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The NYT's 100 Notable Books of 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 5:13pm

The New York Times has published their annual list of "100 Notable Books" for 2016.

The list, which includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, is curated by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. It features titles that have been reviewed by The NYT since December 2015, with links to the full review of each title. 

Read the list here.

You can also explore The NYT's list of "Notable Children's Books" of 2016.

Most of the titles are stocked regularly in our bookstores, and those not currently in stock can almost certainly be ordered. You can search individual titles here on our website to see a live stock-check, or you can contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to inquire about stock or ordering.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Book Lists

The Magician's Key by Matthew Cody (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 at 1:12pm

Ten-year-old Carter is out of this world. Literally. Carter is stuck in a place called the Summer Isle where the Pied Piper took the children of Hamlin eight centuries ago. But while Carter is stuck on the Summer Isle, his sister Max is back in Hamlin with their housekeeper, who just happens to be an Elfling and used to live on the Isle herself. Max is determined to get Carter back and is looking for a magician who can get her to the Summer Isle. Meanwhile, Carter is looking for the Pied Piper who is causing havoc on Summer Isle because Carter escaped his prison. Can Max get to Carter and stop him before he walks into a trap? Or will Carter fall for it and get himself killed?

This is the second book in the Legend of the Pied Piper series. I recommend that you read the first book first. 

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Legendtopia: The Battle for Urth by Lee Bacon (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 at 7:22pm

Kara is a normal sixth-grader, until she goes on a field trip to a fantasy themed restaurant, called Legendtopia. She enters a small door in Legentopia's kitchen and finds herself in a different world where ogres stomp and wizards cast spells. There, Kara gets chased by a sorceress and meets a prince. When going back to earth with the prince in tow, the prince forgets to close the door. The sorceress comes to earth and claims it as her own! Can Kara and the prince save earth, or will the sorceress rule the world? Fin out in Legendtopia the Battle for Urth.

This book is the first in a hopefully going to be awesome series. I love this book and I give it a 5/5 stars.

- Jubilee, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O'Reilly (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Nov 14, 2016 at 12:12pm

The Secret of Goldenrod, written by Jane O’Reilly, was a good, but not great read. The story begins when Trina Maxwell and her father move into an old house in a small town. At first, Trina is excited for a new start, but soon learns that her new house, according to popular rumours, is haunted. Things only get more complicated when she finds a talking doll that has been in the house for a century. With time, Trina learns the doll and the house may be trying to tell her something important.

I liked the storyline of this book. It had just the right mix of suspense, mystery, and action, with a hint of humour. However, I didn’t really like the characters. Trina acted too independent and grown up for a ten year old. She couldn’t decide if she wanted to be called by her nickname, Trina, or her full name, Citrine. The nickname aspect didn’t add to the story for me. I liked the pace of the story; I was never bored by a lack of events or confused by too many events. The story didn’t end how I thought it would, which surprised me and disappointed me a little.

Overall, The Secret of Goldenrod was an okay book that deserves 3.5 stars.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Nothing but Trouble by Jacqueline Davies (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 at 11:26am

Meet Maggie. She is a girl who, with her new friend, Lena, plans out lots of interesting hacks. Not internet hacks though, prank hacks. They go through lots of challenges together, like fights and a class election. But when the new principal, Mr. Shute, tries to sabotage their election campaign, what will happen? Will the book end good or bad? Read Nothing but Trouble to find out.

This is a really good book.

- Eden, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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