Category Archive – What’s Going On

Finito!! The Teen Summer Reading Challenge

by Vee  | Category: It's here!, Randomness, What's Going On
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Hey guys,  so summer is officially over (that went by waaaaaaaaay to quickly for me, I don’t know about you, jeez!)  Anywho, you are all now back in school, some of you have maybe started high school for the first time, some of you are now in university..Boy O Boy!  What changes!

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve now emailed our winners for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, as well as our winners of the draws from the different contests we ran this summer.  So, check your email!!!  Fingers crossed that I emailed YOU!!!

For those crazy curious folk, our top reader managed to squeeze a grand total of 63, 152 pages this summer.  Yeah, that’s right.  WowEE!

Kudos to you all. I hope you had fun, and are kicking things off to a good start this fall at school.
Stay classy, Vaughan

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

by rosebud13  | Category: Blog for Hours, It's here!, Must-Read Fiction, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why cover imageThirteen Reasons Why takes us through a journey that explains a dreadful tragedy. One day, Clay Jensen received a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep from an anonymous source. His enthusiastic anticipation quickly turned to horrific shock as he heard the voice recorded: Hannah Baker, the girl who commit suicide only two weeks before. Throughout the novel, Hannah Baker leads us through her eerie and frightening story about how she brought herself to make such a decision to end her life. She did not start out depressed although the series of events that took place in her life lead to her depressed state. She began as the new girl in town whom was friendly and fearless. At the new school she was attending, Crestmont High School, she met a boy named Justin Foley. They grew to be attracted to one another and decided to go out. The date was simple and innocent, although Justin did not tell it that way. The over exaggeration gave Hannah a reputation she did not want. This created the snowball effect, as Hannah refers to it as. The snowball effect is a numerous amount of experiences (in this case negative) that keep adding on to each other and creating a bigger problem as the amount of experiences grow. In the end, Hannah could not take anymore of those negative experiences as they were too much for her to handle. I liked this book because, for me, the main point was that people have the immense power to change the lives of others and it can be in either a good or bad way; sometimes one will not even know it. After reading this piece of literature, any reader will involuntarily reflect and think about how quickly someone’s words or actions can impact another person for better or for worse and create great issues that, sometimes, cannot be fixed. I think it is important that each and every individual understands how much power they have over another human being.

 “You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”

- Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

by marialovesanimals  | Category: Blog for Hours, It's here!, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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3244 cover imageThe 438 page novel Fangirl is by Rainbow Rowell , the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, and is a beautiful story of moving on which also introduces readers to a heart warming plot enhanced by the themes of friendship, family, and first love. This story follows in the narrative of a fan-fiction loving girl who learns that life off the computer and outside the writing forums isn’t that scary after all but really enjoyable and worthwhile to experience.

Cather Avery, or most preferably known as Cath, has been a huge fan of the Simon Snow series since she was a young girl. But unlike all of Gemma T. Leslies adoring fans Cath and her twin sister Wren take their fandom to an entirely different level. They use their extraordinary writing skills to write the most popular Simon fan-fiction, stories based on Simon Snow characters, to help them get through the pain and grief of their mother leaving them. Although, throughout the years Wren has been gradually drifting away from her obsession and her sister Cath has become even more ensconced in it.Now the time has come for these girls to head of to college and begin a new era in their lives and let go of the past.

After living together in the same room for many years the sisters decide not to be roommates, well it’s truly Wren who decides and Cath who follows behind like usual. This year will be a very hard one for Cath and she knows it. Without Wren by her side she is unsure if she’ll be able to tackle all the things thrown her way. For instance, at school Cath battles her piles of homework, her fiction writing teachers beliefs and her odd roommates opinions. In addition, she also worries over her father who isn’t strong enough to withstand his breakdowns alone, because both his children live to far away to travel home as frequently as he wishes. Thirdly, Cath hasn’t been talking or hanging out with Wren since their roommate fight and can’t let go of the fact her sister is changing. Lastly, Cath has been writing Simon Snow fan-fiction for as long as she can remember and this year she is finally going to finish her longest story ever, Carry On Simon. But there’s one problem, how will she finish in time before the debut of the last Simon Snow book with so many other hectic things going on in her life? And as the year transgresses so expands Cath’s ideas about life and school. While also learning many new things in class, with the help of her friends and family Cath also finally learns how to breaks out of her shell so that she can see the beauty around her , even past her laptop screen.

In conclusion, Fangirl is a lovely book that really puts the reader in the shoes of the characters. I loved learning more about fanfiction and reading some of Caths throughout the book. It is also a really fun story that has a perfectly written plot with no boring parts either. I would  recommend Fangirl to anyone that enjoys the author Rainbow Rowells writing, who loves writing themselves ,and for students in high school or college. In short, this is a quick passed book with many unforgettable characters and I’m sure anyone who loves reading realistic fiction will love this book too!

