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TDSB Reader's Choice

Check out the Reader’s Choice selections below to see what titles TDSB students are reading and to get ideas of what to read next.

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TDSB Reader’s Choice — February 2018


* Blue links lead to the TDSB Library catalogue.
* Green links lead to the Toronto Public Library catalogue.


Kindergarten & Grade 1

Percy Gets Upset by Stuart J. Murphy
Submitted by Krish at Arbor Glen Public School
The book taught me how to calm down when I got upset or angry. I now count down from 10 to 1 and try to think about something I like instead. I learnt that it is ok to get frustrated and that everyone feels so at certain times. 

Bella the Bunny by Lily Small
Submitted by Thillai at Lord Roberts Junior Public School
This book is about a bunny that opens the beautiful blue buds by twitching her nose. My favourite part is when the ladybugs win the race and get their prize – an acorn with honey. Readers will enjoy the book just like I enjoyed it a lot.  

Dixie and the Class Treat by Grace Gilman
Submitted by Zara at Thorncliffe Park Public School
I like the book Dixie and the Class Treat because I like dogs and Dixie is a dog. That is why I like Dixie. I also like the book because it is funny and I got it from the public library!

Grade 2

Humphrey’s School Fair Surprise by Betty G. Birney
Submitted by William at Agnes Macphail Public School
I like this book because I love hamsters. I also like it because it is an easy chapter book and has a lot of different characters. This book is basically about a hamster's life. I really want a pet hamster and I enjoy playing with my friend’s hamster when I go to her house. If I had a hamster, I would choose a brown dwarf hamster and name it Pudding.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Submitted by Anushanth at McKee Public School
You should read this book because it is unique and good for your reading skills. 

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Submitted by Christina at Victoria Village Public School
Other readers should read this book because it is really funny. When you are feeling sad you should read this book because it made me laugh. It is really fun to read in class. I hope you read this book. It’s really nice to read this book.

Grade 3

Canadian Oxford Junior Atlas by Quentin H. Stanford
Submitted by Brent at Driftwood Public School
This book is about geography. All the countries and continents around the world that I’ve studied sound very interesting and I was thinking that I should be an expert in geography. When I grow up, maybe I want to be a teacher that teaches geography. The Canada political page in this book is amazing! When I was in grade 2, I accidentally bragged about being intelligent about countries but now I’m humble. 

The Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy
Submitted by Irine at Forest Manor Public School
I think that readers should read this book because it teaches us how it feels to be bullied. I also like this book because it has a good meaning and we learn from it. This book is also about friendship, because Queen and Evelyn work together. My favourite character is Evelyn because she wasn’t bullying Queen. 

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier 
Submitted by Amber at Withrow Avenue Junior Public School
TDSB readers should read this book because it is very interesting and mysterious. It is also scary because at the end of the book, The Night Gardener was chasing the Windsor family and Molly and Kip. My favourite character is Molly because she is very strong and courageous. She is also the main character. I think that Jonathan Auxier, the author of this book has a lot of imagination and creativity because I know that the Night Gardener is a fiction book. I very much enjoy this story and I hope TDSB readers will read this amazing book!

Grade 4

Heartwood Hotel by Kallie George
Submitted by Marko at Eglinton Junior Public School
Hey kids! You should read this book because it talks a lot about teamwork and it can teach kids how to work together.

Dragonblood: Dead Wings by Michael Dahl
Submitted by Arya at Kingslake Public School
This book is about a boy who grows dragon wings one day and his name is Taj. He was afraid of the wings so he went to see his cousin so he could cut the scale wings off. I personally like this book because dragons are my favourite fantasy animal. Also, I really like that some living creatures can fly and I get kinda sad when I realize humans can’t fly. This book actually fixes that. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers and people who would like to know what it is like to fly.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Submitted by Zoha at Thorncliffe Park Public School
I like this book because the author visited my class and told us about the book. I like it because it is so adventurous and exciting. It deserves 5 stars.

