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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 - March 2017

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



Please Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt
Submitted by Brianna at Gulfstream Public School
This book was good because it was silly.


First Grade

InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus
Submitted by Yaqoob at Donwood Park Public School
Because there are so many things that you can do when you’re invisible.

The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
Submitted by Jordan at Gulfstream Public School
I liked this book because Dylan and his mom listened to music like me and my mom do sometimes.

Pyjama Day by Robert Munsch
Submitted by Cydney at West Rouge Junior Public School
It is soooooo funny because he slept until the day was over.


Second Grade

The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock
Submitted by Sophia at Agincourt Junior Public School
The first reason you should read this book is because it tries to tell you that you should never bully someone. That is just mean. The second reason is because the artist in the book knew that everyone hated his art but he never stopped doing it. This story tells me that you should never let anyone, anything, any words or any people tease you, and never stop doing what you want to do.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Submitted by Maike at Blantyre Public School
This is a cool and amazing book about friendship

The Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
Submitted by Aisha at Flemington Public School
I think that people should read this book because the characters in the book face their fears by going to the end of their town and getting milk for their mother even though they have to go past the Ghost-Eye tree. I liked the sister character in this book.


Third Grade

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Submitted by Sophie at Church Street Junior Public School
I loved this book because it was thrilling, exciting and also very funny!  The only bad part is that you can’t put it down!

Showoff by Gordon Korman
Submitted by Alishba at Malvern Junior Public School
People should read this book because it is very exciting and it makes you feel like you don't want to stop reading. It is also very fun. I recommend this book for people who are older than 6 because it has lots of big words. In this book, there is a dog that used to be a guard and was sent to the pound. Somebody adopted the dog and the person was an excellent dog whisperer. She trained the dog to be nice and not aggressive and they entered a dog competition. This was a very good book and I hope you like it!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
Submitted by Kirushaan at Scarborough Village Public School
People have talked about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series all around the world. In the publishing world, Kinney is a rock star. JEFF KINNEY IS THE BEST AUTHOR!!!!!!!!! This story is about a boy who tried to get famous by making a movie. He was making it with his best friend, Rowley. I would rate this book 100% great and 0% bad. This book is amazing. These are all the reasons why Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down is the best book ever.


Fourth Grade

Bittersweet by Winnie Mack
Submitted by Marissa at Birch Cliff Heights Public School
I recommend this book to other kids who love reading as much as I do because it is detailed. There is a lot of action in Bittersweet. Many events are very realistic. It feels as if this storyline is real. I hope that everyone who reads it enjoys it.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Submitted by Akaren at Grenoble Public School
TDSB readers should read this book because it tells you to always try to make the world a better place. In the story, Liam saw the plants dying, and he helped make them grow to make the world a better place and to make the city colourful and beautiful.

Animorphs: The Andalites Gift by K.A. Applegate
Submitted by Yahya at Keele Street Junior Public School
This book will make your hair stand on end every second. Your curiosity will make it seem as if the book is a cliff and you are hanging onto it for dear life. My favourite character is Marco. His irresponsibility makes me laugh and it will do the same to you. There are four more books in the series and I can't wait to read them.


Fifth Grade

Chiggers by Hope Larson
Submitted by Grace at Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School
I really liked Chiggers. It displayed the hardship of making new friends and seeing where you fit in. Chiggers was a very strong book, and I really enjoyed it. I find that I really got to know Abby. The book really developed her as a character and showed who her friends really are and how she can manage her own life.

And Then It Happened: Book 8 by M & J Wade
Submitted by Keshal at Churchill Heights Public School
This book is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. If you are in a bad mood and wish to live that, do not open this book because it is too good.

Firewing by Kenneth Oppel
Submitted by Lara at Hillcrest Community School
I love this book! It’s filled with fantasy and suspense. It’s a great sequel to Sunwing & Silverwing and certainly tops them both. It’s filled with excitement and it always left me wanting more. My favourite part was when Luna realized she was dead. I love this part because the conversation between Griffin and Luna is incredible. Before she realized she was dead Luna would always say “I’m not dead. I don’t want to talk to you.” It was really annoying. After she realized she was dead Luna agreed to help Griffin find the Tree. To me that’s when the story really started. This book is outstanding and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who knows what a good book is! READ THIS BOOK!!!


Sixth Grade

Devil’s Pass by Sigmund Brouwer
Submitted by Andy at Elia Middle School
This is a great book because it is one of the only books that is interesting to me. It is a page-turner and when I had to stop reading it, I'd stay a bit longer to try and finish the page.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Submitted by Hana at North Preparatory Junior Public School
The book, Girl, Stolen is a great adventure book and it will bring chills to your brain and soul. The book is about a girl named Cheyenne Wilder who was accidently kidnapped while in the backseat of her stepmom's car. Cheyenne is held hostage and is defenceless because not only was she recently diagnosed with pneumonia, but she's also blind. I couldn't put this book down. I read this whole 213 page book in 3 straight hours.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly Submitted by Mustafa at Rouge Valley Public School
Trouble is a Friend of Mine was a wonderful and well-detailed book. It made me really connect to the characters (who were all very different, but in a way, all the same) and their situations were very intense. There was never a part in the book when I wasn’t interested or was bored. The relationships in this book are crazy and humorous but seem to work out.


