When the Sea Turned to Silver, written by Grace Lin, is an interesting, but slow novel. The story centres around young Pinmei and her gentle grandmother, the village storyteller. One night, Pinmei’s grandmother is kidnapped by the greedy emperor’s soldiers. Pinmei learns that the emperor is in search of an object called the Luminous Stone. She isn’t quite sure what it is, but she knows that if she doesn’t do something, it will fall into the wrong hands. Can Pinmei find the stone and save her grandmother before time runs out?
I liked the characters in this book, but found the storyline slow and uneventful. Various characters told little stories throughout the book, which I liked at first, but soon found repetitive. This book mixed ancient legends with original characters. I would recommend it to kids ages 10-12, although the book’s cover suggests ages 8-12. I think younger children would find this book boring. I would give When the Sea Turned to Silver 3 stars out of 5.
- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
This is a very good book. Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are two girls with the same first name. Naomi Marie lives with her mother and Naomi Edith lives with her father. Naomi Marie is separated from her father by a couple of blocks, but Naomi Edith is a whole country apart from her mother! When the two girls’ parents start to date, sparks fly!
The only negative thing about this book is that there are lots of typos and at times, the book is really confusing. I do not recommend this book for people who get sad easily. All in all, this book is interesting because of all the drama in the families!
- Eden, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Hazel is a magical princess of Impyrium. Hob is a rebel. It doesn’t seem like they could ever be on the same side… but could they? When they find themselves united against enemies, they might have to join teams…
This was not my favorite book. I liked one of the characters (Hazel), but not the other (Hob). Since the chapters alternated between Hazel’s perspective and Hob’s perspective, I liked half of this book.
- Addison, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
Impyrium will be available October 4.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
This book is a short but good book about a narwhal who finds himself in new waters and meets a jellyfish who does not know what a narwhal is and the narwhal does not know what a jellyfish is. The narwhal then creates a pod (a group of narwhals) where he asked a bunch of animals if they want to join and they all do. The narwhal puts horns on all of them so they all become part of the pod.
I like this book, it's funny but very short and meant for small kids, but I still loves it even though it took me five minutes to read. I give this book a three out of five stars because it is so short. I recommend this book for small kids who can read big words and people who like Captain Underpants. I liked the story line of the book, and I liked the style of the drawings, but I recommend the author put more words and make the story longer.
- Joshua, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
Narwal: Unicorn of the Sea will be available October 4.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
Reena is moving to Maine along with her little brother Luke, her Mom, and Dad. Maine has lots of cows, but Reena and Luke know nothing about them. When their parents volunteer Reena and Luke to work on a farm with a very stubborn cow, they have no idea what to do. Especially when the cow’s owner wants Reena to show her cow at the fairs. Will the cow listen, or will it be a bad cow? Find out in this awesome novel, Moo!
I really liked this book. I think it’s a good read for the whole family.
- Jubilee, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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