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Byrd and Igloo by Samantha Sieple (from a Two Thumbs Up Reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 4:54pm

Byrd & Igloo will be the first narrative nonfiction book to tell the daring adventures of legendary polar explorer and aviator Richard Byrd and his lovable dog explorer, Igloo. Byrd is known for being the first to fly a plane over the North and South Poles, while Igloo is famous for being the only dog to explore both the North and South Poles. The adventures of Byrd and Igloo opened the door for science and research in the Antarctic.

In this amazing book, Igloo starts out as a nearly dead stray and becomes a man's travel partner and lifelong companion. This story will win the heart of readers everywhere. It sure won mine! This book shows that great adventurers come in all shapes and sizes. Ever heard of the expression "dogs are a man's best friend"? Well this story is exactly that. Samantha Seiple knows what she is doing!

- Rory, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)"

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 4:59pm

$20.00 Add to Cart

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry, and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.

Flora & Ulysses is a wonderful book, filled with mystery, excitement and surprise. I was happy to read this amazing novel. Is Ulysses the squirrel really magical or is it all an illusion? Will William Spiver be true to his word or will he betray them? Will Flora keep Ulysses secret? What will happen in this exciting novel?

- Hannah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Secret Promise by Paula Harrison (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 2:09pm

This is my review of the book The Rescue Princesses: A Secret Promise by Paula Harrison Princesses from around the world arrive at the Mistberg Grand Ball. Emily and her princess friends find a hurt deer in the forest. They learn King Gudland is collecting antlers for his dining room. The princesses train as ninjas then work together to save the day.

I loved this book because the story was about adventure and working together. I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. The illustrations made the book even better. I am excited to read the other Rescue Princess books too.

- Claire, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Shanghai Escape by Kathy Kacer (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by Shanleigh K - Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:23am

$14.95 Add to Cart

Based on a true story. Lily Toufar and her family arrive in Shanghai in 1938, having fled from Nazi-occupied Vienna on the eve of Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass". Shanghai is a strange place for Lily, but it is one of the few places in the world to offer Jews refuge from the Holocaust. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and under pressure from Hitler, the Japanese government in Shanghai orders Jewish refugees to move into a ghetto in an area called Hongkew. With little food to eat and poor sanitation, disease runs rampant. Lily endures, but when rumors begin to circulate that the Japanese are going to open a camp like the ones in Europe, she fears for her and her family's safety.

Shanghai Escape by Kathy Kacer was a very good book! I liked it because it provided a different view on what the Jewish people had to endure during the Second World War. Most books about the Holocaust take place in Europe but this one focuses on the problems the Jews had when they were in Asia, under Japanese command. I thought this book was great! Anyone interested on this subject is sure to find it fascinating!

- Reese, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 2:42pm

$18.99 Add to Cart

Jax Opal has no idea what's coming. One day he's a normal teenager, going to a normal school with his normal best friend. The next, he finds out that his color changing eyes can convince anyone to do anything he wants them to. He has to go to a special school for people like him, run by the mysterious Elias Mako. Mako assures Jax that the institute is strictly for making the world a better place, but slowly Jax comes to realize that things aren't as they seem.

I would recommend this book for adventure seekers and anyone who loves Gordon Korman. It's a wonderful book and I would rate it an 8 out of 10.

- Sophie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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