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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 - June 2017

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Birthday Presents by Dawn McMillan
Submitted by Brianna at Gulfstream Public School
I liked this book because Emma and Matthew both got each other the same present for their birthday.

Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Submitted by Audrey at Park Lawn Junior Middle School
I like this book because it’s funny. It’s funny how Piggy said, “I have a surprise for you!” Then Gerald said, “Can I see it?” Then piggy said, “I'm sorry Gerald. You will have to wait.” Then Gerald said, “G R O A N.”

Grade 1

The Legend of Wountie: A Squamish Legend by Glen Downey
Submitted by Sharushan at Bellmere Junior Public School
It is my favourite book because the spirit Wountie is teaching the greedy fisherman that he shouldn't take all the fish. He should just take one fish to be fair.

The Mummy with No Name by Geronimo Stilton
Submitted by Yusuf at Chief Dan George Public School
I think TDSB students should read this book because the characters are really funny and the pictures are interesting and colourful. I learned a lot of new things about mummies.

Animal Families by Peter & Connie Roop
Submitted by Thisha at North Bridlewood Junior Public School
People should read this book because it teaches us about how animals live together and it is a really fun book.

Grade 2

Good Morning, Gorilla by Mary Pope Osborne
Submitted by Nisa at Brian Public School
I like this book because I love gorillas. I also like this book because it inspires me to make books too! I would recommend this book to everyone!

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie by Zack Zombie
Submitted by Deshauni at Tam O’Shanter Junior Public School
The thing about this book is that it is about a family reunion that is pretty funny and amazing. On page 87, there was this lava page and it looked cool!

Ponyella by Husna at West Rouge Junior Public School
Submitted by Joelle at Ogden Junior Public School
People should read this book because it teaches you not to bully other people and not to tell people what to do.

Grade 3

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress
Submitted by Elizabeth at Arbor Glen Public School
This book is full of laughter, excitement and AWESOMENESS. It’s sad in some parts but it’s still amazing. It has some odd and -- I mean odd – characters, like a ginormous octopus!!

My Weirder School: Mayor Hubble is in Trouble by Dan Gutman
Submitted by Fabbiha at Glen Ravine Junior Public School
Other TDSB readers should read this book because it has so much creativity and ups and downs. For example, when the characters say something funny, silly, scary or weird in this book, you'll be biting your nails wondering what’s going to happen. (No wonder they call it My Weirder School!)

Something Good by Robert Munsch
Submitted by Naomi at Heritage Park Public School
I recommend this book because it motivates kids to eat healthy foods. I bet some parents are struggling to get their kids to eat healthy foods so this is the right book for them. Just read one page to your kids and they might start eating healthier.

Fourth Grade

How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby
Submitted by Marissa at Birch Cliff Heights Public School
Other readers would probably enjoy this book as much as my friends and I do because it is inspiring. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but it is about a girl who has a brother with autism. The girl faces some trouble when her brother starts at a daycare. The girl and her new friend try to save a dolphin. This story is soooo inspirational. I have read it about 3 times!

Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell
Submitted by Phoebe at Greenholme Junior Middle School
This is a book that teaches perseverance because Nikki did not give up when she was rejected from entering the talent show because of Mackenzie. Mackenzie said that Nikki’s entry form was incorrect but Nikki went to the show anyway.

Animal Hospital: Rescuing Urban Wildlife by Julia Coey
Submitted by Dania at Stanley Public School
Animal Hospital is a book about injured, sick or orphaned animals that are being taken care of. Many animals are trying to adapt to the cities and towns they now live in. One situation includes an oil spill in a sewer. Lots of animals got caught in the oil and were brought to the animal hospital. This is a great book for animal lovers like me!

Fifth Grade

Playing with Fire by Bruce Hale
Submitted by Jasmine at C.D. Farquharson Junior Public School
When I was reading this book, I always wanted to turn the page. It made me feel like I was in the book and watching everything at the moment it was happening!

Honeybees at Work by Marilyn Woolley
Submitted by Syan at Donwood Park Public School
I think TDSB readers should read this book because it gives you real facts about how honeybees do their jobs. For example, in spring and summer, honeybees buzz through parks, orchards and fields. They look for a good source of nectar and pollen. For more information, go to the library and look for the book Honeybees at Work.

One Thousand Hills by James Roy and Noel Zihambwe
Submitted by Kinza at Lamberton Public School
This book is honestly amazing and realistic. While this book may be a little mature because it talks about war, it is educational and connects to what's happening in our world these days. Pascal is a young boy who survives the genocide in Rwanda. He has no idea what's happening and tells us the story of his life.

Sixth Grade

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly by Rachel Renée Russell
Submitted by Stephanie at Charles E. Webster Public School
You should read this book because it is so amazing. It has such a great storyline. Once I picked the book up, I couldn't stop reading so I spent until 1 a.m. reading Max Crumbly just because my brain couldn't stop. Even now, in class, I still read it over and over and over again. That's how good it is. It just doesn't get boring. Lastly, I think all kids will love this book. It's interesting, funny, a time-passer, and an amazing book. I mean, who wouldn't want to read it? In conclusion: this book is a funny, time-passing, can't-take-your-eyes-off-it book. That's why I think TDSB readers should read this book. If you don't believe how good it is, read it yourself and you'll find out.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Submitted by Ron at Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School
This book tells a story of courage. If the characters hadn't done what they did then who knows how different the world would be now?

