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Be First Book Club

Be First is a teen book club with a twist. Sign up at the Kids Service Desk to receive an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of the selected title and read a book before it's even published. These books are pre-publication copies of books that are normally only available to industry insiders. On book club date, make sure you come back to the store to discuss what you've read with our other fantastic group members.

This book club is intended for teens ages 13 and up.

Next Winnipeg Session:

Have a great summer! The Be First book club will return September 2017. 
If you're interested in joining the next session, please phone us at (204) 475-0492 to have your name added to the calling list.


Below is a listing of our most recent Be First books our teens have reviewed and their reactions to them.
Click here to see our full list of previously reviewed books. These are now available at a McNally's near you!

If you're interested in reviewing more soon-to-be-released books, check out our Two Thumbs Up Review Program.


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Discussed June 8, 2017)
Cover image for Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueHenry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores

"Witty banter, pirates, and gay romance. What more could you want?" -Sabrina

"This makes me want to run off and become a fake pirate, so if that happens, I blame Mackenzi Lee's work of art." -Chloe

"A must read of 2017, filled with "pirates," inside jokes, and an interesting perspective on life in the 1700s." -Lauren

"Best friends turn to drinks, pirates, and love to survive a tour full of danger and promises." -Sabrina

"An abso-bloody-lutely amazing story with a creative and diverse cast." -Maddy

"Not for fans of Richard Peele." -Stephanie

"An inspirational novel that touches on the silent struggle of the LGBTQIA community and racial groups in the 1700s." -Callie

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (Discussed May 11, 2017)
Cover image for Face Like GlassIn the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies and enchantments beyond compare. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell's expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed.

"This book will make you go cartographic." -Lauren

"A dark trip through a fantastical underground world." -Katie

"Cheese,fine wines, and tasteful lies." -Sabrina

"A Face Like Glass is an amazing, dark, well-paced adventure. Cheese will never be the same for me." -Chloé

"A dark Wonderland-type book with thorough characters and an incredibly well-thought out plot. " -Maddy

"This book will bring out many different emotions in whoever reads it." -Callie

"Spellbinding and original, readers are in for quite a treat." -Sabrina