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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 - April/May 2017


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

Grade 1

I Am Invited to a Party by Mo Willems
Submitted by Iniya at Heather Heights Junior Public School
I think you should read this book because Elephant and Piggie are invited to a party. First, Elephant told Piggie that it was a fancy party so then they both got ready. Second, Elephant told Piggie that it was a fancy pool party and then they got ready. Lastly, Elephant told Piggie it was a fancy pool costume party, and then they got ready. If you want to know if they were right, you should read this book.
★★★★★

Dinosaurs in the Sky by Joseph Staunton
Submitted by Guvish at Kennedy Public School
TDSB readers should read this book because it gives readers facts about dinosaurs which no longer exist.
★★★★★

Ribbon Rescue by Robert Munsch
Submitted by Violet at Mountview Alternative Junior School
I really enjoyed this book because the little girl in the story, Jillian, has a very pretty dress and she has a kind heart. There was one sad part, though: because Jillian cared so much about other people and helped everyone else, her own dress to the wedding was torn. But she was able to be the flower girl anyway because the bride and groom loved her for being so kind. This book is great for parents to read to children.
★★★★★

Grade 2

I Wanna Iguanaby Karen Kaufmann Orloff
Submitted by Anna at Cassandra Public School
Other TDSB readers should read this book because there are lots of notes in the story and it teaches us about persuasive writing. It would be a 5-star rating if it was about cats instead of iguanas.
★★★★

Colours versus Shapesby Mike Boldt
Submitted by Tessa at Chine Drive Public School
This is a good book because if you work as a team you can make something awesome.
★★★★★

The Absent Authorby Ron Roy
Submitted by Joelle at Ogden Junior Public School
This book is very interesting and exciting. Every detail the author has written in this book makes us want to read more. It’s like a black hole. It sucks us into reading until we are done reading the whole book!
★★★★★

Grade 3

Beautiful Oopsby Barney Saltzberg
Submitted by Yusra at Golf Road Junior Public School
I think you should read this book because it teaches kids that it is OK to make mistakes and if you do make mistakes, you can turn them into something amazing. This book is really fun.
★★★★★

Mysteries of the Mindby Kathryn Walker
Submitted by Michael at Hillmount Public School
I just read a unique and mind-blowing book called Mysteries of the Mind. It is a non-fiction book about how the mind can control objects, see things in the past, read minds, guess things that are correct, and see through objects. It has a table of contents, interesting vocabulary and lots of cool questions that relate to the mysteries of the mind or an extra sense. I wish I had this extra sense. I think this book is strange but it could still be real… or it is all fake? This is my favourite book!
★★★★★

As Fast as Words Could Flyby Pamela Tuck
Submitted by Kaylina at Wilmington Elementary School
What I didn't like about the other kids in the book was that they didn't treat Mason right. But what I did like about Mason was that he always tried his best. If there were more than five stars to rate this story I would give it more. I would recommend this story to my parents because they love kids that try their best. :)
★★★★★

Fourth Grade

Daddy, Papa and Meby Lesléa Newman
Submitted by Jazmyn at Ancaster Public School
This book that I chose for my reading buddy is the best book I've ever taken out of the library!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, if you have two dads or two moms you are the luckiest person in the world.
★★★★★

Nancy Drew Diaries: Curse of the Arctic Starby Carolyn Keene
Submitted by Virusha at Meadowvale Public School
You should read this book because it is so interesting and cool. It makes me calm down when I am stressed. It helps build my confidence because it shows that you can do it no matter what happens. Many kids should read this book. It will help you in your life. I hope this book will be famous someday. You should read this book if you need more confidence, which mostly everyone needs.
★★★★★

2015 Basketball Superstarsby K.C. Kelley
Submitted by Amrish at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School
I think you should read this book because you can learn a whole lot about basketball superstars and even about their childhood! There are even some cool pictures of them doing high jumps, slam dunks and even some lay-ups. I definitely think that all sports fans should read this book!
★★★★★

Fifth Grade

Who Was Albert Einstein? by Jess M. Brallier
Submitted by Elyar at McKee Public School
This biography tells you a lot about Albert Einstein. This smart young man had a lot of interesting thoughts that were hard to think of. He hated public attention from people. Still, they make shirts and movies about him.

The Biggest Poutine in the World by Andrée Poulin
Submitted by Hasan at Pauline Junior Public School
This book must be one of the top 5 Silver Birch books. I adored it. This book is about a boy named Thomas who wanted to encourage his mother to come back home by making the biggest poutine in the world. This book literally made me drool -- not because of the poutine but because I adored this book.
★★★★★

The Devil’s Arithmeticby Jane Yolen
Submitted by Mia at McMurrich Junior Public School
The Devil's Arithmetic is a very special book. It tells a very powerful story. It is about a girl named Hannah. Her grandfather and his sister are Holocaust survivors and they feel it is important to remember their culture and experiences. However, Hannah doesn't understand why they always talk about the past. She doesn't understand their experiences and why their Jewish faith is important to them. However, one day when she opens the door for the Prophet Elijah at her grandparent's Passover Seder, she is suddenly transported to a small Jewish village in Poland. That is when she starts to understand why her grandfather and his sister want to remember their experiences. I think that if you take the time to read this short moving book you will not regret it.
★★★★★

Sixth Grade

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Geniusby Stacey Matson
Submitted by Sophie at Adam Beck Junior Public School
This book is really awesome because it's kind of like an oral history, which is a format rarely seen in books for kids. The story is told through emails that the main character Arthur receives, his schoolwork, his teachers' feedback on his work and his articles for his school newspaper. This book is a true work of art, and you rarely see a book with a main character's attitude such as Arthur's. He may be a little naïve, but his perspective is one many people can relate to.
★★★★★