 

3 Willows by Ann Brashares

by marialovesanimals  | Category: Blog for Hours, It's here!, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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hi cover image” There are moments in your life when the big pieces slide and shift. Sometimes the big changes don’t happen gradually but all at once. That’s how it was for us.”

This is a quote written by Ann Brashares, famous author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, and helps paint the plot of one of her newest novels, 3 Willows the sisterhood grows. This 318 page novel follow the adventures of three old friends , Polly, Jo and Ama, the summer before they enter high school.

All friendships have their ups and downs and that’s what it was like for Polly, Jo and Ama. These three girls met in the third grade and became much closer over the year ,because of their project to each grow their own willow trees starting from small seeds.Their willow trees are a strong symbol of their growing and prospering friendship over the years, until the beginning of eighth grade when the trio began to grow farther apart due to Jo’s hope of becoming popular.

This summer Jo ditches her old, weird friends for some new, cool ones and heads to her families beach house with her mother. This is the perfect opportunity to bond with the older girls she’ll see in high school ,because of her work as a bus girl at a busy restaurant. Although, some rough tides are heading Jos way when she learns about her parents marriage problems…

Next comes Pollys new found dream to become a model since she discovered some interesting info about her grandmother and she’ll do whatever it takes to get her dreams to come true, even though she knows it’s not quite cut out for her. And anyways she can’t stop thinking about what her new glamorous life will be like so who cares if her friends aren’t there cheering her on?

Finally, there’s Ama whose summer plans were to be researching and studying in air-conditioned libraries with other students who also won extra credit scholarships. Unfortunately things don’t end up the way she planned and now she, the most indoorsy and un athletic girl she knows, is sent on a wilderness trip full of flirting teens, bad hair days and not to mention hikes in uncomfortable shoes prone to giving blisters.

This is truly an unforgettable and brilliantly written story, which also covers many relatable topics. When I found this book in my local library’s teen section I thought that since I’m going to be entering high school next fall I might be able to relate to the experiences of Brashares fourteen year old characters. I am very happy to announce that I really loved it ,because it allowed me to stop worrying about next year and also helped me laugh about the hilarious and realistic events which occur to these girls. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of twelve ,but mainly girls around the age of fourteen ,because I believe this is an amazing story with relatable characters who ,even though having many twists and turns in their summer, learn the importance of friendship, dreaming and growing up.And although these girls have their own separate problems, throughout the book they begin to develop an understanding of the real meaning of friendship and how with good friends by your side you can accomplish anything!

Wow…so, time – I hear it’s relative

by Vee  | Category: It's here!, Must-Read Fiction, Pop Culture, Randomness, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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Welll laa dee daa!  Wowzer, time has been freaking FLYING by!!!

I hope you guys are all enjoying your summer vacation thus far???  I’m guessing a bunch of you are actually doing a summer semester, aren’t you?  Lol, I was so surprised the first summer I worked up in Maple and found out how many of you were willingly (and not be necessity!!!) attending summer school..Ah well, to each their own =P (I tease, I tease)

Sooooo, as you probably have been noticing, the Vortex has been more or less  bombarded with some pretty wicked reviews that YOU have been writing!!  *sniff* I’m just so proud of you guys *sniff*  Haahaa!

Now, seriously, for those of you who’ve been wondering ‘What’s up with that??!?!?” basically, we’ve had a TON of people sign up for Teen Book Reviews, which is one of our volunteer programs that we offer year-round here at VPL.  Feel free to create an account and comment on any of the reviews – maybe you have a question for the author, or maybe you want to say how much you loved (or hated) that book, too!

Annnnnd, because apparently it wasn’t common knowledge, Guess what guys?!?!??!  YOU can post your own random musings whenever you want!!!  That’s right, this whole site is for you, the teens (or maybe even a few pre-teens) of Vaughan.
Now,  posting on the blog is not a volunteer program, so you’d be just doing it for fun or to share stuff if you fee like it, just in case that was unclear.   To see a full listing of all the volunteer opportunities that are offered check this out here.

Ok, now back to the other stuff – the Teen Summer Reading Challenge!!!!  
That’s right guys, the TSRC is back once more for another year of online contests and – you guessed it – the Challenge.  This year’s contests include Book Trivia, Guess the Covers, and Who Said It – each correct answer gets your name in the draw that we’ll be holding at the end of the summer.  And for the Challenge, we have prizes for the top THREE readers in Vaughan, so, if you’re a keen reader and think you’ve got time on your hands this summer, sign up!!!

If anyone has any questions, give me a shout.
Stay Classy guys,
V