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Lost Girls by Ann Kelley (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 4:20pm

Bonnie is a girl who lives at a military base in Thailand. She is part of a group of girls who call themselves the Amelia Earhart Cadets. When the cadets go on a camping trip to an island, Bonnie is very excited. But when a strong current sweeps their boat off course, they find themselves on a mysterious island in a huge storm. Left with almost no supplies, and no way home, the girls must somehow survive.

I could not put Lost Girls down. This story had tons of unexpected moments, but was entirely believable at the same time. It also has enough funny, scary, sad, and frantic parts so that the story never got boring. I also like how there are small journal entries throughout the book. This is a great book!

- Emma, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 7:50pm

Ephraim comes home one afternoon only to find his mother passed out on the floor. The pills and empty liquor bottles that surround her state the truth: a suicide attempt. The boy is able to call the ambulance before too much damage has been done. Only one question remains in Ephraim's mind - what would dismay his mother to such an extent that she would find life meaningless? The answer is unsettling. The woman believed that she saw her son get run over by a bus earlier that day. What is even more bizarre is that the wallet and library card found on the body appear to be identical to the ones Ephraim carries. The only difference is that a single, strange-looking coin was found in the unknown boy's wallet. An avid coin collector, Ephraim decides to keep the unusual quarter. Soon after, strange things start to happen. He sees replicas of his friends walking the streets and notes telling him to wish upon the coin appear in his locker. When he finally takes the note's advice, the wishes he makes with the quarter come true. However, things soon begin to spiral out of control and Ephraim finds himself scrambling to make it back to the life he wished away.

Fair Coin, written by E.C. Myers, deserves three out of five stars in my opinion. The beginning of the book flowed quickly and caught my attention superbly. After this, the pace slowed and the story seemed to go nowhere. About a quarter from the end the plot thickened once more and the product was and ending that was impossible to put down. The vocabulary is not challenging and a higher level of difficulty would have been more appropriate for the assigned age level. Overall it was a decent read that incorporated a mixture of suspense, romance, and thrill. Great for readers 14 and up as the language was a bit inappropriate for some younger readers.

- Elizabeth, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 7:51pm

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It's the year 2788 and teleportation between planets is possible, for those who can. Jarra is one of the few people whose immune system won't allow her to leave Earth. People who can visit other planets view people like Jarra as being unimportant and not real people. This story is about Jarra's plan to prove to everyone that she is as good as any other person.

I found this story exciting but very confusing. There were so many characters that it was sometimes hard to tell them apart. I felt that some parts of the story had way more characters than needed. The beginning was slow moving, but after the first 60 pages the story became so exciting that I couldn't stop reading! I really liked this book, and would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction.

- Emma, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up

Tempest by Julie Cross (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 4:39pm

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What if you can time travel? Jackson can and it seems fun at first until his girlfriend, Holly, gets shot by strangers. In a panic, he jumps two years back in time and gets stuck there. However, those are not the only the misfortunes he must face; the people who shot Holly is after him too. These "Enemies of Time" will not stop until they recruit or kill this powerful time traveler. How far is Jackson willing to go to save Holly and possibly the rest of the world?

Julie Cross' Tempest is a non-stop action packed novel right from the very first page. Events unfold one after the other, which makes putting the book down nearly impossible! Those who love The Hunger Games, I Am Number Four or Divergent will most likely enjoy this book as well. It is a must-read and I would definitely recommend it to others.

- Sylvanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up

Gilt by Katherine Longshore (a Two Thumbs Up review)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:21pm

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History and human nature intertwine as the seven deadly sins take hold of the palace of King Henry VIII, and no one is safe in this fight for power. Secrets and lies keep peace in the castle until the truth destroys the delicate balance. When Kitty Tylney, the best friend of the queen, holds the truths of the past, she is torn between her now-guilty conscience and the need to stay safe from harm. Absolutely amazing!

- Holly, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up
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