Back in January we introduced to you, Penguin Canada's new brand for young adults - RazOrBill. Being a member of the Penguin Canada blogging network we were sent over some great RazOrbill titles to share with all of you.

50 Cent: Playground

There is always a lot of hype around when a mega-star who typically dabbles in other arts, writes a book and Playground was no exception. Playground is loosely based on 50 cent's adolescent years. I decided this one would be a good addition to our library. Not only because it's written by 50 Cent but because it touches on bullying, a very serious matter we are always on the watch for in our local schools. This story was written loosely based on 50 Cent's adolescence with his teenage son in mind. It's about the moments that made one boy into the Playground bully. The book is written in the first person voice and accented with illustrations drawn by Lizzi Akana. 

The future of us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

This book had me at the description, I am very interested in any books that have to do with technology and this story is an interesting one. It takes place in technologies past with a twist of technology's present when two friends embark on the Internet for the very first time in 1996 and stumble across their future selves on Facebook after installing an AOL CD. I like how the book tells the story from different perspectives, you read what both main characters are thinking. The description written also helps you almost feel what the characters are feeling as they are shocked seeing images of themselves as adults and what their lives have been like. This book represents the advances we have made in technology from then until now, how we communicate past to present and knowing what your future may hold. For those of us who have been using the Internet for over a decade, this is a book we can relate to.  

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Not your typical novel, Chopsticks is a completely picture-based book. You have to use your imagination as every page is a part of the tragic story unraveled. It's amazing how the images throughout the book captivate your emotions and take you through the story of Glory - the piano prodigy raised by her single father after her mother passed away. After her disappearance, the story flashes back to events leading up to when she went missing. As a withdrawn teenager she falls for an artistic boy who lives next door. Eventually she falls into madness and can only play the song "Chopsticks". Powerful through pictures, old photos and few words I enjoyed this book as I have never seen anything like it before.

RazOrbill has so many fantastic titles to choose from, these are just a taste. We can't wait to check out more new and upcoming titles. Visit www.razOrbill.ca to get in on the conversation about these and other great Penguin Canada titles!

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Disclosure: Post written by AME on behalf of Penguin Canada. We received complimentary product. All opinions and comments are those of AME.

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  1. The Future of Us would be my favourite. I already read one book by that author and loved it.

  2. 50 Cent: Playground. I am very interested in reading it because I think it will be very interesting.

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  3. I would like Chopsticks because it sounds very different from most books.


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