Fifth Grade

Eat up!: An Infographic Exploration of Food by Antonia Banyard & Paula Ayer
Submitted by Areeb at John A. Leslie Public School
This book is GREAT because it has facts about different types of food in the world. One thing that surprised me was when I learned that Coca Cola uses $3.5 BILLION dollars just on ADVERTISEMENTS in 2014! I think this book is suitable for people of all ages because it can tell kids what an ad is and what a program is. One thing I wish the author changed is that the paragraphs are all over the place and I sometimes can't tell what goes first but I give this book a thumbs UP!

The Audition by Maddie Ziegler & Jullia DeVillers
Submitted by Virusha at Meadowvale Public School
You should read this book because it gives you a lot of confidence and it tells me that I can achieve anything and it is not only for people who know how to dance. It is for everyone. People have to work as a team and this book talks about teamwork. It tells us the importance of teamwork and confidence. This is why readers and everyone else should read this book.

The Enemy Above by Michael P. Spradlin
Submitted by Kapish at Percy Williams Junior Public School
Other TDSB readers should read this book because it is a page-turner. It mixes history and adventure. This book is also very sad because an 11-year-old kid named Anton lost everything and fights until the end to save his grandma. Then something tragic happens to her. Finally, Anton leaves his newfound friend to find his father in the war.

Sixth Grade

Gandhi’s Glasses by Model Schools for Inner Cities, Cluster A, Toronto District School Board
Submitted by Elakkiyah at Berner Trail Junior Public School
I think every TDSB reader should read the book called Gandhi's Glasses. This is a book that will make TDSB readers understand that, even though you may be young, you can still make a difference in the world, community or school. This book is about a young girl named Asha that thought she was too young to make a difference but later on, Asha realized that it doesn't matter how old you are to make a difference. Soon, she was known as a young child that was an agent of change. If you want to know how to be an agent of change, I recommend TDSB readers to read the book called Gandhi’s Glasses.

Restart by Gordon Korman
Submitted by Katelyn at Birch Cliff Public School
Hi TDSB readers, today I am going to talk about a book that Just Read It sent me! This was my first time reading a book from Gordon Korman and it was breathtaking. I highly recommend this book to kids and adults because it is about a boy named Chase Ambrose who fell off a roof and now has memory loss. If you don't have any funny bones, this is not the book for you. The book is about how Chase was a bully and how he was a bully before he lost his memory. I love how he came up with this astonishing idea to write a story about a boy who was given a chance to restart. I would like to give a shout out to Just Read It for distributing this book because now I want to read more of these hysterical stories by Gordon Korman.

The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
Submitted by Maya at Rolph Road Elementary School
I personally loved this book! It was the first book I read that made me truly sad, but somehow happy. The Brothers Lionheart was very well written with characters that you cried for when they failed, and screamed out in happiness when they succeeded. The book is about two brothers, one is a strong healthy boy and the other is always sick. They often talk about an afterlife that they believe exists. They eventually end up there. The book is about their afterlife story and their bravery. I hope you read this book and if you do I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Submitted by Riley at Vradenburg Junior Public School
This book is AWESOME! So first everything starts calm, pretty slow but then BOOM! ACTION EVERYWHERE OUT OF NOWHERE! It is so awesome. I cannot wait until I finish this book and keep on reading the rest of this series. As I almost finish this book right now, the main characters have escaped an evil Greek monster. I would rate it 5 stars because ever since the chill beginning of the book, it has been non-stop crazy surprising action!

Seventh Grade

Nice Shot, Cupid! by Kate McMullan
Submitted by Lior at Bloordale Middle School 
This book is very funny and informational especially when it comes to Greek mythology. This book is one of the books in a 10 book series and all are very good. My vocabulary has expanded while reading this book and I discovered new Greek terms. I would like to learn more about Greek mythology because this book introduced me to it and I think other people will enjoy it too!

End of Days by Eric Walter
Submitted by Noor at Knob Hill Public School
End of days is an amazing science fiction novel and a page-turner. This is a highly enjoyable and well-crafted read to which readers of all ages can reflect, respond and enjoy.

