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Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Gator Man by Sutton Neely (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 3:33pm

Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. gang visit an archeological dig, but the camp is deserted, including Professor Cosmo Dinkley. The professor's journal reports a series of frightening encounters with something called the Gator Man, and the gang is convinced that the creature has kidnapped the crew. Has the legend of the Gator Man come true, or is it all a big crock? Action-packed text and comics-style art combine in this Scooby-Doo mystery!

I chose to do a review about the book Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Gator Man. The cover page caught my attention because it has an alligator wearing clothes which I think it looks funny and Scooby is standing beside the alligator looking scared. I don't have just one favourite character but the entire Mystery Inc crew is because I love to solve mysteries. I recommend this book to kids who love mysteries and hate alligators. The star rating I give to this book is a 5 for the reason being I love comics, dogs, and mysteries!

-Hargun, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Sisters of Glass by Naomi Cyprus (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Aug 18, 2017 at 8:16pm

Two girls. Two worlds. Only magic can bring them together. Halan is a powerless princess. She is heir to the Magi Kingdom, a blazing desert land ruled by ancient magic. But unlike every royal before her, Halan has no magical powers of her own. Nalah is a powerful pauper. The glassblower's daughter, she lives in the land of New Hadar, where magic is strictly outlawed. But Nalah has a powerful force growing within her--one she can't always control. One girl fears magic, one worships it. But when a legendary mirror connects them, Nalah and Halan finally meet--and must work together to save their two worlds, before everything they know is shattered forever.

Sisters of Glass is a fun book to read! I think that both boys and girls would enjoy reading this book. I like how at the beginning of each chapter there is an introduction. It's very creative how Naomi Cyprus made Halan and Nalah the same in some ways, but different in others. For example Halan doesn't have powers and Nalah does, but they are both powerful. I think other kids would enjoy reading it because there are a lot of twists. It was hard to put down! The author used great detail and it helped me picture the scene, place, thing or the character. Naomi Cyprus is a very talented author and I would definitely read another book by her. I give this book a 5 star review.

- Abigail, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Sisters of Glass will be released on November 7.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Sep 29, 2017 at 8:20pm

Spy School Secret Service is about Ben Ripley, a thirteen year old spy. Yes, you read that right. He is a spy. For the past twenty years, The Central Intelligence Agency, also known as the CIA, has been recruiting kids from ages 12-18 who have special skills that will help them as a spy. Ben Ripley is one of these kids. Ben has been on four different missions during the past year almost all of them involving the same evil organization - SPYDER. SPYDER has done everything from stealing missiles to placing dozens of moles inside some spy school's. However, this time they are doing something way out of their league. They are trying to assassinate the president of the United States. Ben gets sent undercover to the Whitehouse to try to figure out if there are any moles there. While he is there, someone tries to assassinate the president and Ben gets framed for it. Now he must stop another assassination before it's too late, but this time with the entire CIA on his tail. Can he pull it off? Or will he end up in prison while the president is killed.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Spy School Secret Service will be available October 10.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 6:45pm

Lolly Salt live in a small coastal town called Starbridge cove with her three sisters Lulu, Lara and Lily. Lolly’s sisters are sirens and Lolly will become one too when she turns 13. Almost every night the sea witch calls her sisters to lure the ships to the rocks, and they make Lolly come with them. Then, one night her sisters are lured into a fishing net and it is up to Lolly to save them.

I enjoyed this book because I have never heard of sirens before and it was cool to learn something new. I think my favorite character is Lorelei (Lolly) because she is brave.

- Zoe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Wolf Hour by Sara Lewis Holmes (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 at 1:13pm

The Puszcza is a magical forest where even the darkest fairy tales are real. People say if you go in the Puszcza in the wolf hour you may never come back. The Wolf Hour is about a girl Magia, a wolf named Martin, and a witch named Miss Grand. Magia is a girl who wants to be a woodcutter like her father, Martin is a talking wolf, and Miss Grand is a strange witch who makes weird flutes that are supposed to keep you safe from the Puszcza. When Magia’s Tata buy’s Magia’s mom a clock from Miss Grand because she was very sick, she suddenly gets better. When Magia sets the clock a bit earlier to go into the Puszcza her mom and her siblings don’t wake up again and she needs a key to fix the clock so they will wake up again, but Miss Grand has the key. Will Magia’s mom and siblings wake up again? Find out by reading The Wolf Hour!

I think this is a good book because it teaches you a lesson. The lesson is, even if something seems really cool and is really tempting to, if it seems bad you shouldn’t do it because you could end up in an unpleasant situation, or something bad could happen to you. In this book, the Puszcza is that dreadful thing. If you go in you become mad and you might never return. I didn’t really understand what was happening though. It was like, one thing happens then a whole lot of different things happen. So, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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