Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 6:20pm

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Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 at 3:14pm

Marah Levi is a promising violinist who excels at school and can read more languages than most librarians. Even so, she has little hope of a bright future: she is a sparker, a member of the oppressed lower class in a society run by magicians. Then a mysterious disease hits the city of Ashara. As Marah watches those whom she loves most fall ill, she finds an unlikely friend in Azariah, a wealthy magician boy. Together they pursue a cure in secret, but more people are dying every day, and time is running out. Then Marah and Azariah make a shocking discovery that turns inside-out everything they thought they knew about magic and about Ashara.

Overall, Sparkers was a very nice book. The author does a wonderful job of balancing the past and future and combines them to make the setting for the story. The characters didn't stand out for me but I loved the subtle hint of magic throughout. In the beginning of the story, it was kind of slow but towards the middle and the end it got really exciting. I would recommend this story to kids who enjoy books like The Unwanteds or This Dark Endeavor and Such Wicked Intent. Two thumbs up!

- Katie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Scaredy Squirrel's reading tips

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 8:26pm

Everyone's favourite worrisome squirrel has some tips to make sure you stay safe while reading:

Visit us today to help fill up your collection of books! And yes, we've got plenty of Scaredy Squirrel books!

Categories: Fun, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Timmy Failure: We Meet Again by Stephan Pastis (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!

For me, a ten-year old girl in grade 5, this book was not very good. But I do have an eight-year old brother who loves Timmy Failure and he has read one before. This would be good for younger readers, I think. 

- Megan, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Robots Rule: The Junkyard Bot by C J Richards (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 9:39am

Wouldn't it be cool if the place you lived in was manned by worker robots? Well, that is what's happening in this book. Eleven-year old George Gearing lives in the high-tech town of Terabyte Heights, and has a robot named Jackbot as his best friend. But one day, Jackbot gets hit by a car and breaks. Thankfully George is able to fix Jackbot with a few parts from Tinker Tech, the robotic company that makes and designs robots. After a garbage truck programmed to kill George and his new friend Anne almost does, it's clear that there is a villain in town who may put an end to Tinker Tech. Can George, Anne and Jackbot together stop the villain before it is too late?

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action without violence, and enjoys a few good jokes.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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