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Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 5:07pm

Blue Mortgomery can’t win. At anything. From races to scrabble, Blue ALWAYS loses. He’s been cursed since he was born, due to a mistake made many generations ago, by Walcott Mortgomery. Walcott decided to make a dangerous journey for power, and he made it, but split the future in half. Some of the Mortgomery's have gifts, and some are cursed. Meanwhile, Tumble Wilson is fated. She, no matter how hard she tries, will always be the damsel in distress. When Tumble and Blue meet, they become friends, and try to break their curses. But how do you defeat fate? Soon, they’ll find out…

I would give this book 8/10 stars. It’s confusing at times, but really good and well written. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy.

- Addison, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Tumble & Blue will be available August 29.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Unschooled by Allan Woodrow (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017 at 1:41pm

What’s worth more to you, your best friend, or winning a competition? George and Lilly have been best friends forever. But when they’re divided into different teams for the spirit week competition, they have to decide what is most important to them. Friends or winning? What would you choose?

Unschooled is a really good book since it reflects how friendship is more important than a little contest. It made me feel sad when the two teams were trying to sabotage the games, but it reminds me not to behave like them. This is an awesome book!

- Adam, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Unschooled will be available August 29.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 4:46pm

Twelve-year-old Alli Rosco is smart, resourceful, and totally incapable of keeping her mouth shut. Some of these traits have served her well during her nine years in Azeland’s orphanage, and others have proved more troublesome…but now that she’s escaped to try her luck on the streets, she has bigger problems than extra chores to contend with. Surviving would be hard enough, but after a run-in with one of the city’s Protectors, she’s marked by a curse that’s slowly working its way to her heart. There is a cure, but the cost is astronomical—and seems well out of her reach.

Rules for Thieves is an excellent book about Alli Rosco, an orphan, and from anyone else's perspective, the bad guy. The imagination of the Alexandra Ott must be extreme to make such an incredible world which leaves you wishing for more. I hope there will be another book, not just for me, but for all who read Rules for Thieves. The character development between Alli and Beck is incredible. I would definitely give this book a two thumbs up.

- Simon, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 at 8:04pm

Jenn Bishop's 14 Hollow Road follows a girl named Maddie after her house is destroyed by a tornado, along with the other people in her neighborhood. In the summer between sixth and seventh grade, she has to make her way through drama and crushes all the while her house is being rebuilt.

Although the story was somewhat predictable, you feel the story could actually happen. The emotion's the characters experienced felt like the author knew exactly what it feels like to be that age, like having a crush and not being able to explain how you're feeling to others. Other than that, I really liked the book cover and the characters that felt real.

- Lizzie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 6:26pm

Miranda Regent can’t believe she was just chosen as one of six kids from around the world to train for the first ever mission to Mars. But as soon as the official announcement is made, she begins receiving anonymous threatening messages…and when the training base is attacked, it looks like Miranda is the intended target. Now the entire mission—and everyone’s lives—are at risk. And Miranda may be the only one who can save them.

The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky was a great book to read. I didn't want to put the book down. The indepth characters have lots of detail. Ruby, the robot has 5 legs on each side; that is 10 legs in total. And all the legs rotate to work like arms.  I also like that the characters are geniuses. I like the big chapters, which make me want to read more, in order to get to the end of the chapter. and then there is some action that makes me want to continue reading farther. I liked this book so much that I have read it twice!

- Charles, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Countdown Conspiracy will be available August 1.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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