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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:43am

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Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 at 9:48pm

Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton is, in my opinion, a wearisome novel that teaches its readers about friendship between Ally, Birdie, and Rose who struggle to solve a mystery. On the last day of scool the three friends are stunned when they discover a box containing a clue to a mystery about a girl who was murdered nearly forty years ago. After reading the first clue, the three friends are determined to find the next clue, and once they do they are surprised to find it in Birdie's next door neighbors mailbox, and they are even more surprised to find out that it was the house of the former victim! Will the friends ever figure out all the clues? Find out in Open If You Dare!

Personally, I would not recommend this book because if you like mystery novels because this is not like a traditional mystery novel I found. Also, if you like happy endings this book will not be fit for you. I feel the best age/group suited for this book is teens. This book could also be suited for a murder mystery novel since it's about three girls solving a mystery. I didn't like this book because I found the ending was a bit disappointing. In conclusion, I did not enjoy this book as much as as I would've liked to. 

- Julia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Bubbles by Abby Cooper (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Nov 13, 2017 at 7:56pm

Twelve-year-old Sophie Mulvaney's world has been turned upside down. Mom lost her job at the TV station and broke up with Pratik, whom Sophie adored. Her teacher is making them do a special project about risk-taking, so Sophie gets roped into doing a triathlon. And to top it all off, she's started seeing bubbles above people's heads that tell her what these people are thinking. Seeing other people's thoughts seems like it should be cool, but it's actually just stressful. What does it mean that Pratik wishes she and Mom were with him to eat dinner? Is her best friend Kaya really going out with their other best friend, Rafael, whom Sophie also has a crush on? And can Sophie's mom ever go back to her old self?

The concept is great! I really liked the writing overall. It is very interesting and I like how she brought real life ideas into it. I can't believe her friend started dating Rafael! I'm not looking forward to these kind if feelings, but I sure am glad she put all of Sophie's feelings in this book! Great! I give Bubbles 4 stars!

- Lydia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Fourth Ruby by James R Hannibal (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 at 3:47pm

Warning! After you read this book you will know some classified information that 99.9% of the world doesn't know. Upon gaining this knowledge, do not touch old or ancient objects. You will be able to see into the past.

Jack Buckles has been a tracker for a year now, despite the fact that he is a thirteenth. He is even assigned a teacher, one of the best trackers in the world despite being wheelchair bound. Jack is having an okay life until he finds out that almost everything he knows about his teacher, Edward, is a lie. First of all, Edward tried to kill Jack's grandfather and father. He can also walk and fakes being wheelchair bound. Edward is trying to steal valuable items from other countries. Since Jack is the only one who knows this, he is the one who has to stop him, along with is friend Gwen, Jack must stop Edward from stealing rare Rubies from other countries. Can he do it or will he let Edward get away with his crime and possibly start a war between countries? Read The Fourth Ruby to find out!

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Monster's Daughter: Book 2 of the Ministry of SUITs by Paul Gamble (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Nov 09, 2017 at 6:12pm

Did you know that if you think sad thoughts you can run twice as fast as before? Or how a box of spare uniforms in a school means that people are getting kidnapped? Jack Pearce did not know any of this stuff either. That is, until he joined the Ministry of S.U.I.T.s. He and his partner Trudy had to save Ireland from being attacked by pirates. But, that was weeks ago. Now, after working with the ministry for some time, he has begun to understand the strange, but logical explanations behind mysterious things.And now a new threat has risen and a new mystery has begun. The only clues are an exploding hygiene product, a woman that dissipated into a lake, drilling going on throughout the city, and the ministries fish prison having a jailbreak. Jack and Trudy must save Northern Ireland (yet again), from a new team of villains. And these ones are smarter than the last. Jack has to solve the case fast or else everyone in Ireland will die. Jack and Trudy may have the speed on their side, but the enemy has an army and the plan. Will Jack be able to stop the plan before it is too late or will Ireland be drowned and re inhabited by sea creatures? Read The Monster's Daughter to find out!  I recommend that you read the first book in the Ministry of S.U.I.Ts series.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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