Samantha Marchello

Samantha MarchelloSamantha Marchello is a recent graduate of the Seneca College Library and Information Technician Program and a Library Services Associate at Markham Public Library. She is also a middle grade and young adult book reviewer over at Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup and a games journalist at If she’s not wandering around library stacks, she can often be found lost in a good book. She can be reached by e-mail at samcmar [at] She writes the On The Edge: FA Fiction series for Open Shelf.

Contributed Articles

On the Edge YA: Activism
May 1, 2017
With the world’s political state in a somewhat frenzy, it is important that we who work in libraries help individuals understand issues that surround marginalized communities. We can focus on certain historical moments as well as current problems that need to be addressed. Social movements, such as #BlackLivesMatter, raise awareness of the injustices experienced by
Mental Illness
March 1, 2016
Mental illness is a topic that a lot of people tend to avoid because they don’t believe it exists or don’t know how to approach it. The stigma around mental illness is problematic yet every person has been touched by it in some way. As a writer who suffers from anxiety, there is nothing harder
Sam’s Top Three Tough Issue Books of 2015
December 1, 2015
2015 has been a fantastic year for diverse and difficult topics in the young adult sphere. Part of why On the Edge exists as a monthly column devoted to these topics is to help recommend books of potential interest to teens who may wish to explore these more difficult topics further. My goal has always
November 1, 2015
Libraries are outspoken advocates for information accessibility and accommodations. As a society we want every person to be able to have the same rights and privileges, which is why the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) became law on June 13th 2005. The goal by 2025 is to ensure that Ontario is fully accessible for all those who have
September 15, 2015
When I was in the sixth grade, I began to receive anonymous letters in my desk, stating that my best friend “hated me.” It felt strange to receive letters stating that my best friend hated me given that things seemed fine on the surface. I remember how much those notes took a toll on myself self-esteem.
All the Tough Topics: Sensitive Issues in Young Adult Literature 
July 15, 2015
Teens are a challenging group, but they live in a difficult and always changing world where social issues are constantly fluffed under the rug.