Ken is part of a group of kids called the enginerds and they like to spend their lunch hours talking about science and technology. When Ken receives a package on his doorstep he finds a bunch of metal in it and soon the pieces in the box build's itself to create a robot. Ken and his friend Dan are surprised to see that the robot built himself, but mostly because the robot is not the kind of robot that does your homework or cleans your room for you, all it wants is a bunch of food then it fires a bunch of cubes out of his butt. Things get really weird when other kids from the Enginerds start getting the robots too. Then all the robots escape and start eating food from a farmer's market and places like that. Will the enginerds be able to stop the robots? Find out by reading Enginerds!
In this book I liked how the boys worked together to defeat the robots and how they forgave the person that sent them the robots. I also think it was funny how the robots fired a bunch of cubes out of their butts. I give this book a five out of five stars.
- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
EngiNerds will be available September 12.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Magia wants to be a woodcutter. Woodcutters have to wear ugly red hats and walk the deep parts of Puczcza (the forest) alone. Now you are probably thinking, seriously why would any sensible person want to be a wood cutter in that forest? It's a wolf infested forest, a place where people can go crazy and where anyone can be swallowed whole? Yes, Magia has her heart set on it, but her mother wants her to sing in the great halls of Biatowieza instead. Since her parents won't let her enter Puczcza, she makes a red hat of her own and sneaks into the forest to be a woodcutter. As she walks deeper into the forest she spots a wolf pup beside the trail. But, as she turns around to go back to the path she can't see the path at all! Will she find her way out, or will she be lost in Puczcza forever? Read The Wolf Hour to find out!
- Jubilee, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
The Wolf Hour will be available September 26.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Sunny is an eleven year old girl who lives in Pennsylvania. She has just started middle school and her life is pretty normal except for the fact that her older brother goes to a boarding school and Sunny has also been getting allergies lately. What is she going to do? She has her best friend, Deb and she makes friends with a girl named Neela who just moved to Pennsylvania. Through all of it, they both help Sunny swing back.
I really recommend this book. It was awesome.
- Eden, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
Swing It, Sunny will be available September 12.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Zinnia is having possibly the worst day of her life. First, she gets detention on the last day of school for yarn bombing a statue of her school mascot, then when she gets home she finds out that her brother, who is also her best friend, is missing. When she's on her way back from the ice cream shop Scoops, a hive of bees decide to nest in Zinnia's hair!! Zinnia tries to find her brother and get the bees out of her hair at the same time. She has no luck in both of them. While she is searching for her brother and trying to get the bees out of her hair, Zinnia makes a new friend who also happens to be visiting her neighbour for the summer. Together they try to think of a way to get the bees out of her hair. Will Zinnia ever get the bees out of her hair? Will she be able to find her brother! Find out by reading Zinnia and the Bees!
In this book I liked how Zinnia was really determined on finding her brother and how she thought up a solution of how to get rid of her bees without hurting them. I also liked now Zinnia had a really good relationship with her brother and how even if it was hard for Zinnia that her brother was gone and that she had bees in her hair, she handled it well. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Kraków, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past. The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter—that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him. But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.
What a debut novel. This evocative gem is beautifully written, it felt like I was reading something along the line of a fairy tale. But for something that targets middle grade readers, it packs quite an emotional punch. The Dollmaker of Krakow is about the Holocaust, you see. And the author does not shy away from painting this horror from what it truly was. From the get go, we are introduced to Karolina. Her beloved Land of Dolls is being taken over by the rats. These creatures, like the Nazis are fed up with greed and thought for destruction. With the help of a friendly wind, Karolina escapes and soon finds herself in the shop of a Dollmaker in Krakow. The two becomes fast friends. This book alternates between Krakow and what happened in the Land of Dolls, the reader like me can't help but see the similarity in the two. Romero does a wonderful job in that regard, for what better way to explain the horror of the Holocaust to a younger audience?
The Dollmaker is such a precious character. He has the biggest of heart and fearless in what he does. The bond he has with not just Karolina, but with the violinist father and his daughter is so heartwarming to read about. My heart broke for them. Through these characters, you will learn about the power of love, hopes and dreams. Perhaps the existence of a bit of magic as well. I recommend this book to everyone, it is definitely a must read. I'm literally at a loss for words when it comes to the impact that this book has on me, so it's better if you journey through it yourself. What more, there are some beautiful illustrations inside as well. Read this stunning masterpiece, share it, and don't forget to have a few tissues handy when you do. I give it a 5/5 stars.
- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
The Dollmaker of Krakow will be available September 12.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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