Hot summer reads for teens

Submitted by Courtney Mellor, Teen Services Librarian at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library – 

It’s not too late for young readers to join the Summer Reading Club at Carlingwood and Rosemount Library. It’s a great way to keep kids & teens reading over the summer months. Reading Club kits are available at the library. Teens can join online and might even win $25 gift card from Chapters.

A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects, by Kate Albrecht

This popular lifestyle blogger, YouTube star, and designer offers a beautiful collection of step-by-step personal style and DIY projects. Teens can learn DIY nail art, makeup techniques, and tips to revive your wardrobe. The craft projects are fairly easy, but you will need a glue gun for most projects!

Get real: what kind of world are you buying, by Mara Rockliff

This book provides information to help young people become more conscientious about their purchases. There’s lots of great information about sweatshops, advertising, fast food, and other topics, and as well as ideas and resources for being a more educated consumer. After reading this, anyone would think twice about their buying habits!

Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Marcus Samuelson

A memoir of Ethiopian-born orphan and Swedish raised Marcus Samuelson. This book is perfect for aspiring chefs or fans of the Food Network and  provides insight into what goes on behind the scenes in kitchens of restaurants across the globe. Teens will learn new cooking terms and the book will encourage foodies and young entrepreneurs to follow their passion.  This title is part of this summer’s Battle of the Books at the Ottawa Public Library and has been deemed a must read.

To learn about the Battle of the Books, visit

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