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Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Oct 06, 2017 at 8:22pm

The book Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins is about two girls that don't get along and are completely different. Ruby is bold, while Olivia is shy and nice. When they both get sent to camp, a camp for bad kids, and they have to team up and solve the mystery of the Oaks House.

I think this is an okay book, but I feel the author could use a little less unnecessary detail. For example, "Ruby ate the gooey cheesey pizza". We don't want to hear about the pizza, we want to hear the actual conversation. Another thing is that it goes from a realistic storyline, to a crazy unbelievable one. This book is a good story if you want to have a little bit of a haunted house story.

- Olivia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Oct 05, 2017 at 6:55pm

Odo and Eleanor are catching eels when they come across something shiny stuck in the water. They pull it out and are surprised to discover a sword with unusual pattern on it. They are even more surprised when it starts talking. The sword then knights Odo, who does not want to be a knight. Eleanor on the other hand, has always wanted to be a knight. Her mother was a knight and Eleanor wants to follow her footsteps. She has always wanted a sword and in her free time she sharpens sticks to practice fencing with. They decide (actually the sword tells them) to go on an adventure to save the humans from an attack by dragons. Just your average day to day task. Sure it is dangerous and they will likely die. But, if a sword says it's okay then it must be okay, right? Read Have Sword, Will Travel to find out!

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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
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