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Amina's Voice by Hena Khan (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 11:17am

This book is about a 13-year-old girl named Amina. Amina is going into middle school with her best friend Soojin. When Soojin decides she wants to change her name to something more “American,” Amina wonders if she should change her name too. But then Soojin becomes friends with one of the popular girls and Amina is scared of losing her best friend.

I liked this book because it shows that you don’t have to change yourself or your name just to make friends or keep friends.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

INVENTIONS - Winnipeg and Saskatoon Writing Contest Winners

by Shanleigh K - Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 6:09pm

Congratulations to this year's award-winning authors of our Grade 5/6 Writing Contest! Thank you to everyone who entered, and I hope you continue to pursue your writing well into the future.

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.

Saskatoon Winners
First Place
"Money Tree" by Jasmine H.

Second Place
"The 4-Stroke Engine and Gas Cars" by Dillan G.

Third Place
"Homeworkanator" by Macy N.

A big thank you to our wonderful guest judge, Larry Verstraete!

Please join us on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 PM at our Awards Ceremony for a chance to hear our authors read aloud their award-winning entries.

Categories: Awards, Contests and Giveaways, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

2017 MYRCA Winner and Honour Books

by Shanleigh K - Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 4:56pm

The winner and honour book recipients of the 2017 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) have offically been announced. 

Congratulations to Allan Stratton for his 2017 MYRCA winning title, The Dogs!

And congratulations to the two 2017 MYRCA Honour winners:
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Minrs by Kevin Sylvester

Stay tuned for the 2018 MYRCA list, to be announced soon. For information about the Fall award ceremony, please visit the MYRCA website at

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 6:31pm

Presenting our newest arrival...Li Ping! That's what Teddy Fitzroy expects to hear instead of she's missing. When Li Ping the panda goes missing Teddy expects to be able to help out because he has helped solve mysteries before, but a sudden appearance from the FBI stops that. Li Ping has been stolen and the FBI are looking at the wrong clues. Teddy is not allowed to investigate but is blackmailed into doing it. Teddy does not really care about the investigation until a man tries to kill him twice. Teddy relizes that the FBI have been tricked. But can he prove it? Or will the panda be gone forever? Find out in Panda-monium.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Apr 01, 2017 at 6:48pm

In a world where society depends on magic for survival, orphan Chantel Goldenrod trains to become a sorceress. She excels in all of her subjects, excluding deportment, where her attitude often leads to trouble. When Miss Ellicott, the school's headmistress mysteriously disappears, along with the kingdom's other sorceresses, Chantel must have more courage, determination, and intelligence than ever to save the kingdom. Although practicing combat spells was forbidden at school, Chantel must rely on them to save her kingdom. With the help of her friends Anna and Bowser, Chantel embarks on a dangerous journey to find Miss Ellicott. Can she use her strengths to rescue the sorceresses, or will the dangerous of the outside world end her quest?

I enjoyed the plot of this story, it was well paced and detailed. However, there was a bit too much going on at once. The storyline was interesting, but unoriginal. Also, the characters were creatively written, but lacked realistic traits for readers to connect with. The book had an exciting beginning, but a slower middle and end. The volcabulary used was descriptive, yet simple. Overall, Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded written by Sage Blackwood was a suspenseful read. It was enjoyable, but lacked uniqueness. I recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy adventures, and are aged 8-11. I would give it 2.5/5 stars.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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