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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 June 8 at 7:00 PM, we'll be discussing The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
There will be a $5.00 registration fee. Copies limited.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Session on June 8)
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.

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!

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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

Bang by Barry Lyga (Discussed April 13, 2017)
Cover image for BangSebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend--Aneesa--to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out. 

"Very good, very sad, very intense." -Maddy

"This book brings you on a journey of thought, with the knowledge of impending doom. It wavers your typical joyful resolution, and reminds you that happy endings are not always happily-ever-after." -Kaily

"Bang gives us the perspective of Sebastian Coby, a boy who accidentally killed his sister when he was four. It gives a good outlook on what it could feel like living with such a dark past." -Shaylyn

"A book that touches upon many important topics of today." -Callie

"Bang was a fascinating, intense read that left you wondering about the impact of others and forgiveness." -Lauren

"I found the subject matter of this book really relevant, especially considering how American culture currently feels about guns." -Chloé

"An intense look into the psychology of smalltown USA." -Katie

"Bang is a poetic and fascinating look at the psyche of a young person coping with the effects of shooting his sister. I loved how the author took us through his attempts at being a kid compared to his suicide attempt. It also tackles multiple heavy issues within our society today. I highly recommend!" -Emily