Ugly by Robert Hoge
Submitted by Fischer at King George Junior Public School
You should read this book because the character in this book has encountered challenges throughout his life and it shows how, if you have challenges, you can overcome them.

Seventh Grade

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Submitted by Alissa at David Lewis Public School
I strongly recommend this book because the plot is well laid out and interesting. It can lead the reader to believe one thing, but reveals itself as another thing. Typically, a book gets more interesting as the characters develop. In this book, however, the characters do not develop much, making it unique.

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Submitted by Aadhavan at Don Mills Middle School
TDSB readers should read this book because if you are looking for a book that will take you a day or two and still get you hooked then this is the book for you. This book is about how a god is punished for some actions and is made into a temporary human and he has trials to complete to make him a god again.

Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Submitted by Manoja at Mary Shadd Public School
I think you should read this book because it is really interesting and it expresses the different emotions of the characters in different ways. It shows action-adventure from not just one character’s point of view but also the other characters. I think you will enjoy it the way I did.

Eighth Grade

Egghead by Caroline Pignat
Submitted by Natalie at Milne Valley Middle School
I loved this book! This is a really good book about bullying and sticking up for people even when you don't want to. Caroline Pignat uses this book to portray the story of a victim, a bully, a bystander, and a friend. This story shows that not everyone is as strong as they look but also that people can change... for the better.

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Submitted by Fatima at Valley Park Middle School
I would choose to recommend this book to TDSB readers because it is very exciting. The book has cliff-hangers which keep the reader hooked. The book has interesting parts throughout, like when Violet, the main character, is about to figure out why a ghost haunts her. The book is about a girl named Violet who is the daughter of a fake medium. Violet is raised by her single mother. She falls in love with a boy named Colin who is also raised by her mother, but as an orphan. Violet starts to see paranormal activity. In the end Colin and Violet solve the mystery and return back home without her dreadful mother. In my opinion Haunting Violet is the best book I've read recently.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Submitted by Iris at Zion Heights Middle School
Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace Murry, and another high school boy, Calvin O’Keefe, are transported on an adventure through time and space. They go on this adventure to save Meg’s father who suddenly disappeared. On their travels, they come across evil beings like The Man with Red Eyes, IT and The Black Thing. Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin also come across Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, three immortal beings. I spent sleepless nights reading this book. It's extremely fantastic, and is suitable for almost all ages. It's a good tale for anyone to read.

High School

The Martian by Andy Weir
Submitted by Tina at Bendale Business and Technical Institute
The Martian, Ridley Scott's latest science fiction film and the best movie he's directed in years, is a faithful adaptation of the novel by Andy Weir. It's one of the best space movies I've seen in a long time: a funny, tense testament to science, ingenuity, and working together to solve problems. But you should really read the book before you go see the film. Not because the film is bad by any means, but because the novel offers so much more. It's science made entertaining, and it's a lot of fun. You get the "lite" version in the film, which is really for the best since we don't have eight hours to watch the movie. But if you read the book first, you'll simply know a lot more about what's going on than if you just watch Scott's adaptation.

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Submitted by Kevin at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute
The Chrysalids is my new favorite John Wyndham book. It's about conformity in a post-nuclear holocaust world. David and his friends live in an isolated community called Waknuk on the island of Labrador. After seeing one of his friends cast out into the Fringes for having a sixth toe, David begins mistrusting his upbringing. Once he discovers that he and a small group of his friends are telepathic, things only get worse. Wyndham draws on the paranoia and distrust of the deviations from the norm that he uses in his other books, making David's plight seem all too plausible. I'd recommend this to all fans of John Wyndham and 50s science fiction in general, dystopian future fans, as well as people who dug The Giver and it's two companion books

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Submitted by Celina at David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." As the letters from the statue fall, due to phenomena known as "nature" and "time," the letters are banned from use by students and staff by a completely psycho headmaster. You get to watch as the students struggle to work with these rules, as well as fight against their corrupt staff. As letters can no longer be used by characters, neither can they be used by the book. If everything else about the book fails to interest you, it's actually entertaining to read once all proper spelling has been shoved out the window. A story of students banding together against the corrupt adults -- why not give it a try?

Pie by Sarah Weeks
Submitted by Sadia at David and Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute
Pie is a fun, contemporary novel about a girl who loves to bake pies that are loved by everyone in town. After the protagonist's grandmother passes away, she leaves her pie recipe to her cat that is left in the protagonist’s care. This is a cute, hilarious story about family and friendship that is a joy to read. I found myself with a permanent smile on my face while reading Pie. It is a quick read that I think people will enjoy. Personally, it was my escape from the array of fantasy and adventure novels that are exhilarating yet exhausting to read.

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
Submitted by Zoie at Etobicoke School of the Arts
This book is really inspiring. It tells the story of a girl with cerebral palsy, and her struggle in school and with communication. Since she can't talk, she eventually gets a machine that helps her communicate. This book inspires me personally to go after things I want and to really push the limits!


New Under the Sun by Kevin Major
Submitted by Ms. Taylor at York Memorial Collegiate Institute
Readers interested in the history and extirpation of the Beothuk nation would enjoy this book. Kevin Major is a renowned Newfoundland author.

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