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The Lost Property Office by James R Hannibal (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 at 8:05pm

Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace. But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance. Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?

The Lost Property Office is one of those books where you feel taken by the story, almost like your going through the journey with the characters. This book is a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I became more intrigued by every passing chapter. This is a must read book!

- Lydia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 4:43pm

It's the height of World War II. Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, lives with his family in Berlin. But Michael, like his parents, is a spy. He joins the Hitler Youth, taking part in their horrific games and book-burning, despising everything they stand for but using his insider knowledge to bring important information back to his parents and the British Secret Service. When Michael is tasked to find out more about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs—even if it means risking the lives of his family... and himself.

This book is told from a unique perspective. I have read many books about this time period but have never encountered one like this. The cover is very descriptive. Every time I look at it, I notice something else about it. My only complaint is that the back cover was deceptive. No matter what kind of book you like you will enjoy this one! Alan Gratz plainly displays the trickery that was involved and doesn’t villainize the Hitler Youth that were blindly dragged into the scenario. I am especially grateful for the background information provided. I’d rate this book 4/5.

- Adrienne, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Frazzled by Booki Vivat (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 3:29pm

This book takes you on an adventure through Abbie Wu’s life. Author Booki Vivat describes in detail how Abbie feels about many things. Abbie has a strong opinion about everything, from not being in her friend’s class at school to what she gets in her lunch. Join Abbie Wu as she figures out who she is, what her thing is, and mostly how to survive middle school.

I liked the similes, hyperboles and details used in this book. I would rate it 3.5 stars for anyone in grades 2-4.

- Heidi, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Stick to Reading and "I Love to Read" Month

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 4:55pm

This winter, McNally Robinson Booksellers is teaming up with the Manitoba Moose and the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate "I Love to Read" Month!

Students and teachers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon can enter their classroom into a draw for a chance to win a visit from players of their local team.

Read all about the contests after the jump...

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The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 at 6:26pm

The Secret of a Heart Note is your average contemporary read with a nice twist. Our heroine Mimoma descends from a long line of aromateurs. This means that she can smell heartbreak and identify anything from a hint of emotion to someone's lovesickness from a distance away. With this ability, Mim thinks she is doomed to weeding herbs, mixing love elixirs and matchmaking her entire life (since this is an aromateur's job afterall). But a series of accident involving a matchmaking gone wrong, an unexpected request and a boy suddenly change everything, even her heart.

This book is certainly a cute and lovely read, I don't necessary adored it but I like it enough to recommend it to others. Beside several familiar tropes that I've seen enough in contemporary novels, the touch of magic definitely made up for it. It spiced up the plot as well as my enjoyment for this book. Mimosa is a well rounded character, I connected with her optimism when things don't work out and how she wants badly to do things she was told not to. It was also nice to see the family dynamic, the friendship and the romance turns out the way I had hoped. Definitely check out this book if you are in need of a light and cute read. 3.5/5 Stars.

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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