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The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 at 6:20pm

The Secret of a Heart Note is your average contemporary read with a nice twist. Our heroine Mimoma descends from a long line of aromateurs. This means that she can smell heartbreak and identify anything from a hint of emotion to someone's lovesickness from a distance away. With this ability, Mim thinks she is doomed to weeding herbs, mixing love elixirs and matchmaking her entire life (since this is an aromateur's job afterall). But a series of accident involving a matchmaking gone wrong, an unexpected request and a boy suddenly change everything, even her heart.

This book is certainly a cute and lovely read, I don't necessary adored it but I like it enough to recommend it to others. Beside several familiar tropes that I've seen enough in contemporary novels, the touch of magic definitely made up for it. It spiced up the plot as well as my enjoyment for this book. Mimosa is a well rounded character, I connected with her optimism when things don't work out and how she wants badly to do things she was told not to. It was also nice to see the family dynamic, the friendship and the romance turns out the way I had hoped. Definitely check out this book if you are in need of a light and cute read. 3.5/5 Stars.

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Lost Property Office by James R Hannibal (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 at 6:38pm

Did you lose a glove or perhaps misplace your phone? Well call Jack Buckles, and you'll have it back in no time. Twelve-year-old Jack Buckles is just an ordinary boy until he finds out that he has the ability to find things very quickly. He is a tracker. A person who can see into the past by touching objects. He is the thirteenth son in the family line of Buckles and therfore he has amazing abilities. But, when a mysterious villan kidnaps Jack's father, even Jack cannot solve this alone. He gets the help of an experienced clerk, named Gwen, from the Ministry of Trackers, a group of trackers who are responsible for keeping the trackers "in line". Can Jack and Gwen solve the mystery? Or will Jack's father be missing forever? Find out in Lost Propery Office.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reivewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Anton and Cecil: Cats Aloft by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 11:56am

Meet Anton and Cecil, two mystery solving cats. They are alley cats, and when a new mystery comes calling, they go and solve it. This time, at a fair, white puppies are disappearing without a trace. But instead of one villain, there are actually two! Thanks to some cats, dogs, circus animals, and a burning circus tent, lots of exciting things happen.

Will the puppies ever be found? Will the mystery be solved? Read Anton and Cecil: Cats Aloft to find out.

- Eden, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Anton and Cecil: Cats Aloft  will be available December 27. 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Jed and the Junkyard War by Steven Bohls (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 at 6:52pm

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This book is about a boy that has parents who have disappeared. They've left him a letter in a glass cup and it says that they are either kidnapped, lost, or killed. They have plans for him to go live with his grandfather. They tell him how to get there through a hole in the back of a dishwasher. They ask him what kind of metal he is. Rust, iron, or copper and this describes of what type of person they are. Jed is with a crew of pirates of the junkyard, searching for his parents and grandfather.

I really loved this book. It's full of fiction and adventure. I love fiction and adventuer books! Steven Bohls, if you are reading this, I loved your book!

- Alicia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Jed and the Junkyard War will be available December 6. 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Capybara Conspiracy by Erica S Perl (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 6:20pm

Seventh-grade playwright Olive Henry is frustrated by her middle school’s lack of appreciation for anything but sports. While the principal drones on and on during morning announcements about the sports teams’ victories, all non-athletic club meetings are relegated to the school basement, never to be mentioned on the loudspeaker. So Olive and her best friend, Reynaldo, hatch a plan to kidnap the school’s capybara mascot, planning to return it, heroically, just in time for the school’s pep rally and claim a reward: permission for their drama club to practice in the auditorium. And, hopefully, some overdue respect for the school’s non-athletes. But when an animal-rights student activist and an undercover athlete with murky motivations join in the conspiracy, their plans—along with Cappy the capybara—veer wildly out of Olive’s control.

The Capybara Conspiracy is a book for people who like action and sports. I found it a bit confusing because it is written as a play and I have never read a book written in this style.  Two words to describe this book are mysterious and action-filled.  I think this book is more for older kids as it takes place at a high school.  I would give this book 2/5 stars, so overall this would not be my first choice.

- Zoe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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