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Reviewed Be First Books

by Shanleigh K - Sunday, Dec 09, 2012 at 10:29am

Here is the listing of our past Be First Reading Club books our teens have reviewed. These are now available at a McNally's near you!

If you are interested reading more soon-to-be books, check out the Two Thumbs Up program.


INVENTIONS - Winnipeg and Saskatoon Writing Contest Winners

by Shanleigh K - Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 5:52pm

Congratulations to this year's award-winning authors of our Grade 5/6 Writing Contest! Thank you to everyone who entered, and I hope you continue to pursue your writing well into the future.

Winnipeg Winners
First Place
"Slow Growers" by Alanis G.

Second Place
"Solving the Riddles of Snow" by Alexa C.

Third Place
"The Switching Machine" by Felix W.

Saskatoon Winners
First Place
"Money Tree" by Jasmine H.

Second Place
"The 4-Stroke Engine and Gas Cars" by Dillan G.

Third Place
"Homeworkanator" by Macy N.

A big thank you to our wonderful guest judge, Larry Verstraete!

Please join us on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 PM at our Awards Ceremony for a chance to hear our authors read aloud their award-winning entries.

Categories: Awards, Contests and Giveaways, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

2017 MYRCA Winner and Honour Books

by Shanleigh K - Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 4:42pm

The winner and honour book recipients of the 2017 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) have offically been announced. 

Congratulations to Allan Stratton for his 2017 MYRCA winning title, The Dogs!

And congratulations to the two 2017 MYRCA Honour winners:
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Minrs by Kevin Sylvester

Stay tuned for the 2018 MYRCA list, to be announced soon. For information about the Fall award ceremony, please visit the MYRCA website at

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

Raina Telgemeier Comes to Winnipeg

by Shanleigh K - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:54am

Raina Telgemeier, award-winning cartoonist of the bestselling graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama, is coming to Winnipeg on September 18!

In addition to adapting and illustrating four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin's Baby-sitters Club series, and Raina has also contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina's accolades include an Eisner Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. 

In her latest graphic novel Ghosts, Catrina isn't happy about moving to the coast of Northern California, but her little sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbour lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with — gulp... ghosts. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake, and her own.

Join us for An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier, Sunday September 18, 12 noon at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre John Hirsch Mainstage, 174 Market Avenue. Tickets are $5.00 and available in person at McNally Robinson Booksellers or by calling 204-475-0483.

Categories: Winnipeg, Event News, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

MYRCA and Willow Awards 2017 Nominees

by Shanleigh K - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 10:55am

The 2017 nominees for both the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards and The Willow Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all the lucky authors and good luck in the upcoming year!

Click here to see the new list of 2017 MYRCA nominees.

To check out the 2016/2017 Willow Awards list, click here.

Winners of 2015/2016 Willow Awards will be announced on May 13 at the Annual Gala. For more information, please visit their website at

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg
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