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11 Before 12 by Lisa Greenwald (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:02pm

Lisa Greenwald’s 11 Before 12 follows Kaylan as she starts middle school with her best friend, Ari. They make a list of 11 things they want to do before they turn 12. But between making guy friends, getting detention, and dealing with her family, Kaylan finds herself in a fight with Ari. Can they make up and finish the list before it’s too late? 

This book was cool because I got to experience sixth grade through the eyes of anxious Kaylan but, it seemed quite unrealistic. I mean not too many sixth graders are seriously thinking about first kisses and talking to their moms about their flaws. There was some good surprises and character development, but the friendships were way too easy. Over all, I would give this book a 3/5 stars.

- Lizzie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Beyond the Doors by David Neilsen (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Aug 28, 2017 at 7:59pm

Beyond the Doors begins with four children, siblings in fact, and it starts with their father. He gets into a terrible accident and the children are sent to their Aunt Gladys' house. The strange thing is that there are no doors in the house, not even on the bathroom. When their Aunt Gladys starts disappearing for lengthy periods of time, the children are left to explore on their own. What they find on the second floor is surprising. Doors. They find lots and lots of doors. Are the doors there for no reason, or is it something more sinister? Find out by reading Beyond the Doors!

I find that this book is well written, but someone else might find it creepy.

- Jubilee, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 1:03pm

Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It's inhabited by ghosts and a man named Nikola, who's preparing a sinister spell that's missing one key ingredient. Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola's kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia - who is in danger of becoming Nikola's next victim!

Graveyard Shakes is a fantastic read! My favorite character is Modie, and I disliked the 3 "popular" girls. This book reminds me of a play I did a while back and the boarding school they go to reminds me of my old school. When reading this book I feel really calm. One of the other reasons I like this book is because Katia and Victoria are smart, clever, and joyous. I hope that someday I will be able to write my own book. A question that I would like to ask the author is why she wrote Graveyard Shakes. I give this book a 3.5 star rating.

-Pyper, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Graveyard Shakes will be available September 26.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 1:02pm

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Who is Robert Jackson Kelly? Is he a juvenile delinquent? A criminal mastermind? A folk hero? One thing is clear: Robert always defies what people think of him. And now, the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal and land a plane.

I really liked this book. I really, really did. I would start to read it and couldn't stop. I would say that I would read one more chapter but would read 5. If you're 13-18 you're in luck because I recommend this book to you.

- Joe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

EngiNerds by Jarrett Lerner (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 6:45pm

Ken is part of a group of kids called the enginerds and they like to spend their lunch hours talking about science and technology. When Ken receives a package on his doorstep he finds a bunch of metal in it and soon the pieces in the box build's itself to create a robot. Ken and his friend Dan are surprised to see that the robot built himself, but mostly because the robot is not the kind of robot that does your homework or cleans your room for you, all it wants is a bunch of food then it fires a bunch of cubes out of his butt. Things get really weird when other kids from the Enginerds start getting the robots too. Then all the robots escape and start eating food from a farmer's market and places like that. Will the enginerds be able to stop the robots? Find out by reading Enginerds!

In this book I liked how the boys worked together to defeat the robots and how they forgave the person that sent them the robots. I also think it was funny how the robots fired a bunch of cubes out of their butts. I give this book a five out of five stars.

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

EngiNerds will be available September 12.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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