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A Crack in the Sea by H.M Bouwman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 4:09pm

No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift—he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip’s sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King’s plans.

I really enjoyed this book. It had great characters, creativity, and amazingly well made connections with the real world and the fictional "second world". The story teaches many lessons and has a plot that is a bit scattered at first but all comes toghether nicely in the end. This is the first book by H.M Bouwman that I have read and I think that this is one of my favorites now. If I was an octopus I would give it all my 8 thumbs up (if octopi had thumbs), but I am only a human and must resort to only two thumbs. I give this book 5 stars.

- Joe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers by Kent Clark and Brandon T. Snider

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 2:39pm

Peter Powers and his family all have super powers, but all Peter can do is make ice cubes with his fingers. He thinks his family has much better powers than him. His mom can fly, his dad can control fire with his mind, his brother can multiply himself, and even his younger siblings have better powers than him! His younger sister is super strong and his baby brother can turn invisible! His brother and sister always make fun of him and his powers. His grandpa tells him if he wants his siblings to stop making fun of him he has to defeat a super villain! So when a villain named Captain Tornado comes to town, Peter tries to defeat him. Will Peter be able to defeat Captain Tornado? Read this book and find out!

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers will be available March 7. 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 at 3:55pm

Meet Nosewise. He’s spunky. He’s curious. And he’s a dog who can’t understand why his pack mates Merlin and Morgana spend all day practicing magic tricks. If it’s a trick they want, he’s the dog to ask! He can already Sit!, Stay!, and Roll Over! But there’s no way Nosewise is Stay!ing when his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped. There’s nothing Nosewise won’t do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone. But it may take more than sniffing out a spell to do it!

This book was a perfectly pieced together story of a wizard and his pup.  It was so descriptive I could almost smell it. It was written so that it was clear what was going on the whole time. What this dog wouldn’t do for it’s owner! It was a memorably miraculous journey that all ages could enjoy. A heart warming story that made me smile! A truly magical book!

- Lydia, 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, Jan 21, 2017 at 7:42pm

Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace. But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance. Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?

The Lost Property Office is one of those books where you feel taken by the story, almost like your going through the journey with the characters. This book is a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I became more intrigued by every passing chapter. This is a must read book!

- Lydia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:46pm

It's the height of World War II. Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, lives with his family in Berlin. But Michael, like his parents, is a spy. He joins the Hitler Youth, taking part in their horrific games and book-burning, despising everything they stand for but using his insider knowledge to bring important information back to his parents and the British Secret Service. When Michael is tasked to find out more about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs—even if it means risking the lives of his family... and himself.

This book is told from a unique perspective. I have read many books about this time period but have never encountered one like this. The cover is very descriptive. Every time I look at it, I notice something else about it. My only complaint is that the back cover was deceptive. No matter what kind of book you like you will enjoy this one! Alan Gratz plainly displays the trickery that was involved and doesn’t villainize the Hitler Youth that were blindly dragged into the scenario. I am especially grateful for the background information provided. I’d rate this book 4/5.

- Adrienne, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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