poem

* RPL reserves the right to disqualify any offensive and/or inappropriate submission

Rules and Regulations for RPL’s Teen Poetry Contest