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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

Into the Lion's Den by Linda Fairstein (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 at 3:22pm

Devlin Quick is a girl that loves mysteries. In this book, Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she sees some steel, a very rare map from a book. Devlin believes her and starts trying to figure the case out with some help from her friends, Booker and Liza. They first go to the library to find some more clues. At the library they find 3 names John Williams, Walter Blodgett, and some initials with something written next to them. PJS were the initials and they later find that PJS stands for Preston J. Savage. The library said he was a friend but Devlin isn’t so sure. Devlin thinks he’s the thief. Is Preston Savage really the thief? Will Devlin and her friends find the thief? Find out in Into the Lion’s Den!

I liked this book because it was very exciting and fun. It was exciting and fun because it was hard to guess what would happen next. I really liked how Devlin never gave up and tried her hardest until she found the thief. I think people who love mysteries would really like this book. 

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Into the Lion's Den will be available November 15.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Sting by Jude Watson (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Nov 05, 2016 at 3:31pm

This was an okay book. It's about four sibilings and their names are Jules, Izzy, March, and Darius. Darius goes to the bank by himself, then he runs into a man that says he will keep their money safe, when the man actually stole it. They don't even know what his name is, but they have to find them. Their parents don't even know either. Darius wishes that on that day, he could of just walked away from the bank. Will they get their money back? Read Sting to find out!

- Alicia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Books of the Season 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Nov 04, 2016 at 4:21pm

Our annual holiday catalogue, Books of the Season, has arrived for 2016.

In it you will find all of the latest and greatest books, media, and gifts to get you ready for the holidays.

You may pick up a free copy of the catalogue in any of our bookstores, or you can browse it right now in your browser.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter
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