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Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Apr 01, 2017 at 5:05pm

In a world where society depends on magic for survival, orphan Chantel Goldenrod trains to become a sorceress. She excels in all of her subjects, excluding deportment, where her attitude often leads to trouble. When Miss Ellicott, the school's headmistress mysteriously disappears, along with the kingdom's other sorceresses, Chantel must have more courage, determination, and intelligence than ever to save the kingdom. Although practicing combat spells was forbidden at school, Chantel must rely on them to save her kingdom. With the help of her friends Anna and Bowser, Chantel embarks on a dangerous journey to find Miss Ellicott. Can she use her strengths to rescue the sorceresses, or will the dangerous of the outside world end her quest?

I enjoyed the plot of this story, it was well paced and detailed. However, there was a bit too much going on at once. The storyline was interesting, but unoriginal. Also, the characters were creatively written, but lacked realistic traits for readers to connect with. The book had an exciting beginning, but a slower middle and end. The volcabulary used was descriptive, yet simple. Overall, Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded written by Sage Blackwood was a suspenseful read. It was enjoyable, but lacked uniqueness. I recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy adventures, and are aged 8-11. I would give it 2.5/5 stars.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:05pm

Usually it’s easy picking out clothes but it’s not if you’re transgender. This book is about a transgender person named Liv.  One day he realized that he feels like a boy, not a girl. So when he has to go to a new school, he gets scared, but at least he will have his best friend Maisie by his side. Then he finds out that he has to wear a skirt due to the new uniform policy.  After a few weeks of school, he decides he doesn’t want to wear skirts any more.  So he comes up with The Pants Project. That way he and other girls can wear pants at school.

This book is so good.  I really liked it because it is about a person who has difficulties in life and has found a way to fix it.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

My Top Secret Dares & Don'ts by Trudi Trueit (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 at 7:39pm

Kestrel and her family are headed out to Vancouver, BC, to help out her grandmother at her beautiful ski lodge. It’s been in the family for generations, but the business is in trouble—and there are lots of people looking to take over the property. Kestrel is determined to help her family retain their precious business—one that her grandfather built literally from the ground up. But two evil twins—who happen to be the daughters of a property developer determined to drive the lodge out of business—prove to be her nemeses in every way possible. Can Kestrel help save the lodge and beat the twins at their own game?

I really liked the book My Top Secret Dares and Don'ts because it was adventurous and it had a bit of mystery. I think that the book was very well written, and I almost felt like I was in the book because the author described everything so well. I found it very easy to read, and it only took me two days to finish. I would definitely recommend reading it.

- Erin, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 1:52pm

This book is about 9-year-old Flora and 8-year-old Julian, who are siblings. They have been living in foster care for many years until a family adopts them. The kids have been living with their family for almost two years when their parents tell them they’re going to have a baby. Things fall apart while fearing for their unknown future. Julian hides food in his closet and Flora stops talking. They want to learn about their past.

This book is a story about repairing the past to fix your future. The love that the family showed one another made me feel happy. I really enjoyed this book and I hope you do too!

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Key Hunters: The Spy's Secret by Eric Luper (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 at 3:25pm

Cleo and Evan have a secret. A collection of books so dangerous they are locked up tight. A friend has vanished inside the pages of one of them. It's up to them to find the key that will set her free. A SPY MUST BE READY FOR ANYTHING! Agents Cleo and Evan have been given an impossible mission: become super-spies and foil the plans of an evil mastermind. But it won't be easy to break into the Viper's secret underwater lair, complete a daring rescue, find the right key, and get out alive!

The Spy's Secret is the second book in the Key Hunters series. It has everything a good spy book should have. These elements are: having at least one interpreting spy, lots of adventure, an evil villian that leads an organization and threatens the world, a secret location, and some cool spy gadgets! Overall, I think the series is quite good for kids 7-10 years old. I give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating. Read the other books to find out what happens to Cleo and Evan on their missions. There is also a game where you find keys and avoid Ms.Crowley and a quiz to find out what genre you fit in with. Here is the link for it, have fun! http://www.scholastic.com/keyhunters/

- Katherine, a Two thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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