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CW TAG: Favourite Fantasy Authors

Today we’ve got an awesome post straight from the Centre Wellington Teen Advisory Group. Check it out!


The members of Centre Wellington’s Teen Advisory Group (CW TAG) love reading fantastical stories. Our tastes range from mythical creatures to steampunk! Here is a list of our top 10 authors: 

1. Rick Riordan

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
  • Heroes of Olympus series
  • Kane Chronicles series

2. J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter series

 3. Cassandra Clare

  • The Mortal Instruments series
  • The Infernal Devices series

4. Lesley Livingston

  • Wondrous Strange series
  • Never series
  • Starling

5. Veronica Roth

  • Divergent series

6. Ally Condie

  • Matched series

7. Kelley Armstrong

  • Darkest Powers trilogy
  • Darkness Rising series

8. Pittacus Lore

  • Lorien Legacies series

9. J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The Hobbit

10. Andrea Cremer

  • Nightshade series
  • Nightshade prequel series

Do you like these authors too? Come and share your favourite authors, and learn more of ours. CW TAG is always open to new members joining!

The last meeting of 2012 will be on Thursday December 13 at 3:45 – 4:45 pm in the Elora Branch Community Room. We will be taking a little break over the holidays and starting back up again on January 10th, 2013!

Teen Book Review

It’s back to school! But don’t worry, the Teen SRC blog runs all year, and we’ve still got lots of news and reviews, so keep checking in!

Today, we’ve got a final teen review from the summer!


NERDS – Michael Buckley

Review By: Angad

I just read a book calle NERDS by michael buckley and i really liked it! its about a boy who is very popular (and a bully) who gets braces and thinks of himself as a nerd, his name is Jackson. all of his friends hate him and wont talk to him because they think hes is a nerd just because he has braces (dumb right?).Now that jacksons social life is demolished he starts spying on people to occupy himself and while jackson is enjoying his new hobby he accidentally stumbles upon the secret lair of the NERDS (National Espionage Rescue and Defense Society).

Teen Book Reviews

 Less than two weeks left to enter the August Summer Blog Giveaway, for your chance to win a $15.00 Chapters Gift Card!

And now, here’s another batch of great book reviews from WCL teens. Check them out!

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

Review By: Anonymous

The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill – I read this book because i loved the movie! It was overall pretty good, but the book didn’t include as much as the movie which made it less thrilling. Overall I don’t think it would be something i’d read again.


Second Fiddle – Rosanne Parry

Review By: Robin A.

Today I finished reading Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry. It was pretty good overall, but there were some parts that I didn’t understand. It was a fairly good sized book with 224 pages. Out of 5, I would give this book a 3 or 3.5. In my opinion, it started to be more interesting about 20-30 pages in which is good.


Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover – Ally Carter

Review By: Jessica

The book “Don’t judge a girl by her cover” is a book I would reccomend to people who like reading about young spies. It is full of adventure, disguises and a bit of mystery. I hope you like it!


The Ruby in the Smoke – Phillip Pullman

Review By: Anonymous

I read this book because I had read the Golden Compass trilogy by him and enjoyed them. This book was excellent as well! It took place in 1872, Victorian London and was a mystery. There are still 3 more in the series and I can’t wait to read them.


The Calling – Kelley Armstrong

Review By: Miranda H.

i just read an amazing book called the calling by kelly armstrong.it is an amazing installment to the darkness rising trilogy. in the last book it left off with them flying away and after a chilling helicopter crash they have to survive in the wilderness and figure out what was really going on in their small medical research town

Teen Book Reviews

Today is the final day to get your ballots in for the TeenSRC reading contest at your library branch! If you want to be entered to win a $25.00 Chapters gift card or a Kobo Touch E-Reader, make sure to get your ballots in by the end of the day today!

But don’t forget, you have until the end of August to enter the August Summer Blog Giveaway on the TeenSRC blog, for your chance to win a $15.00 Chapters gift card!

