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And the 2017 White Pine winner is...

Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

What the publisher says:
"Noor has lived all of her fourteen years in the fifteen lanes of Mumbai’s red light district. Born into a brothel, she is destined for the same fate as her mother: a desperate life trapped in the city’s sex trade. She must act soon to have any chance of escaping this grim future.
Across the sprawling city, fifteen-year-old Grace enjoys a life of privilege. Her father, the CEO of one of India’s largest international banks, has brought his family to Mumbai where they live in unparalleled luxury. But Grace’s seemingly perfect life is shattered when she becomes a victim of a cruel online attack.
When their paths intersect, Noor and Grace will be changed forever. Can two girls living in vastly different worlds find a common path?
Award-winning author S.J. Laidlaw masterfully weaves together their stories in a way that resonates across class and culture. Fifteen Lanes boldly explores the ties that bind us to places and people, and shows us that the strongest of bonds can be forged when hope is all but lost." Penguin Random House Canada

What the reviewers are saying:
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as I learned about an issue that girls my age are facing in the world, that I may have never known about otherwise. Fifteen Lanes taught me an important message about putting problems into perspective, staying strong in times of struggle, and caring for those around you.

Though this book may be difficult to read at times due to its subject matter, I promise you it’s a must read. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for an “important” read that will make them think deeper."
Bella, OPL Teen Blogger and Nepean HS student

"Eye-opening. Shocking. Heart-breaking. Hopeful. Real. These are just some of the words that ran through my mind as I was reading Fifteen Lanes, the new book by S.J Laidlaw."  Laurie - the baking bookworm (Goodreads)

"Wow. It's been a while since I read a book in less than two days. I absolutely loved this one." Carolina (Goodreads)

"I started this book this morning and was unable to put it down. Although it is fiction for teens and YA, it is not afraid to delve into the dark world of sex trafficking in Mumbai yet does so in a way that depicts the full horror yet is not inappropriately graphic on certain activities." Marlene (Goodreads)

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About the author

"I was born in Philadelphia but grew up in Toronto. When I was twenty-one I went to Nigeria as a volunteer teacher. I spent almost three years in Africa. It was a formative experience. I returned to Canada to do a Masters in Social Work before heading out again. I've now lived overseas for more than half my life, usually in far less wealthy countries than my own. I've moved around a lot, sometimes reluctantly, yet every time I move I fall in love with my new home and its people."  http://www.sjlaidlaw.com

We met SJ Laidlaw at Carlingwood branch, OPL on May 5. 

Congratulations to Susan Laidlaw on winning the 2017 White Pine award!

Wednesday Riders by Tudor Robins

What the publisher says:
"The island.
Meg can't wait to get back. She's excited to see her new mare kick up her heels in Salem's old paddock. She's impatient to run on country roads between breeze-blown hayfields.
Mostly, Meg longs to be back with Jared again.
It's going to be the perfect summer.
But can real life live up to Meg's huge expectations?"

What the reviewers are saying:
"I thoroughly enjoyed this follow-up to Appaloosa Summer. Sequels are always a precarious thing, especially when you love the first book so much, but Wednesday Riders did not disappoint. I loved going back to the island and seeing the characters again, as well as meeting several new characters who were all very well-drawn, each with their own nuances and complications. Tudor's books never give you what you are expecting, but the reading experience is all the richer for that. And although there were a few times that I wanted to shake Meg for some of her decisions and reactions, she constantly redeemed herself to me as she refused to wallow in self-pity, instead throwing her energy into working hard and helping others, both of which pay off for her in the end. A super YA read and highly recommended." Kate Lattey, Goodreads

"I loved this book, just like l loved the first book in the series. There is just something about Tudor's writing style that I can't get enough of. It's peaceful, or maybe that's just the laid-back island setting, but these books are so wonderful to read, so relaxing. And yet there is plenty happening. I love Meg - she seems so confident. Oh she reacts, but she also thinks. She's not stupid nor does she create unnecessary angst. 
I was a littled worried when I started this book. Having loved the first book and Meg and Jared together so much I knew a second book would introduce drama! And Meg and Jared do face, what we might call, a few bumps. But it works. It felt like a continuation of Appaloosa Summer. I love the horse element of the Island Trilogy books. Horses are at the heart and soul of both the plot and the characters. And it's great. "  Madison, Goodreads

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About the author
"I love horses, and riding them. I started begging my parents for riding lessons when I was six, and started lungeline lessons at age eight. I’ve ridden pretty much steadily ever since and have had some fun, horse-related jobs.

I’ll run absolutely anywhere my feet hit the ground which means I’ve run in Bermuda, Wales, Italy, France and all over the United States and Canada.I’m addicted to downhill skiing and, while I have some big favourite mountains – Lake Louise, Whiteface and Mont Tremblant – my heart remains in the Gatineau Hills where I first raced Nancy Greene and where our family skis every weekend in the winter.." (Tudor Robins)

Tudor Robins is also the Co-Chair of the Nepean High School Council for 2016-2017.

The bodies we wear  by Jeyn Roberts

What the publisher says:
"A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman. 

