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  • A collage of photo submissions for Teen Tastemakers Virtual Reading Club
    Book Face photo missions by Charlotte T. and Samara D.; Library Haul mission photo by Gemma T. and Samara D.
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    Book Spine Poetry by Samara D.
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    Library Haul Mission photo by Nadia P.

Teens, Idea Exchange | May 3, 2021

We are two months into the Virtual Teen Tastemakers reading club, and local teens have been busy earning points toward our monthly prize draws. Participants have been logging their reading, posting online book reviews, answering writing prompts, completing photo challenges, and more.

Congratulations to the winner of our first gift card prize, Samara D. who has already earned over 60 points and completed 4 missions. She has taken home a $50 Happy Teen gift card, which is redeemable at several stores, including Indigo, Cineplex, Sephora, and SportChek. There are more prizes where that came from! If you are interested in signing up, head over to our ReadSquared site to get started.

Read on for some of our favourite writing prompt submissions so far:

Our homes have become our desert islands. If you could only have one book or other piece of media (movie, TV series, album, game, etc.) with you for an entire lockdown, which would you choose and why?

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

If I could only have one movie with me for an entire lockdown, I would pick Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Firstly, it’s one of my favourite films, and thus would make the lockdown much more entertaining. Secondly, although I love rewatching films, sometimes I worry that watching something too many times will make it less enjoyable. This is not the case with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. No matter how much I watch it (and in 2020 I watched it at least three times, once only a couple of weeks between watches), I enjoy it. It is still hilarious, wonderful, and endlessly quotable. It’s so much fun, and never gets old, and that’s why it would be great for any lockdown. (Charlotte T.)

Very few movies made it to theatres in 2020. Did you catch any new releases on streaming services over the past year? Which were your favourites and why?

A movie I watched recently was Space Sweepers on Netflix. It's a story about a group of people who scavenge space junk who end up having to protect a little girl from an evil corporation, and it's very good. I especially liked the characters and their relationships with each other. All of them were very realistic and well-drawn. I also liked the gritty sci-fi aesthetic. A cool detail is that Space Sweepers is a Korean film, but it's set in a future with instant translation technology, so all characters talk in their own native languages, whether that's Korean, English, French, Danish, etc. (Gemma T.)