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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. 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.

Next Winnipeg Session:

On February 16 at 7:00 PM, we'll be discussing Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham.
There will be a $5.00 registration fee. Copies limited!

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (Session on February 16)
Cover image for Dreamland BurningWhen seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past... and the present.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns. 

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 Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (Discussed January 19)
Cover image for Edge of EverythingIt's been a shattering year for Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods - only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X. X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, each begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

"The Edge of Everything will keep you on the edge of your seats." -Maddy

"Very interesting 'set up' of the story in the first chapter. Overall, the book is very X-citing." -Shaylyn

"A very fast-paced love story with just a bit of the supernatural." -Callie

"With badass characters and an original plot, it's a good one-time read. Warning: Contains insta-love." -Lauren

"A fantastic dark fantasy love story without a triangle." -Katie

"I liked this book overall, but it felt too focused on the romantic plot, and didn't talk enough about the weird supernatural stuff (which I wanted to know more about). So, if you enjoy intense stories about teen romances with a supernatural/fantasy subplot and great comedic moments, I'd recommend this to you." -Chloé

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly (Discussed November 24, 2016)
Now that the infuriating Philip Digby has left town for a lead on his sister who disappeared years ago, Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring semester. She's dating a cute quarterback, hanging out with new friends, and enjoying being "a normal." Which is of course when Digby comes back. Zoe can either choose to stay on her current path toward popularity, perfect SAT scores, and Princeton, or she can take a major detour with Digby, and maybe find out what that kiss he stole from her really meant. Digby and his over-the-top schemes always lead somewhere unexpected and Zoe's beginning to learn she might just like jumping into the unknown. When it comes to Digby, the choice might already be made.

"A well-written comedic and mysterious novel with an intriguing, apathetic undertone." -Shaylyn

"Well-paced, funny, and entertaining. It's like Sherlock and Watson, but as hormonal teenagers." -Chloé

"Trouble makes a comeback, and there is lots of trouble." -Callie

"Think Sherlock Holmes, but with typical high school drama." -Maddy