And now, we’ve got some more book reviews, straight from WCL teens.


Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Review By: Kaylee H.

Between the Lines is Jodi Picoult’s very first Young Adult novel and it was incredible! I couldn’t stop reading it. Joe Picoult wrote Between the Lines with her daughter Samantha Van Leer. It is about a teen girl who is obsessed with a fairytale book. She loves it because she can relate to the prince in the book. One day she’s reading the story and noticed that something had changed in one of the pictures in the book. She finds out that the main character (a teen prince) is real and wants to escape the story. She helps him create a plan to get him out of the book and into real life. This story was amazing and I highly suggest you read it too!


The Night She Disappeared – April Henry

Review By: Elizabeth

I just recently read “The Night She Disappeared” by April Henry. This book is a suspenseful mystery and I loved it. I think the age is a teen read. It was a shorter book but it was very exciting from the beginning to the end. I would definitely recommend this book to any teen reader!



Pigboy – Vicki Grant

Review By: Robin A.

The other day I finished reading a book called Pigboy by Vicki Grant. It was short-101 pages- but interesting. I personally didn’t enjoy the book as much as some of the other short mysteries I’ve read lately, but it was OK. Out of 5 I would rate this book 2.5 – 3 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone above the age of 11 or 12 -to people who enjoy mystery and don’t mind slightly graphic details. If you are going to read this book, I hope you enjoy it!


The Vampire Stalker – Allison Van Diepen

Review By: Hannah

I’m into mystery right now and i just read a book called The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen… it was interesting and something different, I’d probably rate it about 3 or 4 stars! It was a pretty good book! What is a good mystery book that you would suggest??

***Mystery seems to be a popular trend right now!  Here are some other YA Mysteries available through our library system:

What She Left Behind – Tracy Bilen

The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson

A Spy in the House – Y.S. Lee

I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You – Ally Carter

I Hunt Killers – Barry Lyga

Teen Book Reviews

We’ve had some awesome book reviews from WCL teens this summer, and we’re not stopping now!  Here are some more great reviews…check them out!

And, don’t forget to enter our July Summer Blog Giveaway, for your chance to win a $15.00 Chapters Gift Card!

The Great Gatsby –  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Review By: Laura B.

I recently read “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and loved it. Fitzgerald was writing about what he was experiencing and seeing. It was written about the roaring 20s by someone in the 1920s. I think it is just incredible to read the anti-semitism, and pro-hitler thinking from characters who are completely contrast to those ideas because Fitzgerald did not know WWII and the holocaust was going to happen. Fitzgerald’s use of alliteration was also very educating because he not only referenced to literature but to individuals who were worth referencing during the time and wealthy tycoons we would not know existed if it wasn’t for reading his book. The writing was fluid, and the characters were mysterious and alive. I felt like I had stepped back in time and I would truly recommend this short read.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Review By: Angad J.

I just read the hunger games the SECOND TIME and i still loved it. It’s so surprising because you never know whats going to happen next, i also started catching fire (the second book in the series) and its AMAZING!! I cant wait to find out what happens next!

Skip Beat – Yoshiki Nakamura

Review By: Naomi N.

Skip Beat! is a manga (graphic novel) by Yoshiki Nakamura. It is about a girl name Kyoko who follows her childhood love Sho when he leaves home to become a famous japanese pop musician. Sadly for her, she realizes he was just using her as a maid- she vows revenge on him by promising to become the most famous in Japan. She later joins the LME and works as an actress and slowly begins to rise, and her name becomes knows… and all meanwhile she refuses to allow the emotion of love to take her again.
This manga has love, humor, and a lot of in a way adventure

I absolutely love this series and have read it online as well as own all the volumes (28) that have been released so far. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys some love mischief but also the comedic relief. Great artwork and story line. Even I cannot wait to see how Kyoko gets her ‘revenge’ on childhood friend, former crush Sho.

