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Bunk 9's Guide to Growing Up by Adah Nuchi (From a Two Thumbs Up Reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Feb 09, 2018 at 4:39pm

Welcome to Bunk 9—and a new girl-powered puberty book girls will want to read.

Based on the lively conceit that it’s written by nine older girls at a fictional summer camp who share their collective been-there, done-that experiences, Bunk 9’s Guide to Growing Up is a puberty book with a twist, an entertaining, up-to-date, supportive guide that covers the head-to-toe changes that young girls go through as they grow up. Since it is written in the voices of different girls, reading it is like listening to your best friend or older sister giving no-nonsense information, advice, and tips on menstruation, breasts, hygiene, health and nutrition, boys, and all the complicated feelings that go along with these changes. Filled with callouts, doodles, and margin notes, it’s a book that’s gentle enough for a third grader and thorough enough for a middle schooler, and it’s vetted by a pediatrician.

Bunk 9's Guide to Growing Up is a spectacular read and has loads of tricks (that actually work!) This is an extremely handy guide for girls of all ages. The characters have different personalities that include bookworms, jocks, chefs, late bloomers, early birds and they are incredibly relatable. I would definitely recommend this to all girls.

-Ishita, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War by Stel Pavlou (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 at 3:30pm

Daniel Coldstar wakes up on a strange planet. Even stranger, he has a distant memory of being on the planet. Stranger still, everyone on the planet claims that they remember him, that he once lived there. While on the planet, Daniel learns that everyone there is looking for relics. Small, ancient items from millions of years ago. Daniel finds one of these relics and goes to hand it over to his master. Except for one problem. The relic bounds itself to Daniel's chest and starts shooting laser beams. Daniel is now being hunted by the security forces of the mine who want revenge on him for the killing of the masters. Will he escape? Or will he be incinerated like the rest of the people who tried to rebel? Read Daniel Coldstar The Relic War to find out!

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Royal Rabbits of London by Santa Montefiore & Simon Sebag Montefiore (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Feb 03, 2018 at 12:49pm

This book starts with a rabbit named Shylo. He has very annoying brothers and sisters who always tease him. Shylo wants to show his brothers and sisters that he is not a weakling. One day Shylo was walking in the forest and he tumbled down a hill. Shylo heard voices and he quickly jumped into a hole where he then saw rats! He heard the rats talking about how they had found a way to the queen’s bedroom! He quickly went to Horatio. Horatio told him to go to London and go to the royal family to warn them. So Shylo went to London and went to the royal family. The royal family sent 2 guards with him to defeat the ratzis. Do you think they will make it or do you think they will fail? If you want to find out read the book The Royal rabbits of London!

I would give this book 5 stars because it was very interesting, adventurous, and fun. My favorite part was when the rabbits and rats were fighting.

- Sooah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A Nielsen (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 8:46pm

Kestra Dallisor has been exiled from Highwyn for 3 years, but she is called back by her father, who serves Endrick the powerful and cruel leader of Antora, who also has very powerful magic. On her way back, she gets captured by the Coracks, a rebellion that wants to destroy Endrick. They want her to get the Olden Blade for them, the only weapon that can destroy Lord Endrick. They take Kestra’s servants and threaten to kill them if she doesn’t obey. The Coracks give her 2 Coracks as servants in exchange, Simon and Trina. The Coracks want the blade so that they can choose an Infidante that will claim the blade and kill Lord Endrick. The Infidante will be Halderian and also will choose the new ruler of Antora. Will Kestra get the Olden Blade for the Coracks? Or will she refuse to give it to them? Find out by reading The Traitor’s Game!!

I liked this book because it was full of adventure and mystery. But at some parts I didn’t really want to keep reading because it was boring. If you don’t really like deaths I suggest you don’t read this book because there were a lot of deaths in it. But at some parts it was really interesting and I wanted to keep reading. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Traitor's Game will be available February 27.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Refugee by Alan Gratz (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:47pm

Refugee follows three kids: Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud. All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

Refugee is a great book that follows three different perspectives of refugee's through the ages. Josef, a Jewish boy from WW2, Isabel a Cuban girl, and Mahmoud a Syrian boy. The character's are very interactive and selfless throughout the book. The characters are so great and all the character's are all so different. Josef wants to prove himself a man, Isabel wants to safely reach Miami, and Mahmoud just wants everything to be okay, which is why I think it's fitting that the book should end with the word 'home'.

- Simon, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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