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James reviews the iPhone 6s

Mar 15, 2017   //   by James   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on James reviews the iPhone 6s

For my 15th birthday I was able to upgrade from the iPhone 5c to last year’s model, the iPhone 6s.

I really have enjoyed it, from the improved processor to the improved camera. One of my favourite improvements is the upgrade from a 4-inch screen to a 4.7-inch screen. It’s the perfect size for using one or two hands.

Some of my other favourite things include the design change, force touch, and the ability to jailbreak.

The only downside I have found with this phone is that the camera sticks out about half a centimetre from the phone which means without a case it could get damaged.

This has by far been my favourite release from Apple. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who likes Apple products, likes the size of the display, or likes having a headphone jack!

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Ava Joy Sings Her Praise!

Mar 8, 2017   //   by Ava Joy   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Ava Joy Sings Her Praise!

Ava Joy tells you about the best parts of the movie Sing! Also, check out her bonus video where she shows you a craft you can make after you watch the movie.

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Julia is Hoping For a Snow Day

Mar 1, 2017   //   by Julia   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Julia is Hoping For a Snow Day

It’s a weeknight and you look out the window and see that it has begun to snow, and you get excited. Very excited. You get the glimmer of hope that all school age children get of a day off and a chance to sleep in. You race to the nearest phone, laptop or tablet to check the weather report for the following morning and you see that it’s going to keep on snowing through the night. You only have one more step before you’re convinced.

You open the browser and head over to snowdaypredictor.com, the trusted source and master of all snow day knowledge. This is the “make or break.” You punch in your postal code and you wait anxiously for the percentage. The page loads. YES! 87% chance! An almost guaranteed snow day. You go to bed that night planning everything you’re going to do the following day.

Snow Day Predictor | Calculate the chance of a snow day for tomorrow!

What I have just described is something we have all experienced at some point. We all have had those nights before school where we get excited because of a potential snow day, and try our best to make the prediction of if our wishes are going to become a reality. Now, there is just something that is helping give answers to those night time “what if’s.” Technology. In this modern age that we live in, it is becoming ever more prevalent — there really is technology available for every aspect of life. If you had said to kids 20 years ago, “Hey, in the future you can predict a snow day by percentage just by simply punching in your postal code,” they probably wouldn’t have believed you. That’s why it’s such a neat thing.

In my own school, it’s a widely used product. As soon as one kid looks out the window and sees that there is snow coming down, they will quickly pull up the website and start telling the people around them what the percentage is. There has been many a time that I have walked into a classroom and heard hushed whispers of numbers and the chance of a snow day. There was one day in particular that stands out in memory for me. This was the legendary day that the prediction was 99%. Word of this ungodly high number spread like wildfire to the point where even the teachers were aware of it. Kids my age trusted the source so much that some of them even took the gamble of not doing their homework.

It seems that my peers and kids alike use Snow Day Predictor as a trusted source of knowledge and don’t resist to put all their faith into the predictions it makes. In the winter, the website is treated as if it is the epicentre of all known weather/school knowledge, and I’m sure it will remain that way for many school kids to come.

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There’s No Middle Ground with Solange’s Thoughts on ‘Stuck In The Middle’

Feb 22, 2017   //   by Solange   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on There’s No Middle Ground with Solange’s Thoughts on ‘Stuck In The Middle’

Nine-year-old Solange lays out the best traits of Stuck In The Middle.

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James Enjoys The Weeknd

Feb 8, 2017   //   by James   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on James Enjoys The Weeknd

Starboy – The Weeknd

On November 25th The Weeknd released his fourth studio album with the name Starboy. This name is also the name of his chart top hit “Starboy”. It contains 18 songs with collaborations from artists Future, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey and Daft Punk. He currently has all 18 songs in the Hot 100 charts as well as the Spotify Global Top 50! That makes him making up about 1/5 and 1/3 of the charts.

I personally really enjoy this album, it has become my favourite album to date. I feel it has such a wide variety of sounds that avoids the problem of songs having a similar sound or beat. Currently, my Top 3 favourite songs from the album are (in no specific order): “True Colors”, “Six Feet Under” and “Reminder”. The song “True Colors” is a slower take for The Weeknd and provides a soft, calming sound that just makes you want to sing along. “Six Feet Under” is one of those songs that puts you in the mood to dance and get excited. Finally, the reason I like his song “Reminder” is because it sounds the most like his old music and is a song to all of his haters. I’d definitely recommend this album to anyone!

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Julia is Enchanted by ‘La La Land’

Feb 1, 2017   //   by Julia   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Julia is Enchanted by ‘La La Land’

La La Land is a movie musical made for dreamers. It’s here to inspire, and put a whimsical smile on your face. With its old fashioned musical feel it’s a movie spectacular that left me mesmerized. As a big fan of movie musicals such as Grease, Singing in the Rain and Across the Universe I knew going into this film that it would be right up my alley. Trust me when I say I am not exaggerating my words that this movie truly took my breath way.  A movie like this only comes once in awhile and is a treasure to see in theatres.

The movie follows the story of  Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), their relationship to each other, and reaching their goals out in the land of dreams, Los Angeles. Both of our protagonists have their own dreams, Mia, an actress, wants to be a star and, Sebastian, a jazz musician,  wishes to open his own club. The movie follows them as they both try and fail and succeed their way through this fantastical tale.