Heam: It’s the hottest drug around. Users are able to see Heaven—a place so beautiful, so indescribably serene, many people never want to come back. And some don’t, like Faye’s best friend, Christian. But when Faye was forced to take Heam, she didn’t see Heaven; she saw Hell. And now she spends her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her future and murdered Christian. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye’s plans suddenly get a lot more complicated.

Love and Death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?"

What the reviewers are saying:
"This is not my first Jeyn Robert book. In fact it was her previous two books that had me so excited to read this one, even though they are completely unrelated. There is something about her writing that just draws me in and I can't help but become addicted. Maybe it is the fact that there is something dark and gritty about the books she writes. I appreciate a book that can take the sugar coating away, and push the fact that not everything is beautiful. " Tiffany Holme, Goodreads

"This book is brilliant. The only reason I havnt put five stars is because I wanted it to be longer! But I loved the plot line and the idea within it. Chael and Feye are brilliant characters and I love them both so much. It was a tiny bit predictable but I didn't mind because of how good the predictability helped with the excitement of the book. And the ending... that was an ending that broke me. There were a few tears I admit!."  Tabitha Harding-Chestney, Goodreads

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Interview with Jeyn Roberts

About the author
"Jeyn Roberts is the author of the acclaimed novels Dark Inside, Rage Within,and The Bodies We Wear. Born in Saskatchewan, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. She lives in Vancouver, Canada." (Penguin Random House)

We were liars  by E. Lockhart

"We were liars 
is utterly unforgettable," says John Green. 

Come meet E. Lockhart at the the Nepean Centrepointe branch of Ottawa Public Library on November 17!

What the publisher says:
"A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE."

What the reviewers are saying:
"This book came recommended to me after I read The Fault in our Stars…It was such a fast read... Crazy twist, which i always like. It was a sad read, but I highly recommend it..."  Stacey O, Shelfari

"This book was beautifully written and full of delicious foreshadowing and portent - but nothing prepared me for the ending. I was blown away, and honestly quite shaken for awhile after I read it. I really loved this book."  Josie Cheney, Shelfari

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About the author
• Do you have another job besides writing?
I am a full-time writer but I do teach in a low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children at Hamline University.

•Who was your first crush and why?
A boy named Colin Cox in Kindergarten. He was dashing. Here is a very very short video about my first boyfriend (7th grade). 

•Do you have a favorite food?

•If you could be a writer and pursue another career of interest, what would it be?

•When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?
At age 8. I wrote two or three novels that year. But later, I got side-tracked by the theater and thought I wanted to be an actress – and then after that, a literature professor. I began writing creatively in a serious way when I was 22. 

•What subject did you hate the most in high school?


Keep in touch with E. Lockart through her blog: theboyfriendlist.com

We were liars is available in the library right now!

The Fall  by Colleen Nelson

The Fall
 is a nominee for the White Pine fiction award 2014! 

Come meet Colleen at the Festival of Trees on May 16!

What the publisher says:
"If only. 
Two words that’ll kill. Slowly.
But maybe, that’s what you deserve. 

When one teen dies in a tragic accident, the lives of three others are forever changed. One turns to alcohol to escape his guilt. Another looks to a gang to replace what he’s lost. Ben must find the strength to break through a growing web of lies and convince everyone at school that he was not to blame. But first he has to convince himself. " (Great Plains Teen Fiction)

What the reviewers are saying:
"I found my emotions running wild while reading The Fall … this is a book that readers everywhere should experience. To see the impact of death, and to witness the strengths that people didn’t know they had until after tragedy strikes." (MaryAnn, Chapter by Chapter)

"Just as we may not always know what we'd do under certain circumstances, such as witnessing a death, the boys and other characters seem surprised by how they handle circumstances. Some are true to form, while others reach beyond themselves and out to others. It's the breadth of her characters and their ability to transform or evolve that takes The Fall from an intriguing plot to a psychological page-turner.." (Helen K, CanLitforLittleCanadians)

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About the author

"Most mornings, I wake up early, make a strong coffee and write for an hour or two before my kids wake up. And then, it's time for a run, when the morning air is crisp and the streets are quiet. Running helps me work through problems with the plot in a book, or develop a character. I have lots of other things on the go: teaching preschool, volunteering and looking after my family, but I try to carve out time to write every day."

Come meet Colleen at the Festival of Trees in Ottawa on May 16!

Keep in touch with Colleen through her blog:  colleennelson.blogspot.ca


The Fall is available in the library right now!

Divergent and Insurgent  by Veronica Roth

Read the first two books before the third book in the series comes out in October 2013! And filming has started on the Divergent  movie (due for release in March 2014). 

These books are available in the library on Kobo right now!

What the publisher says:
"Divergent: One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed "perfect society."
Insurgent: One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love
." (HarperCollins Books)

What the reviewers are saying:
"I love this series. Can't wait for the next installment!!!!!!" (Pamela Nuzum, Shelfari)

"Loved it.  Read it (Insurgent) twice as fast as Divergent. but kicking myself for not starting these AFTER the final book is released! Can't wait for Book 3!" (Courtney L., Shelfari)

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About the author
"Veronica Roth is a 24-year-old debut author, and a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Creative Writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. It was a transforming choice. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth lives near Chicago." (Shelfari)

Follow Veronica Roth on her blog.

These books are available in the library on Kobo right now!