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The Mesmerist by Ronald L Smith (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 4:04pm

Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists-until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London's supernatural underbelly and learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group of strange children with mysterious powers she befriends be able to help? As shy, proper Jess transforms into a brave warrior, she uncovers terrifying truths about the hidden battle between good and evil, about her family, and about herself.

This is a thrilling and intriguing tale. Reading this book just makes you wish it could keep going forever. It leaves you hanging at the end of every chapter, you'll want to read it all at once! It gives such detail you could imagine it, which I did. The Mesmerist is a great book!

- Lydia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Writing Contest Awards Gala 2017

by Devon Arthur - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 6:47pm

Congratulations to the winners of our Grade 5/6 Writing Contest!

Joined by this year's guest judge, author Larry Verstraete (pictured), we gatherered to celebrate these three talented young writers and hear their works read aloud at our annual awards gala.

Winnipeg Winners
First Place
"Slow Growers" by Alanis G.

Second Place
"Solving the Riddles of Snow" by Alexa C.

Third Place
"The Switching Machine" by Felix W.

Prizes were generously supplied by Scholastic Canada.

 

Categories: Winnipeg

The Bookseller: May & June 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 1:56pm

20 years of Harry Potter magic, a new novel from Norwegian bestseller Jo Nesbø, a slew of fresh titles celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, our fiction picks for springtime, books on our very important friends the bees, and more.

Read about it all in the May & June 2017 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

29th annual Manitoba Book Awards winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:39pm

At an awards gala held in Winnipeg's historic Fort Garry Hotel this past Saturday, the winners of the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards were announced and celebrated.

The Awards, presented by the Manitoba Writers' Guild and made possible by sponsorships from government funding and many local businesses, honour books published in 2016 that were written by a Manitoba author, made by a Manitoba press, or with a focus on Manitoba content.

Congratulations to all of the winners! See a complete list of them after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit

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The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:59am

The Metropolitans combines magic, Camelot, and history into an exciting tale of four teenagers on a heroic quest. As the bombing of Pearl Harbor takes place, four 13-year-olds converge on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and are quickly swept up in a struggle to decode a secret message and foil a Nazi plot to poison the city's population. Magic, monsters, and spies keep things lively as the kids and their adult allies battle ancient evil and their own personal demons. The Metropolitans is an action-packed book with lots of historical events that come to life.

I would recommend this book to anyone one who would like to read a thrilling, action-packed story.

- Luc, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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