Though both characters have different dreams I think most people would be able to relate to their stories for the simple fact that we all have tried to reach our eventual goals that we have clung to all our lives. It’s the strive to do what we love and to reach that. It’s the thing that our heart has desired to do since we were young. And I think that anyone watching this movie would notice that and be able to relate to it. I certainly felt that way. I came out of the theatre feeling refreshed and inspired to get back on track with achieving my dream. So if you’re a believer, or you just love musicals then I would recommend you go, spend an evening being taken away by this wonderfully stunning film. It awakens the dreamer in us all.

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Ava Joy Reviews ‘Trolls’

Jan 25, 2017   //   by Ava Joy   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Ava Joy Reviews ‘Trolls’

She wants to tell you about the movie Trolls, but she won’t reveal the ending!

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Emanuel Reads Up on Training Dragons

Jan 11, 2017   //   by Emanuel   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Emanuel Reads Up on Training Dragons

I love How to Train Your Dragon because it is very funny and cool. The main character is a boy named Hiccup. He has a dragon named Toothless who is very annoying and also very small. Hiccup is very smart and he is the heir to the Viking tribe, the Hairy Hooligans. Hiccup has a friend named Fishlegs who does not know how to swim and is afraid of the dark. Hiccup also has another friend named Camacazi who is super talented. One of her talents is being funny while she is battling. She distracts her opponents by talking a lot and making fun of them. After she battled another Viking named Norbert the Nutjob, she said to him “practice Norbert, that’s what you need.’’

I like the How to Train Your Dragon books because of the adventures that Hiccup goes on. His adventures are complex and weird. One of the adventures that Hiccup went on was going to recover the treasure of his grandfather, Grimbeard the Gastly. The treasure was protected by dragons named Skullions who could not see but had good scent. The treasure was booby-trapped with a scent that attracted the Skullions and Hiccup just escaped. All of this exciting and complex action is why I like How To Train Your Dragon SO Much!

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Kris Passes the Time with ‘Color Switch’

Jan 4, 2017   //   by Kris   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Kris Passes the Time with ‘Color Switch’

Color Switch is an app by Fortafy Games. It’s an addictive game in which you tap to move a ball through a variety of obstacles. The colour of the ball must match the colour of the obstacle otherwise you will have to start the level again. There are bunches of different balls to collect and different game modes to play. You can collect stars when playing different levels. The stars collected can then be used to buy unique balls. The game design changes according to the holidays/seasons.

It’s a great app to waste time by playing endless mode or the plethora of levels in all very distinct game modes. Color Switch is a challenging game that requires your attention and quick reflexes.

It’s hard to lose interest because new modes are constantly being added, and the game style changes too. The layout is colourful and bright, which is eye-catching. The game can become frustrating and tedious, however, since you only have one chance to complete the level, causing you to play the same level over and over. That is, unless you decide to watch an ad to skip a level or to get an extra life, but the extra life option only works if you’re near the end of the level. There’s also a lot of ads on the game, which is quite tiresome.

In conclusion, Color Switch is a very entertaining free game that doesn’t require wi-fi and can be enjoyed by all ages. It’s annoying when you struggle to beat a level and a wave of ads barrage you. Nonetheless, it’s a great time waster and has a colourful appearance.

 

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Noah Raves About Truancy

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Noah   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Noah Raves About Truancy

The Truancy series, written by Isamu Fukui when he was a 15-year-old high school student, is an extremely well-written and suspenseful dystopian series. Set in an experimental city divided into 58 different sectors and ruled by forces that value education, a group of schoolchildren, known as the Truants, wants to fight back.

Truancy by Isamu Fukui book coverIn the first book, Truancy, a boy named Tack is living the life of a schoolboy. Dealing with surprise tests and harsh learning ways, Tack is getting frustrated with the system. When he finds a school dropout his own age, alone in abandoned sector 19, Tack sees his life begin to change. Training under the boy, Umasi, Tack learns to fight with both words and swords. But when he witnesses the death of his sister by a Truant, Tack is devastated and wants to seek revenge.

After finding his way to one of the many Truant hideouts in the city, Tack is accepted into the rebel group. Gradually rising up the ranks, he eventually battles the leader of the Truancy for the chief role. He subsequently changes his name to Tackan and starts to realize exactly how hard the life of a leader can be.

The second book, Truancy Origins, shows us the early years of the two brothers, Umasi, the boy from sector 19, and Zyid, the future leader of the Truancy. In this book, we learn how Umasi and Zyid’s paths begin to separate.

The final book, Truancy City, brings us back to the city when Tackan is the leader of the Truants. The city’s long want of taking down the Truants might just have a new secret weapon – a boy, trained by Umasi, who is an amazing fighter and has few weaknesses. In a final all-out battle between the Truants and the general population of the city, the overarching leader of all of the experimental cities steps in, using her own troops to help maintain order. Attempting to evade the Government, the Truants try to seek refuge by leaving the city.

The series ends with a stunning conclusion at the top of the tallest building in the city, a 108-floor tower that overlooks all 58 sectors. The amazing ending shows that not all forces are what they seem to be.

This is a very well-written book with a lot of action, suspense and mystery. The character development is superb, and it is a very captivating series. It is fictionalized, yet provides a somewhat scary foreshadowing to what the future could hold.

Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars.

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