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Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Sep 26, 2016 at 11:59am

Al’s father has died twice. Once on his birthday, Al receives a note from his father who died (the first time) four years prior. Now, he has to steal a moped, travel back through time, and save his father! And he must keep his hamster safe! On his first attempt, Al does not succeed and must try again.

Time Traveling with a Hamster was not my favorite book. One chapter it would be Monday, then it would be Saturday. It was confusing and skipped around a lot. If you like mysteries, then you might like this. I give this book 2/5 stars.

- Addison, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Time Traveling with a Hamster will be available October 4.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

An Interview with Ben Hatke

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 11:13am

Ben Hatke is a graphic novelist for kids and teens. His first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl, and since then he has written many more including Little Robot and Nobody Likes a Goblin. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

His latest book is MIGHTY JACK, a modern retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story. Josef, a Kids & Teen Bookseller in our Winnipeg store and big fan of Hatke, had an opportunity to ask the author a few questions about his work.

Read the interview after the jump...

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Interview

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Cloud and Wallfish Anne Nesbet (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 7:51pm

Cloud and Wallfish starts off with the bland normal life of Noah. Quickly it becomes a tale of loyalty and betrayal, family and friends, and twisted lies. I like this book because it is so detailed and cleverly written. Anne Nesbet takes an easily missed detail and turns it into something of utmost importance. I docked one mark because I found the book hard to follow because you didn’t have enough context. The second mark I docked because the book deals with mature topics in a biased, immature way. In my opinion, when you talk about communism, you list pros and cons, not just the cons. Another thing I loved was the context the author gave about the Berlin Wall. Overall, I’ll give this book a 3/5, but I don’t recommend this book to anyone who develops strong opinions about subjects based on just the context given by the book.

- Adrienne, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

MINRS 2 by Kevin Sylvester (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:33pm

The Minrs were going to get saved! Or were they? MINRS2 is the sequel to MINRS. I loved the way there was suspense at every corner they turn. Author Kevin Sylvester makes you feel the characters’ emotions and uses great details. I really liked the cover page but if I was the author, instead of the title being MINRS2 it would be MINRS, Return of the Landers. I rate this book 4.75 stars because at times I couldn’t understand what the characters were talking about, but the rest of the book was amazing!

- Heidi, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

MINRS2 will be available October 11.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World by Rachel Swaby (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 2:08pm

Trailblazers is a must-have for every science classroom! It talks about so many contributions to science that women have made. I found that so many of the women were from America, and I wished the author could have found more stories from Third World countries. Personally, I liked the part about Florence Nightingale the best. You probably know her as the lady with the lamp or the nurse, but did you know she was also a statistician? I think that's why it was my favourite.

This book was amazing, and inspiring in so many ways. It was exciting to see how far humankind as come. 5/5 stars from me! I recommend this book for everyone in grades 3+, or anyone who loves science!

- Adrienne, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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