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The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 4:32pm

Have you ever tried to break a code? It's hard, right? Well imagine what Emily and James felt when they had to crack a code that is centuries old and has never been solved.

Emily and James are best friends who have made multiple secret codes to communicate. One day, Emily discovers an ancient code that has never been cracked called the Unbreakable Code. They also discover that multiple fires have happened in places around their city. The police and firemen say they are accidental, but Emily and James think differently. All the places that had fires have had a mysterious copy of Tom Sawyer hidden through Book Scavenger, a book hiding program. Emily and James rush to stop the arsonist. Will they prevail? Read The Unbreakable Code to find out.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017 at 6:35pm

When you suck in gym, when you stink in math, and when you can't swim, you can either be a failure or you can become a warrior. Well Marc in Grade 5 chooses to be a warrior. When his Uncle Jake comes home, everything changes. Jake was a Navy SEAL, so he is really smart, he can swim and he can do 50 pull-ups, 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups. When Marc asks Jake could teach him, he says yes. The first part of training is to wake up at 4:45 am and do a workout containing sit-ups, pull-ups, and push-ups. Marc isn't really good at it, but eventually he becomes used to it. Jake signs Marc up for Jiu-Jitsu class to learn how to defend himself. By the time summer comes, Marc is can do 60 push-ups, 40 sit-ups, and 13 pull-ups. Marc becomes a warrior! I rate this book five out of five.

- Alex, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Restart by Gordon Korman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, May 08, 2017 at 5:24pm

Gordon Kormon’s Restart is a very interesting and intriguing novel. The characters are very memorable. Their thoughts and emotions are unforgettable. The main character, Chase, suffers from his recent memory loss. To make up for all the mistakes and bad deeds he had done before he lost his memory, he does community service every day and tries to make friends with all of his past victims. The end has a surprising twist. I rate this book 9 out of 10.

- Gabriel, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Restart will be available May 30.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Mesmerist by Ronald L Smith (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 3:51pm

Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists-until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London's supernatural underbelly and learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group of strange children with mysterious powers she befriends be able to help? As shy, proper Jess transforms into a brave warrior, she uncovers terrifying truths about the hidden battle between good and evil, about her family, and about herself.

This is a thrilling and intriguing tale. Reading this book just makes you wish it could keep going forever. It leaves you hanging at the end of every chapter, you'll want to read it all at once! It gives such detail you could imagine it, which I did. The Mesmerist is a great book!

- Lydia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 8:15pm

The Metropolitans combines magic, Camelot, and history into an exciting tale of four teenagers on a heroic quest. As the bombing of Pearl Harbor takes place, four 13-year-olds converge on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and are quickly swept up in a struggle to decode a secret message and foil a Nazi plot to poison the city's population. Magic, monsters, and spies keep things lively as the kids and their adult allies battle ancient evil and their own personal demons. The Metropolitans is an action-packed book with lots of historical events that come to life.

I would recommend this book to anyone one who would like to read a thrilling, action-packed story.

- Luc, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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