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The Crims by Kate Davies (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 23, 2017 at 6:32pm

The Crims are a criminal family. Imogen is a Crim but she gave up on crime, and went to Lilyworth Ladies’ College. Just when she is about to say her speech to become head girl, she gets expelled because someone wrote a letter saying that Imogen came from a criminal family. Also, because it's known that the Crims got arrested for stealing a very expensive lunch box. Imogen thinks that the Crims are innocent, she also thinks they are hopeless without Big Nana, the only successful Crim. The headmistress agrees to let Imogen back in the school if she proves that her family is innocent. Will Imogen prove that her family is innocent? Find out by reading The Crims.

I liked this book because it was a mystery. You really want to know what happens next. I think the Crims are also funny, for instance they like being in jail. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required by Brian Lynch (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 at 4:20pm

Toy Academy is about a toy called Grumbolt who has no idea what kind of toy he is. All he wants to do is go to the Toy Academy, graduate, and get an owner.  He doesn’t pay attention at school because he doesn’t want to learn about being a toy. He gets into lots of trouble and some funny things happen to him.

I think Grumbolt is a funny character. My favorite part of the story is when he is learning to fight the Evil Toy Academy. I think this is a good story for younger kids. It was very easy to read and has lots of interesting pictures. Toy Academy was not my favorite book this year, but it was still good to read.

- Zachary, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation by Doreen Cronin

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at 5:17pm

The Chicken Squad prides themselves on being ready for anything. Marshmallow life preserves? Check. Copious bags of jellybeans for a car ride? Check. Storm shelter? Storm shelter! They need a storm shelter in case there is ever a storm. So Sugar takes it upon himself to build one in the yard. But it turns out it’s not big enough for everyone. And the big dig has unearthed some mysterious surprises.

Ok so, there were a few parts I didn’t understand at first, but then I understood and I know new words now! I LOVED the book, 10 year old approved!! I think the way the illustrator made all the chickens look is really cool and unique. If you’re in to comedy and funny chickens, you’ll love this book too!

- Rachael, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Dec 11, 2017 at 9:52pm

Andres Miedoso just moved in with his parents to his new house in Kersville when his new neighbors garage door opened. The boy that came out introduced himself as Desmond Cole. Desmond gave Andres a card that said ‘’Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol’’. Later that day Desmond came over to Andres’s new house. The boys played for a bit and when it was time to leave, Desmond licked his finger, stuck it in the air, and then he turned pale and said ‘’If you see anything call me’’. Once Desmond left, Andres decided to try it for himself. Andres licked his finger and sticks it in the air. Suddenly he felt freezing air moving around his finger and when he put his finger back down it was freezing cold. Andres called Desmond and a minute later Desmond was at Andres’s house with two weird gadgets. He used one of them to track the ghost and other one to see the ghost. After a while the tracking gadget started beeping. Desmond put on the goggles and started talking to the ghost and the ghost started talking back. The ghost said he had nowhere else to go and so living in this house. Andres felt bad and made an offer to the ghost. Read Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: The Haunted House Next Door to find out the rest!

- Alex, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 09, 2017 at 10:40am

Imagine having the most important thing in the world taken away from you. Not only this, but you are also experiencing countless problems and everything seems hopeless. This is what the five Vanderbeeker children are going through. They just learned that Mr. Biederman, their grumpy landlord, will not be renewing their lease, and that they only have eleven days left in their perfect, comfortable home. It’s up to Jessie, Isa, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney to change Mr. Biederman’s mind before New Year’s. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. To make matters worse, the whole family feels more distant and separate than ever. The siblings must learn to work together to overcome the seemingly impossible challenge of staying in their Harlem home.

I really liked the characters in this book. They were all very realistic and each had their own unique likable personality. My personal favourite was Hyacinth, a sweet, determined six-year- old. The characters’ personalities added to the story and made it twice as interesting. Another thing I liked about this book was all the different things the Vanderbeekers did to try to convince the landlord to let them stay. It showed just how determined someone can be, no matter their age or situation. On the other hand, I found it a bit repetitive and slow-paced. The descriptions could have been more detailed, but I could always picture the scenes and characters. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy stories about family and perseverance. Overall, I would give it 3.5/5 stars.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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