Teen Book Reviews

July is half-over, but there is still lots of time to enter the July Summer Blog Giveaway!

And in the meantime…this week we’ve got some more great teen book reviews!

In or Out – Claudia Gabel

Review by: Anonymous

i read a book called in or out. it was ok. it was by claudia gabe. i really want to get the next book in the series to see what happens next!!


Ashes, Ashes – Jo Treggiari

Review by: Emily W.

i just read the book called Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treagiari. it was about what happened after the world ended. the book followed a girl named Lucy Holloway and explained how she lived her life and how the world ended. it was a great book and i really hope there will be a second book in the series. it was a very exciting and adventurous book that i really loved!!

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Review by: Anonymous

i just read an amazing book called divergent by veronica roth i really thought this was a great book because it tells of one way the world could end up in the future and how the government can take over annything and destroy it.this book tells of a dystopian world where the world is seperated into 5 different factions {areas}for people who believed that a certain flaw about the humans caused all war and misery and one girl named tris is faced with a problem that the goverment wants her dead so she must find a way to stop it.

Teen Book Review

This week we’ve got a great teen book review of Veronica Roth’s hit book Divergent!

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Review By: Justine

Veronica Roth’s book Divergent is the next big phenomenon in dystopian literature. Roth has taken a radical new approach to the concept of a society gone wrong. Set in a future Chicago, the story follows Triss. In this future society, there are four”factions”, each valuing one quality (kindness, courage, honesty, and ingenuity). Citizens are allowed to choose which faction they would like to be a part of when they come of age. Triss must choose between staying with her family’s faction, or choosing her own. Her decision is complicated when she discovers that she is suitable for more than one faction

While most authors of this genre hold lack of knowledge responsible for humans turning on themselves, Roth takes the opposite viewpoint, and holds the manipulation of knowledge as what will lead to humanity’s downfall.
All in all, this book is an excellent read for anyone interested in stories about alternative societies.

Teen Book Review!

Today, we’ve got another awesome book review, direct from a WCL teen!  And, don’t forget, there’s only one week left to enter the May Summer Blog Giveaway!

The Immortal Rules
Julie Kagawa

Review by: Cassandra

The Immortal Rules is about a scavenger Allison, who all her life has scavenged for food and supplies to live. Until one day her life get turned upside down when a raid went wrong and she woke up a bloodthirsty monster. The Immortal Rules is about Allison’s adventures as a vampire, how she views new self and her struggle to contain her hunger for blood.

What i liked about this book was how Julie took the idea of are upending doom and the stereotypical vampire and created a new genre of books that mashes together two types of genres that i love!

Teen Book Reviews!

Today, we’ve got a couple of book reviews from WCL teens!  Interested in submitting your own book review?  Check out the “Review a Book” Page to find out how!

And, don’t forget to enter the May Summer Blog Giveaway!

Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

Review by: Maria K.

I think this book is really good because it is really relatable.  I really liked this guy and he was a jerk and everyone said he was but I didn’t care.  In the book Min’s first date with Ed, Ed was late that’s exactly what happened to me but I just left after awhile. He appologized and wanted to hangout again. Reading the book helped me get him over him. I recomed it for girls who realize that the guy they are dating or in “love” with is a jerk to help them get over them.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Review by Hannah V.

Hunger Games two surviveing romantic teens.  Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have been entered or chosen for district 12 to face their own death of fears and possibly to have a chance at winning The Hunger Games.  What is the Hunger Games?  The Hunger Games is held in an areana and they get to fight to death I don’t know why they found that amusing but they did.  Katniss and Peeta had to kinda ally together.  When the Hunger Games began Katniess and Peeta are separated they have to fight on their own.  Death, pain, and romantic love.  You should read the Hunger Games or at least watch the movies and both movie and book I would give five stars out of five.  Peeta and Katniss might have a chance winning…

Calling all book reviewers!

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