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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 March 16 at 7:00 PM, we'll be discussing Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
There will be a $5.00 registration fee. This session now full.

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Session on March 16, 2017)
Cover image for Blood Rose RebellionAnna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s native Hungary. In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, not the society she’s known all her life, and not her lack of magic. As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.


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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Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (Discussed February 16, 2017)
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. 

"An awesome commentary on historical and present day racial bias', with a mystery to boot." -Katie

"You have a voice, use it." -Alexandra

"This novel will help you realize that our reality may not be the 'Dreamland' you think it is." -Lauren

"A very well-written books which shows the parallels of institutionalized racism form the 1920s to current time." -Shaylyn

"A great book to learn about lesser known historical event that more people should know about." -Callie

"A mystery set through time that will keep you guessing." -Emma

"An amazing read comparing racism from 100 years ago to today." -Maddy

"A unique murder mystery that also brings forth the truth of the past and present when it comes to the history of the United States." -Stephanie

"The duel POV guides the story along to show the cruel reality of today." -Sabrina

"This books is well-structured and well-written, and maybe most importantly, relevant, especially in lieu of America's political climate and the effect it's had on the rest of the world." -Chloé

"A fascinating novel that links the past to the future. Dreamland Burning centres on the racism of the past and connects it with modern events in Southern USA. Latham not only offers an exciting story with interesting themes, but also teaches valuable lessons about racism and prejudice in a unique and effective way." -Emilly

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (Discussed January 19, 2017)
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