Monthly Archives: March 2016

Josh Sundquist author of We Should Hang Out Sometime

Message from Meg Wolitzer author of Belzhar


I’m really happy that Belzhar was nominated for a Teen Reader’s Choice Award.  I tried to write the kind of book that I would have wanted to read when I was a teenager.  The novel takes place at a boarding school for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers.”  I liked the idea of setting it there, because it meant that the characters would be far away from their families and friends, and off in a new situation where anything could happen.  Fantasy ripples very lightly through the book, and I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that the ending is something that a lot of people seem to want to know about, asking me, “Did you always know it would end that way?” The answer is, “Not exactly.”  Every book has to find its own story, and the writer has to struggle to tell it.  I tried to do that, and along the way I loved being in the world of my characters.  I still miss them.

All the best,


“The Impossible Knife of Memory” Trailer

Welcome to TRCA 2016.


The fifth annual CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award kicks off on 8 March 2016! If you are a CCRSB student in grades 7-12, you are invited to read from this year’s list of 10 amazing books and vote for your favourite to be the winner of the CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award.

CCRSB Library Services staff carefully chose the 2016 Top 10 based on the best critical reviews, readers’ reviews, and the books’ performances on well-respected awards lists. These titles represent a wide range of genres and include some of the best fiction and non-fiction published between January, 2014  and December, 2015.

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
  • Nimona by Noella Stevenson
  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist

Participating is easy! Just follow these three steps:

1) Read at least one of the Top 10 titles between March 8th and May 20th. All 10 nominees are available from your school library. If you’ve already read one of the nominated titles, read another! You never know – you may find your new favourite book.

 2) Discuss the books with other CCRSB students on the pages linked at the top of this website. Please remember these rules when submitting comments:

  • Don’t include any identifying information (last name, school, location, etc.).
  • Be respectful of other students’ comments.
  • Use school appropriate language.

3) Until May 20th vote for your favourite book to be the 2015 Teen Reader’s Choice Award Winner! The winning book will be announced on Tuesday, May 31st.

Head to your school library, grab a Top 10 book, and let’s start reading!