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Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Sep 29, 2017 at 8:30pm

Spy School Secret Service is about Ben Ripley, a thirteen year old spy. Yes, you read that right. He is a spy. For the past twenty years, The Central Intelligence Agency, also known as the CIA, has been recruiting kids from ages 12-18 who have special skills that will help them as a spy. Ben Ripley is one of these kids. Ben has been on four different missions during the past year almost all of them involving the same evil organization - SPYDER. SPYDER has done everything from stealing missiles to placing dozens of moles inside some spy school's. However, this time they are doing something way out of their league. They are trying to assassinate the president of the United States. Ben gets sent undercover to the Whitehouse to try to figure out if there are any moles there. While he is there, someone tries to assassinate the president and Ben gets framed for it. Now he must stop another assassination before it's too late, but this time with the entire CIA on his tail. Can he pull it off? Or will he end up in prison while the president is killed.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Spy School Secret Service will be available October 10.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 6:49pm

Lolly Salt live in a small coastal town called Starbridge cove with her three sisters Lulu, Lara and Lily. Lolly’s sisters are sirens and Lolly will become one too when she turns 13. Almost every night the sea witch calls her sisters to lure the ships to the rocks, and they make Lolly come with them. Then, one night her sisters are lured into a fishing net and it is up to Lolly to save them.

I enjoyed this book because I have never heard of sirens before and it was cool to learn something new. I think my favorite character is Lorelei (Lolly) because she is brave.

- Zoe, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Wolf Hour by Sara Lewis Holmes (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 at 1:26pm

The Puszcza is a magical forest where even the darkest fairy tales are real. People say if you go in the Puszcza in the wolf hour you may never come back. The Wolf Hour is about a girl Magia, a wolf named Martin, and a witch named Miss Grand. Magia is a girl who wants to be a woodcutter like her father, Martin is a talking wolf, and Miss Grand is a strange witch who makes weird flutes that are supposed to keep you safe from the Puszcza. When Magia’s Tata buy’s Magia’s mom a clock from Miss Grand because she was very sick, she suddenly gets better. When Magia sets the clock a bit earlier to go into the Puszcza her mom and her siblings don’t wake up again and she needs a key to fix the clock so they will wake up again, but Miss Grand has the key. Will Magia’s mom and siblings wake up again? Find out by reading The Wolf Hour!

I think this is a good book because it teaches you a lesson. The lesson is, even if something seems really cool and is really tempting to, if it seems bad you shouldn’t do it because you could end up in an unpleasant situation, or something bad could happen to you. In this book, the Puszcza is that dreadful thing. If you go in you become mad and you might never return. I didn’t really understand what was happening though. It was like, one thing happens then a whole lot of different things happen. So, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Losers Club by Andrew Clements (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Sep 22, 2017 at 7:24pm

Life for Alec Spenser has been bad. He gets teased and called a bookworm, especially by a kid named Kent Blair. When Alec's parents signed him and his little brother, Luke, up for the extended day program, Alec thought he could just sit and read but he found out that it was much harder than that. He needed to start an actual club. Alec decides on a book club, but he only wanted a few people to actually be in the club. He needed a name that would repel the kids from joining and he eventually came up with the name The Losers Club. But he needed at least one more person to join the club before he could start it, so Alec looked around and saw a girl reading. Alec walked up and asked if she wanted to join the club. She first said no, but Alec explained the point of The Losers Club and eventually she agreed to join. The girl introduced herself as Nina Warner and from then on after school, Nina and Alec sat down at the table and read for three hours straight. It all went well until Alec got a note from the school principle that made Alec's parents worry about Alec's grades. So they said that Alec has to go to Homework club every day after school which meant Alec had to leave his club so he came up with a deal. He said that every Friday all his teachers would write on a piece of paper what they would grade Alec on the lesson. One night, when Alec was done his dinner, he went upstairs to read and suddenly he remembered the Homework Club had to do a presentation soon! Can Alec complete the presentation on time or even stay in The Losers Club? Find out in, The Losers Club!

- Alex, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons by Wade Albert White (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:52pm

Ever since escaping the cruel orphanage in which they were brought up in, Anne and Penelope have done more than they have ever done within a two month period. They've fought suits of armour that moved by themselves, they have climbed mountains, managed not to be killed by huge bombs, and won an award for the Best Illegal Quest That Nearly Destroyed the Entire World. But now, they've got a new quest - to kill the Dragon Queen, even though doing this will cause a war between humans and dragons. Now Anne and Penelope must stop another person from doing just that. Only if they can survive volcanoes, mines, robots and the dragon trials, then can they fight the most difficult battle of their life. And if they fail, the world is doomed.

- Max, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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