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Jed and the Junkyard War by Steven Bohls (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 at 7:17pm

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This book is about a boy that has parents who have disappeared. They've left him a letter in a glass cup and it says that they are either kidnapped, lost, or killed. They have plans for him to go live with his grandfather. They tell him how to get there through a hole in the back of a dishwasher. They ask him what kind of metal he is. Rust, iron, or copper and this describes of what type of person they are. Jed is with a crew of pirates of the junkyard, searching for his parents and grandfather.

I really loved this book. It's full of fiction and adventure. I love fiction and adventuer books! Steven Bohls, if you are reading this, I loved your book!

- Alicia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Jed and the Junkyard War will be available December 6. 

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Capybara Conspiracy by Erica S Perl (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 6:25pm

Seventh-grade playwright Olive Henry is frustrated by her middle school’s lack of appreciation for anything but sports. While the principal drones on and on during morning announcements about the sports teams’ victories, all non-athletic club meetings are relegated to the school basement, never to be mentioned on the loudspeaker. So Olive and her best friend, Reynaldo, hatch a plan to kidnap the school’s capybara mascot, planning to return it, heroically, just in time for the school’s pep rally and claim a reward: permission for their drama club to practice in the auditorium. And, hopefully, some overdue respect for the school’s non-athletes. But when an animal-rights student activist and an undercover athlete with murky motivations join in the conspiracy, their plans—along with Cappy the capybara—veer wildly out of Olive’s control.

The Capybara Conspiracy is a book for people who like action and sports. I found it a bit confusing because it is written as a play and I have never read a book written in this style.  Two words to describe this book are mysterious and action-filled.  I think this book is more for older kids as it takes place at a high school.  I would give this book 2/5 stars, so overall this would not be my first choice.

- Zoe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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
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