Short for Chameleon by Vikki Grant
Submitted by Ruby at Silver Springs Public School
I love this book. I won it for Just Read It and once I won it, it encouraged me to read more! I can relate to this book very much because some of the events happened to me, like having an annoying brother with me every day. 

Eighth Grade

Hit and Run by Norah McClintock
Submitted by Keshavi at Henry Hudson Senior Public School
Out of all the books I've so far read this year, this is one of the best books of all time. This book is about a boy named Mike who is trying to solve the murder of his mother. He lives with his uncle Billy, and has a pretty difficult life. People that love reading mystery books would be a good fit for this book, but I would recommend this book to everyone because it's very interesting, action-packed and captivating. I hope you read this book and enjoy it!

The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
Submitted by Ilhaam at Joseph Howe Senior Public School
The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong is a spectacular book. An orphan named Tess goes out into the scary world in search of her birth parents. Along her journey to discovery, she is tormented by waking visions that make her question her sanity. She also makes special relationships that change her life forever. This intriguing page turner makes you never want to put down the book. The beginning captures the reader and the end is full of gladness. When I finished the book, I really never wanted it to end. I wish that this book was a part of a series where Tess’s journey was continued. Overall, I truly really recommend this book to anyone who wants an amazing read.

One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn
Submitted by Jiya at Smithfield Middle School
TDSB readers should read this book. Now I have to admit that this book hasn't won an award, but books that have not won awards can be just as good. This book is about a ghost story. This book made me teary because a young little girl’s life is just ruined in the blink of an eye. It is not about the present or future. It is about the past, making it more interesting.


High School

We’re All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Submitted by Nusaiba at Bloor Collegiate Institute
It's an accurate (in my opinion) portrayal of both adolescents and families. Not only the plot, but all the little dialogues and scenes are engaging. Very well written and a breath of fresh air from all the fantasy and sci-fi YA novels that over-exaggerate teens or make them too flashy.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Submitted by Murad at Windfields Junior High School
At first, this book seemed dumb. The title was boring, the summary was stupid and it was pretty short, but let me say that this was one of the best reads I have ever read. This book takes place during World War II through the eyes of Bruno, son of a Nazi commandant. This was the main reason I didn't want to read this book. I personally don't like historical books, but this one is different. It's a book that talks about how children see the world. Bruno is a 9-year-old boy who is curious, innocent and purely oblivious to the war around him. Since the story follows his point of view, we also become curious, innocent and oblivious. 

The message of this book is that we shouldn't judge people by what they look like on the outside. Everyone has that little judgement at the back of your mind the first time you see someone. This book talks about the division between the Jews and the Germans. The Germans thought that they were better, had more power than the Jews just because of what they resembled on the outside. We need to stop judging people by what they look like because we are all human. Anyway, I hope you read this marvellous book and enjoy it as much as I did.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Submitted by SanaKaus at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute
You should read this book because it has so many different aspects in it. It is funny, emotional, brilliant, romantic and captivating. There are moments you just want to scream or cry and other times you want to jump for joy. All of these are reasons why you should read this book.

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
Submitted by Fariha at Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute
This is a book I received from a winning Just Read It submission. Whoever is in charge of picking those books, hats off! It is by far one of the best books I have read, and I've read a LOT! The story proves to be relatable even if it may be something that is not likely to happen in everyday life. The characters are very understandable, and the plot just begs to be discovered! Definitely a MUST READ!

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Submitted by Jennifer at Western Technical-Commercial School
Other TDSB readers in high school should read Turtles All The Way Down by John Green because it deals with conflicts teenagers go through. Conflicts in the book include: mental health, OCD, friendship, love, and growing up. John Green does a good job at making the reader feel empathetic towards the characters and unable to put the book down. I loved this book and I'm sure others will too!


* Blue links lead to the TDSB Library catalogue.
* Green links lead to the Toronto Public Library catalogue.

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