Have you ever watched your mother or father cooking something and got the feeling that they were not sure what they were making? Well I'm sure that most of the apothecaries in this book did not know what they were making either.
In The Blackthorn Key, apothecaries make potions, powders, and remedies. Christopher Rowe is an apprentice to master Benedict Blackthorn and is happily learning the ways of being an apothecary. But when Chris comes home one day to find Master Blackthorn killed, he must quit being an apothecary by law. He is devastated until he finds a coded message with the words, "tell no one." Now Christopher must decode the message before he is killed as well.
- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Gypsy Beaumont has always been a whirly-twirly free spirit, so as her thirteenth birthday approaches, she hopes to get a magical ability that will let her fly, or dance up to the stars. Instead, she wakes up on her birthday with blurry vision... and starts seeing flashes of the future and past. But when Momma and Poppa announce that her very un-magical, downright mean Grandma Pat has Alzheimer’s and is going to move in with them, Gypsy’s savvy—along with her family’s—suddenly becomes its opposite. Now it’s savvy mayhem as Gypsy starts freezing time, and no one could have predicted what would happen on their trip to bring Grandma Pat home... not even Gypsy.
I really enjoyed reading Switch. I really liked all of the characters and the ways that they were developed. I also liked the merged genre—almost fantasy with a little bit of mystery thrown in—and I would recommend Switch to fans of those genres.
Switch will definitely be a book I will read over and over again, and I hope you will too.
- Sophia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Nora Alpers is using her new notebook to record the behavior of ants. Why? Because they are fascinating! Unfortunately, no one agrees with her. Her mom is not happy about them being in the house, and when Nora brings her ant farm to school for show and tell, her classmates are not very impressed. Mostly they are distracted by the assignment their teacher Coach Joe has given them—to write a persuasive speech and change people’s minds about something. Will Nora convince her friends that ants are as interesting as she thinks they are? Or will everyone still think of ants as nothing but trouble?
The Trouble with Ants is a kind of hard, kind of easy book. I do not recommend first readers to read this book because it has 160 pages in it. The book gives you lots of great and different facts about ants every chapter. I recommend this book to 6- to 10-year-old kids. So, do you think ants are touble? If you do read this book, it will show you that ants are not actually trouble, they're actually awesome!
- Jadzia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
There is an ancient ship, an icebreaker, that has been following the same course for 300 years. In that time, the ship's crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring tribes. Everyone has a tribe except Petrol. Nicknamed the Nothing Girl, Petrel has been ostracized ever since her parents were thrown overboard as punishment for a terrible crime. But Petrel is a survivor. She lives in the ship's darkest corners, and trusts no one except two large gray rats - that is, until a mysterious boy is discovered barely alive on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship. The tribes don't trust strangers, so Petrel hides the boy, hoping he will be her friend. What she doesn't know is that the ship guards a secret - a secret the boy has been sent to destroy.
Icebreaker reminds me of the Septimus Heap series in some of the ways that its characters are created. It is a great book. I think that the characters are very engaging and the plot is fast-paced and overall, the book is fun to read. I would give it at least 9 out of 10.
- Miriam, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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