OCDanielby Wesley King
Submitted by Laura at West Humber Junior Middle School
I chose OCDaniel because I think that the plot is so realistic! I think that someone with OCD could relate to this. I have ADHD and this book made me feel like I could fit in. I feel like I can embrace my inner “Looney Laura” and not push it away. This book made me feel like I was not alone, and that I could do anything, because it made me feel like someone else could relate to me.
★★★★★

Bad Guysby Aaron Blabey
Submitted by Steven at Fairglen Junior Public School
I think that this is a really good book. It is one of the most suspenseful books that I have ever read. I was left temporarily speechless by the pure shock of how good it was. I want it to be erased from my memory so I can read it again. I want everyone to read it, and feel the amazement that I did.
★★★★★

BONUS REVIEW
The Silver Birch Reading Club
Submitted by Devanshi at West Humber Junior Middle School
I am a member of the Silver Birch reading club. I participate as an expert and reader. I love Silver Birch. This club encouraged me to read books. I would like to thank my librarian and friend Mrs. Glassburg. She has encouraged me to finish books on time and she also helped me to stay on task. When I first started school and before I started school, I loved reading books. Over the years, when I was in grades 2 and 3 I stopped being interested in reading books. Later on, I found out there was a reading club, so I joined it and it has helped a lot. Because of that I rate this club a 5.
★★★★★

Seventh Grade

Sister to the Wolfby Maxine Trottier
Submitted by Aamna at Albion Heights Junior Middle School
TDSB readers should read this book because it is very heart-touching. It is also adventurous. Cecil, Lesharo and Cecil's father go on a perilous journey. TDSB readers should read this book and take the journey with Cecil. They will love it if they just read it.
★★★★★

One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Wayby Marsha Skrypuch
Submitted by Nushra at Henry Hudson Senior Public School
This is an outstanding book. It is a true story about a little girl named Tuyet who lives in a Vietnamese orphanage and was rescued from the invading North Vietnamese army. Most books I’ve read tell about an imaginary life. This book is nothing like that. It shows us the reality of life. In my personal opinion, reading books that have a true story behind them can actually change our perspective on life. Personally, I don’t like to read a lot, but when I had to pick a book for a book talk, this book captured my attention because of its high quality, including its front cover, summary, etc. Altogether, Marsha’s books show kids that the future is in their hands. All and all, this book shows us we have to take responsibility for the steps we take in life.
★★★★★

Anne of Green Gablesby L.M. Montgomery
Submitted by Salome at John McCrae Public School
This book is an extraordinary book to read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves realistic books. This book explains to everyone that we should spend every moment of life the way we want to. I say this because even though Anne was an orphan she still had a lively attitude toward others and herself. She had the mind to enjoy every moment she got and that is why I believe this book is good because it tells us to have a positive attitude even when we are in troubled times.
★★★★★

Eighth Grade

Middle Schoolby James Patterson
Submitted by Wesley at Joseph Howe Senior Public School
I would recommend this book by James Patterson because it is just the right amount of pages and it has a few pictures in there to keep the book interesting for the reader. This book is a very easy read but the book itself and the way it is written is just amazing. There was nothing in the book that I did not understand. I was with it all the way and never got confused. This is the best book I've ever read and I hope other people will read it too.
★★★★★

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Submitted by Jackie at Sir Ernest MacMillan Senior Public School
Curveball is the very interesting story of a boy who was always the star, called Peter. He was a very promising baseball player alongside his best friend, AJ. But in his freshman year of high school, an elbow injury put him out of his baseball career for the rest of his life. Then his grandfather, his favorite person, starts having problems. He forgets important things and does strange things at random times. Peter doesn't know what to do. He is confused, angry and the only person he thinks he can safely confide in is Angelika, a girl he met in his photography class. It's a great story of honesty and how you should always look forward during hard times, while combining sports, arts, romance and family drama.
★★★★★

The Heaven Shopby Deborah Ellis
Submitted by Stuti at Smithfield Middle School
The Heaven Shop, a novel filled with gray clouds covering the sun, dirt roads that lead to the middle of nowhere and a sunrise thoroughly painted by god's brushes, is one of my most favourite novels in the world. Binti Pheri narrates this novel. This novel revolves around the idea of a young girl who loses her parents because of AIDS and has to face the obstacles that the world places in front of her. Before I read this novel, thankfulness was just another word in the dictionary. Now, I sense how thankful I am to live under a roof, have food on my plate, but most importantly, to have a family that is always there for me.
★★★★★

High School

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Submitted by Lucas at Humberside Collegiate Institute
If you enjoy reading fantasy adventure books, then this is the book for you. The second novel in The Stormlight Archive series has amazing world-building along with great characters with a few twists to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat until the end and leave you wanting more!
★★★★★

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Submitted by Trevor at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
The Invisible Man effectively tells a story of the downsides that can come from scientific advancement as well as the moral issues involved. In the story, the Invisible Man is corrupted by the power his invisibility grants him and he commits horrible acts he believes are okay. Other characters in the story show him the horror of what he has done and attempt to stop him. The story shows that the quest for the Invisible Man’s power has completely corrupted him.
★★★★★

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Submitted by Sabah at Monarch Park Collegiate Institute
OH MY GOOSEBUMPS!!!!! I could not put this book down. I was living and breathing every single word and punctuation. This book is the promise of a great story, something you wish was yours: to have the characters come to life and be part of your world. This is about young love, harsh truths and acceptance. Read it!
★★★★★

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

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