Seventh Grade

Dragon Seer’s Gift >by Janet McNaughton
Submitted by Nashia at Dovercourt Public School
This book is exciting from the outside and the inside. This book has won many awards. It is funny, happy, sad and exciting all at the same time. This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. It is the perfect book to be read before bed. I think many students will be able to relate to the main character and it will inspire TDSB students to use other resources beyond the Internet. The plot of this story was very unique and mixes history and the present to make an amazing novel for young adults to read. I hope other readers like this book as much as I did and read it as well.

We All Fall Down by Eric Walters
Submitted by Iqra at Gordon A. Brown Middle School
Eric Walters has told the story of 9/11 from a 9th-grader's perspective beautifully. This book has captured me without fail and it also has an intriguing and fitting title. The plot is interesting and makes you want to continue reading it, since it always keeps you on the edge of suspense. That is why I think this book is a great read.

Sea Change by Frank Viva
Submitted by Shakeel at Sir Alexander MacKenzie Senior Public School
Growing up, determination, new experiences and courage. These are four themes conveyed in Frank Viva's magnificent novel, Sea Change. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist, Eliot, faces what he perceives is a grave problem. Instead of spending an epic summer vacation with his friends in his hometown of Lakeland, Ontario, Eliot has to spend an unpleasant and exhausting vacation with his eccentric uncle and grandma in a far off town called Point Aconi in Nova Scotia. Eliot describes Point Aconi as a boring town that only has to offer “maggots, bullies and grumpy old men.” But when Eliot arrives in Point Aconi, he discovers things aren't as bad as expected. He learns interesting fishing techniques with his uncle and finds a hidden library with fascinating novels. Over time, Eliot fits into the community, making new friends and even trying new foods. However, Eliot learns he has to be courageous to solve a dilemma at the end of the story and help save his friend, Mary Beth. This story is amazing! Frank Viva adds sprinkles of comedy to an exciting plot. Eliot's rebellious attitude towards going to Point Aconi adds humour that lightens the mood in serious situations. Sea Change is inspirational. It shows us that no matter what happens our best plans can sometimes be ruined. But if our plans change, we should be optimistic and look forward to an exciting new experience, just like Eliot's vacation in Point Aconi.


Eighth Grade

Dead-End Job by Vicki Grant
Submitted by Sa Da at Dovercourt Public School

If you’re into mystery books or romance you should read this book. It’s one of my favorite books because it’s also a thriller. It’s a fantastic book.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Submitted by Ajanthika at Alexander Stirling Public School
This book gives fairy tale stories more life. Conner and Alex Bailey had an ancient story book passed down to them for their birthday. They discover another world through the book and then they accidentally jump in. They see all the fairy tale stories you can possibly think of from Little Red Riding Hood to Cinderella.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Submitted by Maryam at Valley Park Middle School
I think that all TDSB readers should read this book because it really pulls you in. Sarah J. Maas paints very vivid pictures and creates scenes where the reader actually feels like they are the main character. Even someone who doesn't really enjoy reading can admit that Throne of Glass is a book that suits everyone’s tastes; whether the reader enjoys mystery, romance, action, adventure, horror etc., they are sure to enjoy this book.


High School

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman
Submitted by Sadia at David and Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute
This book is incredibly original and is such a thrill to read. It dives into the exciting plot quickly and accelerates until the very end. It takes place at an amusement park that isn't exactly what it seems. The characters, especially the protagonist, are easy to connect with and you find yourself completely drawn into their story. It is mind-blowing and filled with twists and mysteries. People who like adventure, sci-fi, or mystery will love this book as it is a combination of the three. It is a fast-paced and unbelievably amazing book that I have recommended to so many people and they all have just as great an experience reading it as I had.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Submitted by Cindy at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School
This book is a very fascinating memoir written by the acclaimed author, Jeannette Walls. It highlights the hectic and occasionally gruesome parts of Walls’s childhood, and deals with issues such as poverty, alcoholism, abuse, and other social issues that Walls had unfortunately encountered in one way or another in her childhood. The reader will be swept away on a wild journey along with Walls and her highly dysfunctional family. Jeannette Walls's life story is truly one that is worth telling.

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Submitted by Neeti at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute
This book will keep readers on the edge of their seats! It has so much thrill and mystery and it is so interesting to read. It is about a virus hitting the Earth that turns people into zombies. I am a person who loves reading stories about plot twists, horror, and murder and I'm sure people like me will love the intensity they feel while reading Dark Inside. The book is written from different perspectives, which I love, because you get to know so many new characters and you get to experience their journeys as well. All of them have different paths but end up in the same place in the end. I think this is a very thoughtful way of writing instead of just having one protagonist.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Submitted by Afrida at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
This book has such a mysterious undertone to it and leaves you trying to fit the puzzle pieces together. I'm recommending it but readers should know that it’s not a light, happy, contemporary story so it might not be for everyone. I thought it was quite powerful and thought-provoking.


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

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