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Amina's Voice by Hena Khan (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 11:05am

This book is about a 13-year-old girl named Amina. Amina is going into middle school with her best friend Soojin. When Soojin decides she wants to change her name to something more “American,” Amina wonders if she should change her name too. But then Soojin becomes friends with one of the popular girls and Amina is scared of losing her best friend.

I liked this book because it shows that you don’t have to change yourself or your name just to make friends or keep friends.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 6:18pm

Presenting our newest arrival...Li Ping! That's what Teddy Fitzroy expects to hear instead of she's missing. When Li Ping the panda goes missing Teddy expects to be able to help out because he has helped solve mysteries before, but a sudden appearance from the FBI stops that. Li Ping has been stolen and the FBI are looking at the wrong clues. Teddy is not allowed to investigate but is blackmailed into doing it. Teddy does not really care about the investigation until a man tries to kill him twice. Teddy relizes that the FBI have been tricked. But can he prove it? Or will the panda be gone forever? Find out in Panda-monium.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Apr 01, 2017 at 5:05pm

In a world where society depends on magic for survival, orphan Chantel Goldenrod trains to become a sorceress. She excels in all of her subjects, excluding deportment, where her attitude often leads to trouble. When Miss Ellicott, the school's headmistress mysteriously disappears, along with the kingdom's other sorceresses, Chantel must have more courage, determination, and intelligence than ever to save the kingdom. Although practicing combat spells was forbidden at school, Chantel must rely on them to save her kingdom. With the help of her friends Anna and Bowser, Chantel embarks on a dangerous journey to find Miss Ellicott. Can she use her strengths to rescue the sorceresses, or will the dangerous of the outside world end her quest?

I enjoyed the plot of this story, it was well paced and detailed. However, there was a bit too much going on at once. The storyline was interesting, but unoriginal. Also, the characters were creatively written, but lacked realistic traits for readers to connect with. The book had an exciting beginning, but a slower middle and end. The volcabulary used was descriptive, yet simple. Overall, Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded written by Sage Blackwood was a suspenseful read. It was enjoyable, but lacked uniqueness. I recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy adventures, and are aged 8-11. I would give it 2.5/5 stars.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:05pm

Usually it’s easy picking out clothes but it’s not if you’re transgender. This book is about a transgender person named Liv.  One day he realized that he feels like a boy, not a girl. So when he has to go to a new school, he gets scared, but at least he will have his best friend Maisie by his side. Then he finds out that he has to wear a skirt due to the new uniform policy.  After a few weeks of school, he decides he doesn’t want to wear skirts any more.  So he comes up with The Pants Project. That way he and other girls can wear pants at school.

This book is so good.  I really liked it because it is about a person who has difficulties in life and has found a way to fix it.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

My Top Secret Dares & Don'ts by Trudi Trueit (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 at 7:39pm

Kestrel and her family are headed out to Vancouver, BC, to help out her grandmother at her beautiful ski lodge. It’s been in the family for generations, but the business is in trouble—and there are lots of people looking to take over the property. Kestrel is determined to help her family retain their precious business—one that her grandfather built literally from the ground up. But two evil twins—who happen to be the daughters of a property developer determined to drive the lodge out of business—prove to be her nemeses in every way possible. Can Kestrel help save the lodge and beat the twins at their own game?

I really liked the book My Top Secret Dares and Don'ts because it was adventurous and it had a bit of mystery. I think that the book was very well written, and I almost felt like I was in the book because the author described everything so well. I found it very easy to read, and it only took me two days to finish. I would definitely recommend reading it.

- Erin, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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